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Overclocking And Feature Comparison

Mainstream Or Hardcore? Two X58 Motherboards Compared
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Platform Overclocking Results

MotherboardMSI X58 Pro-EMSI Big Bang Xpower
Core i7-980X Clock4134 MHz4134 MHz
Multiplier31x
31x
Turbo Multi-Core32x
32x
Turbo Single-Core33x33x
Base Frequency133 MHz133 MHz
Turbo BoostYes
Yes
System Idle Power99 W108 W
System Peak Power349 W351 W
BIOS Vcore+0.250 V1.50 V
CPU-Z VT idle1.216 V1.472 V
CPU-Z VT load1.448 V
1.416 V
PLL
1.880 V1.900 V
PCH
1.8 V1.8 V
RAM
1.5 V1.5 V
Fritz chess benchmark2201821851
Stable
Yes
Yes


Feature Comparison Table

Board SetupMSI X58 Pro-EMSI Big Bang Xpower
Power Connector1 x 8-Pin2 x 8-Pin
PCIe Power-
1 x 6-Pin
Port 80 DebugNo
Yes
PCI-E x16 Slots3x6x
PCI 32 bit2x-
CPU PWM Phases6
16
HD Sound
RealtekRealtek ALC889
EAX 5.0-compliant
SATA6 x 3Gb /s

6 x 3Gb/s

2 x 6Gb/s
eSATA1x1x
Combinded USB/eSATA-
1x
USB 3.0-
2x
USB 2.06 x panel6 x panel
6 x connector4 x connector
Gigabit Ethernet1x2x
UltraATA/1331x-
Fan Headers1 x CPU, 3 x Sys1 x CPU, 4 x Sys
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    gege , July 3, 2010 10:47 AM
    I always knew that ^^
    Now tell me you guys what is the reason to buy "military class" that can work for 200 years if you are going to change all the system every 2~3 years?
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  • 13 Hide
    gege , July 3, 2010 10:47 AM
    I always knew that ^^
    Now tell me you guys what is the reason to buy "military class" that can work for 200 years if you are going to change all the system every 2~3 years?
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    bujinyun , July 4, 2010 4:14 AM
    there's a typo in the platform overclocking results table of the cpu. look into that. :) 
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    Poisoner , July 4, 2010 7:04 AM
    Why is this article buried? This should be up top instead of 20 pictures of dumb heat sinks.
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    Mark Heath , July 4, 2010 1:57 PM
    Would have preferred a better look at OC'ing, not just a single chart.
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    Mark Heath , July 4, 2010 1:58 PM
    Why do people bother going around and rating everything negative? Oh well, reset your guys posts by giving them a thumbs up.
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    hemburger , July 4, 2010 2:12 PM
    great article :~)
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    cutterjohn , July 4, 2010 2:22 PM
    Some of us don't change our systems every 2-3y, I regularly go 5 or more years between MAJOR system upgrades, as if carefully built in the first place RAM, drive, and GPU upgrades will give you that effective life. i.e. I don't want electrolytic caps that are either faulty(hello Nichicon nice job stealing the wrong formula) caps or caps that "dry" out(electrolytic caps do eventually). There are also other benefits to the solid tantalum caps as well. So anyway that you look at it, NOT buying a mb (or other devices) w/solid caps is just plain stupid when you have the option to do so.
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    cutterjohn , July 4, 2010 2:23 PM
    Also forgot to mention that I regularly press my old systems into service as servers, as even the old ones are sufficient for my uses esp if I am running *BSD or a linux distro on them.
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    Ubrales , July 4, 2010 6:20 PM
    Good informative and well illustrated article!
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    kelemvor4 , July 4, 2010 6:49 PM
    Good article but the answer to the question in the title is easy. Given the existence of the EVGA SR-2, any board currently running a single non xeon cpu is not hardcore.
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    scook9 , July 4, 2010 10:36 PM
    So they simply overclocked via multi...and did not bother upping the bclk at all? That is kind of lame given the power circuitry for the northbridge is also a difference between the 2 boards and will effect this dimension.
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    nforce4max , July 4, 2010 11:45 PM
    gegeI always knew that ^^Now tell me you guys what is the reason to buy "military class" that can work for 200 years if you are going to change all the system every 2~3 years?


    True but then again some of us are pack rats and like old things to last. I am a true and shameless pack rat. Some of us pack rats still got vintage amiga and ibm rigs from the 80s that still run.
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    krzyinuyasha , July 5, 2010 6:00 AM
    gegeI always knew that ^^Now tell me you guys what is the reason to buy "military class" that can work for 200 years if you are going to change all the system every 2~3 years?


    For me I typically build a new system for around $1,000-$1,200 every 5-7 years and only upgrade the Video and Storage as I need to. So when I built my i7 I spent the extra money for a EVGA x58 Classified for the better components and life time warranty plus the option for better video expansion and a hexacore CPU if I ever needed it. So yea having military grade parts that can last 100 years is a good thing for me and others who like to build systems that will last more then 2 years and be able to OC and run them 25/7 for the 5-7 years.
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    Anonymous , July 5, 2010 6:18 AM
    I really hate how toms chooses to display their data. The names on the left are always switching.
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    Gradis , July 5, 2010 6:33 AM
    It can do SLI - bios needs to be updated to any version higher than 8

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    andrewcutter , July 5, 2010 10:39 AM
    it can not only do SLI, the newer version also has usb 3 support.........
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    Gradis , July 5, 2010 12:02 PM
    no x58 pro-e can
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    decrypted , July 5, 2010 2:59 PM
    I agree with wanting systems that last longer. I wish I could afford to upgrade more often, but alas I can not. I'm still using my system that I built back in early '02, a dual-cpu Xenon w/1GB RDRAM (lol), but hey, when I built it it was cutting edge and would smoke the computers we used in college. Right now I'm starting a new build and holding off on buying the cpu/MB/mem to last. I'm still torn between 1366 or 1156 build as hopefully the new build will last 5+ years.
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    Marcus52 , July 5, 2010 5:42 PM
    gegeI always knew that ^^Now tell me you guys what is the reason to buy "military class" that can work for 200 years if you are going to change all the system every 2~3 years?


    I suspect you "always knew" nothing, but had a belief to support feeling smug about the way you buy your parts. I'm not against saving money by purchasing main-stream parts of premium ones, not at all, but don't go around feeling like you're some superior being just because you do.

    As far as your "question", I suspect you are merely trolling, but if you actually want to know I suggest you read some mil specs and study manufacturing theory and practices; your assumptions are inaccurate.

    ;) 
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    branflakes71 , July 5, 2010 8:18 PM
    I have the Pro-E and expect it to last me 4-5 years, which is how long I go before major upgrades. It does SLI or Crossfire. The latest BIOS also allows for the Gulftown processors.

    The only thing it's "lacking" in my opinion is USB 3.0, which wasn't fully out yet when I built the computer last year. I don't do serious overclocking, just mild stuff, so its feature set and price point were perfect for my budget.

    Any well-built mainstream motherboard will last more than 2-3 years. It's really just the low-end entry level stuff that people need to avoid.
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