INTEL | Desktop Board DX58SO

        

Recently I have built my first ever custom rig with the newest micro-architecture called “Nehalem” on it. This means that I’m gonna use the new Core i7 CPUs and the new X58 chipset, both by Intel. Now I have my Core i7 920, one thing’s left, a motherboard. Came across a lot of options in choosing the finest motherboard for the i7 CPU that will fit in my budget, of course with all the nicest features.

Among my options for an LGA 1366 motherboard were:

– Intel DX58SO Desktop Board OEM [PHP10,999]
– ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 [PHP19,500]*
– ASUS Rampage II Extreme [PHP23,150]*
– ASUS Rampage II Gene [PHP17,000]*
– Gigabyte GA-E X58-UD3R [PHP14,110]
– Gigabyte GA-E X58-UD5 [PHP16,450]
– Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME [PHP21,060]
– MSI X58 Platinum [PHP13,500]
– MSI X58 Pro [PHP9,999]*

And I’ve made up my mind. I ended up choosing the OEM version of the Intel DX58SO which PCHub offers at only 10,999 with 2years warranty (a year more than the competing brands). And since it is from Intel itself, I’m giving my trust on it more, that it will last longer with supreme durability. Technically, the DX58SO has the following specifications:

– codenamed “SmackOver”
– SKU code: DX58SO
– redesigned ICH10 South bridge chipset
– LGA 1366 or Socket B
– No memory controller [as it is embedded in Core i7]
– Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI)
– supports NVidia SLI and ATI Crossfire X Multi-GPU Technology [two x16 or four x8 PCI Express 2.0]
– Full support of next-generation ATI CrossFire* and Nvidia SLI*
– ATX Form Factor
– Four 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
– Support for DDR3 1600 MHz, DDR3 1333 MHzς, DDR3 1066 MHz
– Support for up to 16 GB of system memory
– Intel® X58 Express Chipset
– Intel® High Definition Audio subsystem in the following configuration:
10-channel (7.1) Dolby Home Theater* Audio subsystem with five analog audio outputs and two S/PDIF digital audio outputs (coaxial and optical) using the Realtek* ALC889 audio codec
– Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mbits/sec) LAN subsystem
– Twelve USB 2.0 ports (8 external ports, 2 internal headers)
– Six Serial ATA 3.0 GB/s ports, including 2 eSATA port with RAID support supplied by a Marvell* controller
– Two IEEE-1394a ports (1 external port, 1 internal header)
– Consumer IR receiver and emitter
– One PCI Conventional* bus add-in card connectors (SMBus routed to PCI Conventional bus add-in card connector)
– One primary PCI Express* 2.0 x16 (electrical x16) bus add-in card connector
– One secondary PCI Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x16) bus add-in card connector
– One PCI Express* 1.0a x16 (electrical x4) bus add-in card connector
– three year limited warranty
– Intel Matrix Storage Technology
– Intel Rapid Recover Technology
– Intel Turbo Memory
– Serial ATA (SATA) 3 Gb/s
– USB Port Disable
– SATA Port Disable

More information can be found here.

As it is now in my hands, up and running, I have observed the key factors of this motherboard that might outperform the other competing brands. The good things were:

– Stable
– Clean-looking
– Lots of expansions slots
– CrossFireX-support
– easy to clean, unlike high-end boards with lots of heat spreaders
– 8 built-in USB 2.0 ports

And while it has a lot of good features, there were still things that makes it “lacking”, and that includes the following:

– since mine is an OEM version, definitely, there’s no Box inlcuded
– there’s no X58 Exprees Chipset sticker included
– no USB 3.0-support
– it has a maximum DDR3 support of 1066MHz, whilst my Corsair XMS3 is rated at 1333MHz (I can make it work only if I flash the system’s BIOS)
– pretty hard to OC

Anyhow, I am super satisfied with the current performance of this motherboard, together with my Core i7 920 CPU as well as the entire system. It will be funny to say that I can predict that this thing will last for more than 5 years, with regular cleaning and maintenance. Although it runs hot compared to common motherboards, it is safe to say that it is expected that Nehalem processors are hot by nature, but outperforms AMD Phenom in a million ways. Good OEM, though!

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I'm Ken. Blogger. Programmer. Instructor. Gamer.

Posted on June 1, 2009, in BLACK-SONE and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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