X58A-OC board, what else is new?

More info on the X58A-OC board ...

Last week I wrote about the new X58A-OC board we have coming out soon and showed the IO panel and thought I’d follow it up with some more features. This one is pretty neat as you can see in the photo.

We are providing some extra ports to power the PCI Express slots when you run 3-4x SLI/XFIRE. In the past you would see boards like ours using molex connectors in some obscure places on the board that are frankly hard to reach and a touch tricky when it comes to insulation. This new layout will help make easier to provide the extra power without needing to route cables in the middle of the board.

You can see we are providing both SATA2 and SATA3. We are trying to keep it as lean and mean as we can without sacrificing some reasonable functionality. I’ll see what other photos I can dig out and put it up soon. Stay tuned!


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United States steponz says:

Pretty cool.. Not the only one who thought it was annoying always routing the cables near the cards around the insulation... lol

United States Linuxfan says:

Looks pretty cool! Also glad they fixed power plug placement.

United States Hondacity says:

i never liked that sata power connector..oh well... its innovative still though....

United States Bobnova says:

My thoughts exactly. The placement is wonderful, but I would have preferred molex or PCIe for the actual connector. Sata doesn't seem built very well for high amps at all, the contact patch is tiny.

United States Hondacity says:

being careful this happenned lol

United States steponz says:

seriously? Like you need more then that power for the 3.3v that it uses...

United States Bobnova says:

One of the OCF guys had a hard drive sata power connector melt and start smoking on him during use. It's not an especially robust system.

Germany der8auer says:

Okay that's a good innovation. Even though i'm looking forward to see the area arround the socket. For me the design there is one of the most important parts - just if you think on the insulation. I hope the also did a good job there :) edit: Best would be a board completely insulated by insulation-paint...

United States Bobnova says:

Now that would be nice!

United States Hondacity says:

ok so if the board is suppose to provide auxillary 75w per pcie lane... multiply that by 4 thats = 300w.

but the additional sata power connector...can only provide 54watts x2 = 108watts.

this is my basis for the sata maximum current per pin...

Each voltage transmits through three pins ganged together, because the small contacts by themselves cannot supply sufficient current for some devices. (Each pin should be able to provide 1.5 A.)


http://www.allpinouts.org/index.php/Serial_ATA_%28SATA,_Serial_Advanced_Technology_Attachment%29

Australia Dinos22 says:

der8auer said: Okay that's a good innovation. Even though i'm looking forward to see the area arround the socket. For me the design there is one of the most important parts - just if you think on the insulation. I hope the also did a good job there :)

edit: Best would be a board completely insulated by insulation-paint...


will post that up soon :D

Australia Dinos22 says:

with the previous boards we only would use ONE molex even thought there were 2x there, it wasnt needed

United States Hondacity says:

dinos22 said: will post that up soon :D


this just raised the price 50$ lol

Australia Dinos22 says:

Lmao, i can confirm that we will not be helping noobs stay noobs

if you dont know how to insulate LEARN :D, not interested in any gimmicks :D

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