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Intel BOXDX58SO2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel X58
  • Core i7 (LGA1366)
  • DDR3 1600+ /1333 /1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Michael B.
  • 2/10/2014 6:47:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsEarly Legacy practices by Intel

Pros: This is a flagship board and as good as it gets..

Cons: SO.... why did I pan it? Because only 2 years later Intel has 'legacy'd' this board and I can't get current Windows 8.1 drivers for it! This is highway robbery. Who ever heard of ending support for a 2 year old component? Well.. if you're made of money go for Intel boards.... they are near perfect, but if you have a budget like I do... be forewarned.

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  • clinton t.
  • 8/29/2012 7:23:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2nd Review, 1 year on

Pros: Solid and stable stock performer with no problems in terms of breakdown or loss of functionality and I pretty much have this board loaded down with alot of devices; 8 hard drives in total, including one PCIe bootable SSD, 2 SSDs, 5 mech drives, a single GTX 580, the i7 990X processor, and all fan headers occupied. Plus a sound card & a SATA CD/DVD drive.
Can be configured in BIOS to boot faster hence the usefullness of the "back to BIOS" button on the rear I/O area to get into BIOS when it is configured for rapid boot.

Cons: This has turned out to be my biggest beef:
BIOS POST screen takes longer than most other enthusiast boards to go through it's paces. With an SSD, it'll be the slowest part of the boot process. Not atypical for Intel boards and BIOSs. 100% pure UEFI should cure this in future board designs.

Other Thoughts: *Can't review RAID on this board b/c I haven't/don't use it.
The board is capable of working some mild clock adjustments but it doesn't compare to others in terms of real overclocking, but this is something you should already know and factor in to any build. You can't knock an egg off for this reason.
always upgrade the BIOS at the earliest on any fresh build

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  • Scott N.
  • 6/18/2012 12:27:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSO2 is stiil sweet

Pros: Intel has really stepped up with this board. As always I am impressed with the features and the layout. I have this built with a 950 intel CPU & 28 Gigs of Rip Jaw Mem.
2 ATI 5770's in cross fire mode. Just placed 2 Crutial M4 128 gig SSD hard drives on the SATA-3 contections Running Raid 0 Windows 7 Ultimate X64 platform. Boot time is 14 secons to windows login screen & 2 WD VelociRaptors in a raid 0 config 1 Tb storage. This is a great board!!
Been running this board for over a year now with no real problems at all.

Cons: Cons: The PCI card slot is placed between the 2 PCIex, if you are running ATI cards or want to use both of the x16 slots the PCI slot is not useable.
There is still a PCI x1 slot that can be used with the CrossFire setup.
Double tap on cold boot has not been fixed. Not that big a deal just a little annoying.

Other Thoughts: People who have bashed this board make me wonder???? Could it be them or the board? I have had zero issues with this board from the start. There are a few little things that are more prefference than anything. The only bug I can say still exists is the double tap on a cold boot. The latest bios update did not fix the issue. Still nothing is worth taking away an egg. To bad this is now a disscontinued product.

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  • David P.
  • 1/30/2012 12:18:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Board

Pros: Quality board, lots of options. One of the best for the 1366 chipset. I own 6 of them.

Cons: The SATA 6Gb/s are run with a Marvell controller. Unfortunately the driver package doesn't run well on Windows and has stability issues. Doesn't run well on Linux either. I would highly recommend disabling the Marvell completely in the BIOS.

Does not support EFI booting of drives over 2TB.

Other Thoughts: There are lots of complaints about this board, but I think most of those complaints come down to 5 problems people are having:
1) They don't realize they can't boot Windows if installed on a partition over 2TB.
2) They don't immediately update the BIOS.
3) They complain about the slow loading speed of the motherboard (that's due to all the features guys).
4) They complain about stability (Usually due to the Marvell controller, this is just about the only major drawback of this board).
5) They complain about not being able to use higher voltage memory. Make sure to buy 1.5v memory for use in this motherboard. You should be able to use 1.5v memory and run it at DDR 1600 without any problems. I own 6 of these motherboards and they all work fine with the DDR 1600 memory at 1.5v.

The Marvell controller issues are disappointing, but even without it, this board is great. Make sure you disable it in the BIOS, EVEN IF YOU DON'T USE IT because it can still lead to stability issues.

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  • James S.
  • 1/21/2012 3:53:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDissatisfied

Pros: System is very fast with an Intel Core i7-970 (3.2GHz six-core) processor and 24GB of DDR3-1600/PC3-12800 RAM installed.

It has two SATA III ports, six SATA II ports (see Cons), two eSATA ports, two USB 3.0 ports, twelve USB 2.0 ports, two gigabit network ports and two 1394a ports.

Cons: I RMAed my original motherboard back to Intel. However, the replacement hasn't proven to be any better.

The system won't boot, if I have 2 x 2TB SATA III hard drives in a RAID-1 configuration plugged into the Marvell controller and 2 or 4 x 2TB SATA II and/or III hard drives in a RAID-1 configuration plugged into the Intel controller. All I get is a blinking cursor after going through the BIOS boot up process.

With the replacement motherboard, I haven’t been able to install Windows using only the Intel controller, because it can’t "find" the DVD drive which is plugged into the Intel controller along with the hard drives.

The system will boot if I use 2 x 2TB SATA III hard drives in a RAID-1 configuration plugged into the Marvell controller and 2 or 4 x 2TB SATA II and/or III hard drives in a RAID-1 configuration plugged into an old Adaptec 1430SA RAID controller.

I had to contact G.Skill before I could get the RAM to run at DDR3-1600 speeds.

Other Thoughts: In the past I've been very pleased with Intel motherboards, but his motherboards has me re-thinking that idea...

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  • Martin M.
  • 1/18/2012 6:40:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate the Bios!!!

Pros: Once the bios is updated, this thing rocks.
Way faster than the board it replaced, Gigabyte X58A-U3DR Rev. 1. Boot times with SSD about 3 secs.
Even allowed me to use the XMP profiles for 1600 Mhz no questions asked.

Cons: Wouldn't recognize my Corsair Dominator memory out of the box. Had to slap in some lesser ddr3 to get it to boot, once booted I updated the bios from 11-17-2010 to the latest version. Recognized my memory fine after that. The board layout is a little crazy too, fan headers are in weird locations, and the HD audio header is the wrong corner of the board.

Other Thoughts: Hate to buy this now considering Ivy Bridge is just around the corner. But my Gigabyte board took a dive, and didn't to upgrade everything. Glad I got this board. P.S. Why cant board manufactures upgrade these things. I know they are sitting in a warehouse, but the bios update caused me several hours of troubleshooting and Intel's customer service chat pretty much had me running in circles. They didn't know what was wrong.. PSU, memory, Video card...

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  • Thomas L.
  • 1/10/2012 3:10:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBuggy. Not reliable.

Pros: Nice board, lots of features.

Cons: Not Z68 chipset so no SRT using SSD drives.

These also seem to have a somewhat higher fail rate than others. Purchased 3 of these boards from here and 1 was faulty. Had a heck of a time trying to RMA it back to NewEgg. I've read other forums with many other people having glitches too. Luckily the RMA board (almost a month to get it and shipping charges back to NewEgg) worked okay.

Other Thoughts: I've purchased many other Intel boards, I work in a computer shop, with almost no issues. But these just seem to be a bit buggy. I'd avoid if I had to do it all over again.

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  • Joseph K.
  • 12/21/2011 9:39:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Board

Pros: Lots of Ram Slots. Good stability. Angled SATA ports for graphics cards.

Cons: I've built 2 machines with this board and 1 machine with the sabertooth X58. All comparable but one of the DX58SO2's needed to be RMA'd because it wouldn't post and was stuck with the infamous 00 Post. After the RMA came back it was good to go.

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  • Peter R.
  • 10/15/2011 3:31:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsRun like hell

Pros: If it weighted more it would make a very expensive door stop.

Cons: It starts to boot up and stop a E8. live support is closed on the weekend no. I called Intel motherboard's support and ask them about bios problems with this board before I ordered it. They lied through their corporate teeth and said they updated the bio two month ago and there is no problems now. How do you update a bio when it will not even boot up?

Other Thoughts: I am either shipping this piece of junk back to intel or perhaps Monday I will video tape burning it up and upload it to U Tube.

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  • Robert S.
  • 9/16/2011 6:43:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: It's a snap to install as long as you have the proper case. All my other hardware was compadible with it and I had not a problem. Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit goes in just fine. Intel has done themselves just fine here.

Cons: The SATA connectors are right angled so it's hare to connect them in a cramped case.

Other Thoughts: I'd do it again in a flash.

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