Apoptosis wrote:I've pounded on the ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard as one of the test systems here on LR for the past 4 months or so with zero issues... I've used it for all my USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0GB/s testing. I give it the thumbs up if it is in your price range - $299 shipped at Newegg and TigerDirect.
Apoptosis wrote:I use that board for USB 3.0 and SATA 3 6Gbps testing since it uses the X58 chipset, which has more PCIe lanes than P55 boards. I've had zero issues on it and run half a dozen USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gbps drives on it.
To my knowledge the lane issues are only on the P55 boards and Gigabyte doesn't use a bridge chip and ASUS does... ASUS has better performance on the benchmarks as a result. That said I also use the Gigabyte X58A-UD5 motherboard for CPU testing and it is solid as well. You can get it for $259 after rebate right now.
kenc51 wrote:From what I've read, they are only changing from LGA1366 to the new socket for the high-end.
This is to allow for quad channel ram and 12+ core cpu's.
LGA1156 is going to stay, at least until Q2 next year.
Apoptosis wrote:Intel X58 boards came out in 2008, so for Intel to come out with a new socket in 2011 doesn't seem too far fetched...
Three year support isn't the best, but LGA 1366 processors are still coming out as by the end of the year 6-cores will be out in force. Can't really say Intel isn't supporting the socket designs when they are dropping in 6-core processors into a socket from 2 years ago.
Just a heads up... You don't buy something today worried about what will be coming out in a year... If you do that you'll never buy a car, tv, cell phone, computer or anything... Something new and better is always in the works.
kenc51 wrote:Some rumors on the new sockets can be found here
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2 ... next-gen/1
kenc51 wrote:The only real advantage the Rampage 3 has over the P6X58D is for extreme overclocking, which is pointless for 24/7 use anyhow.
It looks like a sweet setup!
I wish I could afford to upgrade, but alas I'm still chugging along on a P35 chipset.
Apoptosis wrote:Windows 7 here on all the test systems, my personal system, my laptop, my netbook and so on... You won't look back and no worries on the move to Windows 7... Way better than XP and Vista.
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