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Gigabyte X58-USB3 review

The cheapest LGA 1366 board ever, but is it cheerful?

Our Verdict

A bargain price for a feature-rich board, with performance to back it up

For

  • Great price
  • Quality performance
  • SLI and CF support
  • Not a bad OC board either

There has been a battle brewing in the motherboard world, and predictably it's been between the Taiwanese motherboard giants Gigabyte and Asus. And the battle has been fought on the LGA 1366 battlefield.

So Gigabyte hits back with the X58-USB3 motherboard, the cheapest full Core i7 board on the market.

Performance of the full Nehalem Core i7s has never been an issue, but the cost of the platform as a whole has. With prices of DDR3 remaining high, the fact you needed three sticks of RAM to properly populate the X58's triple channel memory configuration, the price of the frankly awesome LGA 1366 CPUs and all bound with the cost of the motherboards meant that it was incredibly expensive as a platform.

While chip prices haven't dropped that much, DDR3 prices have. And with Gigabyte and Asus battling it out for the volume segment of the X58 motherboard market, the price of the base boards has come down, too. This latest X58 from Gigabyte is by far the cheapest, though.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX58 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots3
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameGigabyte
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i7, Xeon
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory24 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots6
Number of PCI Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces6
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots8
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports3
Total Number of PCI Express Slots6
Processor TechnologyHyper-Threading Technology
Width774.7 mm
Depth619.8 mm
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelGA-X58-USB3
Product NameGA-X58-USB3 Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberGA-X58-USB3
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Marketing Information

GIGABYTE's entire line of X58-based motherboards are ready to support the new generation of Intel 32nm 6-core processors, delivering the very best platform for multitasking, multimedia and high performance gaming.

Package Contents
  • GA-X58-USB3 Desktop Motherboard
  • Motherboard Driver Disk
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 4 x SATA Cables
  • I/O Shield
  • 2-Way SLI Bridge Connector