Friday, December 12th 2008

XFX X58i Motherboard Launched

XFX has just released its X58i motherboard, yet another new member of the Intel X58 based guild. Pictures and specs of the motherboard follow below.

Source: VR-Zone
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21 Comments on XFX X58i Motherboard Launched

#1
eidairaman1
You Know with all these Mobo Makers Makin Top end boards, i think they should release their own drivers instead of relying on the Chipset Makers, that will get the best out of the Chipset on their boards.
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btarunr
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by: eidairaman1
You Know with all these Mobo Makers Makin Top end boards, i think they should release their own drivers instead of relying on the Chipset Makers, that will get the best out of the Chipset on their boards.
Coding your own drivers isn't easy/cheap, plus you're responsible for any glitches it has. With unified drivers (chipset manufacturer turning driver provider), you avoid that.
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#3
eidairaman1
but intel doesnt cover the boards RMA the Manufacturer of the board does, so i think they should dev drivers on their own, like how it was for so many years.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
People don't/can't RMA boards due to faulty chipset drivers. If say the SB600 driver is faulty on my board, it will be faulty on all the boards. The onus would be on AMD to fix it, not my mobo manufacturer. Their software job goes as far as the system BIOS and a few bits of fancy tools. Like I said, it's neither easy nor cheap to code drivers for things as high-level as chipsets, and then to support it on their end, and so they leave it to the component manufacturers.
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#5
eidairaman1
i will say this, how about Intel Releasing the Drivers and then the board makers create their own to get the best possible experience out of their Motherboards, Ala Forceware and Unified Remix.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Those 'remix' drivers you see around aren't pieces of software that were built from scratch, they use company drivers as templates to build upon, and improvise it (hence the name). Remix drivers are neither covered by warranties nor are they supported (beyond community-based forum support), hence they can't be pushed through larger channels (as backing each bit of software with the products' general warranties, and maintaining software patches/updates would be expensive for the company). Ofcourse for outfits such as Alienware, their premium pricing more than covers it :)
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buggalugs
by: eidairaman1
i will say this, how about Intel Releasing the Drivers and then the board makers create their own to get the best possible experience out of their Motherboards, Ala Forceware and Unified Remix.
Its been tried and hasnt worked to well. Most alternative chipsets have failed. As for drivers, i dont think any company has the resources to improve on what Intel has done. Also it wouldnt make financial sense, they still have to pay Intel for the chipsets and they get drivers too of course so why spend millions on developing something that has already been done.
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tkpenalty
by: eidairaman1
i will say this, how about Intel Releasing the Drivers and then the board makers create their own to get the best possible experience out of their Motherboards, Ala Forceware and Unified Remix.
Whats so bad about Intel's drivers anyway? Its not like they have an inexperienced/diminutive workforce
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#10
ShadowFold
After their epic fail AMD boards I don't think this will be any better.
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#11
Live OR Die
looks like a rip off of the evga one lol
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#12
ShadowFold
by: Live OR Die
looks like a rip off of the evga one lol
Because the EVGA is stock NV board just like XFX's.
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#13
Live OR Die
by: ShadowFold
Because the EVGA is stock NV board just like XFX's.
Think u mean intel board because X chipsets are intel based, and by the looks of it the boards are very close, but the evga has a BIG SLI on the box lol
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#14
ShadowFold
by: Live OR Die
Think u mean intel board because X chipsets are intel based, and by the looks of it the boards are very close, but the evga has a BIG SLI on the box lol
Oh yea my bad :o It doesn't look like Intel's board anyway, it has the ram above the CPU socket.
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#15
Live OR Die
lol it looks like both ripped off the NV boards from this year, the color and the lcd, but this board dont look as nice as the evga, this one looks cheap you know what i mean.
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#16
KBD
omg, i didnt even see this until now. Not only XFX is going to make ATI cards but an X58 mobo as well. It seems that they managed to take a crap on nvidia for the second time this week :laugh:


but that aside, i really prefer evga for mobos out of those 2, they seem to have much better customer support than XFX does.
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#17
J-Man
I think I might lean towards this board for my upgrade.
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#19
kid41212003
by: spearman914
Looks nice. And what's Dual BIOS??
Exactly what It is. If the system couldn't boot up with the 1st bios, because of overclocking or any other reason, it will boot from the backup bios. Which will help you reduce the time you need to Clear CMOS.

That's how my board works btw.
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spearman914
by: kid41212003
Exactly what It is. If the system couldn't boot up with the 1st bios, because of overclocking or any other reason, it will boot from the backup bios. Which will help you reduce the time you need to Clear CMOS.

That's how my board works btw.
Lol. Thought you can combine BIOSes.
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#21
KBD
by: spearman914
Lol. Thought you can combine BIOSes.
i think its actually a dual virtual BIOS, thats how it works on some high-end Gigabyte boards. i think its actually 1 BIOS divided in 2 and can be used for puposes kid talked about.
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