ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review :: ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition Bundle

12-09-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun
  • ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard
  • One Ultra DMA-133 Cable
  • One OC Palm+USB cable
  • Q-Shield
  • Optional fan for water cooling/passive cooling only
  • One ASUS Q-Connector kit
  • One ASUS SLI Bridge Connector
  • One ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard User Guide
  • One Driver CD
  • One Case Badge
  • 1 2-port USB 2.0, 1-port IEEE-1394 bracket
  • Six Serial ATA Data cables
  • Two SAS Cables

ASUS has included everything and the kitchen sink in terms of their motherboard bundle with their P6T Deluxe. One thing that bothers me about some of the motherboard bundles is the lack of enough SATA cables to support the maximum on each board. ASUS includes not only six SATA data cables but also two SAS cables totally supporting the six and two of each device on the board.


ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review Box

Box

ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review Box flap open

Box flap open

ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review Board and bundle

Board and bundle

ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review Bundle

Bundle


The 2-port USB and single port IEEE-1394 bracket is a welcome addition for those that need more than the ones on the back panel. ASUS uses something called a Q-Shield which prevents cuts of the finger when installing it on the back panel IO of the motherboard. Everything on the IO Shield is labeled so it is impossible to mislabel anything. The Q-connectors allow the end-user to install the case wires to the FP I/O in one fell swoop instead of individually.


ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review OC Palm

OC Palm

ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review OC Palm box art

OC Palm box art

ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review Side of OC Palm

Side of OC Palm

ASUS P6T Deluxe Motherboard Review Rear of box

Rear of box


The SLI Bridge is a welcome addition to the bundle. The X58 chipset is the first by Intel to officially support SLI on the motherboard without an nForce chip like the Skulltrail systems did. The P6T Deluxe supports both SLI and Crossfire on the same motherboard, meaning that the ultimate hardware enthusiast configuration can be chosen from either NVIDIA or ATI without changing the motherboard chipset as previous Intel chipsets were prone to do.

The driver CD contains the drivers for the motherboard, the Norton's Internet Security Software that comes with most ASUS motherboards and the overclocking software in the form of TurboV, ASUS Update and various other ASUS specific software including the EPU software that saves energy by controlling the power usage of the CPU and other components of the computer.