Asus P6T Deluxe X58 OC Palm Edition Motherboard

Packaging & Contents

Packaging & Contents
 
The P6T Deluxe is presented in a rather huge blue box that easily equals the size of two standard motherboard boxes stacked atop of each other. This is quite unusual for a non-RoG (Republic of Gamers) motherboard, which are normally only treated to a standard sized box with very little in the way of protection.
 
ASUS P6T Deluxe Box Front ASUS P6T Deluxe Flap Open
 
ASUS P6T Deluxe Box Back ASUS P6TDeluxe Box Open
 
The front of the box features a fairly basic blue pyramid style background adorned with various specification stickers detailing the main highlights of the board. However, in true ASUS style, the front of the box is but merely a gateway into further information  where ASUS have placed detailed descriptions for all of the boards features underneath a cardboard flap.
 
Opening up the box we can also see the reasoning behind the XXL packaging. Unlike a lot of ASUS's P5 series, the P6T is separated from the accessories compartment by a cardboard inner-box complete with a clear plastic lid. This should certainly go a long way to keeping the motherboard safe during shipping, even if dropped.
 
ASUS P6T Deluxe Contents ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Thingy
 
ASUS P6T Deluxe Padded I/O Plate ASUS P6T Deluxe SATA+Power Cables
 
Contained within the accessories box is the usual collection of SATA and IDE cables along with ASUS' padded "Q-Shield" I/O plate, the TurboV LCD display, a Q-Fan and two additional SATA cables that provide a more robust connection by combining the SATA data and power headers together. Granted there's nothing overly exciting, but still more than some manufacturers provide.

OC Palm


One section of the accessories which is most welcome is the re-introduction of the 'Screen Duo',  now re-branded 'OC Palm'. While at first glance it may look pretty innocuous, after firing up the motherboard board and installing the driver for this little gadget, it becomes all too apparent where that extra £30 went. Gone are the endless reboots to enter BIOS settings to change voltages and frequencies, this little baby will allow you to change the key voltage and frequency settings on the fly. Best of all it actually works! Here are a few snaps of the OC Palm in action and the settings available:
 
Turbo power Turbo Menu

BCLK Frequency CPU Voltage

DRAM Voltage QPI Voltage

Hardware Monitor Voltages

Temps Fan Speed

I tried a changing a few basic adjustments such as Vcore, Bclk frequency and low and behold, CPU-Z reported the changes instantly! Not only that but your valuable new hardware can also be monitored with the push of a button thanks to the hardware monitor. The screen was easy to use, self explanatory and pleasing to the eye. The Screen Duo of old, while a novel idea, didn't really add anything useful to the motherboard and was merely a gadget, nothing more. The OC palm on the other hand is already a useful addition and could possibly become a mainstay for every motherboard in the future in one format or another, such is its usefullness. It is rare to see such bright ideas and innovations in what has recently been a fairly stagnated PC market so a big thumbs up to Asus for succumbing to the enthusiasts needs.
 
So then, an impressive start for the new Asus motherboard, speaking of which, let's take a look at the main feature of the package, the motherboard itself...
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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
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Originally Posted by name='webbo'

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