MSI X58 Pro Motherboard



The MSI X58 Pro has given us a roller coaster ride today. Starting on a low point, the aesthetics of the board are simply put, dire. The MSI board would never be accused of being a trend setter, that is unless you find the contents a doggie-bag the pinnacle of style! The nostalgic brown PCB nods to motherboards of yesteryear however, a closer look at the board ensures that any preconceptions are wiped away when you see how many features are incorporated. The frills of more expensive motherboards are not present, but what you do have is a motherboard that has all the necessities to set you down the i7 upgrade path in earnest.

Overclocking the motherboard perhaps threw up the biggest surprise of the day, exceeded my expectations by a fair margin. Previous MSI boards have been very hit and miss in this area but, voltage fluctuation issues aside, the X58 pro is a top performer in this department. A 4Ghz overclock is a damn fine achievement by anyones standards but the MSI did not stop there. Infact the MSI kept going until it reached a eye popping 4.315GHz, beating all of our previously reviewed motherboards, some of which cost nearly twice as much, by a considerable margin. I cannot comment on how long this overclock could be maintained by it is performance and possibilities are certainly underlined by it's ability in this area.

Crossfire support is there in all it's glory and should you be desperate for SLI support then this can be achieved relatively easy by means of a BIOS flash so if budget multi GPU gaming is your bag then this board should definitely be on your list.

The packaging is basic and the accessories are adequate, nothing more, nothing less. It is clear that this is one area in which costs have been cut and a cost cutting area I do not mind so much, especially when you consider the MSI X58 Pro can be bought for as little as £178. This is a price point that will appeal to those who want to upgrade but are put off by the massive price hike X58 motherboards demand. Herein lies the appeal of the X58 Pro. They have managed to trim excess fat from a product to enable them to price it cheap without cutting any major flexibility or dominant (read useful) features from the motherboard. If you can see past the brown PCB and mismatched plastic slots then MSI have a capable board here at a very aggressive price point.

Well done MSI.

The Good
- Exceptional overclocking
- Multi GPU support (SLI optional!)
- The price in comparison to other motherboards

The Bad
- Voltage regulation
- Basic packaging

The Ugly
- Aesthetics (what on earth were MSI thinking of?)

Thanks to MSI for providing the X58 Pro for todays review. Please discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

25-03-2009, 17:00:28

I guess this is for people who don't care about looks and want a cheaper alternative.

The opposite of this would probably be a bloodrage in terms of aesthetics and price. Quote

25-03-2009, 17:09:16

At last! A board UNDER £200!

And its pretty good .Quote

26-03-2009, 05:25:22

Quite a few sub £200 boards now, 6 iirc. Nice reviewQuote

26-03-2009, 08:20:44

I don`t think the esthetics of the mobo should be equally graded as performance. If u have a mobo that works 100% faster than the one that looks "kewl", u'd be a tad foolish to pick the slower one cos the memory slots glow in the dark.

I was gonna slate all the other cards on the list, cos quite frankly I feel this mobo embarasses the lot of them in terms of pricing.

They all peak and trough in various areas, but they don't all cost £50-60 more than this.

No SLI ? Think I could live with that.

Good stuff.Quote

26-03-2009, 09:14:49

I think some people go on looks more than you would think Rast

Great little board at a price point that motherboard manufacturers should be working downwards in price from. The market is going to die unless others follow MSI's price trend.Quote

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