Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sighting - X58 Motherboards


Here are some of the latest images and information available about upcoming X58 Core i7 motherboards (click to enlarge images)...

Foxconn Renaissance X58

  • X58/Tylersburg 36D chipset with ICH10R
  • Ultra-low resistance, crystal, ferrite salt-core inductors, and solid ultra-low SR capacitors
  • Six-phase power
  • 2 PCIe x16 2.0 slots (blue) and 2 PCIe x16 1.0 slots (black)
  • 2 FireWire IEEE 1394a ports provided by a TI TSB434B22A chip
  • Gig-E via Broadcom BCM5786KMLG
  • Realtek's ALC888S audio codec supports full 7.1 discrete analog output and optional Dolby Digital Live, DTS Connect, and Dolby Home Theater for real-time encoding of audio signals to an external processor or receiver
  • 6 SATA connectors
  • Two SAS ports!!!
  • Debugging LED lights and a clear CMOS button

More Info Here.

Asus P6T Deluxe

  • 8-layer PCB with "Platinum Circuit Layout" for what Asus refers to as "Best Layout Design for Extreme OC Record" (we'll wait to see the end result for that one)
  • A "Unique Wind-Flow Thermal Design" - basically the northbridge heatsink acts as a duct for air off the CPU heatsink, that is, providing you use a normal top down heatsink design and not a heatpiped one like most of us use. Even if we're sceptical about how w! ell this works, it looks really very good.
  • It has eight USB 2.0, eSATA, optical and digital S/PDIF and 7.1 channel surround sound including DTS "Surround Sensation UltraPC" features unique to Asus - Virtual (5.1) Surround, Bass Enhancement, Dialogue Clarify and Soundstage Expansion
  • Two channel SAS (serial attached SCSI) RAID from the Marvell 88E6320-TFJ2 controller, as well as six SATA ports (that should not be interfered with when using long graphics)
  • Six DIMM sockets with three phase power regulation, for tri-channel DDR3 with a maximum support for 24GB of memory.
  • ExpressGate hardware with fast booting Linux OS on an in-built USB stick.
  • "5000 hour" Fujitsu capacitors, ferrite core chokes and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs.

More info here.

Gigabyte GA-X58-Extreme

  • 12 Phase Power instead of 6 phases shown here
  • No additional (onboard RAID) other than ICH10R
  • SATA ports will be angled at 90-degrees
  • LED's for power phases and diagnostics
  • Four PCIe 2.0 x16 (Blue x16, Orange x8 but all four will operate at x8 only)
  • PS/2 ports, dual Gig-E, 8 USB Ports, optical/coax audio, firewire, and clear CMOS on real panel

More Info Here.

MSI X58 Eclipse

  • 10 Phase Power
  • 10 SATA connectors
  • 2 eSATA connectors
  • 12 USB
  • 2 Gig-E
  • No onboard sound (likely an add-in X-Fi card)
  • Onboard Power, Reset, and Clear CMOS buttons
  • Rear panel Clear CMOS button

More info here.