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ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard Performance
+ Full-featured motherboard for value-enthusiasts
+ SuperSpeed USB-3.0 offers 5Gbps transfer speed
+ 16+2 Xtreme Phase Power VRD reduces power costs
+ Supports ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI dual and triple video card sets
+ Supports 24GB of dual-channel DDR3 up to 2000MHz
+ BIOS offers infinite enthusiast overclocking options
+ Japanese-manufactured surface mount all-solid capacitors
+ Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Full-rate audio with DTS connect
+ Marvell 88SE9128 SATA 6Gb/s controller adds forward compatibility
+ 6 Intel ICH10R SATA ports deliver RAID 0/1/5/JBOD
+ NEC-D720200F1 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 controller
+ MemOK! ensures memory boot compatibility
+ Express Gate allows system/web access without O/S
- High priced 'enthusiast' motherboard solution
- BIOS options can be complicated for some users
- Lacks hardware-based encryption features
- SATA6G/USB3 borrow from PCI-E link lanes
- Performance: 9.50
- Appearance: 9.00
- Construction: 9.25
- Functionality: 9.00
- Value: 8.25
ASUS P6X58D-E (Intel X58 Express) Motherboard
Conclusion>Power Consumption We are now able to find out what kind of power is being used by our test system and the associated graphics cards installed. Keep in mind; it tests the complete system (minus LCD monitor, which is plugged directly into an AC wall socket). With its EPU and the EPU-6 software running at stock speeds, the P6X58D-E is pretty energy efficient. Of course, if you are going to overclock the system, then the EPU cannot do much for you. Heat Generation As a new measure, we are now monitoring the heat generation from the key components on the motherboard; this being the Northbridge, Southbridge (if it contains one) as well as the Mosfets around the CPU. The results are recorded at idle and load during the power consumption tests. When we first looked at the P6X58D-E we felt there would be no cooling issues with the board. However, we noted that even at stock speeds and at idle the Northbridge does get a little warm. We do not think that this will be a problem, though, as there was not much of a delta between idle and load temps (around 2C). Even when overclocked things did not get out of hand. Final Thoughts The ASUS P6X58D-E is a very good board. It shows that it deserves its place at the upper end of the ASUS mainstream line-up. With options for overclocking, Tri-SLI and Crossfire, along with excellent memory performance, you could really use this in any role you wanted (multiple Quadros for graphics work etc.). On the gaming front we found that the P6X58D-E was more than capable. The audio was well done with clean sound while once again the memory and HDD performance showed in the time it took levels to load. On the workstation side the P6X58D-E was able to deal with our professional level apps with ease. With a price tag of $229.99 from NewEgg.com the P6X58D-E is great value for gamers and
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ConclusionOverall, this motherboard had everything I would look for in most LGA 1366 motherboards; it can handle triple card configurations, has eight SATA slots, all six memory slots unlike some boards with three, clean open CPU socket, solid chipset cooling, and a matching color scheme with no random orange or green pieces anywhere. The price is a lot lower than the Premium version, which apparently doesn't support RAID on the SATA 6Gb/s ports, and is only really missing one LAN port and a reset button otherwise. To be able to hit the settings that would allow 4GHz on the first try is a good indication of how well this motherboard can overclock too! Another nice feature is that it is 32nm CPU ready so
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So has this cut-price model cut the performance too or is it quite the bargain?
Unquestionably, as our results indicate, it's a bargain.
Starting with the looks, it reminds us a lot of the earlier Rampage models. It's nice to see a motherboard from ASUS that moves away from the red and black theme if for no other reason than it gives the modders something different to work with. Personally it just makes a nice change to look at some different colours. The major visual difference between this P6X58D-E and the Premium is that there isn't a heatpipe from the X58 chip to the ICH10R southbridge nor from the left side of the CPU to the block above. Despite them being passive they control the heat well although at higher clock speeds we'd recommend, as always, a case with good airflow just to help push the air across the large surface area available.
The packaging is definitely a step down from what we normally see from ASUS, although if it means the motherboard is cheaper just because we're a SATA cable or two and some black boxes short, we don't mind at all. The simplistic finish on the rear I/O shield probably demonstrates where the costs have been cut more than looking at the board does.
Speaking of the board, everything is nicely laid out with nothing either exceptional, or more importantly, terrible about it at all. Although "functional" can be seen as something of a pejorative term we mean it entirely as a compliment. So often cuts mean, as we saw from the Asrock Extreme 3, bizarre design choices. Here ASUS have merely taken a couple of unimportant features off their Premium model. Good stuff.
To use it's a joy. The BIOS is simple to navigate with all the options you'd hope to see to enable easy overclocking. As you saw from our results easy it most certainly is. No need to strike the balance between RAM and CPU speed as we got 4.2GHz on the i7-930 CPU whilst also maintaining 2000MHz on our Corsair Dominator GT.
Although SATA6 isn't taken full advantage of yet it's good to know that it's included, saving you a PCI upgrade card in the future. USB3.0 is much more useful and, similarly, the P6X58D-E comes equipped with that too.
So it's got all the latest features. ASUS build quality and technical support. Excellent overclocking performance. Well laid out and nice to look at. Most importantly it's available around the staggeringly affordable price point of £170.
Without question it's deserving of our Recommended award.