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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