GIGABYTE X58A-OC First Touch and Preliminary Performance Review

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  1. youngpro

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    GIGABYTE X58A-OC First Touch


    Introduction

    ASUS have for a long time been producing their ROG series that we all feel is very well targeted to overclockers. Recently Gigabyte got into the game with their release of the high end X58A-UD9 board, but where both of these platforms fall short is being designed from the ground up by overclockers for overclockers, and this is where the X58A-OC steps in.

    From the pictures already released you can see this board means business, with an IO panel that looks like it lost a leg in the war to features such as OC-VRM and OC-Touch it's clear this board has potential to be a serious contender.

    I don't have the extreme performance I know your all hungry for quite yet but today is just a quick look at performance and a demonstration of the OC Touch feature set. Later I will investigate the extreme performance from this board when paired with an Intel 990X processor.

    I have picked a few benchmarks that I like to use when comparing performance on different platforms. Vantage Performance, SuperPI 8m, 3DMark03 and Everest. These four give a good overview of motherboard performance and any areas a board might excel or have problems.



    Test Platform
    GIGABYTE X58A-OC @ 4GHz, 3276 MHz uncore
    Intel 980X Gulftown
    GSKILL Perfect Storm 2000 9-9-9-24 @ 910 8-9-8-24
    CORSAIR Force SSD 60GB
    GIGABYTE HD 5870

    All benchmarks are run on the same clean operating system, the same versions of software and drivers and with no addition tweaking done in BIOS.



    Preliminary Performance Analysis

    Vantage Performance

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    A strong note to start on, despite what looks to be a big lead on the graph, there is not a lot in it, but the OC does take the lead. This is an important result as the X58A-UD9 was a little of the mark when it comes to 3DMark scores, a little behind ASUS. Gigabyte hits back hard here with efficiency that is capable of taking world records



    SuperPI 8M

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    So with the SuperPI 8M graph the lower the seconds taken to complete 8M, the better the result. Again here the results are in favor of the OC, followed closely behind by the Sapphire PURE X58 which I have mentioned is very efficient out of the box in the past.

    The X58A-UD9 which I will continue comparing back to throughout this report is an extremely fast board for SuperPI and while the OC is a "TOUCH" behind when I compared them directly it is only by under 100ms over 3 separate runs. I would be confident this board could take out low clock challenges, I guess we will shortly find out!



    3DMark03

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    In 3DMark03 the Sapphire board pulls a nice figure that puts it into first place but the OC is only 30 marks behind. Again this is an encouraging result as the UD9 was a few hundred marks behind when it came to single card 3DMark03.



    Everest

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    There is no shame losing to an ASUS board in Everest bandwidth as ASUS bios are always apply tight settings from the out set. This difference of 20 MB/s between all 3 boards shows there is nothing in it with all boards on a level playing field for write bandwidth.

    With this result in mind it does explain the 200 milliseconds the Sapphire is behind the Gigabyte in 32m, but doesn't go anywhere to explaining the R3E being 4 seconds off the pace. As can be seen on low clock challenge threads when the R3E is tightened up it is arguably the fastest X58 board on the planet... but for how long?



    OC-Touch Demonstration

    This feature kicks serious ass, Gigabyte have been slow on the uptake with a hardware style frequency control but I love the multiplier adjustment, this will change the way I bench. No more having to worry about software hotkeys for multiplier adjustments. The keyboard hooks running in the background polling the system every however many milliseconds for keystrokes the better.

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    Results

    Here are the screen shots from the above results plus a few more I ran

    Vantage X looks good , a little more efficient than the Sapphire X58, where it should be for a board aiming to be the premier overclocking platform in the world
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    some high clock 32M with the Corsair GTX6 sticks and CPU on air
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  2. dinos22

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    lol @ OC-Peg
     
  3. GBL

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    Super compressed images make me cry on the inside

    I can only see the scores none of the smaller text in CPUZ etc
     
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  4. C@esar

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    wow - this mobo looks like it will be really nice to play with. will look forward to my next upgrade.
     
  5. dinos22

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    Hey pro, i;ll join in the fun soon man. Looks like one of my CPUs isnt too bad heh, just gotta work out my GPU situation and will start cranking some results out :thumbup:

    nothing special at the moment just decent frequencies considering my best CPU in the past was a 6.2 on a good day im stoked. Will do some tripple channel memory i reckon it should be similar. :thumbup:

    I gave Alba a buzz today, would be good to catch up with snappy1 and alba with some multiGPU action on this chip :thumbup:

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  6. zeropluszero

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    all i want to know, is how soon i can get this board.
     
  7. dualmassager

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    You guys have any idea how it compares to the R3E?
     
  8. Raykay

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    Well on graph it certainly seems better.
     
  9. dinos22

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    here is a better 05 from me

    have some issues with the GPU atm trying to work out WTF as my GT3 takes a massive hit when i bump clocks and volts :(

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  10. snappy1

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    Multiplier adjustments on the fly:shock: Awesome stuff Gigabyte keep it up:thumbup:


    Great cpu dino, looking forward to some multi gpu action:D
     
  11. dinos22

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    hey man we will definitely do some multiGPU action, we just have to find enough 5870 GPUs now and its all good hahah
     
  12. jtir

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    Interesting observation I made is that the above bench is only made on a single stick of 2GB DDR3.
     
  13. dualmassager

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    They only use single stick of RAM for benching because it makes it easier to get very high clocks with 1/3 of the chance of x050 bsods. Plus less QPI/VTT needed.
     
  14. dinos22

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    it's actually due to the temperature difference, you see the IMC (internal memory controller) cannot handle very cold temperature say below -100 or so and to circumvent this you basically take a stick of ram out to make it work less and then another stick if it helps reduce temps even more. What ive found is this particular CPU can handle one of two sticks at the same temp in the last bench session, dual channel may increase scores in some benchmarks but most 3D are the same in single/dual/tripple config
     

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