Friday, December 31st 2010

Intel Readies Pair of New X58 Extreme Series Desktop Boards

Intel's Desktop Board division is readying two new high-end socket LGA1366 motherboards under its Extreme Series line. The company's last high-end LGA1366 motherboard, the DX58SO "SmackOver", was released more than 25 months ago in November 2008, when the first Intel Core i7 processors came to be. The new motherboards are up to date in terms of features. They use the latest Rev. 13 X58 northbridge, all solid-state capacitors, support the latest LGA1366 processors out of the box, and feature USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s support. The two motherboards consist of DX58SO2 "SmackOver II", and its "lite" variant, the DX58OG.

The DX58SO2 uses digital PWM CPU power circuit, a sporty blue heatsink cluster over the northbridge, VRM area, and southbridge, with heat spread between the northbridge and VRM using a heat-pipe. It features six internal SATA 3 Gb/s, two internal SATA 6 Gb/s, and two eSATA 3 Gb/s ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 8-channel HD audio, and expansion slots that include three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x16/x16/NC or x16/x8/x8), two PCI-E x1, and one PCI.

The DX58OG uses the same exaxt PCB as the DX58SO, except that a lot of features are downscaled. The CPU VRM has fewer phases, although USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s ports are unaffected, there are no eSATA ports, and a 6-channel HD audio CODEC instead of 8-channel, and the third PCI-Express x16 slot is reduced to x1. Both boards feature certain new features that Intel is introducing with its latest Extreme Series boards, namely, BIOS Vault Technology that helps recover BIOS, a Back-to-BIOS button, and a more efficient inter-phase load balancing mechanism. Intel’s new Desktop Boards should be available anytime soon, probably from early January.
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20 Comments on Intel Readies Pair of New X58 Extreme Series Desktop Boards

#1
(FIH) The Don
wow finally some intel boards that actually looks like they are good and usable
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#2
naram-sin
by: (FIH) The Don
wow finally some intel boards that actually looks like they are good and usable
Agreed. I also hope, for the sake of enthusiast that the BIOS will be equally cool and useful. I really didn't like a single BIOS from original Intel boards.
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#3
Mussels
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intel with USB3.0?


dun dun dunnnn
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#4
TheLostSwede
NEC/Renesas chip, not integrated into the chipset...
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#5
Mussels
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by: TheLostSwede
NEC/Renesas chip, not integrated into the chipset...
i know, but i didnt expect to see them even adding that in. i figured they'd hold off until theirs was ready
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#6
Yellow&Nerdy?
Hope the pricing is good. The "Smackover II" doesn't seem to have too many power-phases though...
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#7
mtosev
I rather get an ASUS or EVGA mobo then an Intel mobo
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#8
fusionblu
I guess I will still stick with the motherboard I have until a better one for my CPU comes out (one without the controller BS).
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#9
Razerian
I hope this means we'll be seeing some new 1366 processors from intel soon too.
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#11
LAN_deRf_HA
Looks a bit like my P6X58D, only with the wave sink curving down instead of bulging up. If I had to guess I'd say this is a statement by intel that 1366 is still their highend platform. BS. The absurd 1155 overclocks and costs of a 980 make 1366 a pointless buy from January on. Can't think of a single perk it would offer to keep it afloat, and from what I'm seeing the 1155 boards are cheaper than 1366.
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#12
[H]@RD5TUFF
These look well designed, and also have the legendery Intel reliability.

by: (FIH) The Don
wow finally some intel boards that actually looks like they are good and usable
They always have been, it's the BIOS's that are designed for flipping software enginere's that has always been the problem.
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#13
blu3flannel
That skull is pretty cool, but I think I'll hold off on this one. I don't really understand why they're making new motherboards for 1366 when SB is looming and LGA 1356 and 2011 are not too far down the line.
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#14
micropage7
by: blu3flannel
That skull is pretty cool, but I think I'll hold off on this one. I don't really understand why they're making new motherboards for 1366 when SB is looming and LGA 1356 and 2011 are not too far down the line.
intel has many socket that will make you spinning they have 1156, 1155 and this one 1366, i dunno thats the point they use many sockets :wtf:, why dont they stand on 1 socket type and not confusing us :shadedshu
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#15
InnocentCriminal
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by: micropage7
intel has many socket that will make you spinning they have 1156, 1155 and this one 1366, i dunno thats the point they use many sockets :wtf:, why dont they stand on 1 socket type and not confusing us :shadedshu
More money in different sockets.
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#16
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
The board really doesn't look that high end...I assume intel will charge way to much for these when they are as reliable as the newer ecs boards when left to stock and when overclocked they do about the same...
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#17
Ferrum Master
As an Owner of first X58SO, I'll never buy intel again. The power circuitry design is crap. It resonates and creates annoying noises from the inductors, as the capacitor values are incorrect if you using power some hungry PCI-E cards. And the stupid SATA connector layout.:banghead:

I am just wondering, is too pricey to make a normal ATX-E motherboard, where everything is placed in right places and you can add more polished power circuitry and cooling solutions to other bridge parts as it is a flagship motherboard?:shadedshu
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#18
pr0n Inspector
by: [H]@RD5TUFF
These look well designed, and also have the legendery Intel reliability.



They always have been, it's the BIOS's that are designed for flipping software enginere's that has always been the problem.
you mean foxconn.:laugh:
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Ferrum Master
by: pr0n Inspector
you mean foxconn.:laugh:
I remember the OLD days, when some motherboards (430TX) were made in Ireland :laugh:
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