X58 In 2010: Four LGA 1366 Boards With USB 3.0 And SATA 6Gb/s

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X58 Express Motherboard Features
Row 0 - Cell 0 ASRock X58 Extreme3Asus P6X58D-EGigabyte X58A-UD3RGigabyte X58A-UD7
PCB Revision1.051.00G1.01.0
ChipsetIntel X58 ExpressIntel X58 ExpressIntel X58 ExpressIntel X58 Express
Voltage RegulatorEight Phases16 PhasesEight Phases24 Phases
BIOSP1.40 (03/26/2010)0204 (04/09/2010)F5 (03/11/2010)F6 (03/11/2010)
133.3 MHz BCLK133.3 MHz (+0.0%)133.6 MHz (+0.45%)133.0 MHz (-0.25%)133.0 MHz (-0.25%)
Internal Interfaces
PCIe x163 (x16/x16/x4)3 (x16/x16/x1, x16/x8/x8)4 (x16/x0/x16/x0, x16/x0/x8/x8, x8/x8/x8/x8)4 (x16/x0/x16/x0, x16/x0/x8/x8, x8/x8/x8/x8)
PCIe x1/x41/01/02/02/0
Legacy PCI2211
USB 2.02 (4-ports)2 (4-ports)2 (4-ports)2 (4-ports)
IEEE-13942 (4-ports)111
Serial Port1NoneNoneNone
Parallel PortNoneNoneNoneNone
Ultra-ATA 1331 (2-drives)None1 (2-drives)1 (2-drives)
SATA 3.0 Gb/s6688
SATA 6.0 Gb/s2222
4-Pin Fan2222
3-Pin Fan2344
S/PDIF I/OOutput OnlyOutput OnlyOutput OnlyBoth
Power ButtonYesYesNoYes
Reset ButtonYesNoNoYes
CLR_CMOS ButtonJumper OnlyNoNoNo
Diagnostics PanelNumericPass/Fail LEDsPass/Fail LEDsNumeric
I/O Panel Connectors
P/S 22222
USB 2.06 (1 shared w/eSATA)46 (2 shared w/eSATA)6 (2 shared w/eSATA)
USB 3.02222
eSATA1 (Shared with USB)None2 (Shared with USB)2 (Shared with USB)
CLR_CMOS ButtonYesYesYesYes
Digital Audio OutOptical + CoaxialOptical + CoaxialOptical + CoaxialOptical + Coaxial
Digital Audio InNoneNoneNoneNone
Analog Audio6666
Mass Storage Controllers
Chipset SATA6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
Chipset RAID Modes0, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 100, 1, 5, 10
Add-In SATAMarvell 9128 PCIe 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s* 1 x eSATA 6.0 Gb/s* (*1-Port Shared)JMB362 PCIe 2 x eSATA 3.0 Gb/sMarvell 9128 PCIe 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/sMarvell 9128 PCIe 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/sJMB363 PCIe 2 x SATA 3.0 Gb/sJMB362 PCIe 2 x eSATA 3.0 Gb/sMarvell 9128 PCIe 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/sJMB363 PCIe 2 x SATA 3.0 Gb/sJMB362 PCIe 2 x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s
Add-In Ultra ATAMarvell 9128 PCIeNoneJMB363 PCIeJMB363 PCIe
USB 3.0NEC D720200F1NEC D720200F1NEC D720200F1NEC D720200F1
IEEE-1394VT6308S PCI 2 x 400 Mb/sVT6308P PCI 2 x 400 Mb/sTSB43AB23 PCI 3 x 400 Mb/sTSB43AB23 PCI 3 x 400 Mb/s
Gigabit EthernetRow 46 - Cell 1 Row 46 - Cell 2 Row 46 - Cell 3 Row 46 - Cell 4
Primary LANRTL8111DL PCIe88E8056 PCIeRTL8111D PCIeRTL8111D PCIe
Secondary LANNoneNoneNoneRTL8111D PCIe
HD Audio CodecVIA VT2020ALC889ALC889ALC889
DDL/DTS ConnectUnspecifiedUnspecifiedDolby Digital LiveDolby Digital Live
Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • Tindytim
    First Intel punishes me by not releasing a proper 32nm 920 replacement for the 1366, and then Tom's publishes this article only days after I purchase components for yet another 1366 build.

    I must be a BYOPC masochist.
  • Stardude82
    Nice to see that mobo makers aren't charging too much of a premium for USB 3.0 and SATA-6. On the other hand, what an embarrassing for ASRock just as I thought they were getting out the shadow of ASUS.

    I would have liked to see those new ports put to use on these boards...
  • omoronovo
    I very recently decided to take the plunge in an i7-based build, and I chose the UD3R for it. I couldn't be happier - this little monster pushes my i7 to 4ghz stable on stock vcore.

    One thing I haven't seen anywhere though, but would like to, is the overclocking variance added through differing ram capacities. Even though I reached 4ghz on stock vcore, I had to push my QPI to 1.35 to keep the system stable with 6 modules installed. With 4 modules, this was reduced to 1.28, and with 3 it was around 1.24 and with only 2 I could run the QPI volts at 1.2.

    Perhaps an idea for an in-depth article at some point in the future Toms?
  • liquidsnake718
    Thank you TS. I think you may have built and benched my new computer. I see you still chose the 920 over the 930. Even before reading this article, I had my eyes on the UD3R because of the price and the decent features, save the sound card. However because of this article, I am going to reserve this mb and start building a newbie!

    The next step would be to see how these boards stack up using 6 cores and letting people know what power with 6 cores means using a 1 & a half year old motherboard. Although knowing that 6 cores, USB3.0 and SATA 6.0gb are a long way from being standard, it is by no means premature to have this board as one knows that they will be paying and buying for the long haul! The smartest ones do, and seeing as you guys chose the best parts for the price in terms of quality/performance, the UD3 is a perfect fit for a 5850 or maybe 2!

    You should send this article to someone at Intel and maybe they will want to soon follow the way of USB3.0 for their vanilla board! I guess these builds are the new standard for high end or borderline excellent.
  • anders_w
    An error/typo in the table page 2?
    The table claims Asus P6X58D-E have Chipset S-ata 6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s
    Should probably be 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s...
  • Crashman
    anders_wAn error/typo in the table page 2?http://www.tomshardware.com/review 614-2.htmlThe table claims Asus P6X58D-E have Chipset S-ata 6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/sShould probably be 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s...
  • C 64
    At first quick look at the picture I almost fell from my chair... a quad processor MB, but then I realized Tom had problems squeezing the MBs in the pic.
  • wa1
  • Crashman
    zipzoomflyhighAnother X58 reviews. Just what we all wanted. NOT.Yeh, X58 is obviously exceeds your needs but there hasn't been much news on the Via Apollo Pro front.
  • abhishekk89
    i'd been planning on a p55 chipset + i5 750... now i'm thinking of i7 930 + gigabyte ud3r