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Bjorn3d: Intel X58 Smackover - DX58SO Review

Bjorn3d writes: "For the last six months or so, we all have been awaiting the arrival of a highly anticipated motherboard from Intel. We've all heard the rumors and we've seen all the sneek peeks, but it just wasn't enough for us. We wanted MORE. I bring you one of those most highly anticipated products from Intel, the Smackover motherboard. This motherboard is being armed with Intel's latest chipset, the X58 northbridge, and it was paired up with an already proven southbridge, the ICH10R. The X58 northbridge chipset has the capability of cross platforming GPU's from ATI's Crossfire to NVIDIA's SLi all on the same board. Fully supporting tri-channel DDR3 memory, using three sticks of memory instead of two sticks of memory, for even more memory bandwidth. The X58 chipset, supports up to 36 PCI-Express 2.0 lanes, so it is possible to have two PCIe x16 slots and one PCIe x4 slot on the same motherboard."

Pros:

+Good layout
+BIOS settings are in one place and not scattered
+Good FSB performance scaling
+Retention plate
+Motherboard not cluttered up or clumped together

Cons:

-BIOS sluggish or is combersome when making adjustements or navigating through it
-SATA ports in a bad position
-Does not have all solid capacitors

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