Asus P6T Deluxe X58 OC Palm Edition Motherboard

Introduction

Introduction

With the previews done and dusted, it's now time for OC3D to get down and dirty with the Asus P6T Deluxe and some full benchmark treatment. As this is our first full X58 review, I'm sure every enthusiast wants to know how well it performs against the current high end Skt775 systems available and if indeed it's worth the money to upgrade. For this reason and until we get more X58 motherboards to compare,  will be pitching the P6T deluxe against a high end 790i setup in the hope that we will see some marked performance differences.

As the P6T deluxe 'OC Palm Edition' is the first retail release from Asus under the X58 banner it will be used as the benchmark for other motherboards to compete against. It boasts an amazing array of features, SLI/Crossfire compatibility, Triple channel DDR3 and of course support for Intel's latest CPU, Nehalem. Costing near £275 it certainly isn't cheap, £30 more than the standard edition but as the title suggests, the OC Palm edition has a new(ish) feature that some may have seen before on the P5B Premium boards. The 'Screen Duo' has been re-incarnated and included in the P6T package, let's hope it is a more worthwhile addition than the previous attempt.

Here's what Asus had to say in a recent press release:

Fulfilling demand for users that require a motherboard able to achieve extraordinary overclocking capability, ASUS, world-leader in motherboard production, has unveiled the new ASUS P6T DELUXE amid high user expectation. This innovative motherboard utilises Intel’s latest platform, and features the exclusive ASUS Super Hybrid Engine concept that encompasses the TurboV and EPU technologies to deliver the twofold benefits of overclocking and power efficiency. TurboV is an advanced overclocking application that enables easy overclocking without the need to exit or reboot the operating system; while the EPU automatically provides users exceptional power efficiency. Equipped with Super Hybrid Engine, users will enjoy the best overclocking environment and address environmental concerns at the same time.
 


Specification

CPU
Intel Socket 1366 Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition/Core™ i7 Processor Supports Intel® Dynamic Speed Technology

Chipset
Intel® X58 / ICH10R
System Bus Up to 6400 ; Intel® QuickPath Interconnection MT/s
 
Memory
6 x DIMM, 12 GB, DDR3 1600*/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Triple channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
*Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors Lists).
 
Expansion Slots
3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (at x16/x16/x1 or x16/x8/x8 mode)
1 x PCIe x4
2 x PCI

Multi-GPU Support
Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way or Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports ATI® CrossFireX™ Technology

Storage
Southbridge 6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports
Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10 Marvell 88SE63202 x SAS (RAID 0 and 1)
Marvell 88SE6111
1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
1 xExternal SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)

LAN
Dual Gigabit LAN controllers 2*Marvell88E8056® PCIe Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2

Audio
ADI® AD2000B 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Support Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O

IEEE
1394 VIA® VT6308 controller supports 2 x 1394a ports (one at mid-board; one at back panel)
USB
USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel) 14

Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/ Mouse combo port
1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)
1 x External SATA
1 x IEEE1394a
2 x RJ45 port
8 x USB 2.0/1.1
8-channel Audio I/O

Internal I/O Connectors
3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x Floppy disk drive connector
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA connectors
2 x SAS connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector
3 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x IEEE1394a connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel(Q-Connector)

BIOS 16 Mb Flash ROM
AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

Form Factor ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

Wow. The P6T deluxe appears to have everything anyone could want in the specification. SLI, Crossfire, RAID etc. Perhaps the only thing missing is the dedicated sound card as seen on the higher end models.

Let's take a look at the package...
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Most Recent Comments

07-12-2008, 08:37:32

w3bbo
Upgrade skt775 or go for broke and buy a major upgrade in the form of the P6T Deluxe. We pitch Asus's new motherboard against a high end skt 775 kit in todays full in-depth review.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...101043580s.jpg

Read the full review HERE.

07-12-2008, 19:32:08

Bungral
Nice review mate..

Hopefully now that one is nailed down it'll be easier to review when more boards come.

Was that the maximum stable overclock you could get or were you just happy to get there and call it a day?

08-12-2008, 06:35:00

niky_d
Hi!

Great review, mate!

I was very astonished, that the s775 sometimes can match or even overrun the new socket. Nevertheless the new platform is a great performer, but I don't think that the time has come to upgrade to it, maybe next year . I would love to see how the new i7 performs against the new phenom 2 that are coming, because there are great things you hear about the overclocking performance of the new AMD's. Hope you will get a phenom 2 sample fast and compare these two.

And again, congrats for the great review.

Have a nice day.

08-12-2008, 09:18:36

Rastalovich
It`s doing a decent job. Nothing proud of a new socket tho.

I can see that the areas it does exel in are more than likely down to the tri-channel over dual channel.

I can't recommend them on this showing, but I still see this as part of the 1st round of mobos. The fact that it holds it`s own, with the exception of older graphic benchmarkers which dont mean much, means that whatever is to come should be that much better.

It`s a great review, like to see the Intel 4 Series ICH10R up against it tho as opposed to nVidia.

08-12-2008, 17:30:13

w3bbo
Cheers for the feedback as ever guys.

The overclock was the max possible at the time of review. For whatever reason it wouldn't budge much over 200 but the rumours are that using a lower multi and higher Bclk helps, sadly this info came too late but rest assured, I will update when I get to test the mobo again as it looks like it could be the base for our new i7 test rigs.

We chose to pitch it against the NVidia chipset as it is the only chipset where we could have DDR3 aswell as having the capability to underclock the DDR3 to 1600mhz to best match the 1600 Corsair so comparisons could be made with dual vs triple channel ram. Intel chipsets would mean messing with the FSB and multi's of the QX9770 which inevitably would result in an unfair stock vs stock comparison of the CPU's.

It's always going to be hard reviewing a product with no legitimate comparative product. I could have copped out and just reviewed the P6T against itself, stock vs overclocked which is the norm but I thought everyone would have appreciated some results people they could relate to. Not many folk have the QX9770 granted, but it makes interesting reading having the top skt775 vs the entry i7, at least I hope it does.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Gigabyte EX58-UD5 review coming very soon .

09-12-2008, 07:20:45

Jaster
Cracking review...I'm still holding off for a whilst though...i'm hoping the phenom II's may push the price down...but its very impressive for a new socket utilising new tech...especially when you look at the entry/high end level comparison...it does show that the price is warranted...but lets hope AMD step in the ring a bit beefier then last time...

09-12-2008, 07:38:58

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='webbo'

Keep your eyes peeled for the Gigabyte EX58-UD5 review coming very soon .
Excellent stuff.
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