We’re back with benchmarks and overclocking results…Which motherboard takes the X58 cake?

In the first part of the review we looked at each board’s features, layout and BIOS. Next, we’ll be looking at how these 5 boards stack up in terms of performance and overclocking capabilities.

All other factors being constant, we aren’t expecting any significant performance variations at stock settings. But just to be sure, we’ll still be testing these boards with several benchmarks.

After that we’ll be diving into the overclocking capabilities of these boards.

Test Setup

As we mentioned earlier, what appears to be a BIOS bug prevented us from setting the memory multiplier on the XFX X58i to the desired speed of DDR3-1600 – Instead the X58i was stuck at DDR3-1066. So don’t be too surprised if the X58i has slightly inferior performance. At any rate this is a good opportunity to see how much slower memory speeds affect Core i7 performance.

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep and Turbo Mode were disabled during benchmarking to ensure that the CPU speed remained constant on all the boards.

MotherboardBiostar TPower X58 (2008-12-12 BIOS)
DFI LanParty UT X58-T3eH8 (2008-12-18 BIOS)
Foxconn Blood Rage (G13 BIOS)
Intel DX58S0 (2786 BIOS)
XFX X58i (Retail BIOS)
 CPUIntel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (3.2Ghz, QPI 6.4 GT/s)
Hyperthreading enabled, SpeedStep & Turbo Mode disabled
MemoryAll other boards: 3 x 2GB Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1866C9DF @ DDR3-1600 (800Mhz, 9-9-9-24 2T) 1.65V
XFX X58i: 3 x 2GB Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1866C9DF @ DDR3-1066 (533Mhz, 8-8-8-19 1T)
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 280 (180.48, PhysX acceleration disabled)
 Hard DriveWestern Digital WD3200AAKS 320GB SATA
 CPU Heatsink Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme 1366 RT
Power SupplySilverstone OP1000 1000W
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit
BenchmarksFuturemark 3DMark Vantage (1.0.1)
Lavalys Everest Ultimate (4.6.0)
Super Pi (1.5)
Maxon CineBench R10
Adobe Lightroom 2 (2.2, 64-bit)
Left 4 Dead

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