|Intel DX58SO Smackover X58 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Miles Cheatham - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 22 December 2008|
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"Smackover" Final Thoughts
When looking at our benchmarking results we see as with any two closely matched boards with some benchmarks that are very close and some that are not so close. In any case the ASUS P6T X58 Deluxe OC Palm Edition was the clear winner on all of the benchmarks that we ran. We were somewhat concerned initially that the lack of turbo boost on the P6T might put it at a disadvantage in the overclocking realm. Such was not the case, as it is apparent at least in this series of tests that turbo boost works quite well at stock processor speeds giving as much as 266 MHz boost in some cases to the base clock rate. In the realm of overclocking we can't be certain of how much turbo boost may have helped or hurt the Intel DX58SO, but its obvious the lesser clocked ASUS P6T Deluxe certainly was the performance winner.
The DX58SO trailed the P6T Deluxe by around no more than 5% on most benchmark results. To be fair we must mention that we were using the latest version of the DX58SO's BIOS at the time of testing but since then a newer BIOS has been released. ASUS has had a number of iterations to its BIOS since the Release of the P6T Deluxe and is quite mature for a motherboad this early on the retail market.Since their inception, Intel motherboards have always been known as rock solid when it comes to reliability and more in the midrange when it comes to performance. Only in the last couple of years has Intel begun to place more of an emphasis on performance by unveiling BIOS features that would allow the enthusiast to push these boards beyond their stock settings. Should the Intel DX58SO "Smackover" motherboard be on your short list of boards to purchase, we believe it does have the the best incarnation of performance features available in the BIOS to date and it should improve with time.
The most frightfully obvious problem with the Intel DX58SO is the layout of the board's components. It is blatantly evident that this board was designed by engineers that have little regard for what computer enthusiasts abide by on a daily basis. A short recap of the blunders we detailed earlier reveals the following issues:
Intel's i7 series of processors are currently the fastest production processors in existence and their X58 chipset powers the fastest motherboards available. Our question is why can't Intel design a motherboard layout with the same forward thinking skills that these other two excellent products exhibit? We think that Intel's primary market for their motherboards is still the business arena where the demands for extreme performance and grace are still superseded by reliability. Old habits die hard and event though we're seeing a major effort from Intel to breakaway from their tradition it will take time. This is in no way saying that the DX58SO is not a good motherboard, only that it's not a great motherboard that would firmly increase Intel's dominance in the computer world.