Intel Core i7-990X Gulftown Processor and DX58SO2 Motherboard Review
19 May 2011
Excerpt: With all the news and excitement about the Sandy Bridge architecture, platform and processors from Intel since their launch in January, it is easy to overlook the Nehalem architecture that continues to sell and be integrated into the fastest consumer PCs available. Remember Nehalem and its three digit model numbers?
Excerpt: Rifling through the box that the Intel DX58SO “Smackover” board came in, we were surprised not to find “love” and “hate” brass knuckles, because the motherboard definitely conjures feelings of both extremes. If you think we’re being disrespectful, just take one look at the board’s SATA ports. That will tell you that somebody at Intel still doesn’t know that today’s graphics cards are big, huge, honking affairs.
Pros: Good performance with the safe embrace of the Intel name.
Cons: Four DIMM slots and funky SATA ports make us mad. Very mad.
Conclusion: We at Benchmark Reviews are always amazed by the differences in the advertising campaigns that different computer products manufacturers utilize when launching a new product. Most motherboard manufacturers tend to bloviate with a long-winded diatribe about all of their features and specifications that can be confusing a best for the the potential consumer.
Pros: Highly feature laden BIOS for an Intel manufactured motherboard, Excellent, rock-solid construction, Excellent on-board sound codec, Rear I/O ports minimized to fit today's standards, Ability to independently adjust each core's multiplier when running the i7-965 EX, Ability to run turbo boost in both stock and overclocked modes of operation, Use a socketed BIOS chip as opposed to having the chip soldered on the board, The price is right
Cons: Only three fully functional memory slots, Fourth memory slot addressed at single channel speed, Additional auxiliary power connector required, Horrible positioning of the 6 available SATA ports, Supports only CrossFire in lieu of both CrossFire and SLI supported by the competition, Poor placement of 8-pin auxiliary power connector
Summary: Отметим качественный скачок производительности при работе данной платы с дисковой подсистемой, когда в качестве носителя информации выступает не традиционный жесткий диск, а настоятельно рекомендуемый Intel для высокопроизводительных систем твердотельный накопитель Intel SSDSA2MH080G1GN.
Pros: Плата проявила себя весьма достойно, продемонстрировав самые высокие (или одни из самых высоких) показатели на тестах производительности. Настройки BIOS DX58SO явно рассчитаны на любителей разгона.