Discussion in 'Hot Deals' started by LittleLizard, Feb 28, 2009.
imo is crap, judge by yourself
Ask the i7 experts and they might be able to tell you if it is good or not.
mediocre cooling. odd layout but doesnt look that bad.
price is right thats for sure.
wouldn't even try it with the gigabyte board being the same price
I would buy Zotac over Gigabyte, but I've had tons of trouble with Gigabyte.. I personally like this Asrock board:
I was gonna get it an a 940 once I have enough money.
Plain looking is the trouble. Lol.
Me too. according to the reviews, its good
Looks like a truly substandard power regulation and distribution arrangement. Single phase for three channels of RAM and only four analogue phases for the CPU itself. Cutting it pretty close there for an i7 CPU. MOSFET's are not even covered by a heatsink, which is a throwback to the earlier pre-2004 era and be might prove to be an impediment to the overall stability of that motherboard and the quality of the CPU OC.
North bridge cooling solution seems a bit inadequate. While X58 north bridge runs cooler than previous iterations due to the 45nm shrink on NB itself and the move of the IMC to the CPU, that heatsink looks pitiful. There are only six SATA ports. It is not indicated on Newegg or the Zotac website if the south bridge is ICH10 or ICH10R, so RAID capabilities are not assured. Although, I assume its ICH10R. Only one LAN port available.
As for the positives, the motherboard is pretty cheap and offers SLI support. At least I assume so since even though it is not clearly indicated anywhere on Newegg or Zotac website, the board does carry the X58SLI-A-E model name. This makes it the cheapest SLI capable X58 motherboard, although personally I wouldn't dare plug in two high end video cards onto that motherboard with the kind of power regulation system that seems to be in place. At least it has all-solid capacitor arrangement. However, the photos are too small to identify the type/manufacturer of those capacitors.
Overall a cheap, substandard and completely cost-reduced X58 motherboard. Also, according to the Zotac website this motherboard comes with a lifetime warranty but since I am unacquainted with Zotac support I don't know how much that "lifetime" warranty is really worth.
THat is one cheap board. Not recommended for members who wiish to OC in the GHz for 24/7 operation. All and all, if you dodge OC, this is a great board for you.
same cooling as used on the gateway FX no issues for 24/7 100% loud operation. we installed F@H on the one at bby
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