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Asus P6T Deluxe review

Alan Lu
24 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
213
inc VAT

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Specifications

LGA1366, ATX, Intel X58 chipset, supports: Core i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition

Asus's P6T Deluxe Core i7 motherboard has plenty of features, so there's almost something for everyone.

Dedicated gamers and professional video editors will appreciate the three PCI Express x16 graphics slots. You could fit up to three ATI or two Nvidia graphics cards in CrossFire or SLI mode.

The P6T Deluxe also has some features we would expect to find only on a server motherboard. It has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, so you could connect to two networks simultaneously or configure your PC as a router. We were also surprised to find two Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) ports, which are used to connect internal hard disks in servers. Thankfully, there are six SATA ports for connecting less expensive storage. These are parallel to the motherboard so they're not obstructed by any expansion cards, but this can also make connecting SATA cables fiddly. There's no eSATA port or bracket, but there is a FireWire 400 connector and eight USB ports.

As expected, the P6T Deluxe stormed through our benchmarks, matching the other Core i7 motherboard in our round-up - Gigabyte's GA-EX58-UD4P. You can overclock the RAM to 2,000MHz, but the Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) can only be overclocked by 500MHz as opposed to the GA-EX58-UD4P's 1,200MHz.

Asus's P6T Deluxe is attractive if you want SAS and dual Ethernet ports. Otherwise Gigabyte's GA-EX58-UD4P is the better Core i7 motherboard, especially for gamers and overclockers.

Basic Specifications

Rating**
Processor socketLGA1366
Form factorATX
Size305x244mm
Processor supportCore i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition
Processor external bus133MHz (3.2GHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Chipset north bridgeIntel X58
Chipset south bridgeIntel ICH10R
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/2100
Maximum memory speedPC3-16000
Memory slots6
Maximum memory12GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£213
Supplierhttp://www.themeshshop.com
Detailshttp://uk.asus.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots3
Dual graphics architectureSLI 8x/8x, CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots1
PCI-E x1 slots0
PCI slots2
Fan headers3
Floppy ports1
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel ICH10R (6x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)

Features

Wired network ports2x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)ADI AD2000B (optical and coaxial S/PDIF, 6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers8/6
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy ports1x PS/2
Other ports2x SAS
Cables included6x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x floppy, 2x SAS
Brackets included1x USB2, 1x FireWire
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment500MHz

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