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This review is from: Intel Extreme Series BOXDX58SO LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Pros: Like the earlier 4/2015 review by Silas, I've used the DX58SO daily for almost 7 years, and it has Never missed a beat. It has run every program and game I've thrown at it over the years, whether for work ... or fun!
The onboard RAID is solid and I've run combos of JBOD, RAID 0, and RAID 1 all at the same time - no issues.
It has run every video card and SLI combo I could stuff into it and has been a pleasure. I ran a couple of ATI video cards, but the bulk have been nVidia (i.e. GTX295,GTX460x2SLI,GTX760,GTX980 water cooled)
The i7 processor has always been water cooled, mildly overclocked, and stable as you can ask for.
Cons: It is hard to poke such a reliable piece of equipment in the eye, but it could have benefitted from more internal SATA ports. I was never able to connect all devices at same time. Not a con of this particular board, but I was extremely disappointed to see Intel exit the motherboard market in 2013. They never made 'EXCITING' boards that appealed to the masses, and that did them in. Intel made solid, reliable hardware. Kind of like comparing a 'Gigabyte, ASUS, etc.' Lexus to a basic 'Intel' Chevrolet - but Hey! I'm a Chevy Man!
Other Thoughts: For a daily work horse, I'd still recommend this platform to anyone TODAY and for many more years to come, if you can lay hands on a used one.
But for more modern and intensive programs (i.e.CAD, video) and newer games, it can't keep up.
This review is bascially a sentimental 'so long' to a reliable motherboard that was a breeze to build on, and a pleasure to use. However, after about 7 years, the technology has left it behind. I am moving to the PCIE 3.0, USB 3.1, and other bells and whistles of an X99 Haswell-E system shortly; the next 'Enthusiast' Class Platform since this X58. It's been a good run. Cheers
Pros: Have 2 WD RE3 drives in RAID1 in a PC that runs constantly, and they NEVER give any issues. Temps are good, Benchmarks are respectable. The redundancy is for critical data and they DO NOT disappoint.
Cons: None - When I bought these in Jan 2009 they cost more than double current price, but worth EVERY penny; Then and Now!
Other Thoughts: This review is an UPDATE to one I left nearly 4 years ago, and is just to report that I continue to be amazed at the WD reliability of these drives. I have an older Cosmos 1000 case that is HUGE, but handles the largest Motherboards and GPU's in SLI, and the HDD area is laid out like a server rack, with slide out drawers for the Drives. It has these two WD RE3 1TB drives in RAID 1, and also two Ancient Maxtors in RAID 0 for fast Gaming, and early last year moved the OS Win7 64-bit to a Samsung 840 PRO SSD.
These drives are big, inexpensive, and impressive with a proven track record.
I always read reviews extensively before purchasing, and hope you find this helpful. Cheers.
Pros: These cards (have 2 in SLI) run cool (32C idle -> 60C under load) and can deal with anything I throw at them. Also nice & QUIET. I'm more of a BlackOps2, CivilizationV, FarCry gamer, and haven't pushed them with more GPU intense games like Crysis, etc. IMHO no newer GTX has been a big enough leap ahead to upgrade until maybe the latest GTX 700 Series cards coming out now.
Cons: Fan speed is tolerable, but noticeably louder at higher temps (I use MSI Afterburner software to regulate fan speed for optimal cooling). So, consider that if you're willing to tolerate higher temps, the fans will run slower & quieter..
Other Thoughts: I moved to two of these GTX460's in SLI from a single HD 4870 that was very loud (like a leaf blower) and h-o-t (80-90C with same games mentioned above).
Your CASE makes a difference - I run a CoolerMaster Cosmos 1000 (massive) that has 6 - 120mm fans strategically located for good cross ventilation (2-bottom, 2-top, 1-front, 1-rear), and I run a water cooled CPU. It's not silent, but just purrs along. With the old HD4870, I had to use headphones to keep from going deaf/crazy LOL.