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    New DX58SO2 Build Experience




      I would like to share my build experience:




      Motherboard: Intel DX58SO2 LGA1366, Bios 0779 dated 2011-04-06

      CPU:  i7-950 3.06GHz 45nm Bloomfield quad-core 1066MHz memory bus

      Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 with 2 x 120mm fans, 3-pins.

      RAM: Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K3/12GX, XMP 12GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-27 1.65V kit (3 x 4GB DIMM); 2 x kit = 24GB total RAM.

      Video card: Sapphire Radeon HD5450 512MB 64-bit DDR2, passive cooling

      Case: Antec P183 V3 (I added 2 extra 120mm fans in middle HDD compartment to cool North Bridge). Top case fan disabled.

      PSU: Antec CP-1000, 1000 Watt CPX

      Boot disk: Intel X25-M G2 160GB SSD (firmware 2CV102HD) connected to ICH10 in ACHI mode

      Data disks: X25-M-G2-160GB SSD, X28-M-G2-80GB SSD, WD 1TB WD10-02FAEX HDD.




      Windows 7 Pro 64-bit (without SP1)

      Microsoft Security Essential (MSE) anti-virus v2.0 (Virtual-Machine folder excluded)

      Intel SSD Toolbox v2.0.2

      VMWARE Workstation v7.1.4

      Intel Extreme Tuning Utility v2.1

      Intel Desktop Utilities v3.1.3

      Dataram RAMDISK v3.5.130 (free version)

      Romex Software  FancyCache for Volume Beta v0.6.1 (using RAM as level-1 cache only; didn't try a SSD as Level-2 cache yet).


      No overclocking, all runs at stock speed. The 24GB memory is running at 7-7-7-20 8x memory mutiplier, selected by Auto setting in BIOS.


      With all fans set to low speed around 800rpm, expect single Noctua fan set to 1300rpm:

      North Bridge temp runs hot: idle 59C, load 63C

      CPU core temp: 41C idle, load 100% 15 minutes gives 75C

      Above readings are from the  Intel Extreme Tuning Utility.


      System has been running for about 10 days and all-in-all I am happy with the result, minor gripe is the hot NorthBridge.


      Hope above is of use to someone!



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