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Gigabyte shows bit-tech its final X58 boards

Gigabyte shows bit-tech its final X58 boards

The Gigabyte X58 Extreme complete with fancy heatpipes

Gigabyte will launch three X58 motherboards in a few weeks – the Extreme, the UD5P and the UD5. All will feature Ultra Durable 3 with Gigabyte’s new 2oz copper layer in the PCB, Dynamic Energy Saver advanced, 50-squillion hour Jap caps and Dolby Home Theatre audio with the premium Realtek AL889a sound codec.

Style wise, Gigabyte has heard our (and others) concerns and updated its design massively, with a largely positive effect. While adamant that it doesn’t want to follow down the “black PCB = enthusiast” route, we think its blue-white-silver approach looks really something fresh. While I personally would have loved Gigabyte to have gone that much further and make the USB pin-outs blue and orange slots silver/grey, overall we feel the change is certainly a step forward. Drop in some ambient blue and white lighting in a case and this could look pretty pimped out.

Technically though we have some questions - the whole heatpipe array is simply push-pin restrained on the UD5P below, although we hope the Extreme has proper screws, and the huge (cool looking) southbridge mass has more compression than the northbridge strangely enough.

Other features for the series include dual Gigabit LAN, 4-pin and 6-pin Firewire connectors on the rear I/O as well as eight USB 2.0 ports, 10 SATA, dual BIOS and an Ultra TPM module. What is still missing is that extra mile certain other companies have gone to with their X58's - we feel in some respects that Gigabyte is so afraid of copying the competition it's effectively limiting itself in what it can offer. This goes for Gigabyte or anyone else, and at the end of the day, if a feature benefits the consumer - we want to see everyone doing it in their own way.

The Extreme will feature not only a massive set of optional cooling fins that clips into a PCI bracket, but also a watercooled northbridge option too. However, while... very large, we remain slightly sceptical about how all those heatpipes efficiently connect to the northbridge and in what direction exactly the fins are expected to be cooled.

Does this look better than what we previously looked at? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Gigabyte X58 Extreme

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liratheal 27th October 2008, 14:29 Quote
My first thought is "When can I have one?"

You guys going to be getting a review sample of this board?
Bindibadgi 27th October 2008, 14:33 Quote
'course :)
liratheal 27th October 2008, 14:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
'course :)

Sexytiem
mrb_no1 27th October 2008, 14:44 Quote
i've never like the look of gigabyte boards, but i really like the look of this one and 10 sata, nice to see more than 6 as 6 isnt enough for me, i keep having swap out hdd's for bigger ones which is too expensive, rather than just adding one.

love the monster northbridge cooling but is that thing on the left of it an on board/pic-e sound card with shielding or what?

peace

fatman
ComputerKing 27th October 2008, 14:51 Quote
WOW THAT IS NEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Awesome. Never imagined gigabyte will do this. I like this now more than ASUS. amazing stuff...
Xtrafresh 27th October 2008, 15:27 Quote
wtf, floppy and IDE on the extreme board? Personally if i ever got my hands on one of these boards i'd take them off.

Otherwise, gigabye is getting there styling-wise. I'd love to see a white PCB once though!
thefriscokid 27th October 2008, 16:14 Quote
is it 16x for all the pci-e slots on x58 boards?
Almightyrastus 27th October 2008, 16:21 Quote
Hmm that actually looks quite nice. A very very welcome change from the 'kids tv' colour scheme we are used to
Bindibadgi 27th October 2008, 16:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by thefriscokid
is it 16x for all the pci-e slots on x58 boards?

No, two x16, one x8 - there are 36 lanes from X58. This is why X58+NF200 is needed for "full" 3-way SLI
DougEdey 27th October 2008, 16:26 Quote
Will you be giving that to me as a prize?
Bindibadgi 27th October 2008, 16:56 Quote
No.

I need it for my own personal use bit-tech testing.
ComputerKing 27th October 2008, 17:17 Quote
What an lucky boy you are :)

Can you give it to me for 50 buck ?
Jojii 27th October 2008, 18:31 Quote
holy cheese grader batman, those are some heat spreaders!
DougEdey 27th October 2008, 18:33 Quote
I'll love it long time Bindi! Only five hundred dolla!
Bindibadgi 27th October 2008, 18:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DougEdey
I'll love it long time Bindi! Only five hundred dolla!

Done!
Arkanrais 27th October 2008, 19:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
No, two x16, one x8 - there are 36 lanes from X58.
wait...16+16+8=40 lanes.
where did I miss something?
Anyway, looking froward to the i7 release & benches. How far off is it, anyway?
ComputerKing 27th October 2008, 19:10 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Done!

No kidding!
Bindibadgi 27th October 2008, 20:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arkanrais
wait...16+16+8=40 lanes.
where did I miss something?
Anyway, looking froward to the i7 release & benches. How far off is it, anyway?

16+16 or 16+8+8
Jojii 27th October 2008, 20:17 Quote
beat me to it
samkiller42 27th October 2008, 20:46 Quote
ooo, teh sex, now to see what Asus have in store for us.
Any indications on how expensive it will be for us Brits bindi?

Sam
Bindibadgi 27th October 2008, 20:47 Quote
Dunno yet sorry.
DLoney 27th October 2008, 20:57 Quote
i see room for 6 ram sticks. whats the max it can support?
Bindibadgi 27th October 2008, 21:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by DLoney
i see room for 6 ram sticks. whats the max it can support?

Same as all i7's - 24GB.
HourBeforeDawn 27th October 2008, 21:47 Quote
my god these chipset coolers are getting larger and larger lol soon water cooling will be mandatory for them lol, they need to really focus somehow on bring down the cooling requirements. ~_~ Although it does visually look sexy ^^
DougEdey 27th October 2008, 23:09 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Done!

By the time this comes out the US economy will have pooped itself a lot and I'll be paying £5! WIN
docodine 27th October 2008, 23:13 Quote
Hopefully the price of X38 and 48s will drop significantly when this is released. I can't seem myself affording an i7 setup anytime soon.
Nuffenburger 28th October 2008, 01:09 Quote
Thats off its head.
But in the description it says.
" Blue white and silver"
But i see a bit of brownish/copperish a bit of yellow
and a bit of red
=]
as xtrafresh said it would be awesome to see a white pcb one.
I think someone once got a white pcb one from either MSI or something else i don't exactly remember.
But it looked insane.
IanW 28th October 2008, 06:23 Quote
The white pcb everyone vaguely remembers was (IIRC) an early Sapphire ATi board from the s478 days.

That said, I think I'm looking at my next mobo (maybe 12-18months away yet for me).
[USRF]Obiwan 28th October 2008, 16:21 Quote
I remember the silver 'Dragon' PCB's from Soyo. Although not exactly white, it is close.

I really like that Gigabyte is finally out of their Teletubbie phase and into a more mature motherboard styling. And the a good board layout with almost everything as we would like it. What I do not like are the IDE and 'getting really really useless" FDD connectors.
Jokkocze 28th October 2008, 21:23 Quote
Would I be seen as a weird person if I'd say that I want to have hot steamy motherboard blank with that?
kenco_uk 28th October 2008, 23:57 Quote
Mmm.. cheesesinks.
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