I am deciding on a gaming 1366 socket mainboard for around 200USD. Currently comparing an Asus P6X58D-E and GIGABYTE X58A-UD3R or something else if anyone has a good suggestion. My only requirement is that they have SPDIF port since I'll be hooking it up to my hometheater. I'll mainly be using it for gaming at 1920x1080 and watching blue-rays.
Other things I plan to buy with it are:
CPU: i7 950
GPU: Asus GTX 580
SSD: 120 GB. SSD INTEL M SERIES
HDD: 2. 0 TB. WESTERN (GREEN)
RAM: 6 GB. PC DDR3-1600 KINGSTON (KHX1600C9D3T1K3)
I already have other components.
Thank you in advance for any advice or suggestions.
Both do PCI-E 2.0 @ 2x16
Sabertooth has newer Realtek ALC892 chipset
Sabertooth has 2 extra USB ports
Sabertooth has e-SATA poertsd
Sabertooth has Premium ceramic-coating technology
Sabertooth has 5 year warranty (2 more than P6X58D-E)
Sabertooth is $35 cheaper
Sabertooth is extremely overclockable board with some reviewers reporting highest / easiest OC';s in their experience.
Sabertooth has optical SPDIF port, if ya need the older coaxial, then the Sabertooth doesn't have that option
The SABERTOOTH X58 is a great board but the P6X58D-E is the better board. If you are able to get the board, I would recommend it. It has better power phase than the SABERTOOTH and gives you 3-way SLI/Crossfire support.