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Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 Review

Price: $179.99


Are you looking to upgrade your current system? Maybe you are moving yourself away from an older socket, or maybe you are not very happy with your current motherboard.  Perhaps you just want USB 3.0.   Whatever your reasoning is for needing/wanting a new motherboard for your system, Gigabyte has a new motherboard out, the GA-X58-USB3. This motherboard is jam-packed with a bunch of features and hosts a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the rear IO panel. I am very curious to see exactly how well the new board from Gigabyte is going to compare to some of the other ones that we have tested, as well as to see how well it is going to be able to overclock my very stubborn i7 920 C0 processor.

Closer Look:

The packaging for the Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 is quite busy as there are a bunch of logos and blurbs on it to give you information about the board and the features that it has to offer. In the top right hand corner of the package, you will find the Gigabyte logo printed, the top left hand corner shows a tag stating "Unlocked Performance". There is a large USB 3.0 Onboard Acceleration blurb in the left hand corner of the package letting you know that with this board you are going to be able to run USB 3.0 accessories. The GA-X58-USB3 has a USB On/Off Charge system for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, when your computer is on, or even when it is turned off or in sleep mode. You are going to also see a 3 Year Warranty logo in the direct center of the packaging and to the right of that, the packaging states that USB 3.0 offers you 10x speed over USB 2.0, as well as showing a USB Power 3x logo. As we keep looking at the front of the packaging, you see the Intel Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme logos and the Intel Chipset logo, to let you know which processors are supported. Right above the model name, X58-USB3, you will find that the board is one out of Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 3 series, and it does have Windows 7 Support. Under the model number, the Ultra Durable 3 logo shows you that it has a 2oz Copper PCB, Japanese solid capacitors Lower RDS(on) MOSFET, and Ferrite Core Chokes. At the bottom of the packaging are the Smart 6, LGA 1366, CrossFireX, and SLI logos. When you look at the back of the package, additional details can be found regarding specifications and further clarifications of the technologies listed on the front. Once the packaging is opened, the accessories are laying on top of the inner packaging that holds the motherboard in place during shipment. The motherboard itself is wrapped up in an anti-static bag that is going to keep it protected from any static electricity that it may encounter.













There are quite a few accessories that are shipped with the motherboard: three different booklets, an Installation CD, two packages containing SATA cables, a back plate for the motherboard, a 2-way SLI bridge, and a Gigabyte case badge. The three booklets are the Installation guide, the Smart6 User Manual, and the Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 user manual that is going to go over all of the features that the motherboard offers. The installation CD includes the Chipset, SATA, RAID, Network, and Audio drivers. You are also going to get Norton Internet Security and Adobe Acrobat Reader on the disc. Gigabyte has also included their EasyTune System Enhancement Utility, and G.O.M. (Gigabyte Online Management Utility) on the CD. Each package for the SATA cables includes two SATA cables - one of which has a single 90° connector on it. A 2-way SLI bridge is included among the accessories, as well as the GA-X58-USB3's back plate and a Gigabyte case badge sticker, which you can put on your case if you choose to.




Now that we know exactly how the Gigabyte GA-X58-USB3 is packaged and what comes with the board, it's time to take a closer look at the motherboard's layout and features. 

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs (continued)
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench
  9. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  10. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2010
  11. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HDTune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  14. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  15. Testing: 3DMark 06
  16. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Conclusion
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