Items tagged with X58

Gigabyte’s G1 Killer series of X58 Express-based motherboards are specially designed for gamers. There are three products in this particular line up: the G1 Assassin, G1 Sniper, and G1 Guerrilla. In a military motif, all three come with a black and green color scheme, along with heat sink designs that resemble gun barrels and magazine clips. Today, we're looking at the big brother of the group, the G1 Assassin. It supports Core i7 LGA 1366 processors, offers six memory slots with support for a max capacity of 24 GB, four PCI Express x16 slots, Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi digital audio processor, Bigfoot Network's Killer E2100, SATA 6Gbps, USB 3.0, and 16 phase power... Gigabyte G1.Assassin... Read more...
It's becoming more difficult to justify the purchase of Intel's X58 Express chipset with all the new technology looming on the horizon. This chipset came out almost three years ago. Time sure flies, especially in the hardware industry. We still like the fact that the X58 offers support for the six core processors in Intel's lineup, along with triple channel memory. However, after the success of Sandy Bridge processors and their associated chipsets, one has to wonder how much longer the major manufacturers will be willing to pick from this tree. One thing is certain. Gigabyte will not be the first to move away from the X58. Their latest G1 Killer series of X58 motherboards... Read more...
If you're an enthusiast, there's a high likelihood you're enjoying the primary benefit of 64-bit computing, that being gobs of memory space to work or play with.  We do a bit of heavy lift around these parts, crunching video and the like, and at the end of the day it literally pays to have a lot of memory at our disposal.  Most times, heavy-duty multitasking isn't just a requirement, it's more like attention deficit disorder; yeah we probably need to seek help but what a way to go.  Regardless, 12GB systems are becoming commonplace in the lab now here at HH and with a triple-channel X58 setup, filling up all six of those memory slots with 2GB sticks just seems impractical and inefficient. ... Read more...
If you're in the market for an X58 motherboard, there are plenty of options available. A quick search fetches countless results that fill a wide range of price points. Budget conscious enthusiasts looking to save some scratch will be happy to find that almost every motherboard maker offers an X58 model under $200. On the other end of the spectrum, companies offer performance enthusiasts and overclockers a number of products that cater to pushing the performance envelope that often manifests itself while attempting to break world records. Asus provides serious hardware enthusiasts an excellent shot of achieving their goals with the Rampage III Extreme X58 motherboard. As the flagship model from... Read more...
If you're in the market for an X58 motherboard, there are plenty of options available. A quick search fetches countless results that fill a wide range of price points. Budget conscious enthusiasts looking to save some scratch will be happy to find that almost every motherboard maker offers an X58 model under $200. On the other end of the spectrum, companies offer performance enthusiasts and overclockers a number of products that cater to pushing the performance envelope that often manifests itself while attempting to break world records. Asus provides serious hardware enthusiasts an excellent shot of achieving their goals with the Rampage III Extreme X58 motherboard. As the flagship model from... Read more...
The MSI XPower series of motherboards is clearly designed to curry favor with overclocking enthusiasts and the high-end gamers Asus has targeted with its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand. The XPower packs full support for all the latest buzzwords and capabilities, but MSI is also claiming to offer certain unique features that other manufacturers can't match currently. We're always interested in new innovations and ideas when it comes to motherboard design; let's take a look at the oomph behind MSI's Big Bang... MSI Big Bang XPower Review: X58, Military Style... Read more...
The MSI XPower series of motherboards is clearly designed to curry favor with overclocking enthusiasts and the high-end gamers Asus has targeted with its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand. The XPower packs full support for all the latest buzzwords and capabilities, but MSI is also claiming to offer certain unique features that other manufacturers can't match currently. We're always interested in new innovations and ideas when it comes to motherboard design; let's take a look at the oomph behind MSI's Big Bang.  MSI Big Bang XPower The XPower is as much a love letter to enthusiasts as it is a motherboard; the company's verbage occasionally dips into phrasing better suited to a trashy romance... Read more...
The past few years have been very kind to Gigabyte; the company's shipments have increased to the point that it's now approximately tied with Asus in terms of volume shipments. Part of the reason for the company's good fortune is its decision to aggressively align its higher-end motherboards, both in terms of price and available features. Gigabyte has put a major push behind USB 3.0, and claims to have purchased one million of the three million USB 3.0 controllers NEC has shipped thus far. The X58A-UD3R we're reviewing today is a good example of Gigabyte's competitive product positioning. The board's feature loadout is excellent given its ~$200 price point—the question we'll be looking... Read more...
The past few years have been very kind to Gigabyte; the company's shipments have increased to the point that it's now approximately tied with Asus in terms of volume shipments. Part of the reason for the company's good fortune is its decision to aggressively align its higher-end motherboards, both in terms of price and available features. Gigabyte has put a major push behind USB 3.0, and claims to have purchased one million of the three million USB 3.0 controllers NEC has shipped thus far. The X58A-UD3R we're reviewing today is a good example of Gigabyte's competitive product positioning. The board's feature loadout is excellent given its ~$200 price point—the question we'll be looking... Read more...
Gigabyte Technology has just released their tenth X58-based motherboard, the GA-X58A-UD9. So what makes this one different from all the rest? The answer lies in the combination of high end technologies, not the least of which is a "revolutionary" 24-phase Unlocked Power design. As Gigabyte explains it, when CPU loading requires more than 12 phases to be active, the full 24 power phases are automatically unlocked, thus allowing for maximum power delivery and potentially better overclocking results. The board supports Intel's new generation 32nm 6-core chips, as well as both 4-way SLI (with 2 nF200 SLI bridges) and 4-way CrossFireX. It comes with seven PCE-E 2.0 x16 slots, support for SuperSpeed... Read more...
In the beginning, there was Core i7, but the platform was without form and void. And the hardware Gods said, "Let there be SuperSpeed 3.0," and there was USB 3.0. The hardware Gods saw that USB 3.0 was good and said, "Let there be SATA 6Gb/s," and this too was good. But then the scientists at MSI argued the case for the Big Bang theory, not once, but multiple times, most recently resulting in the Big Bang-XPower. But unlike what you may have heard, the creation of Core i7 and MSI's Big Bang concept were not at odds, but were to be united, and enthusiasts took it upon themselves to be fruitful and multiply clockspeeds and have dominion over the overclocking world. Or something like that. Religious... Read more...
Kingston is now shipping 12GB HyperX 1600MHz memory kits for Core i7. With this latest addition, Kingston is filling out its family of HyperX offerings for the X58 platform. Since the kits come as six 2GB modules, there is limited motherboard support right now, but if you're looking for some high performance memory for a compatible motherboard, this might be just what you want. Kingston Technology Ships 12GB HyperX Kits for Intel Core i7, X58 Platforms Fountain Valley, CA -- November 16, 2009 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is adding 12GB triple-channel HyperX® memory kits in support of Intel’s LGA1366 Core i7™... Read more...
Computer hardware enthusiasts are a unique group. Its true that some enthusiasts may spend hours, days, or weeks tweaking their BIOS and other settings to achieve optimal performance, while others might spend an entire evening painstakingly routing wires for proper cable management. Fortunate ones find themselves eagerly awaiting product launches in order to upgrade parts at every possible opportunity. This appetite for new technology is fueled by the never ending supply of components that perform faster, run cooler, consume less power and improve the overall computing experience for consumers. As one of the leading system builders in the industry, Alienware helps fuel the fire and provides an... Read more...
  Computer hardware enthusiasts are a unique group. Its true that some enthusiasts may spend hours, days, or weeks tweaking their BIOS and other settings to achieve optimal performance, while others might spend an entire evening painstakingly routing wires for proper cable management. Fortunate ones find themselves eagerly awaiting product launches in order to upgrade parts at every possible opportunity. This appetite for new technology is fueled by the never ending supply of components that perform faster, run cooler, consume less power and improve the overall computing experience for consumers. As one of the leading system builders in the industry, Alienware helps fuel the fire and... Read more...
The release of ATI's Radeon HD 5870 graphics card has caused quite a stir in the hardware industry. While enthusiasts scramble to find the coin to upgrade their systems, Alienware has provided an all inclusive option for those in the market for an entire rig, loaded with some of the fastest parts available. Yesterday, Alienware announced the launch of five new configurations, consisting of all new Area 51, Aurora, and M15x gaming systems. Although each option brings something new to the table, we had the chance to check out the Aurora ALX featuring a Core i7 975 processor, X58 microATX motherboard, and two ATI Radeon HD 5870s running in CrossFire mode. If you crave cutting edge technology, then... Read more...
  We know it can be difficult to keep up with all of the latest and greatest hardware. After months of saving up every spare penny, you finally have enough money for that new upgrade that you've been yearning for since its debut. All the reviews are in agreement and you have to own what many are calling the component of the year. Those who don't buy it run the risk of suffering from mediocre benchmark scores or unexceptional frame rates. While those who are able to make the purchase waste no time posting scores on countless tech forums and showing off their new hardware to friends at LAN parties.    Well folks, its that time once again. The release of ATI's Radeon HD 5870... Read more...
Enthusiast level hardware is exciting, especially if you can make use of its full potential. When Intel released the monster 3.33GHz Core i7 975 processor, they laid claim to the highest performing desktop CPU on the market. Interestingly enough, they were competing with themselves as the 3.2GHz 965 held the pole position up to that point. But the new model was welcome as it brought with it the new D0 stepping which lowered operating voltage requirements, tightened up memory timings and brought slightly cooler temperatures. Of course enthusiasts also noticed another tangible benefit in the form of higher overclocking headroom.Intel's Extreme Edition processors are not for everybody. Economically,... Read more...
EVGA commonly produces their mainstream motherboard products first, while in tandem, begins work on their high-end enthusiast product. It's taken roughly four months since the time EVGA launched their first Intel X58 motherboard (the more than worthy X58 3X SLI) to follow it up with their enthusiast-class product, which we'll be looking at today. That board is EVGA's new X58 Classified motherboard. With a whopping $425 price-tag, $125 higher than their baseline X58 motherboard, EVGA is confident that they have a board which can out-class all others in order to demand such a price premium.  But what do you get for that extra $125?  Read on to find out...EVGA X58 3X SLI Classified Motherboard... Read more...
Nearly every motherboard manufacturer on the market today makes at least one line of products for the "enthusiast" market. Typically, these motherboards are a bit flashier, offer better cooling, enhanced overclocking, more features and are priced significantly higher than their mainstream variants. In the majority of cases, these boards are half-hearted attempts to cash in on unknowing buyers who think that these boards will overclock better than their mainstream siblings. One of the brands that has been producing motherboards, which are actually in tune with what high-end users are demanding, has gained quite a loyal fan following over recent years. That brand is EVGA. While they are relatively... Read more...
MSI Launches new X58 Pro-E Mainboard with DrMOS and True Blu-ray Audio playback supportTaipei, Taiwan –Since the release of the Eclipse mainboards which won wide acclamation from gamers everywhere, World renowned mainboard and graphics card producer, MSI International, has now launched the new X58 Pro-E to satisfy the top-category of gamers and overclockers. Not just applying the same DrMOS and APS power supply designs, and creating a beautiful balance between power saving and performance, the X58 Pro-E also equips a set of unique designs like Split Thermal system and True Blu-ray audio which will create a new highlight in price-performance. Features:DrMOS+APS advance power technologiesMSI X58... Read more...
Many positive commentaries have been written about Intel's current flagship Core i7 processors and its companion X58 Express chipset, due to the solid performance gains offered by the platform. In addition to the increased performance offered by Core i7 processors though, the X58 chipset also brings with it native support for ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU technologies--provided support is available in the BIOS--as well as support for the flexible triple channel memory controller integrated into the Core i7. What might be concerning for some, however, is the overall cost of putting together all of the components we just mentioned. Currently, the cheapest Core i7 out there, the 920, will... Read more...
Many positive commentaries have been written about Intel's current flagship Core i7 processors and its companion X58 Express chipset, due to the solid performance gains offered by the platform. In addition to the increased performance offered by Core i7 processors though, the X58 chipset also brings with it native support for ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU technologies--provided support is available in the BIOS--as well as support for the flexible triple channel memory controller integrated into the Core i7.  What might be concerning for some, however, is the overall cost of putting together all of the components we just mentioned.  Currently, the... Read more...
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