In November 2008 Intel started selling processors and chipsets for their new LGA1366 platform. WE have already posted a number of articles discussing the new systems and their peculiarities. This is definitely the article called First Look at Nehalem Microarchitecture with the theoretical discussion of the innovations in the new platform; then the article called New Hit from Remake King: Intel Core i7 Review that is devoted to the practical aspects of the new platform. At last, the article called Intel Core i7-920 Overclocking Guide tells you not only about the succession of actions during successful system overclocking, but also reveals the potential of its components in specific experiments. In particular, the article talks about ASUS P6T Deluxe mainboard. I strongly recommend to check out these materials if you haven’t done it yet, because there is a lot of useful info in them. Anyway, I will refer to these articles multiple times throughout our today’s review.
Our today’s article continues a series of reviews of the new platforms: we are going to talk about two new mainboards from Gigabyte: GA-EX58-UD5 and GA-EX58-Extreme. It makes perfect sense to combine these two mainboards within a single article because they have a lot of common traits and very few insignificant differences. This way we can avoid repeating the same things about them and at the same time focus on the distinguishing features of each of them. One of the most noticeable differences between them is their packaging.
When I worked on this review, the junior model -GA-EX58-UD5 – cost a little over $300, which makes it one of the most affordable solutions for Core i7 processors.