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X58 Motherboard Roundup Review

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3DMark Vantage:

Featuring all-new game tests, this benchmark is for use with Vista-based systems. "There are two all-new CPU tests that have been designed around a new 'Physics and Artificial Intelligence-related computation.' CPU test two offers support for physics related hardware." There are four preset levels that correspond to specific resolutions. 'Entry' is 1024x768 progressing to 'Extreme' at 1920x1200. Of course, each preset can be modified to arrange any number of user designed testing. For our testing, I will use the four presets at all default settings.


  • All default settings in each preset level
  • Entry 1024x768
  • Performance 1280x1024
  • High 1680x1050
  • Extreme 1920x1200

















Once again, there isn't a clear winner at stock settings. The Asus P6T is the top performer, but only by a few points at the two lower resolutions. At the highest resolution, the ECS X58B-A pulls slightly ahead of the Asus P6T.

If the stock settings can be considered unclear, then the overclocked scores are down right confusing. Once again, the P6T is the top performer at the two lower resolutions, but we see the biggest score increase from MSI's Eclipse Plus. The P6T does come out on top and get the best score increase on the highest resolution though. That must count for something.

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