Well, let’s recall what we know about Intel DX58SO mainboard. It has a not very rich but sufficient accessories bundle and a long list of additional free software. It boasts unique PCB design, though it cannot be considered a “PC builder’s nightmare”, because some of the design peculiarities of this board turn into unique advantages at some point. The BIOS of Intel DX58SO mainboard is its obvious weak spot. It is not ergonomic or convenient to work with that is why it is hard to use this board as a testbed for anything else. You have to make a lot of extra moves to make more or less serious configuration changes. However, it shouldn’t be an issue for a mainstream user: you don’t really change your home system configuration on a daily and even monthly basis. You take the time and configure your system once and then live happily ever after. Yes, no matter how strange it may seem, but Intel DX58SO BIOS has all parameters and settings necessary for successful overclocking and configuration optimization. Moreover, in some aspects it even surpasses some leading overclocker solutions. Unfortunately, as it often happens, not everything has been done impeccably: the voltage adjustment increments are sometimes too bit, some of the parameters could have been implemented better. However, despite a number of issues we pointed out in our review, we managed to achieve very good results during overclocking. This board is not just as good, but is even superior to some of its competitors.
The mere fact that Intel DX58SO mainboard was brought into this world already means a lot. It is the absolute “strongest“ Intel mainboard lately. The company no longer disregards the needs of overclocking fans. Now they announce openly that their mainboards are designed for overclocking, and most importantly, these words are backed up by real good results. When we talk about mainboards, we first of all imply the solutions from the leading Taiwanese manufacturers, such as Asus and Gigabyte. Intel DX58SO mainboard is the first warning shot fired at them. Looks like they got so carried away by competition against one another that they completely forgot about a huge and powerful corporation like Intel, which can actually prepare some unexpected surprises.
Frankly speaking, I don’t hope to see the new BIOS versions for Intel DX58SO to have new revised structure and interface, and to be free from the issues bothering overclockers and advanced users. They will obviously first of all focus their efforts on adding support for the new processors and eliminating compatibility problems. Moreover, I don’t expect to see any dramatic changes even in a couple of next upcoming products. Firstly, it is hard for a large corporation like Intel to change their vision all of a sudden; secondly, they are still responsible for providing proper support for their already existing mainboards. In this case it makes more sense not to give up the solutions that have already proven worthy, not to destroy everything and then build from scratch, but to maintain continuity and introduce improvements gradually. But if they decide to launch a new Intel DX58SO mainboard revision or a totally new mainboard for LGA1156 processors tomorrow, even if it has the same inconvenient BIOS, I will prefer it to any other solution, unless the competitors can offer an adequate alternative. And all that because Intel DX58SO mainboard convinced us: from now on you can actually overclock on Intel mainboards.