ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard Review

Editor: Sahil Mannick  Date: 15-06-10   15 Comment(s) - Join the discussion here
Introduction

Product on Review: ASUS P6X5 8D-E
Manufacturer and Sponsor: ASUS
MSRP: Not listed
Street Price: £169.19

With the introduction of the X58 platform, ASUS were prompt in delivering a whole line of motherboards to cater for a range of people. Of course, being the latest Intel flagship chipset, not everyone could easily get access to the newly released motherboards but over time, most manufacturers began releasing more ‘budget’ solutions. More recently, SATA III and USB 3.0 implementation has led to the evolution of the platform and it’s not surprising to see that products compliant to those standards hold a premium. However, ASUS have done an excellent job in bringing those features to a price point on the good side of £200 with the P6X5 8D-E motherboard. The question we have to ask ourselves is whether it compromises on performance and other features.

On initial looks, the P6X5 8D-E sports all the features we have been accustomed to see on other high-end ASUS motherboards. For a start, the board supports 3-way SLI and Quad-GPU CrossfireX with the use of two ATI HD5970s. Other features present include the TurboV application for easy overclocking and with a true 16+2 phase power design, we can immediately see that ASUS haven't compromised on this front. With growing emphasis on green solutions, the EPU power saving engine has also been implemented to intelligently moderate a range of components. A welcomed addition is ASUS's Express Gate utility, an exclusive operating system enabling users to connect to the internet without booting into windows. ASUS are renowned for their performance as well as their attention to detail. In the recent pre-Computex seminar, one of their key focus was on design concepts that give their motherboards a truly unique finish. Their design philosophy entails performance, overclocking and aesthetics, and the P6X5 8D-E falls under their 'Xtreme Design' concept.


A bit about ASUS:

ASUS comes from the last four letters of Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that represents the inspiration of art and learning. ASUS embodies the strength, creative spirit and purity symbolized by this regal and agile mythical creature, soaring to new heights of quality and innovation with each product it introduces to the market.

ASUS pursues technological and aesthetic perfection through continuous innovation. We place ourselves in our customers’ shoes to develop a deep understanding of, and genuine empathy for, their needs—enabling us to create user experiences that transcend the norm.

ASUS Design Philosophy

ASUS Design develops high-quality solutions our customers will enjoy.
Our design process is built on thorough research, early anticipation and well-planned execution.

We act with a global vision and a focus on local strengths, conditions and heritage.

The P6X5 8D-E doesn't fall short on its feature list, being very similar to its more expensive P6X5 8D-Premium sibling so let's see if it has the performance to match.



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