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ECS X58B-A Review



To see just what kind of performance the ECS X58B-A is capable of, I will run it through the OverclockersClub benchmarking suite. This contains synthetic and gaming benchmarks to show how it performs. I will compare the ECS X58B-A against many of its contemporaries varying in price point and feature set. All of the stock testing is run with the factory default settings in the BIOS, save for manually setting the memory clock speeds, voltage and processor voltage. Turbo mode has been disabled to eliminate any variables due to changing clock speeds during single and multi threaded benchmarks. SMT was enabled during testing as well. To overclock the X58B-A I will push the limits and try to show results that should be easily duplicated based on the capabilities of your CPU and system memory.


Testing Setup I7:


Comparison Motherboards:



Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core I7 920 185x20
  • Sytem Memory: Mushkin XP3 12800 3x2GB  740MHz 9-8-7-20 1t

When overclocking, having a known commodity is helpful when working with a new piece of hardware. The Core i7 920 used in this review is capable of 4.1GHz Prime stable, so what better chip to use than one already capable of a 222 bclock in several other boards. Overclocking the ECS X58B-A started out pretty well with a boot at 200x20 but I could not gain any stability at 200, 195, 190MHz bclock speeds. Every board I have used has been capable of at least a 200MHz bclock. I went back and started from scratch and inched up 5MHz at a time to see just where the cutoff point for stability was. I kept the memory divider low to eliminate that as a concern and concentrated strictly on the CPU to see just where the top bclock would be. After playing with the QPI and Vcore voltages I was able to reach 185MHz using a 20 multiplier. One more MHz resulted in Prime 95 failing in less than a minute, 186 = fail in one minute, 185 = 24 hour prime stability. One thing I noticed while trying for 4GHz with the ECS X58B-A was that instability of the Vcore. While trying for a higher clock speed I could set the voltages to what have been the voltages required to get this chip to perform on other boards 1.41 on the CPU and 1.4 on the uncore voltage and the voltage droop from the set voltage in BIOS versus the voltage read in Windows were under load were startlingly different. The CPU voltage would droop as low as 1.35 volts, causing the CPU to fail at speeds it has been proven to run at. If anything, I feel that this point alone causes the board to lose tremendous overclocking potential. My final clock speed on the ECS is 3.7GHz reached by running a combination of bclock and multiplier of 185x20. Not bad but not great either as there was 400MHz worth of lost potential left on the table. When you get down to it though, a 1.1GHz overclock is nothing to sneeze at.




  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Crysis
  2. Knights of the Sea
  3. Bioshock
  4. Call of Duty 4
  5. World in Conflict
  6. Far Cry 2
  7. Company of Heros-Opposing Fronts
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Bundled Accessories)
  3. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  4. Closer Look (The Bios)
  5. Closer Look (The Bios Continued)
  6. Closer Look (Drivers & Programs)
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  9. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar)
  10. Testing: (Specview10, PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: (SiSoft Sandra 2009)
  12. Testing: (ScienceMark 2.0, Cinebench 10,HDTune 2.55)
  13. Testing: Far Cry 2
  14. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  15. Testing: Bioshock
  16. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  17. Testing: Dead Space
  18. Testing: Fallout 3
  19. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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