Intel next generation architecture “LGA 1366” platform - GIGABYTE X58-EXTREME

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  1. windwithme

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    Still remember LGA 775 architecture is long life product line in Intel products.
    After P4 transited to LGA775 about one year, Intel C2D processors become the best selling series and make the LGA775 is hot selling.

    Recall my memory, it’s been over 2 years that C2D and LGA775 are announced.
    As per Intel behavior, it’s time to change to the new architecture.
    Early this year, there are many rumors about LGA1366 chipset and processor. Finally, we could see more detail now.

    This time I got is GIGABYTE latest product GA-X58-EXTREME. EXTREME is GIGABYTE new series for Overclockers since P45.

    GIGABYTE GA-X58-EXTREME
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    Left-Down corner
    2 X PCIE X16
    2 X PCIE X8
    2 X PCIE X4
    1 X PCI
    As usual, Intel X series chipset can support ATI CrossFire.
    This time we also heard X58 might support nVIDIA SLI technology.
    In the future, we may can see X58 motherboard integrated both GPU features.
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    Right-Down corner
    6 X SATAII(ICH10R)
    1 X IDE
    EXTREME series have Power/Reset and Debug LED
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    Right-Up corner
    6 X DIMM DDR3, not same as old Intel 4xDIMM design.
    In X58, it can support 6x DIMM DRAM slots
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    Left-Up corner
    Even personally I think 4 phase PWM is enough for LGA 775.
    This time GIGABYTE uses 6 phase PWM, but not 12 phase with LGA 775.
    Does that mean LGA1366 is more power saving?
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    IO Interface
    8 X USB 2.0
    2 X RJ-45 LAN
    1 X S/PDIF
    1 X 1394
    Silver button is Clear COMS
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    GA-X58-EXTREME high texture thermal module
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    Intel next generation LGA 1366 socket
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    X58 spec might be changed as final released, ex: 10 SATAII, and more LAN ports, etc. Just wait for the released version.
    Even thought I don’t like to change CPU, but LGA has been in the market for 3 years.
    If LGA1366 can bring more technologies, higher performance and multi-core/channel system, I am looking forward to it
     
  2. Jetforce

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    Looks funky!!
     
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    I am interested about this clear cmos button, could be irritating with inconsiderates around :(
     
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    looks mad, ive seen from the recent more top end mobos that they are starting to phase out pci though there are still so many pci devices on the market. i hope there is a greater shift toward pcie add in cards
     
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    And now please the benchmarks! :leet:
     
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    Hmmm... why does it need WC on the NB if the MCH has been moved on to the CPU?
     
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    Hectic wwm.
    You search for the best hardware, though its a optional wc'ed ?thingy? is it still alright left as is.
    It s not like i'll up it that much surely with Bloomsfield.
    Exciting.. good sharks:thumbup:
     
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    it still has to drive pci express...which brings me to my next point...electrical lane specs would be nice.

    im currently using a striker extreme due to my PCIE requirements... 16x video, two 4x sata cards, and a 1x audio card :p

    the picture tells me 4/4/16/8/8/16 but hwo many of those will be active at once? looking at the pcie switches i reckon its 0/4/16/0/0/16 or 1/1/8/8/8/8 split...but im just guessing.

    GA finally put the battery in a decent spot...not under a video card :)

    why did they bother with floppy?
     
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    Yes but surely that won't generate enough heat to warrant WC? Cooling of the Mosfets may warrant this tho.
     
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    ever seen an nforce chipset in the last 3 years? :)

    even the ICH gets too hot to thouch when driving 6 HDDs.

    you forget this is the -EXTREME board. it wouldnt be extreme if it had less features than current extreme board :)



    no double post edit: wait if pcie is based on cpu... the x58 is justa bridge yeah?
     
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    Because this chip handles PCI and other/O traffic. Strictly speaking it is not a Northbridge anymore. Putting these functions on the ICH would make it running too hot.
     
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    How does the footprint for cooling devices measure up against current solutions? New coolers and water blocks all round?

    Are they also going to have different socket sizes for the 'i7' series?

    Great pics and write up as always WWM!
     
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    This is the diagram from nvidia for the X58 chipset "without" their NF200 chip, which i assume should be the same for any other configurations...is this what you are after?

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    http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showpost.php?p=9300417&postcount=131
     
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    yup, theres the question of how the ICH powers the 2 remaining 4x slots :)

    but GA have always stuffed around an never made the most efficient use folanes anyway.\.
     
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    Look at the cpu socket area ...... Is any 1 thinking wat i am ?

    Sub zero's dream ...... So easy to make a foam gasket now :D
     
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    Gigabyte REALLY need to fire the colour blind moron that designs these things. Why on Earth would you put all four PCI-E slots right next to each other? Four out of six SATA ports pointing straight up behind the PCI-E slots as well :rolleyes:
     
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    Maybe they need to just make larger motherboards?

    I have trouble with my server mobo that has 2 66mhz slots right below the agp and I cant have a good video card or else I have to ditch my good scsi raid card or gigabit nic :(

    6 sata ports isn't enough either! Piss off the floppy and give me 10 sata ports damnit just develop usb stick floppy drive tech or something...
     
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    i believe the retention mechanism isnt in those pics :)

    where else are they going to go?

    stacked sata ports cost more,ppl who buy this probably wontbe using more than 2 ports anyway.

    this is an overclockers board, not a DQ designated model..which is bound to have 10 sata and quad gigabit etc etc etc.
     
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    My dream? I prefer to dream about naked big titted chicks instead. :lol::D
     
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    Poor design is ok because they 'probably' won't be used :confused:
     

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