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Written by Miles Cheatham - Edited by Olin Coles   
Monday, 22 December 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel DX58SO Smackover X58 Motherboard
Intel Core i7: Platform Information
Intel X58-Express Platform
DX58SO Features and Specifications
Intel DX58SO First Look
Intel DX58SO: Closer Look
Intel DX58SO BIOS
Intel DX58SO BIOS Options
Testing Methodology
Intel DX58SO: Overclocking
PCMark Vantage System Tests
Vantage and 3DMark06 Tests
SANDRA 2009 System Tests
EVEREST Ultimate System Tests
CINEBENCH
Crysis, WIC and Power System Tests
"Smackover" Final Thoughts
Intel DX58SO Conclusion

Intel Smackover Features

Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) @ 6.4 and 4.8 GT/s - Intel’s latest system interconnect design increases bandwidth and lowers latency. Supports the Intel Core i7-965 processor Extreme Edition and Intel Core i7-940 and i7-920 processors.

PCI Express 2.0 Interface - PCI Express 2.0 delivers up to 16GB/s bandwidth per port, providing leading-edge graphics performance and flexibility with support for dual x16 and up to quad x8 graphic card configurations, or any combinations in between.

Intel High Definition AudioIntegrated audio support enables premium digital sound and delivers advanced features such as multiple audio streams and jack re-tasking.

Intel Matrix Storage Technology - With additional hard drives added, provides quicker access to digital photo, video and data files with RAID 0, 5, and 10, and greater data protection against a hard disk drive failure with RAID 1, 5, and 10. Support for external SATA (eSATA) enables the full SATA interface speed outside the chassis, up to 3 Gb/s.

Intel Rapid Recover Technology - Intel's latest data protection technology provides a recovery point that can be used to quickly recover a system should a hard drive fail or if there is massive data corruption. The clone can also be mounted as a read-only volume to allow a user to recover individual files.

Intel Turbo Memory - Intel's innovative NAND cache designed to improve the responsiveness of applications, application load times, and system boot performance. Intel Turbo Memory, paired with the Intel C58 Express Chipset, also allows the user to easily control the applications or data in the cache using the new Intel Turbo Memory Dashboard interface, boosting performance further.

Serial ATA (SATA) 3 Gb/s - Serial ATA (SATA) 3 Gb/s High-speed storage interface supports faster transfer rate for improved data access up to 6 SATA ports.

eSATA - SATA interface designed for use with external SATA devices. It provides a link for 3 Gb/s data speeds to eliminate bottlenecks found with current external storage solutions.

SATA Port Disable - Enables individual SATA ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through SATA ports. Especially targeted for eSATA ports.

USB Port Disable - Enables individual USB ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through USB ports.

DX58SO Specifications

Intel DX58SO Smackover Motherboard
Detailed Specifications
Form Factor ATX (12.00 inches by 9.60 inches [304.80 millimeters by 243.84 millimeters])
Processor Support for a Intel Core i7 processor in an LGA1366 socket
Memory
  • Four 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
  • Support for DDR3 1600 MHz, DDR3 1333 MHz, DDR3 1066 MHz
  • Support for up to 16 GB of system memory
  • Chipset Intel X58 Express Chipset
    Audio Intel High Definition Audio subsystem in the following configuration:
  • 8-channel (7.1) Dolby Home Theater* Audio subsystem with five analog audio outputs and two S/PDIF digital audio outputs (coaxial and optical) using the Sigmatel* 9274D audio codec
  • Video
  • ATI CrossFire* multi-GPU platform support ATI CrossFire technology enables two ATI* graphics cards to work together for ultimate 3D gaming performance and visual quality
  • Full support of next-generation ATI CrossFire
  • LAN Support Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mbits/sec) LAN subsystem
    Peripheral Interfaces
  • Twelve USB 2.0 ports (8 external ports, 2 internal headers)
  • Six Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s ports, including 2 eSATA port with RAID support supplied by a Marvell controller
  • Two IEEE-1394a ports (1 external port, 1 internal header)
  • Consumer IR receiver and emitter (via internal headers)
  • Expansion capabilities
  • One PCI Conventional* bus add-in card connectors (SMBus routed to PCI Conventional bus add-in card connector)
  • One primary PCI Express* 2.0 x16 (electrical x16) bus add-in card connector
  • One secondary PCI Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x16) bus add-in card connector
  • One PCI Express* 1.0a x16 (electrical x4) bus add-in card connector


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    # eSATA port not stableGuru 2010-02-28 02:25
    Hi,

    Please dont buy this board if you are planning to use eSATA port.
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    # I've had eSATA issues alsoDogwood 2010-04-16 02:30
    I was using an eSATA volume on my DX58SO for backup using Clonezilla. At first this worked fine, but at some point I started getting I/O errors in the middle of the process. I swapped out various components and tried both ports, but the unreliability persisted. I was speculating that maybe one of the BIOS updates rendered the eSATA ports unstable (it would presumably be BIOS, because Clonezilla isn't running Windows or Windows drivers). Very mysterious...it's interesting to see that someone else cautions against eSATA. Anyway, I don't have a critical need for eSATA, so I've just stopped using it; can substitute USB, albeit with loss of speed. But I'm never comfortable when something isn't working properly; I want to know the full story.
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    # RE: I've had eSATA issues alsoGuru Prasad H B 2010-04-16 06:28
    I faced the same problem, with WD MY book (1TB) external Hard disk.
    The eSATA port works for first 5 min, and the windows freezes for some time or i used to get PD(or some such) time out warning and newer stops. Initially i suspected about the WD hard disk, when i contacted them, they said there is some problem with marver controller (which is used in DX58SO mother board). so i took this issue with Intel support team, but its of no use..

    Tried installing latest BIOS, Marvel driver, Intel Matrix storage drivers which are available in Intel webpage, its of no use.

    My intention to buy DX58SO was mainly for using eSATA port for which i had huge data (around 25 Gb) to be used for testing purpose. now because of the one HDD (eSATA) is not working why will i invest on another HDD for which to make sure the problem is not there in Intel Mother board. So i brought low cost PCI-eSATA card (which is 10 $) which is working fine with DX58SO.
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    # RE: Intel DX58SO Smackover X58 MotherboardDogwood 2010-04-16 13:40
    Aha! I finally found an official word that maybe clarifies the need for the unusual extra "auxiliary power" connector on the DX58SO. This Intel page indicates that the extra power cable is only necessary when the primary power connector is an old 2x10 connector, but it's not necessary with a newer 2x12 connector. So this is just Intel's way of making the board compatible with older hardware.

    ##intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-012073.htm

    "Next generation high-end graphics cards will consume from 75 watts up to 150 watts of power. The PCI Express x16 connector can deliver up to 75 watts. In order to achieve 75W, an ATX12V power supply with a 2x12 main power connector is recommended. However, 75W can also be achieved with ATX12V power supplies with 2x10 main power connector when using the 1x4 power connector on the board."
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    # RE: Intel DX58SO Smackover X58 MotherboardDave_O 2010-07-23 08:31
    FYI - Purchased this board in June, 2010. Intel has changed the internal SATA connectors so they plug in from the back, not from the top as noted in the review.
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    # RE: RE: Intel DX58SO Smackover X58 MotherboardOlin Coles 2010-07-23 08:33
    Thank you for the update! Do you happen to know which revision your motherboard is (should be printed), so I can update this article?
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    # RE: RE: RE: Intel DX58SO Smackover X58 MotherboardDave_O 2010-07-23 09:07
    The label on the box is - AA E29331 - 702
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    # RE: RE: RE: RE: Intel DX58SO Smackover X58 MotherboardOlin Coles 2010-07-23 09:15
    Hmm... usually it will be printed on the motherboard itself. For example: R2 or Rev 2.
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    # RE: Intel DX58SO Smackover X58 MotherboardClyde Snider 2011-11-24 05:41
    Where did the name "Smackover" come from? Was it from the town Smackover, Arkansas?
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    # RE: RE: Intel DX58SO Smackover X58 MotherboardDavid Ramsey 2011-11-24 08:04
    Good question. Intel doesn't say.
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