The gang of motherboards that AnandTech has assembled don’t mess around, these motherboards are the flagship X58 boards from these respective manufacturers.  The ASUS Rampage III Extreme, EVGA X58 4 way Classified, Gigabyte X58A-UD9 and MSI Big Bang-XPower cover a range of roughly $300 to $600 and all but the EVGA board feature SATA 6G and USB 3.0 though the EVGA board as well as the Gigabyte board sport nVIDIA’s NF200 chip to help with graphical duties.  Drop by to see just how these boards compare to each other.

“In light of this success, it was clear that ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI would have to go back to the drawing board and come up with new designs to captivate the audience. The launch of Intel’s i7-980X Gulftown together with the availability of SATA 6G and USB 3 controllers from Marvell and NEC provided the excuse for a revamp and here we are a couple of months down the road with everyone vying to capitalize on sales thanks to the longevity of the X58 platform. That’s where we pick up today, we’ve got the very best ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA and MSI have to offer and have lined up a compare taking a look at basic functionality, overclocking and overall stability.”

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