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GIGABYTE GA-EX58-EXTREME LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel X58
  • Core i7 (LGA1366)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Judgedredd
  • 6/22/2009 3:32:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest X58 board out there

Pros: This motherboard's quality grabs your attention the moment you unpack it,
It supports both Crossfire and SLI. It has 3 PCI Express slots two of which run at 16X
water block for northbridge is a Plus for those of us useing water
I have always used Gigabyte. i have tryed the ASUS boards but they just dont compare to Gigabyte

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: Processors ----------- Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 965 Nehalem 3.2GHz @ 4.0Ghz / Watercooled Swiftech Apogee GTZ Extreme Performance CPU Waterblock

motherboard --------- GIGABYTE GA-EX58-EXTREME
Memory -------------- CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB (6 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 Triple Channel Kit
Video Cards --------- 2 BFG Tech GeForce GTX 280 PCI Express 2.0 in SLI Mode
Hard Drive ----------- 6 Western Digital RE2 160GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
DVD-Drive ----------- 2 PLEXTOR Blu-Ray DVD Combo Super Multi Drive SATA Internal
Powesuppy ---------- Ultra X3 1000 Watt
Case ----------------- Thermaltake Armor+ Black
Cooling -------------- Thermaltake Bigwater 780E
Soundcard ----------- Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro
OS -------------------- Windows Vista 64 bit

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  • N/A
  • 6/16/2009 10:22:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: This board is great. It gives you all the features your looking for. The Hybrid Silent Pipe cooling system they supply you with is also very efficient. Ive never had a problem with this motherboard (this is my second one). Gigabyte supplies you with alot of apps on the installation CD. Overclocking is fairly easy due to the extensive options that are presented to you on this board. Recommend the Zalman CNPS9900LED CPU Fan if your going to overclock.

Cons: I think Gigabyte shouldve placed the sata ports at a different angle. If you have a small case, they can be hard to get to.

Other Thoughts: I recommend this board to ANY overclocker. If you just want a solid motherboard for your i7, go with the UD5, but if you want to overclock, this is definetly the best board out there. Gigabyte scored big with this one, even though i think they could drop the price =)

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  • Chicago
  • 5/11/2009 2:18:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLots of Searching led to this

Pros: Well made, lots of SATA and other inputs, the water cooling northbridge is nice. All in all a very nice motherboard and overclocking is very easily doable.

Cons: Not a lot. Runs a little on the warm side.

Other Thoughts: Core i7 965
Gigabyte ex58 extreme
Corsair Dominator GT 6gb at 2000
coolermaster V8 (works very well)
OCZ 120gb Vertex SSD
visiontek 4870x2
Dell 30 inch

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  • N/A
  • 4/26/2009 4:34:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThis board make overclocking simple

Pros: This board is great. The EasyTune6 software makes it simple to tweak and tune your system. I have a very stable overclock now running my i7-940 at 3.3GHz. I can run Prime95 for any amount of time with CPU temp of 46. I will continue to juice this system. I believe I will be able to push it to near 3.9GHz.

Cons: Don't forget that if the machine reboots due to an unstable overclock the BIOS will roll back to the secondary BIOS which is an older rev. When this happens in my case the RAID5 is unrecognized until I get it back on the F6 BIOS. Not really a problem if you are aware of it.

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte EX58-EXTREME
Intel i7-940
Cooler Master ATCS 840 Full Tower Black
Corsair Dominator 12GB DDR3 1600
MSI N9800GT GeForce 9800 GT 512MB
Raid0 (2X 300GB WD VelociRaptor)
Raid5 (4X WD Caviar Black 1TB)
Corsiar 1000W
Cooler Master V10 Hybrid CPU Cooler

Currently running with a moderate overclock of 3.3GHz.
At 3.3GHz I can run Prime95 for any period of time with a CPU temp of 46c

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  • N/A
  • 4/26/2009 3:30:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNo customer support

Pros: Beautiful specs on paper, lacking big time in memory support,seems to be the black sheep as far as any kind of suupport is concerned,if you need the cutting edge ....go for it. I called GT for about .75 cents in misplaced equiptment and they prefered to have a motherboard returned rather than just send me the .75 cent screws that I needed to to secure their cooler to the motherboard,No response to this is needed by Giigabyte because I have already sent the motherboard back for gigabyte to have it as a snack with their meals.

Cons: NO PROS DUE TO TECH SUPPORT.YOUR MOTHERBOARD IS GONE DUE TO YOUR OWN ARROGANT SUPPORT.

Other Thoughts: There has to be some reason this manuf has become a paria,either due to tech problems,or their just too good that every one hates them.I have only used gb motherbqards in the past so evaluating all the others will be fun.

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  • TurdFerg74
  • 4/14/2009 10:52:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRidiculously Fast

Pros: - Good Layout - All my legacy parts transferred over fine

- Screaming Performance - I have an i7 940 that I have not OC'd and it smokes most machines I have seen or built, and definitely is the quickest in this price range.

- Innovative Design - The north bridge cooling system is phenomenal. Hard to see in the pictures but this board has a massive heat sink that ends up affixing in one of your cases PCI slots, and the convection cooling system cools everything around the processor efficiently and quietly.

- Features - On Board LCD POST display helps t/s any issues, numerous LEDs to show components are working correctly, on board power/reset switch. Already has water block installed on North Bridge in case you want to go the water cooling route. External SATA header has SATAII connector and power supply for plugging in bare (no enclosure) SATA drives. Excellent for IT folk that need to ghost or do recoveries.

Overall, it's the most feature packed board I have purchas

Cons: - v 1.0 - I never like buying anything that has version 1.0 tagged on it, but so far no issues.

- Immediate Board Failure - I got lucky and had a board that would not power up. Tested with another board running the same components worked fine. DOAs happen, not necessarily the fault of Gigabyte. RMA was fairly quick and painless though.

Other Thoughts: My current build

GigaByte EX58 Extreme
Intel Core i7 940 @2.93 Ghz
OCZ 12 GB DDR3 10600
WD Velociraptor 300 GB
XFX GT295 1GB DDR3 Primary
XFX 8800GTX 320 MB (Left over from old system, so I set it up as PhysX only card)
Vista Ultimate 64 Bit
SeaSonic 750 watt PS
Antec P180 Case w/ 4 120mm fans

A thought about the Antec setup, it basically splits the power supply off in it's own compartment at the bottom of the case. Hence, all the cabling runs up into the "Board Compartment" right about where the third video card would reside if I had one.

Something to think about if you are running the P18x series, or a similar design. I had to do a little creative reconfiguring, and the GTX285 card is huge... I had two Samsung 500GB drives striped in my old setup, and the new 285 card is so long, I had to move them down into the PS compartment. Lots of heat down there, but I ended up getting the VelociRaptor (The best drive ever!) and it cut the heat down quite a bit.

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  • godson
  • 4/13/2009 1:08:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: This board is pretty sick. Got it a week ago so far no complaints . Running stable with air cooling. The Northbridge cooler pretty sweet. Everything was easy to install including the CPU fan and Northbridge cooler. Plenty of Sata ports, and usb. Color of the board is prurrty toooo..
Have a stock cooler my cpu hit 39 deg on load and idols on 25. I am also running TRI SLI with 8800 GTX. BIG FREAKIN CARDS and THEY ALL FIT!!! So you don’t need old cards like the guy that posted two below me and to top it off i have room for nice HEAT SICK AS well.

Cons: This is a personal dislike really. I don’t like how the sata ports are laid out. The ports are parallel (on top of each other) at the end of the board so kind of tricky when removing the sata cable.

Other Thoughts: Haven’t OC trying to get my GTX cards temp lower before doing that. Also i updated the driver on my cards and been getting SLI errors but i had these errors before on my old board and it’s not a gigabyte error it’s on NVDIA side.

The BIOS is in detailed but hey get what you pay for. Also I flashed my BIOS using q-flash to the latest version and it was simple. I'm type person that stuff scares me to death. =X

Defiantly a good board. Before the sli error made crysis l4d, cod1,2,4,5, CSS look like amazing on high graphics.. VMware please don’t get me started.

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  • Ronin15
  • 4/11/2009 12:31:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGigabyte is the best

Pros: To the genius that wrote the prior review. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that it would be hard to fit three of nvidias biggest cards into one machine. I don't own this gigabyte product, but I saw this guys review and just had to give gigabyte some props. I own a the GA-X38-DQ6 and as far as I'm concerned Gigabyte makes the best mother boards out there for gaming. There boards are overclocking
monsters!!! You just need to use your thinker and do your homework before you make bad reviews because you failed to realize something. GIGABYTE ROCKS !!!!

Cons: ZERO!!!!

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  • disappointed_buyer
  • 4/8/2009 10:03:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPlease read - wish I'd noticed this before wasting my time -- False Advertising by Gigabyte

Pros: Plenty. Except for one thing that trumps everything good about this board...

Cons: Here's the rub: it's advertised as a 3-way capable SLI...but, after a few go-arounds with Gigabyte's tech people, they just admitted that it's only 3-way capable for small videocards. I have three GTX260 cards. The third one is blocked from fully seating because it's heatsink covers the front panel power switch wire's connection. There you go. Sure, it's 3-way SLI capable...but only if you have an old style video card. That's freaking false advertising!! Very upset with Gigabyte and will NEVER again buy one of their products. I can only hope that this review spares you the wasted time, effort and money.

Other Thoughts: Here's Gigabyte's response to my question (after giving me absurdly dumb responses the first couple of times):

Dear Customer,

The obstruction will occur if using PCIE graphics card models that have extended heatsinks that require two full slots. There is currently no solution other than using a different motherboard or different graphics card in the third slot.

Thank you for using Gigabyte products

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  • Bob
  • 4/8/2009 7:33:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsFailed after a week

Pros: None -

Cons: Died after a week. Gigabyte support are useless.
Do your self a favor and look elsewhere.

Other Thoughts: Wish I'd bought from newegg.

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