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Test System & General Performance

Core i7 Test System Specs
- Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition (LGA1366)
- Intel Core i7 940 (LGA1366)
- Intel Core i7 920 (LGA1366)
- x3 1GB DDR3-1066 Samsung (CAS 7-7-7-20)
- Intel DX58SO (Intel X58) Pre-Production
- ASUS P6T Deluxe (Intel X58)
- Gigabyte EX58-UD4P (Intel X58)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 280 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 180.43 Beta
Core 2 Test System Specs
- Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 (LGA775)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 (LGA775)
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (LGA775)
- x2 Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR3-1333 (CAS 7-7-7-20)
- ASUS Rampage Extreme (Intel X48)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 280 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 180.43 Beta
Phenom X4 Test System Specs
- AMD Phenom X4 9950 (AM2+)
- x2 Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR2-1066 (CAS 5-5-5-15)
- ASUS M3A79-T Deluxe (AMD 790FX)
- OCZ GameXStream (700 watt)
- Seagate 500GB 7200-RPM (Serial ATA300)
- ASUS GeForce GTX 280 (1GB)
Software
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
- Nvidia Forceware 180.43 Beta

The SATA, USB and LAN performance of the Gigabyte EX58-UD4P all appear to be quite strong, matching the competition.

These new Intel X58 motherboards seem to be good at delivering top SATA hard drive performance as well as superior network performance.