The P6X58D Premium is the latest from Asus LGA1366 motherboards since the introduction of the Rampage III Extreme. This motherboard is loaded with the famous X58 chipset on the Northbridge and the ICH10R on the Southbridge. It has three PCI-E 16X slot, one PCI slot and one PCI-E 1X. The first two has 16 lanes and the third one (white) can be either eight or single line. This board has six DDR3 slot triple channel 2000MHz that supports up to 24GB memory with 8 SATA ports that supports the 3Gbps and 6Gbps. It has two USB 3.0 port and Eight USB 2.0. This board also supports the 3-way SLI and CrossfireX GPU.
The board was tested with an Intel Core i7 980X 3.33 MHz Extreme Edition processor and overclocked at 4.4 MHz. It uses a 24GB 1600MHz triple channel DDR3 memory, Seagate 7200 RPM 1TB SATA, 750 watts power supply, an ATI Radeon 5870 1GB graphics card and Windows 7 64-bit.
Overclocking The P6X58D Premium
The P6X58D Premium is easy to overclock because its settings are mostly accessible into a single menu all voltages and frequencies can be varied directly. The best overclocked frequency for this board is at 215 MHz QPI team up with Core i7 980X Extreme Edition.
This board was overclocked at frequency of 200MHz X22 multiplier and runs at 4.4MHz. The overall Media Benchmark score is up to 2,578 quite impressive. The over clocked frame rate in Crysis is at 33fps.
The overall score is based on the average of the image editing, video encoding and multi-tasking tests. Testing for this benchmark is how actually the computer was used in the real world. The suite composed of an image editing test using Gimp, Video encoding test using Handbrake and a multi tasking test using 7 – Zip to archived and encrypt the large batch of files while the HD movie plays in mplayer. For Crysis game, the settings are all high with a resolution of 1680 X 1050.
The ASUS P6X58D premium proves that it is a good choice for Core i7 Processor and great for gaming. More overclocking possibilities and if you load it up with Core i7 920 – 950 (much cheaper than Core i7 980X EE) you can go far more with speed. ASUS motherboards are very dependable and if you’re an ASUS fan go for it.
By Rey Basti
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