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Thread: Big step to the future, GIGABYTE EX58 EXTREME with Intel I7 EXTREME 965 CPU




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    Default Big step to the future, GIGABYTE EX58 EXTREME with Intel I7 EXTREME 965 CPU

    In my image, itís been over 2 years as Intel launched Core 2 Duo CPU in LGA 775. After then,
    Intel announced several Core 2 Quad CPUs to combine with Intel LGA775 chipset.
    In the past 2 years, 965/975, P35/X38 and latest P45/X48 are all successful products.
    However, Intel is not satisfied with this, in Nov 2008, complete new structure LGA1366 I7 series is launching.

    Of course, all MB manufacturers have new boards to support LGA 1366.
    One of the largest MB providers, GIGABYTE, also provides 3 models, EX58-UD5, EX58-UD5P and EX58-EXTREME as internet info.

    The one on my hand is most hi-end one, EX58-EXTREME.
    EXTREME is the new series that GIGABYTE started in 2008.
    Itís for most hardcore overclockers and enthusiasts.
    GIGABYTE has had 2 EXTREME with P45. This time, they also launch EXTREME with X58.

    GIGABYTE EX58-EXTREME board
    SB highlights Ultra Durable3, which is the most hi-end components usage from GIGABYTE


    100% Japanese made solid capacitors + 2 oz copper PCB. Components quality is always the GIGABYTE strength.




    Left Lower Corner
    2 X PCI-E X16
    2 X PCI-E X8(These 3 PCI-E support 3-Way SLI/CrossFireX)
    1 X PCIE X4
    1 X PCIE X1
    2 X PCI
    Realtek 8111D is LAN chip that supports Teaming technology
    Realtek ALC889A, supports 7.1 channels and High Definition Audio. It also supports Dolby sounds by only 2 channels speakers.
    PCB is MADE IN TAIWAN

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    Default Re: Big step to the future, GIGABYTE EX58 EXTREME with Intel I7 EXTREME 965 CPU

    Right Lower Corner
    6 X SATAII(by SB ICH10R)
    4 X SATAII
    1 X IDE
    Dual BIOS
    Diagnostic LED


    Right Upper Corner
    6 X DIMM DDR3, support 800/1066/1333/1867/2133/2400, above 2133 are special spec.
    X58 another big change is 3-channel DDR3. The performance is highly expected by end users.
    DRAM part has extra 2-phase PWM. 24Pin power connector is nearby.
    POWER/RESET buttons
    The retail version DDR3 DIMM slots are changed to Blue and White. That makes the board color be matched.
    Also provides LED to show the DES status. Users can know the DES status by lights.


    CPU VRM is 6+6 phases designed and of course support DES advanced energy saving technology.
    Latest VRD11.1 designed can support better power saving features with Intel new stepping CPU.


    IO Shield
    8 X USB 2.0
    2 X RJ-45 LAN
    1 X S/PDIF
    1 X 1394
    Clear COMS button

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    Default Re: Big step to the future, GIGABYTE EX58 EXTREME with Intel I7 EXTREME 965 CPU

    EX58-EXTREME thermal module
    The surface use special process which without Oxidation problem. The black coated surface also looks more stylish.


    Dynamic 6+6 phases PWM + Lower RDS MOSFET
    The heat sink glistens with colors.


    SB ICH10R collocate with big heat sink which can lower the heat


    EXTREME Hybird SLENT-PIPE2 is not same as P45 EXTREME copper one

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    Default Re: Big step to the future, GIGABYTE EX58 EXTREME with Intel I7 EXTREME 965 CPU

    Dual VGA or 3 VGA bridge. NV SLI and ATI CFX all supported


    EX58-EXTREME installs Hybird SLENT-PIPE2




    3-Channel DDR3 is key structure of X58

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    Default Re: Big step to the future, GIGABYTE EX58 EXTREME with Intel I7 EXTREME 965 CPU

    CORSAIR AIRFLOW can support 3DIMM Memory cooling


    Thermaltake V1 AX also support LGA 1366 CPU



    Boot Screen


    Main page

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    Default Re: Big step to the future, GIGABYTE EX58 EXTREME with Intel I7 EXTREME 965 CPU

    M.I.T. Frequency and Voltage setup page




    CPU Feature


    UnCore/QPI Feature
    QPI Link Speed is must item for lift frequency

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    Default Re: Big step to the future, GIGABYTE EX58 EXTREME with Intel I7 EXTREME 965 CPU

    Clock Control


    INTEL exclusive Memory OC technology
    If DDR3 SPD supports XMP, BIOS will show this item. Users can OC very easily.


    Advanced DRAM setting


    Advanced voltage page
    CPU Vcore 0.5000~1.90000V
    QPI/VTT Voltage 1.082~2.000V
    CPU PLL 1.400~2.500V

    QPI PLL 0.800~1.600V
    IOH Core 1.000~2.000V
    ICH I/O 1.050~2.500V
    DARM Voltage 1.300~2.600V
    DRAM Termination 0.520~1.225V

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    Default Re: Big step to the future, GIGABYTE EX58 EXTREME with Intel I7 EXTREME 965 CPU

    System Configuration
    CPU: INTEL Core I7 EXTREME 965
    MB: GIGABYTE EX58-EXTREME
    DRAM: CORSAIR Dominator 1GBX3 1800C7DIN/2GBX3 1600C8D
    VGA: MSI R4870X2-T2D2G-OC
    HD: SAMSUNG 32GB SSD SLC
    POWER: Corsair HX1000W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler: Thermaltake V1 AX/JETART Nano Diamond


    GIGABYTE EasyTune6 is a rich feature utility.
    Quick Boost is the new feature in X58 EXTREME.


    CPU


    Memory

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    Default Re: Big step to the future, GIGABYTE EX58 EXTREME with Intel I7 EXTREME 965 CPU

    VGA


    HW Monitor


    Similar to CPU-Z/GPU-Z can display hardware info. It also can monitor the voltage and temperature status.
    You also can adjust all clock and voltage in this integrated software.


    CPU part
    INTEL Core I7 EXTREME 965 which is Quad core and support HT liked technology, so it shows 8 cores.

    CPU: 3497Mhz
    DRAM: DDR3 1618 CL8 8-8-24 1T 1.64V XMP
    4 X SUPER PI 32M


    CPU: 3870Mhz
    DRAM: DDR3 1618 CL8 8-8-24 1T 1.64V
    CrystalMark

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    Default Re: Big step to the future, GIGABYTE EX58 EXTREME with Intel I7 EXTREME 965 CPU

    CINEBENCH R10


    PCMARK2005


    PCMARK seems not support 4870X2. The VGA performance is more like single card. But in the other parts, all performance are better than LGA775 especially Memory.

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