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Motherboards are rarely the bottleneck of system performance, but at the top end of the market you'd expect maximum bang for your buck.
Outperforming the much cheaper Asus P6X58D-E mobo by such a small margin is discouraging enough, but being outperformed in gaming and memory bandwidth tests makes our wallets slam shut.
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