More X58 Boards Surface
As the launch of Intel's Bloomfield CPUs comes closer and closer, pictures of more and more X58-based motherboards to pair with them are showing up.
First up is a board from Biostar. Dubbed the TPower X58, this board has a fairly standard standard feature set and a nice, clean design. This board has a rather fierce reputation to live up to, as its predecessor, the TPower I45, was used to set clocking world records.
Chipset: Intel X58 + ICH10R
QPI: 6.4GT / s
CPU power Design: 12 phases
Memory: 6 X DDR3 1333/1600/2000
PCI Express 16X: 3 X PCIE 16X (SLI / CrossfireX)
PCI Expansion Ports: 1 x PCIE 1X + 2 X PCI
ATA: 6 SATA X eSATA + 2 + 1 IDE
LAN: Dual GbE
Cooling: Heatpipe linking southbrige, NB and part of a radiator + MOSFETs on the other mofsets.
IEEE1394: 2 Firewire ports
Audio: 7.1 + S / P DIF
Power saving energy ESP
Next up comes ASUS' P6T family of boards. For the desktop platform, ASUS has come up with two versions of the P6T Deluxe board: vanilla and the "OC Palm Edition." Pictures of the base board have been floating around
, but now we can see it in all its retail glory. The OC Palm Edition comes with an extra USB peripheral that communicates with software to perform overclocking.
The P6T family also has a pair of workstation boards: the P6T WS Pro and the P6T6 WS Revolution. Of notable notable interest is the fact that all six of the Revolution's expansion slots are PCI-E. In addition to this, the board utilizes a pair of n200 chips to provide the full 16 PCI-E lanes in Tri-SLI (the blue slots).
Next up is ASUS' top desktop board, the ROG Rampage II Extreme. As usual, this ROG board sports a stylish heatpipe assembly and a plethora of features and peripherals, such as the X-Fi based SupremeFX sound card and the LCD Poster. The board also has a special CPU VTT power card, a number of buttons for the expert overclockers, and something called ProbeIT, which allows the reading of component voltages with a multimeter without soldering.
Gigabyte's top-end offering, the EX58-Extreme, has also shown its face. As per usual with Gigabyte, the color scheme is rather eccentric. For those cringing at the pink RAM slots, this is not the final version, which thankfully is said to change those to white. A rather interesting peripheral included with the board is a beefy add-on Hybrid Cooler card, based on the multi-core cooling system seen on a few of their graphics cards.
Finally, we have a board from Foxconn, the Renaissance X58 Digital-Life. While we had shown a version
a few months ago, it looks like the board has been revamped. Shockingly enough, this board actually now looks very nice, with a stylish black and orange color scheme. Looks like someone finally gave their designer a good smack over the head. The Renaissance sports a rather interesting looking heatsink, with a grill that makes it look very much like a speaker. One can only hope that the high-end Quantum Force board, said to be called BloodRage, will look this good.
* X58 tylersburg chipset
* ICH10-R southbridge
* 6 phase power circuit for CPU
* 2x 16X PCI-E and 2x 8X PCI-E slots
* 6 memory slots for 3-channel memory configurations
* Maximum memory amount xx?
* All basic connectors you need in today computing
* Selectable QPI 4800GT/s, 6400GT/s (Gigatransfers/s)
* All adjustments for basic overclocking
(more pictures of this board can be found here
And for the sake of completeness, let's throw in a pic of the previously seen
MSI X58 Eclipse with its heatsink assembly installed.
Today DFI showed off one of their offerings as well: the LANPARTY UT X58. Unfortunately, the heatpipe coolers for the chipsets were not quite ready at this time. Apparently, they will be very similar to the Thermalright coolers seen on previous boards, but this time DFI is going to be manufacturing the sinks themselves.
In regards to the supposed memory voltage limitation, the DFI reps said they had found no issues at all with it, having tested things at 1.8-1.9v. They even said that the board will likely allow voltages of up to 2.0-2.1v, depending on how further testing goes.
Something interesting to note is that at this time, there are no eSATA ports on the back I/O panel. The engineers are not too happy about putting the ports on the back panel, as it requires the user to go through the hassle of going to the back of the case to use them. Thus, DFI is developing a sort of eSATA breakout box, which will allow users to run a cable from the back of the motherboard to a box placed at a more convenient position.
(more pictures and details can be found here
So, how do you like the look of the X58-based offerings?