Gigabyte X58A-OC Sub Zero Review

Conclusion

Gigabyte X58A-OC Sub Zero Review

Conclusion

Wow. There really isn't much else to say that isn't blatantly obvious. In fact we debated whether to just make the conclusion simply "6GHz, Gold" and be done with it.

Where do we start with the Gigabyte X58A-OC?

Looks are certainly a good point. The board is absolutely tent-inducing. Black and orange always work well together and they've never looked better than they do here. It's the little touches across the whole board that really bring home the attention to detail with which this has been crafted.The fan headers are black. Power inputs are black. Even the SATA-III ports are grey rather than the more standard blazing hues. Everything is exactly how you'd want it to be. Utterly without compromise.

The design doesn't just stop at the looks like so many have though. Fan headers are spread around the board ensuring you're never too far away from having somewhere to plug one in. The CMOS battery has been relocated from its usual "anywhere will do" place to right in the bottom corner ensuring that if you've smothered the board with putty for a full-on attempt at the world 3D Mark record and everything goes wrong, you can still get at the battery to enable things to reboot.

Things would have to go very wrong though, the X58A-OC is so user-friendly as to be quite surprising. There was a time, not that long ago, when 'overclocking' motherboards were very unstable and required near endless tweaking to get remote stability from them. Even then you were never quite sure if that tiny tweak was assisting things or making it worse, or even more likely not actually doing much at all. The X58A-OC is as easy to live with as a subservient mute, and makes the whole overclocking process as simple as you're likely to find on a LGA1366 board. There is plenty of room to tinker and tweak should the mood take you, but equally if you just fancy throwing an overclock at it then it can deal with that handily.

This is the point in the conclusion where we normally point out that you get what you pay for, and as you're getting so very much you might need to sit down for the price. Well you still might need to sit down for the price, but that's because it's only around £250. Yes you really can get the zenith of X58 motherboards for an exceptionally reasonable amount of cash.


Not only are you getting the very best X58 board around, but you're also getting one that is unlikely to be confused with any of its contemporaries. Very important for that "wow I see you've got a ... " factor in your windowed rig should that be how you decide to use it although I think the majority of these will live on a test bench.

Demonstrating, should the pudding require further egg, that this board really does make the whole overclocking thing a breeze, our first attempt at sub-zero cooling saw 6GHz. That's not a month spent deeply contemplating where to squeeze and extra ounce. That's out the box, CPU, putty, DICE, tweak, 6GHz. Barely an afternoons work.

This thing is absolutely stunning. A good price. Drop-dead gorgeous looks. Brilliant performance. Of course it wins the OC3D Gold Award and, for the simplicity and brutality of its results, the OC3D Performance Award too.

     

Thanks to Gigabyte for providing the X58A-OC for review. Discuss in our forums.

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27-06-2011, 08:10:17

tinytomlogan
Today we have something different at OC3D, a review of the dedicated overclocking board from Gigabyte, and starring 20KG of DICE.



Continue Reading

27-06-2011, 09:12:53

SieB
Brilliant review, I enjoyed watching all the vids and following all the updates on FB. Also refreshing to see a review done in a different way, was a good break from the norm.

The Board is not only a looker but also a performance beast and if I was going x58 i'd definitely be tempted to buy it.

27-06-2011, 09:35:15

jonowee
TTL has got his bounce back after having his sub-zero cherry popped . There has to be a way to credit dugdiamond with the 980X coffin model image in the written review and maybe add in the description on youtube.

27-06-2011, 09:39:27

dugdiamond
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonowee View Post

... There has to be a way to credit dugdiamond with the 980X coffin model image in the written review and maybe add in the description on youtube.
the thanks and member's acknowledgements is enough is for me. cheers peeps

27-06-2011, 16:15:39

GODuk
73Ghz WHAAA!!

Bloody hell...

28-06-2011, 09:01:30

marsey99
the gold and performance awards are nothing, the big cheesey ttl grin award is priceless

28-06-2011, 09:02:33

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by jonowee View Post

TTL has got his bounce back after having his sub-zero cherry popped . There has to be a way to credit dugdiamond with the 980X coffin model image in the written review and maybe add in the description on youtube.
Cant put it everywhere, Dug was credited on the TTL facebook page though

28-06-2011, 16:59:39

kilobravo
This is one of the best reviews on any review-site.Looked at all the videos on the gigabyte x58a-oc.Farking amazing stuff

28-06-2011, 17:32:22

Bungral
Nice review mate. Was wondering where you'd been hiding.

Locked yourself away with some hardware and dice!

16-07-2012, 00:12:37

Humanoid1
hehe, looks like you guys had some fun with this one

I just got hold of one of these myself and an X5650 with some 8-8-8-24 1600MHz memory
- and as soon as my Noctua NH-D14 arrives I will be seeing where I can go with all this little setup

Whatever it's going to be a Great step up from my trusty aging Q6600 @ 3.5GHz

I Love this sense of anticipation

oh, and thanks for the great reviews, you saved me from buying a Thermolab Trinity. Budget was running low and seemed a great cooler for the price on other review sites...
But the D14 with its lack of thermal runaway kinda swung me ~_^

26-09-2013, 10:24:58

nrage
"designed for one this above all others" .. thing perhaps?

26-09-2013, 11:06:48

SuB
Err Necro because?

26-09-2013, 11:33:03

Spiderz
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
Err Necro because?
probably because it was posted to the OC3D facebook page earlier on

26-09-2013, 14:55:07

SuB
Oh aye see nobody tells me these things >.<
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