Summary: ASUS has taken its new Intel X58 chipset based motherboard to the next level, integrating support for Intel's Core i7 six core processors, SATA 6Gbps drive support, and USB 3.0 support. Just how well will this board fare in this overly competitive market space?
Conclusion: ASUS has taken the successful X58 chipset and added features like support for the next generation Intel 6-core CPUs, SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0 and more to their X58 lineup. These results in the most feature-rich motherboard on the X58 platform I have ever seen. Performance is as to be expected from a high-end board like this one and the layout of the motherboard is excellent. ASUS offers excellent support through their website and has a Support telephone system as well.
Conclusion: Although our rating and final score are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at different points in time. While we do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that would render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Outperforms GA-X58A-UD7 head-to-head, SuperSpeed USB-3.0 offers 5Gbps transfer speed, 16+2 Xtreme Phase Power VRD reduces power costs, Supports ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI dual and triple video card sets, Supports 24GB of dual-channel DDR3 up to 2000MHz, BIOS offers infinite enthusiast overclocking options, Japanese-manufactured surface mount all-solid capacitors, Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Full-rate audio with DTS connect, Marvell 88SE9123 SATA 6Gb/s controller adds forward co...
Cons: Expensive 'enthusiast' motherboard solution, BIOS options can be complicated for some users, Only 3GB total memory be utilized by 32-bit O/S, Lacks hardware-based encryption features, SATA6G/USB3 borrow from PCI-E link lanes