DFI LanParty UT X58-T3eH8 LGA 1366 Motherboard Review

by 3oh6     |     March 12, 2009

Specifications & Features

This being our third Intel X58 based motherboard, we have decided to beat the proverbial dead horse and forgo presenting the X58 chipset and corresponding discussion. We will get straight to the specifications of the DFI LanParty X58-T3eH8 instead. For a little bit of information on the X58 chipset please see the ASUS Rampage Extreme II or EVGA X58 SLI reviews.

CPU LGA 1366 socket for IntelŪ Core i7 processors
IntelŪ QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) technology - point-to-point interface that connects to X58; providing a dynamically scalable interconnect for increased bandwidth, lower latency and stability
Integrated Memory Controller (IMC) supports 3 channels of DDR3
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology delivers 8-threaded performance
8-phase digital PWM provides stable voltage to the CPU
Chipset Northbridge: Intel X58 Express chipset
Southbridge: Intel ICH10R
QPI System bus - 4.8GT/s to 6.4GT/s
System Memory Six 240-pin DDR3 DIMM sockets
DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600(O.C.) MHz DIMMs
Triple-channel memory architecture
Supports up to 24GB system memory
Delivers up to 43.2GB/s bandwidth
Unbuffered x8/x16, non-ECC and ECC, up to 4Gb DDR3 devices
Expansion Slots 3 PCI Express (Gen 2) x16 slots
a. 2-way CrossFire at x16/x16 transfer rate lanes
3-way SLI at x16/x8/x8 transfer rate lanes
1 PCI Express x4 slot
2 PCI slots
8Mbit SPI flash memory
CMOS Reloaded
Audio Bernstein audio module w/Realtek ALC889 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
2 coaxial RCA S/PDIF-in/out jacks
1 optical S/PDIF connector
108dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback (DAC) quality and 104dB SNR recording (ADC) quality
LAN Marvell 88E8052 and Marvell 88E8053 PCIE Gigabit LAN controllers with Teaming technology
Fully compliant to IEEE 802.3 (10BASE-T), 802.3u (100BASE-TX) and 802.3ab (1000BASE-T) standards
Storage Intel ICH10R chip
- Intel Matrix Storage technology
- Supports up to 6 SATA devices
- SATA speed up to 3Gb/s
- RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and RAID 5

JMicron JMB363 PCI Express to SATA and PATA host controller
- Supports up to 2 UltraDMA 100Mbps IDE devices
- Supports 2 SATA devices
- SATA speed up to 3Gb/s
- RAID 0 and RAID 1
IEEE 1394 VIA VT6308P
Supports two 100/200/400 Mb/sec IEEE 1394a ports
Rear Panel I/O 1 Mini-DIN-6 PS/2 mouse port
1 Mini-DIN-6 PS/2 keyboard port 1 IEEE 1394 port
6 USB 2.0 ports
2 RJ45 LAN ports
Internal I/O 3 connectors for 6 additional external USB 2.0 ports
1 connector for an external COM port
1 connector for an IEEE 1394 port
1 connector for the Bernstein audio module
1 IrDA connector and 1 CIR connector
8 Serial ATA connectors
1 40-pin IDE connector and 1 floppy connector
1 24-pin ATX power connector
1 8-pin 12V power connector
2 4-pin 5V/12V power connectors (FDD type)
1 front panel connector
8 fan connectors
1 diagnostic LED
EZ touch switches (power switch and reset switch)
Power Management ACPI and OS Directed Power Management
ACPI STR (Suspend to RAM) function
Wake-On-PS/2 / Wake-On-USB Keyboard/Mouse
Wake-On-LAN and Wake-On-Ring
RTC timer to power-on the system
AC power failure recovery
Hardware Monitor Monitors CPU/system/Northbridge temperature and overheat alarm
Monitors Vcore/Vdimm/Vnb/VCC5/12V/V5sb/Vbat voltages1
Monitors the speed of the cooling fans
CPU Overheat Protection function monitors CPU temperature and fan during system boot-up - automatic shutdown upon system overheat
PCB 6 layers, ATX form factor
24.5cm (9.64") x 30.5cm (12")


In typical DFI and LanParty UT fashion, the X58-T3eH8 is absolutely loaded with features designed to make life easier for the enthusiast and high-en overclockers. The list of features is really too long to cover in full but here is a small sample of what this motherboard has to offer.

3-Way SLIŪ & CrossFire X

For the first time in the history of either platform, both SLI and ATI CrossFire X technologies are allowed to run on the same system. The X58-T3eH8 fully supports both 3-Way SLI and ATI Quad CrossFire X. This is one of the biggest advantages of the Intel X58 chipset over previous generations.
8-Phase Volterra Full Digital PWM

Powering the DFI X58-T3eH8 is the 8-phase Volterra fully digital PWM circuit providing unparallel power delivery to the CPU. This digital PWM allows for cleaner and more consistent power delivery to your CPU assisting in overclocking and stability.
Flame Freezer

The LanParty UT series is designed for the highest end systems and the best overclocking. This inherently means temperature increases to key system components. These components include the PWM and chipset. Flame Freezer cooling is designed to remove that heat from the interior of the case and exhaust it outside to help cool the whole system.
Sintering Heat-pipe

Sintering heat-pipes help alleviate some of the issues involved with heat pipes by increasing the thermal conductivity of the heat-pipe in both the vertical and horizontal positions. Sintering heat-pipes are used throughout the LanParty X58-T3eH8.
Debug LED

Like any enthusiast top level motherboard, the X58-T3eH8 comes with an onboard debug LED readout. This provides system status during POST and better allows for diagnosis of a no POST situation. Having an onboard debug LED really helps when really pushing the system with overclocking as it will provide some insight into what is wrong with the system if pushed too far.
CMOS Reloaded

The staple to any DFI motherboard has been CMOS Reloaded. This option in the BIOS allows for backing up and restoring of complete BIOS setting configurations. Being able to label overclocked settings in the BIOS has always set CMOS Reloaded apart from the crowd. With the X58-T3eH8, DFI has added features to CMOS Reloaded and made it even better than before.

As mentioned, there are so many more features that we will have to cover in this review that the DFI X58-T3eH8 provides. Things like onboard power and reset buttons that also act as an "EZ Clear" CMOS reset, UV reactive expansion slots, and onboard voltage read points really make this LanParty UT board one of the best in its class.


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