Intel X58 Roundup: Six $300+ Platforms Compared

Blood Rage BIOS, Software, And Accessories

The Blood Rage BIOS includes many advanced features, and its standard settings are also broad enough to allow for the extreme voltage and frequency levels favored by liquid-nitrogen overclockers.

BIOS Frequency and Voltage Settings
CPU Reference Clock

66 to 500 MHz (1 MHz)

Clock Multiplier Adjustment

Yes

DRAM Ratios

DDR3-800 to DDR3-2133 (266 MHz)

PCIe Clock

Not Adjustable

CPU Vcore

Stock to +1.260 volts (0.010 volts),

CPU VTT (Uncore) Voltage

Stock to +1.260 volts (0.010 volts),

IOH (Northbridge) Voltage

1.10 to 2.36 volts (0.020 volts)

ICH (Southbridge) Voltage

1.40 to 1.80 volts (0.012 volts)

DRAM Voltage

1.455 to 2.400 volts (0.015 volts)

CAS Latency Range

tCAS: 5-15; tRCD: 5-15; tRP: 5-15; tRAS: 10-31


One strangely missing setting was the PCIe clock, but a realistic memory clock limit of 8x base clock (16x data rate) merely appears to be out of place on an extreme overclocking board.

Foxconn’s Aegis control panel provides similar functionality to the previously-viewed EVGA application, but with a far more ornate interface. Though Aegis works well, we’d have preferred a far more visually compact version.

Foxconn OC Gear allows saving and restoring overclock settings from within Windows.

Other applications include several Foxconn utilities, freeware, and Norton Internet Security.

Accessories

Accessories
Documentation and Software

Motherboard Manual

Creative X-Fi Guide

Quick Installation Guide

Warranty Registration Card

Motherboard Driver DVD

Hardware

1 x I/O Panel Shield

1 x Thermal Paste Syringe

8 x Self-Adhesive Component Sinks

3 x SATA Data Cable, Short

1 x SATA Data/Power Adapter Cable

1 x Liquid Nitrogen Pot (Northbridge)

1 x Liquid Cooling Block (Northbridge)

1 x 40x10 mm Northbridge Fan w/clips

1 x Sonar X-Fi Riser Card

1 x Port Breakout (2x USB, 1x IEEE-1394)

2 x SATA Data Cable, Long

2 x 4-pin to 2-drive SATA Power Adapter

1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA cable

1 x SLI Bridge


With extreme overclockers as a target market, Foxconn designed the sink of its northbridge cooler to be swappable with an included liquid nitrogen cooling pot and an included water block. A 40 mm clip-on fan assists the small air-cooling sink.

We were pleased by Foxconn’s inclusion of both short and long SATA cables, although the lack of any CrossFire bridges left us uninspired by a motherboard that appears to be designed to accept four single-slot AMD graphics cards.

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  • avatar_raq
    Nice review..For so long we waited for such comparison.
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  • FelixM
    Please: add FSX to the test!
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  • avatar_raq
    1. Why adding crossfire bridges when each and every ATI graphics card is shipped with one? When did mobos come with them anyway?
    2. Are the slots of DFI mobo made of UV reactive material? They look so to me
    3. One might think wider bios OC options take into consideration future CPUs but new CPUs usually require bios update, and then the manufacturer may improve the new bios. That said each mobo reviewed here has enough OC potential in its BIOS, question is: which one will endure extreme OC 24/7 for a long period? This is the one thing that can only tested retrospectively. Personally I had 2 cheap ASUS mobos (P35)and they both overclocked well and worked flawlessly.
    4. I see ASUS and Gigabyte mobos take the lead in most of the tests. ASUS has the lead in most games and better customer service in my country and GB having a water block for the NB.
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  • avatar_raq
    It would have been nice to mention the net prices of these motherboards to compare their value.
    Quick search on newegg gave the following (not counting the MIRs):
    ASUS ~400 USD (ooph!!)
    GB ~330
    DFI not found !
    EVGA ~270
    Foxconn not found !
    MSI ~350
    After putting everything into consideration I would go for the Gigabyte model if I have net shopping. Nevertheless from a value point of veiw the EVGA one wins since it's the cheapest of the "4" models whose price is found at newegg and the performance defecit is so small. This card do not even fit into the title of the article, it's not $300+ at the time being (perhaps it was so when they started preparing for this article).
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  • avatar_raq
    Update:
    DFI ~300 USD
    XFX ~290 USD (not included in the article)
    Foxconn: Still I can't find the blood rage on newegg.
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  • mi1ez
    Why are these companies giving the option of taking the PCIe freq to 200MHz?!
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  • LePhuronn
    Asus Rampage II Extreme: £321.99
    DFI Lan Party UT X58-T3EH8: £293.24
    EVGA X58 3X SLI: £241.49 (I think)
    Foxconn Bloodrage: £280.59
    Gigabyte EX58 Extreme: £264.49

    Prices from overclockers.co.uk

    Incidentally, isn't the Gigabyte EX58 Extreme the only board here that can handle 24GB of RAM? All other boards are capped at 12GB aren't they?

    Also, I'd suggest to Tom's to review this subject again - they've already mentioned mainstream board reviews, but personally I'd like to see the Asus P6T6 WS Revolution reviewed - always had good experiences with the Asus workstation boards so I'm very interested in this new one.
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  • Anonymous
    I think a determening factor could be less in the boards overclockability, and perhaps more in it's functions and price.

    Like, if I'm going to install WinXP or a 32 bit version of vista, having 3 ramslots is more then sufficient (3GB).
    If I want a server, install a 64 bit os, 6 slots (12-24GB) is rather a must.
    I probably won't use a server to play games, though some people might.

    Also pricepoint is a good factor to determine which board could be a snatch.

    Quality of capacitors and boardmaterial, as well as longetivity of hardware play a role in making one board win over another.

    There's no winner when a certain board manufacturer has increased performance for lower power, but when their boards die within their first year of use due to the use of bad components!
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  • zebzz
    I think unless your a gaming freak with lots of money or as ProDigit80 has stated that you want to use them for servers, then the current socket 775 and AM2 processors / and DDR2 memory are cheaper and provide the performance about 99.5% people need. Again its all down to specialised needs.
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  • Anonymous
    Nice
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  • swharth
    It's a pretty cool board. The only complaint I had was that the slots for the Dual GTX280 cards were to close together. Not a lot of room for air circulation. I had to replace mine, and now using a DX58SO. Also a nice board, but missing the "WOW" factor.
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