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A couple of Core i7 motherboards compared

Postby Blín D'ñero » 29 Oct 2009, 20:04

These boards introduced more than a year ago. But for people like me only recently starting to consider jumping to i7 it is a new subject! :D

ASUS Rampage Extreme motherboard review

It's been quite a while now since ASUS launched their first enthusiast-level Intel X48-based part, the Rampage Formula - An offering which put together the company's usual performance and overclocking-centric Republic of Gamers philosophy while still offering support for DDR2 memory.

Since that time, things have changed somewhat as memory prices have dropped, to the point where making the move to DDR3 isn't seen as an overly expensive upgrade any more. With this in mind, coupled with motherboard manufacturers really getting to grips with the X48 chipset and how to squeeze the most performance out of it, we now find it getting a second run-out via ASUS' Republic of Gamers series. This time the name of the motherboard is the Rampage Extreme, and DDR3 support is the order of the day, while ASUS also looks to add yet more new features and innovations to their already impressive range of offerings.

Let's now take a look and see if the Rampage Extreme can actually live up to its aggressive name.

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Asus and Intel square off with X58 under the hood
by Geoff Gasior — 3:39 AM on November 3, 2008

By now you've no doubt read all about Intel's new Core i7 processor. You know that the CPU otherwise known as Nehalem is based on an all-new architecture, complete with four cores (or eight, if you count Hyper-Threading), three levels of cache, an integrated memory controller, and a QuickPath Interconnect replacement for the front-side bus. You know that the Core i7 is unequivocally the fastest desktop processor around, and that in some cases, it's a fair bit quicker, clock-for-clock, than Intel's already impressive Penryn designs. Naturally, you want one. Badly.

Saddling up a Core i7 won't be as easy as plugging one of the new chips into your current system, though. Nehalem is built on a new LGA1366 package that isn't compatible with the existing LGA775 infrastructure. Without a front-side bus, the Core i7 also requires a chipset compatible with its QuickPath Interconnect: Intel's own X58 Express. You'll need a whole new motherboard to join the Core i7 party, then. But which one?

Intel has its own X58 board, of course—the latest in a series of attempts to effectively cater to overclockers and PC enthusiasts. As one might expect, Taiwanese giant Asus has an iron in the fire, too. We've had the P6T Deluxe in the labs for weeks now, and it's laden with all the rich features you'd expect from a perennial favorite.

To find out which of these two is the best option for those eager to adopt Intel's latest microarchitecture, we've run them through a grueling gauntlet of performance, peripheral, power consumption, and overclocking tests. Read on for a detailed look at the first Core i7 motherboards to make it into the Benchmarking Sweatshop.

Read full article @ techreport

Oh and:
Retail Core i7-920, i7-940 have unlocked RAM multipliers
by Cyril Kowaliski — 3:49 PM on March 6, 2009

In our Core i7 review, we pointed out that the cheaper two i7 models—the 920 and 940—both had lower QuickPath Interface and L3 cache clock speeds than the i7-965. We also said the cheaper CPUs only supported DDR3 memory speeds up to 1066MHz. However, Intel apparently neglected to tell us about a small detail: retail-boxed Core i7-920 and i7-940 processors have no such restrictions on QPI and RAM speeds.

As Maximum PC reports, the two CPUs have the right multipliers for 4.8GT/s QuickPath and 1066MHz DDR3 memory speeds out of the box. However, users are free to pop into the BIOS and raise those multipliers, pushing the QPI speed to 6.4GT/s and the memory to 1600MHz—just like on a Core i7-965.

The interesting thing here is that Core i7 engineering samples did have limitations in place, so testers couldn't bump RAM or QPI speeds without raising the 133MHz base clock and potentially impacting stability. However, Intel quietly lifted the restriction from retail CPUs because of "requests from some . . . customers."

We received direct confirmation from Intel about the unlocking business, so that means one thing is certain: higher QPI and RAM speeds are possible no matter which Core i7 you get. And, as we've seen ourselves, going from DDR3-1066 to DDR3-1600 on a Core i7 can impact performance in some applications.

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Main PC: Asus ROG Strix X570-E * AMD Ryzen 7 3800x * Noctua NH-D15 * Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB * MSI Radeon 5700XT * Creative AE-9PE * 2 x Corsair Force MP600 * 7 x WD Gold HDD * 1 x Asus DRW-24D5MT * Windows 10 x64 *

Office PC: * Intel i7 4790K * Noctua NH-D15S * Asus Maximus VII Hero * Corsair Force MP510 480GB M.2 SSD * 32 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum CMD32GX3M4A2133C9 * Sapphire Radeon R9 290 * Dell U3010 @ 2560 x 1600 / 60Hz * Corsair AX 1200W * 7 x WD Black / Gold HDDs * Creative Soundblaster ZxR * Asus DRW F1ST * Corsair K95 RGB * Corsair M65 PRO RGB * Steelseries 9HD * Coolermaster STC T01 * Edifier S530 * Sennheiser HD598 * Windows 10 x64 *

Old Workhorse PC: * Intel i7 2700K @ 4.8 Ghz * Noctua NH-D15 * Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z * 32 GB Corsair Vengeance Pro CMY32GX3M4A1866C9 * Sapphire HD7970 crossfire * 3 x Dell U2410 @ Eyefinity 5760 x 1200 / 60Hz * Corsair HX 1000i * 7 x WD Black HDDs * Creative Soundblaster ZxR * Optiarc AD 5240S * Steelseries 7G * Razer Imperator 2012 * Steelseries 9HD * Coolermaster STC T01 * Edifier S730D * Windows 10 x64 *

Outdated PC * Intel i7 920 @ 3.8 Ghz * Zalman CNPS9900A LED * Asus Sabertooth x58 * 24 GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 * Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X * Dell P4317Q * Corsair HX 850W * 7 x WDC WD1002FAEX * Creative Soundblaster Z * Optiarc AD 5240S * Corsair K68 RGB * Corsair M65 PRO RGB * Coolermaster STC T01 * Logitech Z-2300 * Windows 7 Ultimate x64 *
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Re: A couple of Core i7 motherboards compared

Postby Blín D'ñero » 31 Oct 2009, 18:01

Asus P6T Deluxe
Asus P6T Deluxe V2
The "V2" means removal of the SAS controller.
  • 3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 ( dual x16-modus; triple: x16-, x8-, x8-modus )
  • 1 PCI Express x4
  • 2 PCI

Asus P6T SE Review
Asus' range of P6T motherboards has been growing like Topsy since we reviewed the P6T Deluxe Palm OC Edition so let's have a quick rundown before we dive into this week's review of the P6T SE. In essence you're getting two reviews for the price of one as the P6T Deluxe v2 has replaced the original P6T Deluxe. The only significant change is that the v2 has ditched the superfluous SAS controller and the price has been cut from £239 to £220. That's money worth having but it wouldn't have made much impact on our original review of the P6T Deluxe so we declined to review the v2 and plumped for the SE instead.


The basic P6T is significantly cheaper than the Deluxe at £170 and naturally there have been some cuts to the list of features such as the ditching of the second Gigabit LAN port and a reduction of USB ports from eight to six. There's another less obvious change in the support for the graphics slots. All models of P6T have three mechanical PCI Express 2.0 graphics slots but the Deluxe offers Tri-SLI with either x16 / x16 or x16 / x8 / x8 lanes of PCI Express. The P6T only gives proper support to two slots with 16 lanes of PCI Express to each slot as the third slot gets a mere four lanes. So while it may look like a graphics slot it is really nothing of the sort.


The P6T supports both SLI and CrossFire X but the P6T SE does away with SLI support and only supports CrossFire X. This change means that Asus doesn't have to pay a license fee to Nvidia and as a result the price dips below £160. If you own a pair of high-end GeForce graphics cards the P6T SE would be a poor choice but if you use a single graphics card or fancy a pair of Radeon HD 4890s, say, things are looking good.


The layout of the P6T SE hasn't changed much from the P6T Deluxe. The ATA133 and SATA connectors have moved slightly but they are easy to use when the graphics cards are installed and that's pretty much all we care about. The P6T SE uses a relatively basic cooling system on the chipset and only has a single heatpipe joining the coolers on the Northbridge and power regulation hardware behind the I/O panel. The coolers on the Southbridge and at the top of the board stand alone and are not linked to the others.


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Main PC: Asus ROG Strix X570-E * AMD Ryzen 7 3800x * Noctua NH-D15 * Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB * MSI Radeon 5700XT * Creative AE-9PE * 2 x Corsair Force MP600 * 7 x WD Gold HDD * 1 x Asus DRW-24D5MT * Windows 10 x64 *

Office PC: * Intel i7 4790K * Noctua NH-D15S * Asus Maximus VII Hero * Corsair Force MP510 480GB M.2 SSD * 32 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum CMD32GX3M4A2133C9 * Sapphire Radeon R9 290 * Dell U3010 @ 2560 x 1600 / 60Hz * Corsair AX 1200W * 7 x WD Black / Gold HDDs * Creative Soundblaster ZxR * Asus DRW F1ST * Corsair K95 RGB * Corsair M65 PRO RGB * Steelseries 9HD * Coolermaster STC T01 * Edifier S530 * Sennheiser HD598 * Windows 10 x64 *

Old Workhorse PC: * Intel i7 2700K @ 4.8 Ghz * Noctua NH-D15 * Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z * 32 GB Corsair Vengeance Pro CMY32GX3M4A1866C9 * Sapphire HD7970 crossfire * 3 x Dell U2410 @ Eyefinity 5760 x 1200 / 60Hz * Corsair HX 1000i * 7 x WD Black HDDs * Creative Soundblaster ZxR * Optiarc AD 5240S * Steelseries 7G * Razer Imperator 2012 * Steelseries 9HD * Coolermaster STC T01 * Edifier S730D * Windows 10 x64 *

Outdated PC * Intel i7 920 @ 3.8 Ghz * Zalman CNPS9900A LED * Asus Sabertooth x58 * 24 GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 * Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X * Dell P4317Q * Corsair HX 850W * 7 x WDC WD1002FAEX * Creative Soundblaster Z * Optiarc AD 5240S * Corsair K68 RGB * Corsair M65 PRO RGB * Coolermaster STC T01 * Logitech Z-2300 * Windows 7 Ultimate x64 *
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Re: A couple of Core i7 motherboards compared

Postby Blín D'ñero » 24 Nov 2009, 19:15

I went for
  • Asus P6T Deluxe V2
  • i7 920
  • Zalman CNPS9900 LED
  • 12 GB Corsair Dominator XMS3 CL8-8-8-24, 1.65V
  • Corsair 850W HX PSU
  • Optiarc DVD RW AD-5240S
  • 2 x WD Caviar Black 640GB
  • Freed up one of my CoolerMaster Stacker STC-T01's
:thumbup:

It's still waiting for a HD 5970 or 2 x HD5870s.... whatever i can afford in near future.
Main PC: Asus ROG Strix X570-E * AMD Ryzen 7 3800x * Noctua NH-D15 * Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB * MSI Radeon 5700XT * Creative AE-9PE * 2 x Corsair Force MP600 * 7 x WD Gold HDD * 1 x Asus DRW-24D5MT * Windows 10 x64 *

Office PC: * Intel i7 4790K * Noctua NH-D15S * Asus Maximus VII Hero * Corsair Force MP510 480GB M.2 SSD * 32 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum CMD32GX3M4A2133C9 * Sapphire Radeon R9 290 * Dell U3010 @ 2560 x 1600 / 60Hz * Corsair AX 1200W * 7 x WD Black / Gold HDDs * Creative Soundblaster ZxR * Asus DRW F1ST * Corsair K95 RGB * Corsair M65 PRO RGB * Steelseries 9HD * Coolermaster STC T01 * Edifier S530 * Sennheiser HD598 * Windows 10 x64 *

Old Workhorse PC: * Intel i7 2700K @ 4.8 Ghz * Noctua NH-D15 * Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z * 32 GB Corsair Vengeance Pro CMY32GX3M4A1866C9 * Sapphire HD7970 crossfire * 3 x Dell U2410 @ Eyefinity 5760 x 1200 / 60Hz * Corsair HX 1000i * 7 x WD Black HDDs * Creative Soundblaster ZxR * Optiarc AD 5240S * Steelseries 7G * Razer Imperator 2012 * Steelseries 9HD * Coolermaster STC T01 * Edifier S730D * Windows 10 x64 *

Outdated PC * Intel i7 920 @ 3.8 Ghz * Zalman CNPS9900A LED * Asus Sabertooth x58 * 24 GB Corsair Vengeance LP 1600MHz CL9 DDR3 * Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X * Dell P4317Q * Corsair HX 850W * 7 x WDC WD1002FAEX * Creative Soundblaster Z * Optiarc AD 5240S * Corsair K68 RGB * Corsair M65 PRO RGB * Coolermaster STC T01 * Logitech Z-2300 * Windows 7 Ultimate x64 *
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