So far, Intel's latest CPU microarchitecture has been limited to the high-end niche segment. Blame it on the success of the Intel Core 2 microarchitecture, for Core 2 based dual and quad-core processors have been too good to be retired easily. Moreover, the mainstream variants of Intel's Core i7 architecture have yet to be introduced. The fact that you almost have to start from scratch when shifting to the Core i7 platform presents another daunting bill for enthusiasts in today's less than favorable economic climate.
Yet, there are no doubt extremely good reasons to go for the Core i7 - if you have the cash to spend and the workload to fully utilize its potential. Those using the PC for raw number crunching or its huge memory bandwidth will find the Core i7 a proper investment. To that end, we previously looked at some of the high-end monster motherboards that are targeted at the most extreme of users in our Intel X58 motherboard shootout.
Initially, we had four candidates in mind, but unfortunately only three made it in time for the shootout, which was eventually won by the Gigabyte GA-EX58 EXTREME for its mix of features, power efficiency and competitive pricing. What happened to that fourth board you may ask?
Well, that last candidate is the DFI UT X58-T3eH8 and while it did miss out on our shootout, we did manage to get the board finally. Tested, rated and now ready to meet the world, here's our take on DFI's version of the Intel X58 chipset, which continues to include the Flame Freezer heatpipe-based heatsink that we first saw on the DFI LANParty UT X48-T2R.
DFI is still going strong with its ultraviolet light-sensitive PCB and cables and you'll find these cables in the package, along with other accessories:-