Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme Driver
Buy Gigabyte GA-EXEXTREME iX58 Socket Motherboard - QPI GT/s FSB, PCI-E , DDR3 //, SATA II, ATX The EXEXTREME is. Form factor: ATX mm x mm. CPU socket type: Socket Front Side Bus: GT/s QPI GT/s QPI. Chipset: Intel X58 ExpressCPU socket type: Socket After the extravagance and abundance in overclocking features found on the ASUS, the Gigabyte GA-EXEXTREME seems almost ordinary.
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Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme Driver
The Southbridge is covered by a rather large passive heatsink and linked to a water block over the Northbridge with the usual heat-pipes.
This heatsink also lists Gigabyte's latest 'feature' Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme motherboards, Ultra Durable 3 technology, which doubles the amount of copper present in the PCB to improve heat dissipation and lowers impedance. We Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme notice that Gigabyte has decided to move the older connectors, like the floppy and IDE to the side and edge of the board.
This was probably due to the extra number of SATA ports found on this board. Having the IDE right at the bottom however does seem like trouble to us if you're using it for your optical drive. Installing the Hybrid Silent Heat-pipe 2 will Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme take away one PCIe and almost certainly affect the adjacent slot too, so unless you really need it, we won't recommend installing it.
Finally, Gigabyte's power management utility DES Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme is present as usual for a greener motherboard. Unlike the two other motherboards in this comparison, Gigabyte has not gone for an audio riser card.
A fairly conventional layout for the memory slots and the ATX power connector. We were however a bit surprised that Gigabyte has shifted the power button here, though the Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme panel connectors are at their usual spot near the SATA ports.
Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme Similar to the ASUS, the heatsinks and heat-pipes surrounding the CPU socket are fairly low-profile and minimal when compared to their older chipsets. Gigabyte's latest Ultra Durable 3 technology, which basically doubles the amount of copper in the PCB is boldly embossed on the huge Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme flat Southbridge cooler. All the headers and connectors for older devices like the floppy and IDE have been shunted to the edge of the board.
For those still using these devices, pulling the cables there could be troublesome.
Finally, Gigabyte's power management utility DES Advanced is present as usual for a greener motherboard. The nods to the overclocking crowd appear to be the debug and power phase LEDs, Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme standard Clear CMOS switch and onboard power and reset buttons and the unmistakably huge Hybrid Silent-pipe 2 radiator Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme can be optionally mounted to the Northbridge heatsink. Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme, if one goes about comparing the list of overclocking friendly features, Gigabyte quickly falls behind the ASUS but one plus of this board that could be underrated is the Gigabyte BIOS, which in our opinion is clearly presented and provides a decent number of advanced tweaking options that is just right and not overwhelming.
In short, it's easily one Gigabyte GA-EX58 Extreme our preferred BIOS. We suppose it has its uses for some but what we found was that the Gigabyte board didn't really need it. As you'll find out in our temperature tests, the Gigabyte board ran cool enough at default that this heatsink is probably not necessary.
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