ASUS P6X58D-E Review

Introduction and Specifications

ASUS P6X58D-E Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

The 775 generation of motherboards made a lot of our jaws drop as the more extreme motherboards headed towards, and sometimes even upwards, of £200. For those of us brought up on £80 motherboards this was quite a shock.

Of course once the LGA1366 X58 motherboards hit the market we all quickly realised that average ones were around £200 and a full-fat all-the-features model could cost more than the processor. Thankfully as time as gone on we've seen some cheaper models released that, although not cheap, are at least affordable for the more modestly paid of us.

These usually come with huge feature cuts though to get them down to an affordable price. Today ASUS have taken their excellent P6X58D Premium motherboard and produced an E version that weighs in around £170. Are we sacrificing a lot to get it to this price point or can it still seperate the Dijon?

Technical Specifications

As always we pop along to the ASUS website and grab the specifications for you.

CPUIntel® Socket 1366 Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition/Core™ i7 Processor

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
ChipsetIntel® X58 / ICH10R
System BusUp to 6400 MT/s ; Intel® QuickPath Interconnect
Memory6 x DIMM, Max. 24 GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)*/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Triple channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
*Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. 
Expansion Slots3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (at x16/x8/x8 or x16/x16/x1 mode)
1 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI
Multi-GPU SupportSupports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
StorageIntel ICH10R controller
6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
Marvell® 9128 PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller (Drive Xpert Technology)
- 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (gray)
- Supports EZ Backup and SuperSpeed functions
LANGigabit LAN controller Marvell 88E8056® PCIe Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2
AudioRealtek® ALC889 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
- BD audio layer Content Protection
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
IEEE 1394VIA® VT6308P controller 2 x 1394a ports (one at mid-board; one at back panel)
USBNEC® USB 3.0 controller
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at back panel)
Intel® ICH10R Southbridge
- 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports at midboard; 4 ports at back panel)
ASUS AI Lifestyle FeaturesTrue USB 3.0 Support
True SATA 6Gb/s RAID Support
ASUS Xtreme Design
ASUS Xtreme Phase
- ASUS 16+2 Phase Power Design
ASUS Exclusive Overclocking Features
- ASUS TurboV
ASUS Exclusive Features
- MemOK!
- ASUS EPU
- Express Gate
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 3+
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS Crystal Sound
- ASUS Noise Filter
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS Q-Design: Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
- Multi-language BIOS
Overclocking FeaturesIntelligent overclocking tools
- ASUS TurboV
Precision Tweaker 2
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.0125V increment 0.00625V - vCPU PLL: 36-step reference voltage control
- vDRAM Bus : 49-step DRAM voltage control
- vChipset(N.B.) : 31-step chipset voltage control
- vNB-PCIe : 65-step chipset-PCIe voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz 180MHz at 1MHz
- Internal Base Clock tuning from 100MHz up to 500MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Back Panel I/O Ports1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x RJ45 port
8 Channel Audio I/O
1 x PS/2 Keyboard (Purple)
1 x PS/2 mouse port (Green)
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x Optical S/PDIF Output
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
Internal I/O Connectors2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s connectors (gray)
6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s connectors (blue)
2 x USB connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports
1 x CPU Fan connector
3 x Chassis Fan connectors (1 x 4-pin, 2 x 3-pin)
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x IEEE1394a connector
Front panel audio connector
1 x S/PDIF Out Header
1 x CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel(Q-Connector)
1 x MemOK! Button
1 x Power on switch
BIOS16 Mb Flash ROM , AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ManageabilityWfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME,WOR by PME
AccessoriesUser's manual
4 x Serial ATA 3.0Gb/s cables
2 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s cables
ASUS Q-Shield
2 in 1 Q-connector
1 x ASUS 3-Way SLI bridge connector
1 x ASUS SLI bridge connector
Support CDDrivers
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Update
ASUS Utilities
Form FactorATX Form Factor


Of the things we can see in that list it's clear that not a lot of hacking and slashing of features has gone on. We still have USB3.0, SATA6 and the ALC889 on-board sound. So what is different between this and the Premium model?

As far as we can see the following changed have occured. There are two fewer heat-pipes on the chipset cooling. We only have a single Marvel Gigabit rather than the twin LANs of the Premium. The on-board reset button has disappeared. And rather than the Marvel 9123 of the Premium we have a Marvel 9128 which actually should provide more robust support for RAID.

All in all then not a lot is missing. So let's have a look.

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Most Recent Comments

24-05-2010, 05:52:56

tinytomlogan
ASUS have given us an E version of their excellent P6X58D Premium. Is it a bargain or a cut too far?

Continue Reading

24-05-2010, 06:08:09

Sunny Sahota
nice to see that some of can get up for work early in the morning lol

24-05-2010, 06:20:23

Sunny Sahota
If I was looking at building an i7 980x rig, would the Premium be the better board to take based purely on the processor?

24-05-2010, 06:21:11

tinytomlogan
Wouldnt make any difference in that respect tbh.

24-05-2010, 16:00:39

Sunny Sahota
hmm might look in to getting this over the R3E if its not in stock by the time I come round to buying it. looks like a fantastic board. thansk for the great review

25-05-2010, 03:15:16

GrimReaper
Nice board! how much does it retail for?

25-05-2010, 03:18:58

Sunny Sahota

25-05-2010, 11:35:59

VonBlade
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='GrimReaper'
Nice board! how much does it retail for?
At the top of every review alongside the authors name is the current price.

22-01-2011, 08:30:45

Hribi
I love these motherboard the price/performance for me ist the best!!!
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