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windwithme’s Core i7 review Part 11-MSI X58M Micro-ATX OC Review

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X58 chipset has been introduced to the market for 9 months, and is still on top-of-the-range of Intel product line.
For some main board manufacturers, Micro ATX is no longer a low-priced product.
Ever since DFI released its first Micro ATX X58 in January, MSI and Asus started to include Micro ATX in high performance product category.

As we analyzed the OC performance of DFI JR X58 in last episode, I believe most of you have basic understanding of X58 Micro ATX.
This time, we have MSI X58M which is a rare X58 Micor ATX in the market.
The lowest price for X58 ATX is around US$200, X58 Micro ATX will lower than that price.
We would like to introduce you MSI X58M which is a price-valued Micro ATX.

The spec of X58M changes the concepts of cheap, less function, just enough performance, and low grade for Micro ATX.
X58M allows Micro ATX users to experience high grade computer structure, in the meantime, the expandability and support have greatly improved.

Let’s take a look at the package


User’s manual. Driver and software CD. Cords. CrossFire connector.


MSI X58M




Lower left of the main board
2 X PCIE X16 supports CrossFire and SLI, bandwidth X16+X16
1 X PCI
There is a power button down below.


Lower right of the main board
7 X SATAII(ICH10R, Raid 0/1/5)
1 X Floppy
1 X IDE


Upper right of the main board
6 X DIMM DDR3, DDR3 800/1066/1333(OC)
power input


Upper left of the main board
6 phase power supply. Active Power Switch
Cooling device also provides LGA775 which only can be found on FOXCONN X58 before.
This will save consumers’ money on purchasing high-end cooling device.


IO
6 X USB 2.0
1 X 1394a
1 X eSATA


MOSFET material
 
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North bridge cooling module
http://img219.imageshack.us/img219/5467/mx58m11.jpg

Screen shot when system is turned on.
http://img185.imageshack.us/img185/2900/mx58mb01.jpg

BIOS main page
http://img237.imageshack.us/img237/8160/mx58mb02.jpg

Cell Menu
http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/1146/mx58mb03.jpg

CPU Voltage -0.320~+630mV
CPU PLL Voltage 1.00~1.85V
QPI Voltage 0.88~1.83V
DRAM Voltage 1.20~2.77V
http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/2091/mx58mb04.jpg

Through MEMORY-Z, detail setup of SPD can be viewed.
http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/9436/mx58mb05.jpg

DRAM advanced parameter setup
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/7695/mx58mb06.jpg

H/W Monitor
http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/5736/mx58mb07.jpg

The BIOS setup above is what I usually use on X58M which the CPU is quite stable when external clock is set to 218MHz.
Different CPU has different results from different BIOS setup.


Testing platform
CPU: Intel Core i7 950
MB: MSI X58M
DRAM: CORSAIR XMS3 TR3X6G1600C8
VGA: GIGABYTE GTX260 OC SLI
HD: CORSAIR CMFSSD-64GB2D
POWER: CORSAIR HX1000W Modular Power Supply
Cooler: Megahalems
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/9538/mx58m12.jpg

CPU OC 218 X 19 => 4150Mhz
DDR3 1748 CL9 9-9-24 1T

Hyper 8 X PI 32M 13m 48.734s
CPUMARK 99 650
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/7031/mx58m218pi.png
 
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CrystalMark 2004R3
http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/8169/mx58mcm.png

CINEBENCH R10
http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/6938/mx58mcb.png

PCMark Vantage 16444
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/6981/mx58mpcvan.png

X58M has quite good OC performance. Compare with X58 ATX, the performance is nearly no difference.
External clock is one of its advantages as well. During the test, it is easy to reach 218 MHz.


DDR3 1748 CL8 8-8-24 1T
Sandra Memory Bandwidth-29895MB/s
EVEREST Memory Read-18845MB/s
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/6596/mx58m1748mem.png

CORSAIR P64 SSD, MLC 64GB
http://img91.imageshack.us/img91/9282/mx58mhdd.png

When raise the clock of DDR3, the performance is not as good as expected.
ICH10R southbridge chip equips with CORSAIR high performance MLC SSD, the bandwidth is amazing.
ATTO reaches 227/153 MB/s.


GTX 260 SLI
3DMARK VANTAGE 21189
http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/5934/mx58m3dvan.png

Crysis Benchmark
http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/8650/mx58m3dcb.png

StreetFighter IV Benchmark
1680 X 1050 21963
http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/1390/mx58m3dsf4l.png

1920 X 1200 18735
http://img151.imageshack.us/img151/2455/mx58m3dsf4h.png

Biohazard5 Benchmark
http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/6921/mx58m3dbhz5q.png

With great 3D support from X58 chipset, remarkable 3D effect can be performed with dual-VGA technology from ATI or NVIDIA.
By considering the available space in the ordinary chassis, the best choice for graphics cards are 9600 SLI and 4850 CF.
 
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MSI X58M
Advantage
1. High performance Micro ATX of X58 product.
2. All Japanese made solid capacitors. Debug signal. Built-in power botton.
3. Support ATI CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI.
4. Rich BIOS options. Wide range of power voltage. Outstanding external clock.
5. Price competitive amongst available M-ATX X58 in the market.

Disadvantage
1. No cooling module above MOSFET
2. DDR3 OC performance is not as good as expected.
3. The temperature of northbridge is a bit high. Adopt larger cooling pipe will solve the problem.

http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/6458/mx58m13.jpg

Performance: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆
Components design: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆
Specification: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
The appearance: ★★★★★★★★☆☆
C/P Ratio: ★★★★★★★★★☆


The major issue of X58M is in DDR3 OC performance.
As indicate in the spec, DDR3 1333 can be achieved under the condition of overclocking.
The default 133 MHz CPU clock can only reach DDR3 800 or 1066.
Compare with other competitors, MSI X58M will require some improvement in this part.

Intel new LGA1156 CPU will become available in the market in two months.
For the entry level X58, the price is around US$200 which is still quite competitive comparing with P55.
My wild guess of the price for the middle to high grade P55 is around US$150-250.
P55 will not be price competitive at beginning.

The price of the MSI X58M is fairly competitive.
The price of X58 is NT$5000, equivalent to US$152 which is very attractive to the users who are looking for X58 platform with limited budget.
 

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it works?

EVERYTHING i've ever had from MSI has been DOA.

including the 3 of these boards i got from frys electronics.

looks decent from your results but im done wasting time with MSI.

thanks for posting your review, WELCOME to TPU

:)
 

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Is that 3rd PCI-E slot open ended? As in you can put a x16 card in it if you must?