Gigabyte X58-USB3 review

The cheapest LGA 1366 board ever, but is it cheerful?

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In pure performance terms, the cheaper Gigabyte board manages to hold its own against pricier Asus mobos, coming out slightly ahead at the same clockspeeds, in fact. Where it falls down a little is in the overclocking stakes. The X58-USB3 hits a limit of 4.2GHz, while the Asus P6X58D-E was able to push that to 4.32GHz. Still, bargain boards aren't usually bought for their overclocking potential…

CPU rendering performance
Cinebench 11.5 – Index: higher is better
X58-USB3 – 50
P6X58D-E – 50

Video encoding performance
X264 v3 – FPS: higher is better
X58-USB3 – 27.8
P6X58D-E – 27.6

Gaming performance
World in Conflict – FPS: higher is better
X58-USB3 – 269
P6X58D-E – 264


Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX58 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots3
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameGigabyte
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i7, Xeon
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory24 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots6
Number of PCI Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
Number of SATA Interfaces6
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots8
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports3
Total Number of PCI Express Slots6
Processor TechnologyHyper-Threading Technology
Width774.7 mm
Depth619.8 mm
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelGA-X58-USB3
Product NameGA-X58-USB3 Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberGA-X58-USB3
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

GIGABYTE's entire line of X58-based motherboards are ready to support the new generation of Intel 32nm 6-core processors, delivering the very best platform for multitasking, multimedia and high performance gaming.

Package Contents
  • GA-X58-USB3 Desktop Motherboard
  • Motherboard Driver Disk
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 4 x SATA Cables
  • I/O Shield
  • 2-Way SLI Bridge Connector