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Item#: N82E16813500024

ZOTAC X58SLI-A-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel X58
  • Core i7 (LGA1366)
  • DDR3 1333
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Andrew G.
  • 3/17/2013 7:48:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCheap board with major issues

Pros: SLI capable
Cheap x58
24 gig ram limit

Cons: No OC. The ram timing on this board can only be viewed and not changed. It also has problems in detecting what the timings should be.

Cheap: my memory slot went out after a few months and have had problems with ram ever since

HD audio port is in the worst possible place. Cant be used if 2 slot graphics card is used

Other Thoughts: Had some potential but failed with placement and bios settings.
Bios is easy to navigate though.

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  • Stephen H.
  • 2/29/2012 1:27:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsSave yourself, do not buy this.

Pros: Worked well with my i7 bloomfield 1366 CPU.
Somewhat good bios interface.
Was decent before it died.

Cons: 195$ for a terrible mobo.
Extremely bad tech support.
Died in under a year(10 months).
After flashing, kept getting CMOS error.

Other Thoughts: In all honesty, look somewhere else. I purchased an ASUS sabertooth x58 mobo and I absolutely love it. Anyways, the technical support for this motherboard, er..brand in general, is awful. Their grammar is atrocious, support is awful, and they LIED to me. I RMA'd my mobo TWO MONTHS ago and they emailed me back saying there was physical damage to the CPU socket. They later send an email to me with an image attached. There were some pins bent, but that can be fixed by just moving them back into place. They then emailed and sent, "Im truly sorry but to say but in some cases we would just fix this but after taking a second look at your product we discovered the damage was more severe than we thought. Ive attached an image of the socket and circled where we saw that there are 2 or three pins actually missing and with that kind of damage we cant do anything for you. Im sorry again. Would you like us to just send your board back?" There were no pins missing...look elsewhere.

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  • Son N.
  • 9/23/2011 3:23:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsLack of BIOS Support

Pros: Inexpensive - great price for X58 motherboard with all of the basic features.
Works well with certain CPUs - runs with i7 975X and below.
Bundled accessories.

Cons: Lack of tech support - no updated BIOS to support i7 980X or 990X (975X will run but identified as 9750).
Lack of tech support - waited on live chat but it timed out and then I had to leave a message which stated that a representative would get back to me shortly - still no reply after several days.
Lack of USB ports on rear I/O.
No documentation for debug codes on LED display in the manual or posted on Zotac support site - d0 seems to be CPU incompatibility because that is what the LEDs show when the motherboard does not boot with the 980X and 990X installed.
No USB 3.0 or SATA 6Gb/s - this is not a huge issue since this generation did not have Intel 3.0 or SATA 6 implementation yet and I do not use 3rd party implementations.

Other Thoughts: I've been very happy with the Zotac video cards but I am disappointed with lack of support for this motherboard that could be excellent with just a little more BIOS support/update. This makes me fearful of what to expect if I ever need tech support for a video card.

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  • Matthew M.
  • 5/10/2011 9:26:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot satisfied

Pros: intel 1366 chipset for cheap, but beware, you get what you pay for

Cons: -no overclock
-not sure who is responsible for this, but the RAM on this board will only clock up to 1066, not 1333 as advertised
-the rest of the board is pretty unstable and over the past year I've had problems with the BIOS and CMOS that I haven't been able to resolve completely
-as posted by someone else, audio header is in a stupid location

Other Thoughts: I bought a good enough system where if you would call it mid-range, I would feel insulted. This board is by far the worst part of my system.

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  • Joshua B.
  • 3/30/2009 4:27:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFollow-up

Pros: Updated BIOS released today, 3/30 resolved the RAM issue (notes said it was to improve performance for SLI setups in Vista but I'm not going to complain).

Cons: Still can't OC anything.

Other Thoughts: Received my new motherboard 3 days ago. Both PCIe slots now work, power still cycles when I boot up the system (not sure what the deal is with that) and the RAM WAS still slow with more than 1 stick installed. Tech support was trying to blame the memory manufacturer and I was going to call up Newegg to try to get a credit for it when I saw there was an updated bios released this morning, would be nice if tech support could keep up with that. Anyhow, so far so good after flashing. Bit of a headache, missed out on some rebates, but it's now running as I had hoped it would.

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  • Eric A.
  • 3/27/2009 9:58:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIssues, but works great now!

Pros: Posted no problem after getting everything installed.

Cons: Windows Vista ran really slow with my initial 6GB setup. After researching online, this is a common problem with these new X58 boards, as they need a bios update to address some memory issues. After complaining to Zotac's support, within three days I was sent a new updated "test" bios, and it works perfectly. Now Vista takes 15 seconds to boot instead of 10 minutes. Everything is completely stable.

This thing lacks overclocking options, but I hope they will add it in soon.

Other Thoughts: So far so good! Just make sure you ask Zotac's support for their "test" updated bios, and they will send it to you.

Flash the new BIOS by just plugging in ONE MEMORY SLOT into Slot 2.

If you are only plugging in three sticks of RAM, the motherboard will only boot if you insert the memory in slot 2, 4, and 6. Slotes 1, 3, and 5 are only for 6 sticks of RAM.

I hope this helps, as this board gave me a ton of issues, but works great now!

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  • Bryon A.
  • 3/17/2009 3:28:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggswait for more reviews

Pros: Nice looking, comes with plenty of cables

Cons: When using sli, all other slots are covered. Diffcult to put SATA drive cable in.

Other Thoughts: I bought this board based on other Zotac reviews. It is a very new board for them. It would power on in cycles like the other review. It would not recognize more than 2gb memory. I did contact customer service, the reccommend reseating the CPU. This caused a total failure of MB. I have RMA'd this product, but now without a comp. until it comes back. I reccommend getting more tried and true board.

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  • Joshua B.
  • 3/12/2009 3:07:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Comp is running for now.

Cons: Header for case audio inputs is covered by "primary" PCIe x 16 slot.

BIOS won't allow you to OC anything from what I can tell, only allows you to force slower settings, kinda a bummer when I bought DDR3-1333 but the SPD is set to 1066 to ensure system will post and if I select FORCE 1333 from BIOS it stays at 1066, though I can FORCE 800 and it will allow that.

Other Thoughts: Going through RMA process right now. Have tested the PSU and it seems fine yet when I turn on the computer the power cycles on/off and then powers up about 2-3 seconds later. "Primary" PCIe slot won't detect a video card, secondary will. Can run a single memory module in DIMM slot 2, 4, or 6 and the computer will run decent, however when I try to put in a second or third tri-chanel module the system becomes unbearably slow, even when running Memtest86+ so I'm assuming it's something with BIOS, not sure, Zotac customer support replied a few times but haven't heard anything now for 2 days, 30 day limited non-refundable return from newegg so hopefully this is just a dud board. Figured since noone had posted yet that I would give you my 2 cents. Will post a follow up after RMA. Other Zotac boards seem to get good reviews so I went with this one, wouldn't make that decision again...

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