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MSI X58M

The MSI X58M is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1366/Socket B socket.

It has 24 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.

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MSI X58M

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1366/Socket Bhelp iconSLI Support2 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support2 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetX58help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconRelease Date31 Aug 2009help iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x8 v2.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconSATA 1.00
help iconMax RAM24 GB DDR3help iconSATA 2.07
help iconRAM Slots6 x DDR3help iconSATA 3.00
help iconMemory Channels3help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 800 MHz
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 2 x fan header
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear6help iconBack Panel I/O
  • 1 x eSATA
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x

MSI X58M compatibility review

The MSI X58M uses the Intel LGA 1366/Socket B CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1333 MHz, and 6 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 24 GB RAM. There is enough room for memory expansion to last any build with this motherboard an extremely long time.

Released on 31 Aug 2009, the MSI X58M is now over 10 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from MSI.

The Micro-ATX MSI X58M should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.

The MSI X58M has 7 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The MSI X58M does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the MSI X58M's PCIe v2.x. The MSI X58M supports up to 2 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards or up to 2 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

The MSI X58M has 6 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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