X58 Motherboard Roundup Reviewtacohunter52 - August 31, 2009
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Before I announce a winner, I would like to make two things very clear. All of these boards performed close together, which made choosing a winner quite hard.
For instance, in many of the benchmarks the MSI X58 Platinum saw the biggest increase in performance when overclocked. However, having the biggest increase doesn't make up for its lack in performance, especially when a more economical board such as the ECS X58B-A can outperform it by so much. If you want to go for a board different from the one I choose because of certain features, you can be assured you're not making a bad choice. I mean just look at the numbers, there isn't that much of a difference.
The next thing I'd like to say is that two boards were tied for first. I am choosing the winner because of how much bang you get for your buck.
The Asus P6T was the runner up. For just one penny under $250, you can get a board that overclocks like nobody's business. The only reason that I didn't choose this board as the winner is because not everybody will be using it to overclock. If you will be overclocking your system, then I'd recommend going with this board. If not, then I'd recommend the.......................................
ECS X58B-A!!! I know, ECS isn't the most popular brand, but come on. For $210 you can get a motherboard that performs on par with the much higher priced boards. Not only that, but in many cases it outperforms them. Sure, you could spend $370 on the MSI Eclipse, but to me that seems like a waste. Instead, save that extra coin and put it toward a nice video card.