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ASUS P6T Deluxe X58 Motherboard Review - Core i7 Processors Welcome

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Introduction and Specifications

Introduction

Just last week Intel unveiled the new Core i7 processor based on the Nehalem core architecture bringing about a new platform for Intel systems.  The new CPU brought a host of changes when compared to the Intel Core 2 line including an integrated DDR3 memory controller, QuickPath Interconnect interface, a new cache infrastructure and other additions.  With the CPU migration comes a socket change and of course a new chipset to fill the gap for core logic. 

Intel's answer for the platform is the X58 chipset, the first 5-series product to be released and even this product is quite a change from the previous Core 2 chipsets.  The most major shift for the X58 is not what it adds, but what it goes without: a memory controller and front-side bus.  With the movement away from the FSB to the QPI and with an integrated memory controller in the Core i7, the chipset north bridge is really responsible for only the PCI Express 2.0 interface and for connecting to the south bridge ICH10. 

That doesn't mean the motherboard is inconsequential at all though - in fact your choice of X58 motherboard for your Intel Core i7 could be the most important choice for your next PC.

ASUS P6T Deluxe Specifications


CPU

LGA1366
socket for Intel® Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition / Core™ i7 Processor Supports
Intel® Dynamic Speed Technology* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support
list

Chipset

Intel®
X58 / ICH10R

System
Bus

Up
to 6.4GT/s; Intel® QuickPath Interconnect

Memory

6
x DIMM, max. 12GB, DDR3 1600(O.C.) / 1333 / 1066 MHz, 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 PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (at x16/x16/x1 or x16/x8/x8 mode)1 x PCI Express
x4 slot2 x PCI slots

Multi-GPU
Support

Supports
NVIDIA® 2-Way or Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology*Supports ATI® CrossFireX™
Technology* SLI support may need driver update. Visit www.asus. com for more
details.

Storage

Intel®
ICH10R Southbridge: - 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports - Intel® Matrix Storage
supporting SATA RAID 0,1, 5, and 10

Marvell
88SE6320 controller: - 2 x SAS ports supporting SAS RAID 0 and 1

Marvell
88SE6111 controller: - 1 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices - 1
x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)

LAN

Dual
Gigabit LAN controllers2 x Marvell® 88E8056 PCIe Gigabit LAN controller
featuring AI NET2

Audio

ADI®
AD2000B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC - Supports Jack-Detection,
Multi-streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking technology - Coaxial /
Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O - ASUS
Noise Filter

AI Audio 2

IEEE
1394

VIA®
VT6308 controller supports 2 x IEEE 1394a ports (one at midboard; one at back
panel)

USB

14
x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 8 ports at back panel)

ASUS
Unique Features

ASUS
Exclusive Features: - ASUS TurboV - ASUS OC Palm (OC Palm version only) -
ASUS True 16+2 Phase Power Design - Express Gate SSD

ASUS
Power Saving Solution: - ASUS EPU-6 Engine - ASUS AI Nap

ASUS
Quiet Thermal Solution: - ASUS Fanless Design: Wind-Flow Heat-pipe solution -
ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 2 - ASUS Fan Xpert - ASUS Optional Fan for
Water-cooling or Passive-Cooling only

ASUS
EZ DIY: - ASUS Q-Shield - ASUS Q-Connector - ASUS O.C. Profile - ASUS
CrashFree BIOS 3 - ASUS EZ Flash 2

Exclusive
Overclocking  Features

ASUS
TurboV utility Precision Tweaker 2: - vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at
0.00625V increment - vCPU PLL: 36-step reference voltage control - vDRAM Bus:
49-step DRAM bus voltage control - vChipset(N.B.): 31-step chipset voltage
control - vNB-PCIe: 65-step chipset-PCIe bus voltage control

SFS
(Stepless Frequency Selection): - Internal Base Clock tuning from 100MHz up
to 500 MHz at 1MHz increment - PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to
180MHz at 1MHz increment

Overclocking
Protection: - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Special
Features

Multi-language
BIOS

ASUS MyLogo 3

Back
Panel I/O Ports

1
x PS/2 Keyboard / Mouse combo port1 x S/PDIF Out (Coaxial + Optical)1 x
External SATA 1 x IEEE1394a2 x RJ45 ports8 x USB 2.0/1.18-channel Audio I/O

Internal
I/O Connectors

3
x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports1 x Floppy disk drive
connector1 x IDE connector6 x SATA connectors (Red)2 x SAS connectors
(Orange)1 x CPU Fan connector3 x Chassis Fan connectors1 x Power Fan
connector1 x IEEE1394a connector Front panel audio connector1 x S/PDIF Out Header
Chassis Intrusion connectors audio in24-pin ATX Power connector8-pin EATX 12V
Power connectors System Panel (Q-Connector)1 x TPM connector1 x Power on
switch1 x Reset switch

BIOS

16
Mb AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI 2.0, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, Multi-language BIOS

Manageability

WOL
by PME, WOR by PME, Chassis Intrusion, PXE

Accessories

I/O
modules:

1
x 2-port USB 2.0 / 1-port IEEE1394 module

 

Cables:

6
x Serial ATA signal cables

2
x SAS cables

1
x Ultra DMA 133/100/66 cable

 

1
x OC Palm Kit (OC Palm device and USB cable; OC Palm version for retail
version only)

1
x ASUS Q-Shield (I/O shield)

1
x Optional Fan for Water-Cooling or Passive-Cooling only

1
x ASUS Q-Connector Kit (USB, system panel; Retail version only)

1
x ASUS SLI bridge connector

 

Application
DVD

ASUS
motherboard support DVD

Documentation
User guide

Support
Disc

Drivers
ASUS PC Probe IIASUS Update ASUS AI Suite Image-Editing Suite Anti-virus
software (OEM version)

Form
Factor

ATX
Form Factor, 12”x 9.6” (30.5cm x 24.4cm)



This specifications table from ASUS
has an abundance of information but in it lays many of the secrets of the board's success.  The board supports both 2-Way SLI and CrossFire X configurations, includes dual Gigabit Ethernet connections and even Serial Attached SCSI support via an included Marvell 88SE6320 chipset. 

We'll delve more into the HUGE feature list of the ASUS P6T Deluxe on the coming page.

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