Gigabyte X58A-OC Intel X58 Motherboard Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures
We will be running the Rampage III Formula through a full battery of benchmarks.  Once again here are the specifications of our entire testing system.

Processor: Intel Core i7-965 Extreme
Motherboard: Gigabyte X58A-OC
Video Card: EVGA GTX 570
Memory: Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1866 6GB
Power: OCZ ZX Series 850W
Storage: Samsung 750GB SATA II Drive
Case: BitFenix Colossus Full Tower
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Here are some shots of CPU-Z.  As you can see we have the system running at the stock speed of 3.2 GHz.

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We will be testing the Core i7-965 Extreme at its stock speed of 3.2GHz and then again at the max stable overclock of 4.16GHz.  We have our benchmarks divided into 4 different categories.

CPU Testing
SiSoftware Sandra (download)
– Processor Arithmetic Benchmark
– Processor Multimedia Benchmark
AIDA64 Extreme Edition (download)
– CPU Queen
– CPU PhotoWorxx
– CPU ZLib
– CPU AES

System & Memory Testing
PCMark 7 (download)
PCMark Vantage (download)
AIDA64 Extreme Edition (download)
– Memory Benchmark

Video Testing
3DMark 11 (download)
3DMark Vantage (download)
Heaven Demo 2.5 (download)
Stone Giant (download)

Gaming Testing
Alien vs. Predator
DiRT 3
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

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