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X58-T3eH6 BIOS, Software And Accessories

Wide voltage ranges and small increments are a good sign of DFI’s LANParty overclocking support. An X58-T3eH6 reference clock limit of 250 MHz might appear restrictive in light of what a few other products list, but experienced overclockers know this is still far higher than the speed current Core i7 processors can tolerate.

BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)
CPU Reference Clock133 to 250 MHz (1 MHz)
Clock Multiplier AdjustmentYes
DRAM RatiosDDR3-800 to DDR3-2133 (266 MHz)
PCIe Clock100 to 250 MHz (1 MHz)
CPU Vcore1.00 v to 2.00 v (0.0125 Volts)
CPU VTT (CPU Uncore) Voltage1.21 to 1.61 Volts (0.02 Volts)
VTT Special Add+0.0125 v to +0.1875 v (0.0125v)
IOH (Northbridge) Core1.10 to 1.45 volts (0.05 Volts)
ICH (Southbridge) Core1.50v to 2.1 v (0.20v)
DRAM Voltage1.455v to 2.400v (0.015v)
CASLatencyRangetCAS:1-11; tRCD: 1-31; tRP: 1-10; tRAS: 1-31

Clock controls are found on the main page of DFI Genie BIOS, while added features, timings and voltages can be found under sub-menus.

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Selecting “Disabled” for “Set VR Current Max” does not prevent the motherboard from rebooting under high amperage loads, since the X58-T3eH6 has its own over-current protection.

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Tuners can change only the memory timings they’re most familiar with and leave others in auto-detect mode.

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An Over-Current Protection (OCP) setting allows builders to select a current limit up to 180 amps. At this maximum setting, our X58-T3eH6 would reset whenever we did a full load test at CPU settings higher than 3.9 GHz and 1.325 volts. Our problem was that we needed more than 1.325 volts to prevent blue screens at higher speeds, but the board would only tolerate higher voltage levels at lower CPU speeds. This reset feature may be an annoyance, but at least it prevented catastrophic failure (see our ASRock X58-SuperComputer comments).

DFI also includes its Auto Boost applications for the loading and saving of BIOS profiles from within Windows. Unfortunately, accessing those profiles requires a reboot, which makes the program no more valuable to us than the BIOS profile feature of competing manufacturers.

Accessories

Accessories
Documentation & SoftwareMotherboard Manual
 Software installation guide
 Motherboard Driver DVD
Hardware2 x Serial ATA Cable
 1 x 4-pin to 2x SATA power adapter cable
 4 x Easy-Grip Jumpers
 1 x 80-conductor Ultra-ATA Cable (Round)
 1 x Floppy Cable (Round)
 1 x ATI CrossFire Bridge
 1 x NVIDIA SLI Bridge
 1 x Quick Connector Kit
 1 x I/O Panel Shield

Knowing that an x16 slot with x4 pathways isn’t much good for 3-way SLI, DFI includes only traditional 2-card SLI and CrossFire adapters with its X58-T3eH6. The biggest disappointment for us was the relative lack of SATA cables, which puts this particular installation kit on par with those of several previous-generation sub-$100 motherboards.

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Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.
  • dragonsprayer
    hey guys good info - its 4am i should not be posting with one eye closed to see the screen!
    Warpedsystems has tested a least half of these, my Evga failed out of the box, i would normally let that slide but with all the 680i and 780i issues and failures over the years - beware. So i can not speak of the evga - i will say the 780i FTW is kick butt mobo!

    Asus is asus and 90% or so of my stuff i ship, i switched to the new P6t from the deluxe and have had some issues - i am sitll working on the P6T tonight as i type. Opps- my jr tech set the blk to 180 and over clocked the QPI to max - i think he smoked the mobo ran amd cpu = its first in 5 years if so?

    Some did not make it? no gigabyte? gigabyte is really pushing on asus for number one - really! Ya, all the evga fans are what? I can say how many evga mobos break and fail: pci-e slot fail, pressure around the cpu mounting failure, lock ups - evga lock ups are just accepted as part of life! We all know that evga error code!

    I have to say the gigabyte and the higher end asus deluxe version sure seem a lot more reliable for 4ghz systems - again - we only took 1 evga and it locked up and i said "that is it the last time" - the FTW 780i gives me faith evga will come around on x58.

    what ever you do - do not oc the blk and QPI - poof!

    nice stuff THG!
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  • Crashman
    dragonsprayerhey guys good info - its 4am i should not be posting with one eye closed to see the screen!Warpedsystems has tested a least half of these, my Evga failed out of the box, i would normally let that slide but with all the 680i and 780i issues and failures over the years - beware. So i can not speak of the evga - i will say the 780i FTW is kick butt mobo!Asus is asus and 90% or so of my stuff i ship, i switched to the new P6t from the deluxe and have had some issues - i am sitll working on the P6T tonight as i type. Opps- my jr tech set the blk to 180 and over clocked the QPI to max - i think he smoked the mobo ran amd cpu = its first in 5 years if so?Some did not make it? no gigabyte? gigabyte is really pushing on asus for number one - really! Ya, all the evga fans are what? I can say how many evga mobos break and fail: pci-e slot fail, pressure around the cpu mounting failure, lock ups - evga lock ups are just accepted as part of life! We all know that evga error code!I have to say the gigabyte and the higher end asus deluxe version sure seem a lot more reliable for 4ghz systems - again - we only took 1 evga and it locked up and i said "that is it the last time" - the FTW 780i gives me faith evga will come around on x58.what ever you do - do not oc the blk and QPI - poof!nice stuff THG!
    One of the companies forgot to send a board and didn't respond in time to the reminder...see the introduction of the article. What makes you think that company wasn't Gigabyte?
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  • Which ASUS board was actually tested - the plain "P6T" or "P6T SE?" There are subtle differences, like JMB322 in P6T but not in P6T SE. Also, some difference in e.g. back panel IO and advertised overclocking capabilities.
    Judging from the feature list, the board was plain P6T, but all pictures seem to be of P6T SE.
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  • Crashman
    RipaWhich ASUS board was actually tested - the plain "P6T" or "P6T SE?" There are subtle differences, like JMB322 in P6T but not in P6T SE. Also, some difference in e.g. back panel IO and advertised overclocking capabilities.Judging from the feature list, the board was plain P6T, but all pictures seem to be of P6T SE.
    http://media.bestofmicro.com/7/3/192063/original/asus_p6t_kit.jpg
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  • wicko
    Sadly, none of the good mobos in this review are sub 300$ in Canada.. what a damn ripoff.
    Reply
  • hardwarekid9756
    Could you expound on "Catastrophic Failure?" I'd be interested to know what all went wrong in the fray. I've been using an ASRock Mobo recently, and noticed it full-out sucked at Overclocking when compared to my MSI board, so I'd like to know what exactly caused the thing to bomb out.
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  • salavat23
    No Gigabyte.

    Sorry, but you can't make a good review without including one of the top manufacturers of X58 motherboards.
    Reply
  • salavat23
    No Gigabyte.

    Sorry, but you can't make a good review without including one of the top manufacturers of X58 motherboards.
    Reply
  • msdx_bizkit
    Gigabyte EX58-UD3R and MSI X58 Pro are the cheapest X58 motherboards out there at the moment. (~250$ CAD - NCIX) Could you guys give me your input on those two particuliar boards?

    I am not the extreme overclocking kinda guy. In fact, I still am running on default settings on my Core 2 Duo E6750. I don't plan to overclock over 3,2Ghz on my new 920, if I ever do overclock.

    Neither boards support SLI, but I'd be interrested in a dual Radeon 4870 1GB Crossfire config.

    Thanks in advance
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  • daft
    i was just wondering if the "more on this topic" could be omitted in future articles, i like to skip to the conclusion in the mornings and its annoying to hit more on this topic and get a little window than to go to the conclusion
    Reply