Excerpt: With all the media attention focused around Intel's release of their new i5 and i7 processors and LGA 1156 socket, many consumers and tech editors like myself have had to put older LGA 1366 offerings on the back burner so we could properly cover the newest Intel CPUs and platform. Now that the champagne has been uncorked on the newest Intel offerings, we can continue to show some love to what originally brought Intel all the acclaim and accolades they received before the...
Conclusion: So what does $70 extra gets you? For $70 extra, the Gigabyte X58-Extreme board gets you two extra SATA ports, one additional network port, and the large chipset heatsink with the ability to watercool the system. Is it worth the $70 extra? In our opinion, it does not if you plan to stay with air cool.
Excerpt: What makes GIGABYTE so extreme you ask? Well, this is a company that has been fighting valiantly to prove they are the number one producer of enthusiast and budget based motherboards. Let’s recall a few of their latest achievements.
Conclusion: Whenever a new hardware platform launches, I feel that manufacturers owe it to consumers to educate them on the changes. To this extent, Gigabyte does only offers a few tiny bullet points of information pertaining to QPI, and 3-channel memory. What you get is a whole lot of information on Ultra Durable 3 and the benefits of using 2 ounces of copper, some marketing points pertaining to Hybrid Silent-Pipe 2, and a little about Dynamic Energy-Saver.
Pros: Outstanding BIOS - designed for overclockers!, Hyrbid Silent-Pipe 2 component improves X58 thermal cooling, Advanced Dynamic Energy Saver Advanced offers VRD 11.1 ultra-low power state, Triple PCI-Express 2.0 compliant graphics slots, BIOS updates are made safe with dual-BIOS, Japanese-manufactured surface mount all-solid capacitors, Blu-Ray/HD DVD Full rate audio with DTS connect, Supports three-way ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI video card sets, Industry-leading ther...
Cons: Expensive motherboard solution, Complicated BIOS is not for novice overclockers, Kit does not include SLI bridge component, Lacks Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) onboard support, Independent core multipliers are not available, Turbo Boost not available when overclocking
Summary: If we set aside the current economic climate, the great and continued success of Intel’s Core 2 Duo/Quad, and the likelihood that few, if any games and programmes will be fully optimized to use all 8 threads of the Intel Core i7 920, then the Gigabyte GA EX-58 Extreme is an excellent motherboard. It comes laden with plenty of connectivity, and the Hybrid Silent Pipe Module will be an attractive feature for those wanting a high end motherboard.
Pros: - Excellent performance, - Support for Intel's new Core i7 Processors, - Support new Tri-Channel memory, - New LGA socket 1366, - Excellent overclocking potential, - Feature Rich, - Power saving green credentials, - Tri SLI and CrossFire
Cons: - PRICE ... It's extremely expensive, - As with many new products there will be a price premium, - Not your usual upgrade ... ie you'll need a new processor, new ram and new cooling
Excerpt: Supplier: GIGABYTE Brand: GIGABYTE Website: www.gigabyte.com.tw RRP: TBA Star Rating: 5/5 Review By: Neo Sibeko | NAG Magazine (January 2009) SINCE THE LAST GIGABYTE extreme motherboard we reviewed, GIGABYTE has not only introduced an Ultra Durable 3 series, but has also introduced motherboards based on Intel’s new X58 chipset, mainly the EX58-Extreme which we have here and the EX58-UD5 board for those on a slightly lower budget.
Conclusion: Wiele firm produkujących płyty główne ma w ofercie odmiany przeznaczone dla najzagorzalszych fanów podkręcania i wydajności. Choć z założenia wszelkie płyty z podstawką LGA1366 powinny spełniać te wymogi to oferta płyt dla procesorów Core i7 mocno się różni. Gigabyte ma w ofercie kilka płyt z chipsetem Intel X58 lecz model EX58-Extreme powinien zadowolić najbardziej wymagających użytkowników. Procesor Intel Core i7 niepodzielnie króluje pod względem wydajności.
Pros: Bardzo dużo złącz, Doskonała jakość wykonania, Bardzo rozbudowany BIOS, Przemyślane rozwiązania