ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard Review :: Features

03-02-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun
  • LGA 1366 Intel Bloomfield Processor Ready
  • 3-way SLI and Quad-GPU CrossfireX Support
  • Intel X58
  • PCIe 2.0
  • True SATA 6Gb/s Support
  • True USB 3.0 Support
  • Triple Channel DDR3 2000 (OC)/1333/1066 support
  • True 16+2 Phase Power Design
  • ASUS TurboV
  • ASUS EPU
  • MemOK
  • ASUS Express Gate SSD
  • ASUS Fanless design heat-pipe solution
  • Up to 20C (36FA) Cooler Stack Cool 3+
  • Fan Xpert
  • DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
  • Noise Filter
  • ASUS Onboard Switch
  • ASUS Q-Design
  • Q-Shield
  • Q-Connector
  • EZ-Flash 2
  • O.C. Profile
  • IEEE 1394a interface
  • S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
  • GreenASUS

Part NumberX58 Extreme
ManufacturerASUS
ChipsetX58
North BridgeIntel X58
SocketLGA1366 Socket
Memory speed2000/1866/1600/1333/1066
Processor TypesCore i7
Number of CPUs1
QPIUp to 6.4GT/second
Memory TypeDDR3
Memory ChannelsTriple
Maximum Memory24GB
External GraphicsPCI Express x16 x3
IGPN/A
South BridgeICH10R
Audio8-channel
IDE133/100/66
SCSINone
SATA6.0 GB/s
RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5, 10
LAN10/100/1000 4 LAN Ports
FirewireIEEE 1394a
USBUSB 3.0
BIOSAMIBIOS

The ASUS P6X58D Premium board is based upon Intelís X58+ICH10R chipset combination. The X58 chipset supports LGA-1366 Socket CPUs including the upcoming Gulftown CPUs. This combination allows for up to 36 PCI Express lanes. The board supports up to 3 video cards in CrossfireX or SLI configuration at x8 mode or two at x16 mode, meaning there is 12lanes for other uses such as support for the USB 3.0/SATA 3.0 mode.

The memory controller is on the CPU, meaning that the rated speed of the memory is determined by the CPU Base Clock instead of the Northbridge as on earlier Intel CPUs. The board supports up to DDR3 1333MHz natively through the Core i7 CPUs. If you overclock this board supports DDR3 2000 speeds. The Core i7 CPU supports triple channel memory which offers up to 50% more memory bandwidth than dual channel memory.

ASUS offers true 16+2 Phase Power design on their P6X58D Premium. There are 16 phases for the vCore and 2 phases for the Quick Path Interconnect/memory controller inside the CPU. This provides the highest power efficiency and generates less heat to enhance overclocking capability. ASUS uses high-quality components as low RDS (on) MOSFETs, Ferrite core chokes and 100% Japan-made high quality conductive polymer capacitors. TurboV allows you to overclock your CPU PLL, NB, NB-PCIe, and DRAM voltages in 0.02v intervals giving the highest granularity available for overclocking the voltage.

ASUS first installed USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/second ports on their P7P55D Premium motherboard. This solution had a bridge chip which took used PCI Express lanes from a PCI Express bridge chip, the PLX PEX8613. This had the advantage of not taking PCI Express lanes from the CPU on a chipset that had limited numbers of PCI Express lanes (x16 total+8 x1 lanes) resulting in loss of SLI or Crossfire ability when all lanes were used. The X58 chipset, however, has 36 PCI Express lanes, meaning that there are enough lanes to do 3 cards at x8 and full SATA 6.0 and USB 3.0 compatibility without sacrificing SLI or CrossfireX mode performance.