ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review :: ASUS P6T Deluxe Features

12-09-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun
  • Palm OC
  • Intel LGA1366 Platform
  • Triple Channel DDR3 1600(OC)/1333/1066MHz
  • True 16+2 phase Power Design
  • ASUS OC Palm
  • ASUS TurboV
  • ASUS Express Gate SSD
  • SAS onboard
  • SLI and Crossfire on Demand
  • 100% High Quality Japan-made Conductive Polymer Capacitors
  • PCIe 2.0
  • AI Nap
  • Wind-Flow Thermal Design
  • Fan Xpert
  • ASUS Crystal Sound
  • Q-Shield
  • Q-Connector
  • EZ-Flash 2
  • OC Profile
  • SATA on the Go
  • Dual Gigabit LAN
  • IEEE-1394a interface
  • High Definition Audio
  • SPDIF-out on Back I/O Port

P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition Spec Sheet
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ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review

Part NumberP6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition
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ChipsetX58 Express
North BridgeIntel X58
SocketLGA 1366 Socket
Processor TypesCore i7
Number of CPUs1
Base Clock1333MHz
Memory TypeDDR3
Memory ChannelsTriple
Maximum Memory24GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16 x3
South BridgeIntel ICH10R
SATA3.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 5, 10
Expansion Slots
Form FactorATX

ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review

The ASUS P6T Deluxe uses the Intel X58 chipset for the Northbridge and the ICH10R chipset for the Southbridge. This allows support for a single LGA-1366 CPU. Currently there are three models of CPU available on the new platform: Core i7 920, Core i7 940 and Core i7 965 EE. The new Intel CPUs have moved the memory controller to the CPU instead of the Southbridge as earlier Intel CPUs have and has support for Quick Path Interconnect.

Quick Path Interconnect replaces the Front Side Bus on Intel CPUs. The performance of the QPI on the X58 depends on whether the Core i7 965EE or other CPU is used. The 965EE has performance of about 6.4 Gigatransfers a second while the Core i7 920 or 940 has a performance of 4.8 Gigatransfers a second. The bandwidth is about 12 or 16GB per direction or 24 to 32GB per link with two 20-bit point to point links for the QPI.

The new CPU interface is called the LGA-1366. LGA stands for Land Grid Array and there are 1366 contact points between the Socket and the processor. The new LGA-1366 interface is designed to work at higher TDPs (Thermal Design Power). The new Core i7 CPUs have a TDP of about 130W, higher than the Core 2 Quad CPUs of the earlier generation and the LGA-1366 can handle them with ease. The installation process of the new CPUs is similar to the LGA-775 interface with a larger CPU die requiring new cooling.

One new consequence of the new chipset is the ability to run memory in Triple Channel mode. Previous motherboard chipsets had dual-Channel memory controllers. The ASUS board supports up to 1600MHz DDR3 memory when in overclock mode. Note, that while the Intel chipset only officially supports DDR3-1066, manufacturers can support higher frequencies as they please. The board has a 16 phase power design for the vCore+ 2 additional phases for the QPI/Memory controller.

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The ASUS P6T Deluxe has low RDS (on) MOSFETs, Ferrite core chokes with lower hysteresis loss and 100% Japan-made high quality conductive polymer capacitors. The combination of the 16+2 Phase Power high quality components means that the motherboard will likely have higher performance in overclocking and a longer lifespan with minimal power loss compared to other designs which don't have these components.

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OC Palm is a new feature to the ASUS P6T Deluxe. OC Palm is a USB 2.0 device that plugs into the computer that combines the TurboV Setting, a Hardware Monitor and Yahoo Widgets. The device looks and operates much like a PDA with those features available with the touch of a button. I'll talk a little more on this device in the Bundle page. For now it is a cool idea that should allow easy on-the-fly overclocking without a reboot.

Express Gate is ASUS's mini-OS that is put on a SSD on the motherboard in the P6T Deluxe's case. Express Gate allows the user to boot to an OS without Windows being in the way, chat with other people using AIM, Surf the Internet upon boot and other things. The idea works pretty well as there's many a time where I would love to get on the Internet to download a file or surf the Net before installing Windows and this is what the Express Gate does to good effect.