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X58 Motherboard Roundup Review



So you're finally ready to upgrade from your old Commodore 64, but what are you going to upgrade to? Obviously you're gonna want something powerful to make up for the antique you've been using for the past 26 years. Intel's Core i7 CPUs are the current cream of the crop, but a powerful processor isn't all that makes up a great computer. You'll need to find a motherboard that is worthy of your new beast of a CPU. Sure, you can go all out and spend $600 on the most expensive board you can find, but is it worth it? In this X58 motherboard roundup I'll help you find the best board for your money. If you're looking to get into the overclocking scene, a different type of board might suit you. For this reason, I'll also be looking at which board offers the best overclocking price for performance.

The motherboards will be judged in two different categories, so there will be two different winners. Unless, of course, one board kicks butt in both categories, in which case there will only be one winner. Each of the motherboards in this roundup have been put through OCC's benchmarking suite. However, the scores will be presented in a slightly different manner. For each benchmark there will be two graphs. One of these graphs will feature each motherboard's stock scores, while the second graph will represent the motherboards' overclocked scores. This will allow us to see which board is the best at overclocking, or at least the best at offering a performance boost after an overclock.

Enough talk already, lets find out which boards will be put to the test.

  1. Introduction
  2. Closer Look: The Boards
  3. Testing Setup & Overclocking
  4. Benchmarks: Apophysis, Win RAR
  5. Benchmarks: SpecView 10, PCMark Vantage
  6. Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  7. Benchmarks: Sciencemark 2.0, Cinebench 10, HDTune 2.55
  8. Benchmarks: Far Cry 2
  9. Benchmarks: Crysis Warhead
  10. Benchmarks: BioShock
  11. Benchmarks: Call Of Duty World at War
  12. Benchmarks: Dead Space
  13. Benchmarks: Fallout 3
  14. Benchmarks: Left 4 Dead
  15. Benchmarks: 3DMark 06 Professional
  16. Benchmarks: 3DMark Vantage
  17. Price for Performance
  18. Conclusion
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