Its probably about as cheap as we'll see it for this type of X58. May hit $150 but I'm thinking that any X58 mobos priced lower than that will be strictly budget types that dont allow for OCing and have fewer features. At least for the time being. Hopefully I'm wrong but I got a feeling the manufacturers are keeping the prices high due to costs and profits.
It's already very cheap considering the prices of the X48 mobos and X38 before that. The biggest difference with these 2 chipsets though is that the differentiation is now with the CPU socket so mobos can be cheap (people will have to pay up for the CPU).
Just so we're clear, I wasn't talking about the chipset being cheaper. I'm talking about the damn CPU's being cheaper which is why I said "I wish they had cheaper i7's...."
After Skott's comment, it seems things got very far from what I had said.
The mobo prices are okay/fine. The CPU's are incredibly expensive. That was my point.
I ordered this board a few weekes ago and it is really pretty awesome, the only thing i don't like is the SATA connectors are on the side. This makes it a little more difficult to squeeze things in.
silly question, but i am a newb. The other 16x pci express, is that only for a videocard or can i use my pci express soundcard on that one to, because my videocard takes up two slots.
Does anyone have any pictures of this board using an aftermarket cooler/heatsink for the northbridge?
I'm thinking about getting this board myself, but I want some ideas on a good chipset cooler that can fit.
This is SO on my shopping list..Black and red theme..Lian Li v351 RED,Gainward 285 GTX 2GB RED,..Looks so hot together..cant wait,,slow build do to cash flo.. :^X
So there's no further confusion, the HR-05 IFX does fit the X58M.
The CPU cooler used in those pictures is the Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283V. (Unfortunately for me, the S1283V is too large for my case -- or, rather, my liking.)
Is this in a TJ08 like case?
What are your temps like?
Considering getting this setup as I have case, proc, & mem.
I'm going to get a HR-05 too. tiraides, which online store did you purchase that near-blacky pcb x58m?
So, yeah... I was lazy....
... But I kind of knew the "answer" to my (rhetorical) question -- Will (the PTR-N881) fit? -- before I started "testing" things out.
For starters, here's the test bed:
The closeup shot of the PCI slots is to answer a question that was posted in the SFF forum thread for this board. The PCB is brown -- and yes, it's a Revision 1.1 board.
And here's the N881 with the 80x25mm fan attached:
As you can see, the heatsink is offset just enough to accommodate the fan. Space, however, is still an issue....
The long story short is that the size of both heatsinks (the HDT-SD964 and the PTR-N881) plus the lack of available space on the X58M makes for a generally bad fit. Regardless of how I position the heatsink portion of the N881, it ends up rubbing against something. Though I was eventually able to make things "fit" by positioning both heatsinks with the fans pointing upwards, it would be impossible to replicate inside the case with the PSU in place.
And to further emphasize the lack of overall space on the board:
... The heatsink portion of the N881 runs up against the retention bracket on the back of the GPU. Granted, I could remove the fan and just "flip" the heatsink, but the N881 would end up brushing against the SD964 in some way, shape, or form.
For comparison's sake, here's the HR-05 along with the video card and SD964:
Awesome Thanks Tiraides!
Is your TJ08-B new or did you buy it awhile ago? Is it a heavy chunk of metal on the front panel or has it gotten lighter?