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Well.. a long while back or so I bought the Intel DX58SO motherboard not knowing that it wasn't exactly a very good option compared to a lot of other motherboards out there, especially now that it's 2011.

I have the intel Core i7 980x extreme edition, and I plan on OC'ing it to around 4.5-4.6GHz on water with the XPSC Rasa 750 RS240. Now, I do know that this intel board does support overclocking, but it isn't as easy and doesn't get the job well as done in the BIOS compared to other boards...

My main question is, should I go ahead and sell this intel mobo on eBay or should I keep it? It's brand new in box, and I haven't touched it since I bought it. It retails for $230, but I highly doubt I could get that much.. The Rampage III Formula is $300, so I would be spending some extra $ to get it.

Or should I just keep the motherboard and use it with my system?

Thoughts?
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Im picking up a rampage 3 extreme, so id say go for the rampage formula. Intel boards are junk IMO. If you are going to be doing heavy overclocking, you'll want the rampage 3 formula.
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Hmm.. Any other reasons you might suggest?
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post #4 of 24
The rampage 3 extreme is a better motherboard, has better oc'ing features, and more PCIe slots. its also looks way cooler.
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Right, I guess I am just wondering if it would be a good option to just use the DX58SO right now and hope i can get 4.5GHz stable...
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Honestly when the Core i7's were first coming out there was alot of talk about the Intel DX58SO and then it just suddenly stopped. The board was great for overclocking the 920's really high. Most x58 boards are on par with each other and even the Intel board is no exception. Since the 980X can do simple mutliplier clocking, it requires even less of the motherboard than normal. The RIIIE is the "king of the 980X", but honestly try it with the DX58SO first before spending more money on a board that might not give you any benefit whatsoever.
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post #7 of 24
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I guess I am just wondering if it would be a good option to just use the DX58SO right now and hope i can get 4.5GHz stable...
I doubt that you can get the DX58SO up to 4.5GHz, water or not. I have that board getting it up to 4 was easy but getting past 4 was an uphill struggle for me. Get the R3F or if you have extra money, the R3E like everyone else said. They're both great boards and you can't go wrong with either one.
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Right, I guess I am just wondering if it would be a good option to just use the DX58SO right now and hope i can get 4.5GHz stable...
The rampage will most likely provide you with better power to the cpu allowing for a more stable, easier overclock.

I have an i7 970 that i am going to run on it. Intel boards arent very good at overclocking IMO from my experience with them. You'll have an easier time getting the chip stable at 4.5ghz with the rampage.
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post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by ChickenInferno View Post
Honestly when the Core i7's were first coming out there was alot of talk about the Intel DX58SO and then it just suddenly stopped. The board was great for overclocking the 920's really high. Most x58 boards are on par with each other and even the Intel board is no exception. Since the 980X can do simple mutliplier clocking, it requires even less of the motherboard than normal. The RIIIE is the "king of the 980X", but honestly try it with the DX58SO first before spending more money on a board that might not give you any benefit whatsoever.
Thank you for your informative opinion!

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post #10 of 24
I have the RE3 Formula and the Extreme and if you are not doing any extreme cooling like LN2 then do the Formula. I had an I7 980x and now have an I7 970 and both boards rock with those chips. 4.5Ghz will depend on the chip and cooling, but you shouldn't have to big of a problem getting there with either board. There is a new revised Intel x58 board coming out that adds SATA3 and USB3, but from what I have seen Intel boards are just "Ok" for overclocking. If you already have the Intel board I would give it a try and see if you like it, otherwise I would grab one of the RE3 versions.
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