MSI X58 Platinum

MSI X58 Platinum @ OC Club

“The i7 runs at 2.66GHz and only needs around 1v to work at this frequency, a pretty impressive feat. Getting it up to 3GHz was simple enough, all it took was to bump the base clock up from 133 to 150MHz. Then things started to get a bit complicated and required some, actually a lot, of trial and error. Since I am using a processor with a locked multiplier I started by decreasing it and finding the highest stable BCLK.”

Asus M3A78-T

Asus M3A78-T @ PCStats

“The ASUS M3A78-T motherboard features AMD’s latest Integrated Graphics Processor, the Radeon HD 3300. The interesting point about this IGP is that it has 128MB of additional DDR3 Sideport memory just for itself. In previous reviews of 790GX motherboards we’ve seen that this is one of the fastest integrated graphics processors on the market, mainly because it’s more like an integrated videocard than standard IGPs which are not equipped with dedicated RAM.”

MSI Eclipse

MSI Eclipse @ Bjorn3D

“The MSI Eclipse is one of the most capable and feature rich motherboards we’ve ever come across. When they designed the Eclipse they might as well have climbed a flagpole and screamed to the world this is our flagship motherboard. The Eclipse is not only well designed and implemented, it’s also one of the few X58 boards out there capable of running three dual slot GPU’s.”

Gigabyte EX58-UD4P

Gigabyte EX58-UD4P @ Bjorn3D

“With this being said, let’s take look at a motherboard from GigaByte, The EX59-UD4P. GigaByte is pulling out all of the stops on this motherboard, from the use of all solid capacitors and ferrite core chokes to a few more added features on this motherboard, that so far, (from what I’ve seen) other motherboard manufacturers have not used.”

Asus P6T

Asus P6T @ X-Bit Labs

“Asus P6T mainboard comes in a box of standard dimensions. It was pretty unusual to see that even a small box like that had a flip-open front panel. There were no windows cut out in this box that have become pretty common lately and that reveal part of the solution or accessories to the potential buyer.”

ASRock X58 SuperComputer

ASRock X58 SuperComputer @ X-Bit Labs

“What do we know ASRock mainboards for in the first place? Unique technical solutions and low price. What will we remember ASRock X58 SuperComputer for? Well, I believe it will be the unusual “Powered eSATAII/USB” connector and that’s about it. In my opinion, they had to give up four PCI Express x16 slots and leave only two of them, because most users will still use only one anyway. Making the layout a little simpler this way could help lower the price of this board.”

ASRock AOD790GX/128M

ASRock AOD790GX/128M @ Benchmark Reviews

“Everybody knows that if you’re number 2, you try harder, What if you’re number 3 or 4, what do you do then? You look for Golden Opportunities to prove that you have first class products. ASRock did just that during the rise of the Core2Duo era, when overclocking nearly became a household word. ASRock built a stellar reputation with LGA775 motherboards that survived (and thrived) at the high Front Side Bus clock speeds that were required to get those Intel CPUs singing soprano.”

Jetway NF76-1G5-LF ICS

Jetway NF76-1G5-LF ICS @ PCShopTalk

“As the other motherboard, this VIA one has also a clean design. If we look briefly, we can see that this motherboard uses normal DIMMs, the chipset and the CPU are covered by aluminum passive heatsinks, but the CPU also has an active fan on it. We have a spare PCI slot for plugging in a TV tuner, a soundcard or a video card. We can also see 2 spare SATA ports, a IDE connector and the 20-pin PSU connector.”

Asus P6T

Asus P6T @ OC Club

“But both the 920 and P6T put on a little show and came up big. The maximum baseclock I could achieve with stability was 222MHz. But this was pretty much bench stable. 220 was stable enough to be prime stable at 220×18, or 3.96 GHz, pretty sweet so far. To get there I needed just 1.38 volts on the CPU, a QPI voltage of 1.39v, IOH of 1.36v, CPU PLL voltage of 1.86 with the memory at 1.62 volts.”

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R @ FutureLooks

“Back in January while attending CES, I took the opportunity to visit GIGABYTE’s demo suite and meet the new team. This was one of the better highlights of attending simply because they’ve made some great strides over the last two years becoming the fastest growing motherboard manufacturer among the enthusiasts. This is largely in part to their commitment to the enthusiast community.”