Conclusion: Final Thoughts The whole point of this review was to show that there is still life in the X58 chipset and socket 1366 in general and we believe that we clearly showed that. A lot of consumers are moving over to Sandybridge as they feel that 1366 is dying, but we’ve shown that it is still a big hit, especially in terms of rendering and overclocking whilst keeping stability in mind.
Pros: Fantastic overclocking potential, Great stability, USB 3.0, Plenty of expansion slots, SLI support, CrossFireX support, Accepts fast memory, Accepts dual and tri channel memory
Cons: Name suggests more USB 3.0 ports would be present, Colour scheme is not to everybody’s taste, No SATA 6GB/s
Excerpt: We have seen a resurgence in the number of X58 chipset motherboards with the release of the 980X, the Core i7 970 and the release of USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/second drives and chips to support those drives types. Many motherboard manufacturers have taken the existing design of their x58 chipset boards and added features like USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/second ports to the motherboard.
Excerpt: With both LGA1156 and AM3 scheduled for termination sooner rather than later, there’s only one safe harbor that will carry you through this year: LGA1366. Fortunately, it’s no longer a major financial stretch to get into Intel’s enthusiast socket. Yes, you can spend a massive amount of cash on a board that you can boot using the Bluetooth on your phone, but for many DIYers, $200 is the maximum they’ll spend on a mobo. Enter Gigabyte’s GA-X58-USB3.
Pros: Good slot layout; beefy heatsinks; low price.
Excerpt: GIGABYTE has a long standing reputation in the enthusiast community as a top tier manufacturer. While GIGABYTE is among the top enthusiast motherboards, not all of their boards are aimed at the folk’s that are budget-less. Today we are fortunate enough to have one of GIGABYTE’s budget minded socket 1366 motherboards in hand to put through the paces. The GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 is a low cost, budget friendly motherboard based on the Intel X58 chipset.
Conclusion: One of the cheapest X58 boards around CrossFireX and SLI support Decent overclocking potential Relative excellence of X58A UD3R v2.0 puts this in the shade The Gigabyte X58 USB3 is currently available on pre-order from Scan.co.uk for £137.67 . At HEXUS, we invite the companies whose products we test to comment on our articles. If any company representatives for the products reviewed choose to respond, we'll publish their commentary here verbatim.
Excerpt: There has been a battle brewing in the motherboard world, and predictably it's been between the Taiwanese motherboard giants Gigabyte and Asus. And the battle has been fought on the LGA 1366 battlefield.
Summary: В серии тестовых испытаний плата показала впечатляющие результаты — чего и следовало ожидать от платформы, предназначенной для самых передовых на сегодняшний день решений, доступных индивидуальным пользователям. Такой ПК сохранит актуальность в качестве мощнейшей вычислительной станции еще на долгое время.
Pros: Добротная схемотехника, высокие тестовые показатели, богатая фирменная функциональность, присутствие интерфейса USB 3.0.
Cons: Отказ испытанного экземпляра взаимодействовать с тестовым накопителем USB 3.0.