Legit Motherboard Reviews
GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 Motherboard Review
|Date:||Thu, Dec 02, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Dan Stoltz -|
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 is definitely a motherboard. Yes that is a painfully obvious observation, but I had to make it. It may not have the mind blowing performance or features that some boards that are out there have, but it doesn't have the price tag that matches those other boards either. After all, the GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 can be found for a measly $179.99 with free shipping! That price alone should cause you to do a double take toward the GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3. I can't call the GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 what it's not, it isn't a board that you're likely to shatter any records with. With that being said, it works exactly like it is designed to.
The only area of the GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 that I found disappointing, at least at first was the lack of SATA3 ports. After a few long moments of hard thinking (okay all thinking is hard for me) I decided that it made sense why it was left out. SATA3 hasn't really become main stream yet, and it would have been an added cost to build the GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 which would get past on the the end user as an increase in the retail pricing. If SATA3 is a feature that is a requirement for you, GIGABYTE has you covered with the GA-X58-UD3R for only thirty bucks more.
Well I seemed to have digressed above. The GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 is a solid performing board that has some hefty overclocking ability. 4334MHz is a pretty solid overclock especially on a what many would consider a budget motherboard. While it may be considered a budget motherboard by many. Let's just be sure not to let the GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 in on that little secret, because it sure doesn't act like one.
Whether it performs like it or not, the GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 is a low cost board aimed at the budget conscience consumer. Let's face it, that is a fact that the majority of us users out there today are faced with. Everybody is looking to get the best bang for their buck. For those looking at the Intel X58 spectrum of components, motherboards with the Intel X58 chipset aren't exactly the lowest cost component out there. Many believe that you get what you pay for, that's not always the case though. The GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 gives you more than what you pay for! For the measly $179.99 with free shipping you are getting a great performing board that is backed up by a three year warranty.
Legit Bottom Line: The GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 gives you great performance that will compete with the best boards out there at stock speeds. It also gives you some great overclocking potential!
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Page 1 - The GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 Mainboard
Page 2 - GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 Retail Bundle
Page 3 - GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 Layout
Page 4 - GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 BIOS
Page 5 - The Legit Reviews Test System
Page 6 - PCMark Vantage Synthetic Benchmark
Page 7 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 8 - SiSoft Sandra 2010 Memory Bandwidth
Page 9 - USB3 Performance Testing
Page 10 - Network Throughput
Page 11 - Rightmark Audio Analyzer
Page 12 - Aliens Vs. Predator Benchmark v1.03
Page 13 - System Power Consumption
Page 14 - Overclocking the GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 Motherboard
Page 15 - Final Thoughts and Conclusion