Asus P6T Deluxe OC Edition Reviewccokeman - November 26, 2008
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The Intel Core I7 processors and X58 chipset were officially introduced about three weeks ago to much fanfare. People who do real work were ecstatic about the performance in real world tasks whereas the gamers were a little disappointinted because of the lack of a significant performance increase from the now last generation platforms. But you can't please everyone, can you? Enthusiasts and gamers will buy the processors and platform if the price is right and then there are the folks who will buy it just to have the latest and greatest with the majority going to people and corporations that know little or nothing about the enthusiast side of this addiction. They just want a system that does more work for less energy consumed. The fears of being unable to overclock on the new hardware were just that, fears based on inaccurate information since you have seen by now that the Nehalem processors and X58 platform do indeed overclock and offer up huge memory bandwidth and better performance as a whole when compared against a similarly clocked Penryn processor.
The motherboard manufacturers were ready with boards available for the introduction of the platform, one of those manufacturers being Asus. The P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition motherboard is one of the high end boards that Asus makes for this platform and includes everything you need to get started, including the OC Palm tool that is a point of difference. The P6T Deluxe sports a 16+2 phase power design to help generate some serious overclocks by maintaining voltage stability and cleaner power, support for 12 gigabytes of DDR3 1600 (OC) memory, onboard SAS capability and last, but not least, the answer to the gamers who prefer multi GPU solutions since now there is a platform that will support both CrossfireX as well as SLI on the same motherboard. After seeing the performance of the Core I7 965 on the DX58SO from Intel, it's time to take a look at the P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition from Asus!
The Asus P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition motherboard comes in a box that is a bit more subdued than the P45 board I last looked at. No flashy metallic blue box here, just a little blue to be a point of difference. The front panel more than makes up for the flashy box with the wealth of information contained on this panel. Highlights include the exclusive nature of the OC Palm tool included in this package, the SLI and Crossfire X support, 16+2 phase power design, 100% Japanese made solid capacitors, SAS capability and more. The rear panel goes into detail about the TurboV and OCpalm software and features, while the flip up front panel highlights the cooling system, Expressgate and much more.
Popping the box open, the P6T Deluxe is the first thing you see hidden under a clear cover. Underneath this container is the box that holds the substantial bundle of accessories. All of it packaged securely.
Let's pull the parts out and look at the motherboard and bundle to see what's available!