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X58 On A Budget: Seven Sub-$200 Core i7 Boards

Features Comparison

Sub-$200 X58 Motherboard Features
 ASRock X58 ExtremeAsus P6T SEECS X58B-A
PCB Revision1.011.01G1.0
NorthbridgeIntel X58 ExpressIntel X58 ExpressIntel X58 Express
SouthbridgeIntel ICH10RIntel ICH10RIntel ICH10R
Voltage RegulatorEight PhasesEight PhasesSix Phases
BIOS1.0 (06/11/2009)0403 (05/19/2009)080015 (03/23/2009)
133.3MHz Bclk133.9 MHz (+0.425%)133.6 MHz (+0.20%)133.3 MHz (+0.00%)
Clock GeneratorICS 9LPRS918JKLFICS 9LPRS918JKLFIDT CV193CPAG
Internal Interfaces
PCIe 2.0 x163 (x16/x16/x4)3 (x16/x16/x4)2 (x16/x16)
PCIe x1/x42/01/02/1
PCI221
USB 2.02 (4-ports)3 (6-ports)3 (6-ports)
IEEE-1394111
Serial Port1None1
Parallel Port0NoneNone
Floppy1NoneNone
Ultra ATA-1331 (2-drives)1 (2-drives)None
SATA 3 Gb/s666
4-pin Fan212
3-pin Fan332
FP-AudioYesYesYes
CD AudioYesYesYes
S/PDIF I/OOutput OnlyOutput OnlyOutput Only
Power ButtonYesYesYes
Reset ButtonYesNoYes
CLR_CMOS ButtonJumper OnlyJumper OnlyJumper Only
Diagnostics Panel2-CharacterNone2-Character
I/O Panel Connectors
PS/2222
USB 2.0766
IEEE-1394111
NetworkingSingleSingleSingle
eSATA112
CLR_CMOS ButtonYesNoYes
Digital Audio OutOptical + CoaxialOptical + CoaxialOptical
Digital Audio InNoneNoneNone
Analog Aufio665
Mass Storage Controllers
Chipset SATA6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
Chipset RAID Modes0, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 10
Add-in SATAJMB380 PCIe 1x eSATA 3.0 Gb/sJMB363 PCIe 1x eSATA 3.0 Gb/sJMB362 PCIe 2x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s
Add-in Ultra ATAVT6330 PCIeJMB363 PCIeNone
IEEE-1394VT6330 PCIe 2x 400 mb/sVT6315N PCIe 2x 400 mb/sVT6308P PCI 2x 400 mb/s
Gigabit Ethernet
Primary LANRTL8111DL PCIeRTL8111C PCIeRTL8111C PCIe
Secondary LANNoneNoneRTL8111C PCIe
Audio
HD Audio CodecALC890BALC1200ALC888S
Sub-$200 X58 Motherboard Features
 Foxconn FlamingBladeGigabyte EX58-UD3RJetway BI-600MSI X58 Pro-E
PCB Revision1.01.61.03.1
NorthbridgeIntel X58 ExpressIntel X58 ExpressIntel X58 ExpressIntel X58 Express
SouthbridgeIntel ICH10RIntel ICH10RIntel ICH10RIntel ICH10R
Voltage RegulatorSix PhasesSix PhasesSix PhasesFive Phases
BIOSP05 (04/13/2009)FB (05/04/2009)A03 (05/15/2009)8.2 (04/20/2009)
133.3 MHz Bclk133.7 MHz (+0.28%)133.0 MHz (-0.25%)133.0 MHz (-0.25%)133.8 MHz (+0.35%)
Clock GeneratorICS 9LPRS139AKLFICS 9LPRS914EKLFICS 9LPRS139AKLFICS 9LPRS133BKLF
Internal Interfaces
PCIe 2.0 x162 (x16/x16)2 (x16/x16)4 (2x x16 or 4x x8)3 (x16/x16/x4)
PCIe x1/x41/12/10/12/0
PCI2212
USB 2.02 (4-ports)2 (4-ports)2 (4-ports)3 (6-ports)
IEEE-1394None1None1
Serial PortNone111
Parallel PortNoneNoneNoneNone
Floppy111None
Ultra ATA-1331 (2-drives)1 (2-drives)1 (2-drives)1 (2-drives)
SATA 3 Gb/s6867
4-pin Fan1211
3-pin Fan2423
FP-AudioYesYesYesYes
CD AudioYesYesYesYes
S/PDIF I/OOutput OnlyInput + OutputOutput OnlyOutput Only
Power ButtonYesNoYesYes
Reset ButtonYesNoYesYes
CLR_CMOS ButtonYesJumper OnlyYesYes
Diagnostics Panel2-characterNone2-CharacterNone
I/O Panel Connectors
PS/21222
USB 2.06886
IEEE-1394None1None1
NetworkingDualDualDualSingle
eSATA2None21
CLR_CMOS ButtonYesNoYesNo
Digital Audio OutOpticalOptical + CoaxialCoaxialOptical
Digital Audio InNoneNoneNoneNone
Analog Audio6666
Mass Storage Controllers
Chipset SATA6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
Chipset RAID Modes0, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 10
Add-in SATAJMB363 PCIe 2x eSATA 3.0 Gb/sJMB363 PCIe 1x eSATA 3.0 Gb/sJMB363 PCIe 2x eSATA 3.0 Gb/sJMB363 PCIe 1x SATA 3.0 Gb/s 1x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s
Add-in Ultra ATAJMB363 PCIeJMB363 PCIeJMB363 PCIeJMB363 PCIe
IEEE-1394NoneTSB43AB23 PCI 3x 400 mb/sNoneJMB381 PCIe 2x 400 mb/s
Gigabit Ethernet
Primary LANRTL8111C PCIeRTL8111C PCIeRTL8111C PCIeRTL8111C PCIe
Secondary LANRTL8111C PCIeNoneRTL8111C PCIeNone
Audio
HD Audio CodecALC888ALC888ALC888ALC889