Summary: Hate to buy this now considering Ivy Bridge is just around the corner. But my Gigabyte board took a dive, and didn't to upgrade everything. Glad I got this board. P.S. Why cant board manufactures upgrade these things.
Pros: Once the bios is updated, this thing rocks. Way faster than the board it replaced, Gigabyte X58A-U3DR Rev. 1. Boot times with SSD about 3 secs. Even allowed me to use the XMP profiles for 1600 Mhz no questions asked.
Cons: Wouldn't recognize my Corsair Dominator memory out of the box. Had to slap in some lesser ddr3 to get it to boot, once booted I updated the bios from 11-17-2010 to the latest version. Recognized my memory fine after that. The board layout is a little crazy too, fan headers are in weird locations,...
Pros: Lots of Ram Slots. Good stability. Angled SATA ports for graphics cards.
Cons: I've built 2 machines with this board and 1 machine with the sabertooth X58. All comparable but one of the DX58SO2's needed to be RMA'd because it wouldn't post and was stuck with the infamous 00 Post. After the RMA came back it was good to go.
Pros: It's a snap to install as long as you have the proper case. All my other hardware was compadible with it and I had not a problem. Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit goes in just fine. Intel has done themselves just fine here.
Cons: The SATA connectors are right angled so it's hare to connect them in a cramped case.
Summary: According to other reviews I've read Intel boards are not feature rich in terms of overclocking. You can overclock, but if you're looking for an "overclocking enthusiast" board you might look elsewhere. I go with Intel because they work out of the box and they don't break down.
Pros: Its a sexy board. I had no trouble fitting it with my aftermarket cooler (Dark Knight-S1283V), tall DIMMs and all. I can still access my DIMM slots with no problem. Genuine old-school star trek enterprise led array built right on the board to flicker various confusing sequences so Spock can decip...
Cons: This is a big con and I'm docking an egg for it. There is no printed manual included. There is a quick reference guide that is POSTER SIZED, and it is printed in the international language of "more pictures and less words". It's quite hard to find room for this poster on your workspace while you ...
Summary: I had to RMA this board due a bad DIMM slot (channel A, DIMM 1). This is the first Intel board that I have had to send back out of six Intel builds. It happens. Native support for SATA 3 would have been nice as the Marvel controller is lame.
Pros: Nice feature set and a big improvement over the DX58SO. The tuning software is a nice touch and allows the user to configure processor, memory and fan performance settings without going into the BIOS. Wireless, Bluetooth and 4-pin fan headers set this board apart from other X58 main boards. Excel...
Cons: The Marvell 88SE9xx controller used to implement the 6 GB/s ports on this board is what they call a 'Serial Attached SCSI' device. This means that when you attached a SATA drive to either of the two Blue SATA 3 ports Windows will see the drive as a SCSI drive at the hardware level. This is not a ...
Summary: Good motherboard, I haven't owned it long enough to tell you if it'll last long but it has worked for a while. My main gripe is the back panel which didn't seem to really fit into its frame, it caused the reset button to be depressed--to fix this I needed to bend the metal.
Summary: The RAM slots are slightly challenging to access.
Pros: Runs great, Intel has lots of software on their website that allow easy tweaking of settings
Cons: The BIOS is pretty basic (I'm hoping its because it was just released by Intel less than 6 months ago and it will improve with the next update), Older games seem to have a problem with the built in chipset,