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X58 Motherboard Roundup July 2010

X58 Motherboard Roundup July 2010

X58 Roundup Featuring ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI

Overclocking / Thermal Performance

To overclock our 980X we went down the manual route of configuring the CPU bus, multiplier and voltage on each board. The starting point was 3.33GHz using 133×25 at 1.25v and our processor is being cooled by a Corsair H50 liquid cooler.

Core i7-980X Overclocking Max OC
ASRock X58 Extreme 3 30×146=4380MHz
ASUS Rampage 3 Extreme 30×151=4530MHz
Gigabyte X58A-UD9 31×148=4588MHz
ASUS Rampage 3 Gene 30×148=4440MHz
MSI Big Bang XPower 31×146=4526MHz
ASUS P6X58D-E 30×143=4290MHz

This is no doubt the test that each of the manufacturers wanted to excel in and the award for highest overclock goes to the Gigabyte UD9 which hit 4588MHz at 1.45v, just over 50MHz higher than the Rampage 3 Extreme. Of course results will vary depending on the CPU and motherboard samples so always look for the latest revisions of each to maximise overclocking potential.

It should have been clear when reading through the various board descriptions earlier in the review that each manufacturer has taken their own approach to cooling the power circuitry and chipsets on their product. Gigabyte goes as far as offering water-cooling and a massive heatsink whereas ASRock prefer a fan, as do ASUS on their Rampage 3 Extreme. Here are the results showing the impact each cooler had on the X58 chipset.

Benchmark Results

In this test the liquid cooling option offered by Gigabyte gives the best performance, though this does require an expensive water based setup. Their SilentPipe 2 cooler also lowers temperatures but not quite to the level of the ASUS Extreme fan option. ASRock deserve a mention in this test as they outperform the UD9s stock setup.

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