EVGA X58 3X SLI Motherboard - X58 Features and Specifications

Article Index
EVGA X58 3X SLI Motherboard
Close Look at the EVGA X58
X58 Features and Specifications
BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup, HDD Testing and More
Synthetic System, CPU and Memory
Real World Application Benchmarks
Game Performance and Final Thoughts

Intel X58 Chipset Features:

X58 ChipsetThe heart of the EVGA X58 3X SLI motherboard is of course the X58 chipset and the Intel Core i7 CPU.  We recently reviewed the Core i7 920 CPU and focused on that end of the spectrum and today we are completing the task with the motherboard.  Below are some features and specifications of this new chipset from Intel.

Desktop PC platforms based on the Intel® X58 Express Chipset, combined with the Intel® Core™ i7 processor family, drive breakthrough performance and state-of-the-art technology to performance and mainstream platforms.

The Intel X58 Express Chipset supports the latest 45nm Intel Core i7 processor family at 6.4 GT/s and 4.8 GT/s speeds via the Intel® QuickPath Interconnect (Intel® QPI). Additionally, this chipset delivers dual x16 or quad x8 PCI Express* 2.0 graphics card support, and support for Intel® High Performance Solid State Drives on ICH10 and ICH10R consumer SKUs.

X58 Diagram

Intel® QuickPath Interconnect (Intel® QPI) at 6.4 and 4.8 GT/s Intel’s latest system interconnect design increases bandwidth and lowers latency. Supports the Intel® Core™ i7-965 processor Extreme Edition, Intel® Core™ i7-940 processors and Intel® Core™ i7-920 processors.
PCI Express 2.0 interface PCI Express 2.0 delivers up to 16GB/s bandwidth per port, double that of PCIe* 1.0. It provides leading-edge graphics performance and flexibility with support for dual x16 up to quad x8 graphic card configurations or any combinations in between.
Intel® High Definition Audio Integrated audio support enables premium digital sound and delivers advanced features such as multiple audio streams and jack re-tasking.
Intel® Matrix Storage technology With additional hard drives added, provides quicker access to digital photo, video and data files with RAID 0, 5, and 10, and greater data protection against a hard disk drive failure with RAID 1, 5, and 10. Support for external SATA (eSATA) enables the full SATA interface speed outside the chassis, up to 3 Gb/s.
Intel® Rapid Recover technology Intel's latest data protection technology provides a recovery point that can be used to quickly recover a system should a hard drive fail or if there is massive data corruption. The clone can also be mounted as a read-only volume to allow a user to recover individual files.
Intel® Turbo Memory Intel's innovative NAND cache designed to improve the responsiveness of applications, application load times, and system boot performance. Intel® Turbo Memory, paired with the Intel® X58 Express Chipset, also allows the user to easily control the applications or data in the cache using the new Intel® Turbo Memory Dashboard interface, boosting performance further.
Serial ATA (SATA) 3 Gb/s High-speed storage interface supports faster transfer rate for improved data access up to six SATA ports.
eSATA SATA interface designed for use with external SATA devices. It provides a link for 3 Gb/s data speeds to eliminate bottlenecks found with current external storage solutions.
SATA port disable Enables individual SATA ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through SATA ports. Especially targeted for eSATA ports.
USB port disable Enables individual USB ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through USB ports.



EVGA X58 3X SLI Features & Specs:

NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Dramatically scales performance by allowing two graphics cards to be run in parallel. Only available on select PCI-Express models.

USB 2.0 Support
A standard plug and play interface providing easy-to-use connectivity for USB devices.

PCI Express® 2.0 / 1.1 Support
Allows 500MB a lane or up to 8 GB/s at 16x speeds - allows for full support for new PCI-E 2.0 graphics cards.

Serial ATA - II
Also known as SATA2, features a 3.0 Gbit/s transfer speed, faster than Standard Serial ATA.

Solid Capacitors
Offers a longer lifespan, better stability when at high frequencies, can operate at higher temperatures, and no longer runs the risk of exploding.

Active Heatsink
Consists of a fan and metal heatsink.

8 - Phase Power Design
For excellent power-stability, an 8 – Phase Power Design is used.

On-Boad Clear CMOS Button
An onboard clear CMOS button which allows you to easily clear your BIOS without moving a jumper.

On-Board Power Button with Integrated Power Light
An onboard power button for easily powering on or off your system. Also shows a power indication light.

On-Board Reset Button with Integrated HDD Activity Light
An onboard reset button for easily rebooting your system as well as gives current status of your HDD via an activity light.

On-Board Diagnostics LED Readout
Helpful for when diagnosing a problem is needed.

2-Way SLI® Support
Feel free to turn up the eye candy and experience the performance of 2 Graphics Cards running together.

3-Way SLI® Support
Experience the amazing performance that only 3 Graphics Cards can deliver, a visual experience that will take you to the next level.

Windows 2000™ Support

Windows XP™ Support

Windows Vista™ Support

DDR3 Support
Full support for the latest in DDR technologies.

Triple-Channel Support
Supports Triple-Channel memory configurations for extreme amounts of system memory bandwidth.

Dual-Channel Support
Supports Dual-Channel memory configurations for increased amounts of system memory bandwidth.

Intel® X58/ICH10R Chipset
This chipset supports Triple-Channel DDR3 system memory configurations as well as Intel® Core i7 (Socket 1366) support and NVIDIA® 2-Way and 3-Way SLI® support.

Intel® Core i7 Support
With an integrated memory controller, Intel® Core i7 (Socket 1366) processors feature amazing performance for however you use your computer.




  • Based on Intel X58/ICH10R chipset
  • Supports Intel Core i7 Processors
  • 133 Mhz QPI Memory
  • 6 x 240-pin DIMM sockets
  • Triple Channel DDR3
  • Maximum of 12GB of DDR3 1600MHz+ (SZ1A BIOS) Expansion Slot
  • 1 x PCIe x16, 1 x PCIe x8/x16, 1 x PCIe x8, 1 x PCIe x1, 2 x PCI
  • 2 x 32-bit PCI, support for PCI 2.1

Storage I/O:

  • 1 x UltraDMA133
  • 9 x Serial ATA 300MB/sec with support for RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 0+1, RAID5, JBOD
  • x Floppy disk drive connector

Integrated Peripherals:

  • 8 Channel High Definition
  • 2 x 10/100/1000

Multi I/O:

  • 1 x PS2 Keyboard
  • 1 x Serial Ports
  • 12 x USB2.0 ports (4 external + 8 internal headers)
  • Audio connector (Line-in, Line-out, MIC)
  • FireWire 1394A (1 external, 1 header)

Form Factor:

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Length: 12.0in - 304.8mm
  • Width: 9.6in - 243.6mm