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Gigabyte X58 USB3 mainboard review

by Tarinder Sandhu on 30 August 2010, 07:00 4.0

Tags: Gigabyte X58 USB3, Gigabyte (TPE:2376)

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A BIOS to match

Setting Specifications (F2a BIOS)
CPU clock (BCLK) 100 - 600MHz in 1MHz increments
CPU multiplier 12x - 25x on Core i7 970
Memory bus multiplier 6x (DDR3 800MHz) - 18x (DDR3-2,400MHz)
CPU voltage 0.5V - 1.9V in 0.00625V increments
Memory voltage 1.3V - 2.6V in 0.02V increments
IOH core voltage 1.1V - 2.0V in 0.02V increments
ICH I/O voltage 1.05V - 2.30V in 0.02V increments
ICH core voltage 0.92V - 2.38V in 0.02V increments

Gigabyte provides reasonable levels of end-user manipulation when overclocking the board. The CPU and memory-voltage settings are shown in pink for high levels and blink red when the board reckons you're pushing the envelope a little too far. Don't cry that you weren't warned when sticking 1.8V up a Core i7's pins.

Memory speeds, in particular, are hugely variable, topping out at an impressive 2,400MHz when tied to a 133MHz base clock. In short, only the crazy overclocker will feel short-changed by the X58 USB3's BIOS.

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The BIOS's layout is simple enough to follow. Head for the MB Intelligent Tweaker if toggling with frequencies gets you hot.


The MIT section is sub-divided into four categories. It also provides a real-time indication of the most important speeds and feeds. We especially like the at-a-glance Current Status setting, showing you all you need to know in one screen.


See, more numbers than you can poke a stick at.

And voltage control isn't too shabby.

Like any self-respecting enthusiast board, you can save and load a number of BIOS options at the touch of a few buttons.

The Gigabyte X58 USB3's BIOS is much like the board itself; no nonsense and unencumbered with what some may see as pointless features on super-high-end boards.