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« on: September 03, 2008, 08:36:28 PM »

TweakTown - Intel's Next Generation Architecture “LGA 1366” platform - GIGABYTE X58-EXTREME

As Nehalem’s launch quickly approaches, Intel's platform will transform to the LGA 1366 package. The first chipset supporting LGA 1366 is the upcoming x58.  Asus, Gigabyte, Foxconn, and MSI have all shown us their motherboards based on the x58 chipsets and we have seen Gigabyte’s X58-EXTREME many days ago.

windwithme from the Expreview Forums posted some more pics of the X58-EXTREME. Thanks to him we’re now able to have a further look at this small monster.

Edit: According to Tweaktown, the final version of X58-EXTREME comes with 12-phase power, not 6-phase as the pics shown below

GIGABYTE GA-X58-EXTREME




Bottom-Left Corner:
2 x PCI-E x16
2 x PCI-E x8
2 x PCI-E x4
1 x PCI
As usual, Intel "X" series chipsets can support ATI CrossFire technology.
At this time we've also learned that X58 will support NVIDIA SLi technology.
In the future, we may can see X58 motherboard integrate both GPU technologies.


Bottom-Right Corner:
6 x SATAII (ICH10R)
1 x IDE
EXTREME series has Power/Reset and Debug LED


Top-Right Corner:
6-DIMM DDR3, not quite the same as the old 4-DIMM design.  This will vary by board of course.


Top-Left Corner:
This time GIGABYTE uses 6-phase PWM, but not 12-phase as with LGA 775.
Does that mean LGA 1366 is more energy efficient?


IO Interface:
8 X USB 2.0
2 X RJ-45 LAN
1 X S/PDIF
1 X 1394
silver button is "Clear CMOS"


GA-X58-EXTREME high-res thermal module




Intel's next generation shortly upcoming LGA 1366 socket:



A few X58 specs might be changed in the final release, ex: 10 SATAII's, more LAN ports, etc. Just wait for the released version. Wink

P.S. Notice in the last picture the motherboard reads "DDR3 1900". This goes to invalidate Fudzilla's claim that Nehalem won't support more than DDR3 1066.  Sorry Fudo  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2008, 11:31:32 PM »

why is there only 1 cpu scoket?
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2008, 11:32:54 PM »

why is there only 1 cpu scoket?

uhh, because it's a single-CPU motherboard?
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2008, 09:46:36 AM »

hey there, Intel OFFICIALLY supports up to 1066MHz at least according to its last roadmap update I've seen but at the same time this DOESN't have to mean that faster memory won't work. It is just not officially supported by Intel that is the whole point.
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2008, 11:11:41 AM »

while its a new microarchitecture the thrill of nehalem was that it could support 2 seperate cpu's so i just assumed that all if not most of the new mobo's would have 2 sockets?
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2008, 03:15:37 PM »

@fwoot

The QPI links do make it easier** to make multi socket motherboards but that is mainly targeted at workstations and servers rather than consumer desktops. Consumers hardly know what to do with their current quad core processors and would receive little or not benefit from having 16 theoretical threads. Its likely we will see a hybrid enthusiast/workstation board that supports 2 sockets much like the previous "Skulltrail" boards but it will be priced out of most peoples range and I wouldn't be surprised if they locked it down to only working with "extreme edition" (or whatever they end up calling them) Nehalem cpu's.

**easier in terms of chipset's at least. I imagine routing the traces for two sockets each with 1366 pins is a complete nightmare and costs a fortune. If nothing else that's going to ensure that multi socket boards cost a little bit extra.

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From what I understand the memory support is mostly just a voltage limitation. At the moment there are no DDR3 modules I know of that can sustain anywhere near 1900mhz with less than 1.65v but chances are that will change in the coming months. The motherboard makers are probably just covering their backs for when higher DDR3 speeds at less than 1.65v become a reality.

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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2008, 11:12:57 PM »

I think gigabyte make their boards ugly.

But still, I hope your right fudo. 1066mhz would suck.

1600-1800mhz does me right for ddr3 im just hoping that the x58 boards will support it!
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2008, 11:26:02 AM »

does somebody know when is the release data of those motherbords  Huh

becouse i will buy one of this bords  Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2008, 02:24:47 AM »

does somebody know when is the release data of those motherbords  Huh

becouse i will buy one of this bords  Shocked

People have already been selling them on eBay for about a week or so. Wink

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=m38.l1313&_nkw=gigabyte+x58&_sacat=See-All-Categories

Official launch date for X58 and Core i7 is November 17th.



In all honesty though, I would much rather buy an EVGA X58 over the Gigabyte.  Much more performance for the value ($299), and the overclocking world record for the Core i7 920 has already been broken on it. Smiley
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