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Old 28th January, 2010, 03:44 PM
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Opinion needed: X58 motherboards

Okay, so as some of you may be aware, I'm finally going through with my transition to i7 (and, subsequently, back to Intel). I've purchased an OEM i7 920 CPU for £180 and OCZ 6GB PC3-15000 DDR3 1866Mhz memory for £100. Total bargains! Also, getting a Fenrir Titan cooler on CPC's recommendation!

I just need a motherboard now. I've been looking around and seeing what people have recommended, but I thought I'd pose the question here. So guys, which motherboard do I get? I will be overclocking the i7, too. Hoping to get 4Ghz from it, which is definitely feasible.

I don't really have a budget, but I -am- a student! Ideally, anything close to £150~ should work for me, but I can be flexible if need be.

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I've used 2 different X58 boards, the Asus P6T and the Biostar TPower X58. I chose to hang on to the Biostar as it clocked a little better on the initial release bios than the P6T, but I do believe the P6T has caught and passed the Biostar at this point.

The biostar has never given me any hint of an issue since I installed it. Well built, reliable and fast.
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I've used 2 different X58 boards, the Asus P6T and the Biostar TPower X58. I chose to hang on to the Biostar as it clocked a little better on the initial release bios than the P6T, but I do believe the P6T has caught and passed the Biostar at this point.

The biostar has never given me any hint of an issue since I installed it. Well built, reliable and fast.
There's about three different versions of the Asus P6T; the standard edition, the SE and Deluxe. Which one did you have?
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I had the standard P6T.
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Also, getting a Fenrir Titan cooler on CPC's recommendation!
Looks like this direct touch cooler will do some serious cooling!
I've already read the review out of curiosity & here's a couple of pics below of what it looks like.
I like the look of the logo on top of the cooler along with the aluminum finned fan! Looks cool...
It's a fairly big cooler so you'll need a case that has a good distance between the mobo & side of the case as it's
a bit over 6" tall.

Titan TTC-NK85TZ Fenrir CPU cooler review

Fenrir Specifications

* Outline Dimension: 156 x 124 x 107mm
* Fan Dimension: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
* Rated Voltage 12V DC
* Rated Current: 0.32A
* Power Consumption: 3.84W
* Rated Speed: 800~2200 RPM ±10%
* Airflow: 33.2~78.41CFM
* Static Pressure: 0.02~ 0.11 InchH2O
* Noise Level: <17.2 ~ <39dBA
* Bearing Type: Z-axis Bearing
* Lifetime: 60,000 HOURS
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Opinion needed: X58 motherboards-titan-ttc-nk85tz-fenrir.jpg   Opinion needed: X58 motherboards-titan-ttc-nk85tz-fenrir-dt-heatpipes.jpg  
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Looks like this direct touch cooler will do some serious cooling!
I've already read the review out of curiosity & here's a couple of pics below of what it looks like.
I like the look of the logo on top of the cooler along with the aluminum finned fan! Looks cool...
It's a fairly big cooler so you'll need a case that has a good distance between the mobo & side of the case as it's
a bit over 6" tall.
Indeed! If I have learned anything over the last 4 years, it's that CPC never EVER lead you astray. Their recommendations are pure gold.

If I am to achieve these insane speeds, I must make sure that my cooling setup is top notch. I won't be worried about case size, either. I'll most likely be building it into my Thermaltake Tai Chi anyway, and that has ample space inside.
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Arrow Make sure to look at the mounting of the cooler...

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Indeed! If I have learned anything over the last 4 years, it's that CPC never EVER lead you astray. Their recommendations are pure gold.

If I am to achieve these insane speeds, I must make sure that my cooling setup is top notch. I won't be worried about case size, either. I'll most likely be building it into my Thermaltake Tai Chi anyway, and that has ample space inside.
You might want to look at this page on clearances on the Cooler mounting & surrounding heat-sinks around the CPU socket.
As they show here in this, then had to do a bit of removal from the side of the mount to allow for clearance to seat properly. (No biggy in my book)


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