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ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Attention to details such as the shielded back panel plate, onboard lighted power and reset buttons, MemOK button, and the front panel jumper blocks makes this a pleasure to build around. The two SATA 6Gb/s and two USB 3.0 connections makes this mobo fairly future proof. The BIOS overclocking features are the best I've ever seen.

Cons: Nothing consequential to speak of; it would have been nice to have had all of the SATA connectors in the same place for cable management purposes, but not a big deal. Not quite sure what to think of the Express Gate onboard SSD feature, I guess some might find it useful, fortunately it's easily disabled in the BIOS. I do like passive cooling for the chipset but it does pose a bit of an issue if you go with water cooling on your CPU since the passive cooling of the chipset heaksinks relies on airflow between a fan/heatsink CPU cooler and a rear of case exhaust fan to make them effective. They do supply an additional fan for this, but if you're installing a Corsair H50/H70 in the configuration they suggest, the fan ASUS supplies doesn't fit onto the rear heatsink and doesn't fit at all on the top side heatsink. I had to get a little creative on this but it works, so not a real con, just something to consider.

Other Thoughts: I built my computer around this mobo for digital media creation (HD video editing in particular), not gaming, so this mobo (compared to the Rampage series) was just the right fit.

- ASUS P6X58D Premium (duh)
- Intel i7 980X
- Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB DDR3 1600 Tri-channel RAM
- Sapphire HD 5770 1GB DDR5
- Intel X25-M Mainstream 160GB SSD system drive
- Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
- LG WH10LS30 Blu-ray burner
- Over 5TBs of hard drive space
- Corsair HX1000W power supply
- Corsair Obsidian 800D case
- Corsair H50 and Airflow Pro coolers

Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 6-Core 3.33 GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80613I7980X Desktop Processor
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: FAST . . . onboard memory controller, 6 cores - 12 logical processors, 12MB L3 cashe, 32nm architecture, notably low operating temps, 6.4GT/s QPI, unlocked multiplier . . . the list just goes on and you can read these specs for yourself; so bottom line, the biggest pro . . . wait for it . . . it's freakin' fast.

Cons: Price.

Other Thoughts: The stock heat sink and fan cooler is first rate though I'd suggest going with at least the Corsair H50/70, but you'd probably need to a high performance water cooling system to really push the clock on this. If you're looking for a great gaming CPU, THIS IS NOT WORTH THE EXTRA MONEY; I'd suggest going with the i7 950 and spend the money you save on video cards and RAM. If like me you're doing digital media creation, especially editing HD video, then bite the bullet, save your pennies, sell some blood if you have too but lay down the cash for this processor, it's worth every cent.

CORSAIR Hydro Series H50 120mm Quiet Edition Liquid CPU Cooler - Intel Only (CW-9060006-WW)
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Priced competitively with high performance convectional heat-pipe coolers; high quality, ease of installation (assuming you don't need to remove your mobo from the case in order to access the underside around the CPU socket brace assembly). Configured stock and according to Corsair's installation guidelines, it has a notably lower noise floor compared to 'fan and heat sink' units in High Performance mode (such as the stock cooler that came with the i7 980x) with identical if not slightly better operating temps. Installation instructions are the best I've ever seen for an after market CPU cooler; impressive considering you've got to mount a fan and radiator in addition to the water block/pump unit not to mention requiring access to the bottom of your mobo.

Cons: Doesn't perform as well as a custom designed open loop large scale water cooling system. Can't say I'm a fan of having thermal grease already applied; I considered cleaning it off and using Arctic Silver instead, but decided to take a chance with the pre-applied grease. From the reviews I've read where the stock grease was removed, they discovered that the copper base plate didn't have a mirrored finish, so I wasn't convinced that Arctic Silver would perform any better than the stock grease without re-lapping the copper base first. If your mobo incorporates passive cooling for the chip set and relies on air being exhausted from back of the case via a fan that will be replaced with this system's fan and radiator (configured for intake as Corsair recommends) you'll need to find another way of exhausting hot air out of your case in a manner that also moves air across the chip set heat sinks.

Other Thoughts: Many have modded this unit with everything from upgraded fan(s) and aftermarket push/pull configs to larger ID tubing. I even recall seeing a mod that added a Corsair H30 RAM water block into H50 water flow chain (most certainly voiding the warranty). All the initial reviews I've read about the H70 compared to the H50 with a push/pull mod along side a highly rated socket 1366 heat sink/fan cooler indicated that the larger radiator incorporated on the H70 doesn't really equal a vast improvement in performance until placed under extreme load. I'd have to admit that the low profit pump/water block of the H70 looks more impressive, but since I can buy two matched high CFM fans for less that the additional cost of the H70, I don't see any reason to upgrade. That said, I am a little miffed that Corsair hasn't offered a push/pull upgrade package for the H50 that includes the improved speed configurable fans that come with the H70; seems like a no-brainer, not to mention being thoughtful.


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Display Name: Steve W.

Date Joined: 09/05/04

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