ASUS P6X58D-E Review

P6X58D-E Close-up

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Yes, you are still in the right review, and yes this is an ASUS board. It's a shock to see a baby blue box when we opened the parcel. You get used to how a company do something and then they throw you a curve ball. It looks nice though although the rear of the box is a bit busier than we're used to seeing. A little budget tweak on the box design then.

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Internally we definitely see where some of the savings are. No stiff black boxes with lots of goodies here. More the standard bit of cardboard keeping the accessories off of the motherboard.

Speaking of accessories they're sparse. We've got everything we need but it's not exactly inspiring. Being hyper critical it would have been nice to see blue SATA cables to go along with the board, or even four blue and two white to make it easier to determine what's plugged in where.

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Onto the board itself we can see it's a very standard layout. One nice thing is that ASUS have given us a lot of room to the right of the CPU socket for those oversized coolers that seem to be everwhere.

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The first big area that is different to the Premium version is around the CPU. Firstly the X58 chipset cooler has only a single heatpipe out of it, rather than one leading to the southbridge. Considering how small the southbridge cooler is it's an area we'd like to have seen either the heatpipe retained or a large southbridge cooler installed. The other is that the heatsink to the north of the CPU socket, to the right on this picture, is also flying solo and not part of the cooling solution.

PCI slot wise we have three PCIe sockets running at 16/16/1 or 16/8/8. Two legacy PCI sockets, the uppermost of which is almost useless with todays large graphics coolers, and a single PCIe x1 port.

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In terms of interface we have two internal USB ports, 6 SATAII ports, two SATA6Gb/s ports (the white ones) and the front-panel headers.

On the rear are the usual PS2 port, USB3.0, SPDIF, USB2.0, Firewire, USB2.0 and LAN, along with the outputs for the Realtek ALC889.

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Most Recent Comments

24-05-2010, 06:08:09

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

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?Quote

24-05-2010, 06:21:11

Wouldnt make any difference in that respect tbh.Quote

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 Quote

25-05-2010, 03:15:16

Nice board! how much does it retail for?Quote

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