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High-end motherboard built on the X58 chipset and provides support for the Intel Core i7 processor through the LGA 1366 socket.

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Pros

supports both multi-GPU standards - SLI and CrossFireX

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good overclocking support - designed for system tweakers

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Cons

underclocks RAM by default - must be adjusted in the BIOS

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lacks USB3 support - limited to standard USB 2.0 connections

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poor SATA layout - long graphics cards will block hard drive connectors

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only 3 of the 4 RAM slots are actually usable for system memory

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built-in RAID mode can be problematic for some users

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buggy BIOS releases from Intel

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The Intel DX58SO is a high-end motherboard built on the X58 chipset and provides support for the Intel Core i7 processor through the LGA 1366 socket. Intel’s DX58SO features support for triple channel DDR3 memory up to 16GB through 4 slots. The board also includes 2 PCI Express 2.0 slots, 1 PCI Express x4 slot, 2 PCI-E x1 slots and 1 additional PCI slot for extra peripherals. This motherboard provides 7.1 channel HD audio supporting Dolby Home Theater surround sound thanks to the integrated Intel HDA sound card. Also included is a gigabit Ethernet port, 8 USB 2.0 ports and 1 IEEE 1394a FireWire port. The DX958SO also supports CrossFireX in order to maximize users' graphics processing potential. Users will see a system bus speed of up to 6.4GT/s by way of the new QuickPath technology borrowed from the X58 architecture. Users looking for a high-end X58 motherboard will likely find the Intel DX58SO more than acceptable.

Features

  • CPU support: Intel Core i7
  • Chipset: Intel X58
  • Socket: LGA 1366
  • Memory Support: Triple Channel DDR3 /1333/1066/up to 16GB maximum
  • Audio Chipset: Intel HDA
  • Audio: 7.1 Dual Channel HD Audio with Dolby Home Theater surround sound
  • LAN: gigabit LAN
  • Supports ATI CrossfireX & NVIDA SLI technology
  • 2 PCI-E 2.0 ports, 1 PCI-E x4 slot, 2 PCI-E x1 slots, 1 PCI slot
  • 8 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 IEEE 1394a FireWire port
  • 6 SATA connectors
  • 2 eSATA ports with RAID supplied by a Marvell controller
  • ATX Form Factor

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