Asus P6T Deluxe X58 OC Palm Edition Motherboard

Board layout & Appearence

The Board
Unlike the higher-end E-ATX based Rampage II Extreme, the P6T Deluxe is thankfully still standard ATX sized and as such will have no problems fitting in the average midi-tower sized chassis. This does however have the side-effect of making the board look slightly cluttered, although ASUS need to be commended for avoiding issues such as the DDR3 slots being squashed up against the primary PCI-E slot or oversized capacitors hindering the use of certain Air/Water cooling solutions.
ASUS P6T Deluxe Board Front ASUS P6T Deluxe Board Back
ASUS P6T Board Plate ASUS P6T Deluxe NB Screws
The back of the board features ASUS' "Stack Cool 2" system which essentially acts as a PCB heatspreader along with screw fixings for the Northbridge cooler and a solid metal back plate attached to the LGA1366 socket to help prevent warping of the board. Unfortunately ASUS haven't used screw fixings for the mosfet or Southbridge cooling, but this is only a minor gripe considering neither coolers are heavy enough to cause any real issues.
ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA1366 Socket ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA1366 Socket
Taking into account both the size of the LGA1366 socket and the 16 chokes situated around the socket in a 9 + 7 configuration, the socket area is fairly clear of obstructions. Obviously those who dabble in sub-zero cooling and would be looking to insulate the board from condensation will probably disagree, but without moving to a Digital PWM "a la DFI", there really is very little that could be done to make the layout any better.
ASUS P6T Deluxe NB Cooler ASUS P6T Deluxe X58
Unlike the X38 and X48 chipsets, the X58 isn't fitted with an IHS (Integrated Heat Spreader). This combined with the two-pin mounting hole system of the Northbridge leaves the X58's core wide open to being "nibbled" by aftermarket cooling solutions that may not mount flatly on the cores surface. Fortunately ASUS have enabled the black aluminium heatsink mounted on top of the heatpipe cooling system to be removed, leaving behind a flat copper plate for mounting any aftermarket cooling to (in theory).
ASUS P6T Deluxe 3 Phase Memory ASUS P6T Deluxe Memory Slots
Powering the six DDR3 slots is a three phase PWM system similar to that used on the P5E3 Premium. However, as the sticker emblazoned across the DDR3 slots so rightly points out, setting the DDR3 voltage above 1.65v can cause serious damage to the CPU (indicating some truth to the recent reports) and therefore only DDR3 modules that can operate with 1.65v or lower should be used on the board.
In addition to this the board also features an "OV_CPU" jumper that opens up additional (dangerous?) voltage selection options for CPU in the BIOS. This was the very jumper that caused me to put 1.9v through a QX9650 on the P5E3 only a few months back, so exercise caution before enabling it on your shiny new Nehalem.
ASUS P6T Deluxe I/O ASUS P6T Deluxe PCI-E Slots
The I/O area at the back of the board is fully featured with a total of eight USB ports, two NIC's, an eSATA port, an IEE1394 port, a PS2 port (than can be used for either a mouse or keyboard) and a Six Channel Audio system with Coax and Digital connectors. This is in line with most of ASUS' recent motherboards, barring the RoG series that ditch the onboard audio in favour of an add-in card.
Moving on to the internal slots we can see that ASUS have opted for three physical PCIe 16x slots, one PCIe 1x slot and two PCI slots. The layout of these slots is configured in such a way that should you utilise two graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire configurations (with dual slot coolers), you will still be left with access to a single PCI slot and PCIe 1x slot. Disappointingly, the PCIe layout is such that triple SLI/Crossfire will be an impossibility with dual slot graphics cards.
ASUS P6T Deluxe ICH10R ASUS P6T Deluxe TurboV
ASUS P6T Deluxe Marvell Chip ASUS P6T Deluxe Via Chip
Finally a closer look at some of the smaller components on the board reveal an engineering sample ICH10R Southbridge controller marked "Intel Secret", a Marvell 88SE6320 SAS controller (supporting 2 x SAS devices in RAID 0 and 1 configuration ) and a VIA Fire IIM VT6308P/S 1394 Host Controller for Firewire. All in all, an extremely respectable line-up.

Let's take a look at the BIOS options available on the P6T Deluxe...
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Most Recent Comments

08-12-2008, 00:32:08

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?Quote

08-12-2008, 11:35:00


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.Quote

08-12-2008, 14:18:36

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.Quote

08-12-2008, 22:30:13

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 .Quote

09-12-2008, 12:20:45

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 does show that the price is warranted...but lets hope AMD step in the ring a bit beefier then last time...Quote

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