Asus P6T Deluxe OC Edition Reviewccokeman - November 26, 2008
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Asus has been one of the manufacturers that provides a decent bundle of accessories that often include innovative replacements for the standard parts. An example of this would be the I/O panel that minimizes electronic noise and reduces the likelihood of an errant static electrical charge damaging the board when connecting components to the I/O area. Getting back to the bundle, the items are indeed enough to fill all of the connection options on the P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition. Documentation is limited to the driver disc and manual.
Since there is plenty to look at, I'll start with the SLI bridge connector something many manufacturers neglect to include. The Q panel I/O panel is designed to reduce the electronic noise and static electrical charges that can be discharged when connections are being made.
One thing that has been copied by a few other board manufacturers are the Q-connectors. This connector is one of the coolest parts that Asus sends with its boards. It allows you to make your front panel and USB connections to the front panel case wiring and then push the connector into place instead of fighting a mass of small wires. The Q-Fan is used over the MOSFET heatsinks around the socket when water cooling is used but if you can make them work with a large air cooled heatsink there is no reason not to use it. To install a 40x40mm fan to the northbridge heatsink you will need to use the included studs to attach it; of course, read the instructions for proper installation.
Drive connectivity is included in the way of six SATA cables, one IDE cable and two SAS cables. There is an expansion braket that enables the consumer to use the additional onboard USB 2.0 and 1394 headers.
Now absolutely the coolest accessory I have ever seen included with a motherboard is the OC Palm overclocking tool that is alluded to in the name of the board. This tool connects to the board via a USB cable allowing you to do quite a few things. Overclocking being one of those things. To do this you use the TurboV utility. Monitoring of the available temperatures and using Yahoo widgets are other things it can do. Yahoo widgets are small applications that can be viewed on the OC Palm tool. Things such as system resources, stock tickers and even fantasy football stats to name just a few. The front panel contains the navigation buttons including the scroll button on the left with the enter and return buttons on the right.
The top contains the power button and configurable hot keys while the back side includes the USB 2.0 connection and the flip out stand so you can easily view the screen on your desk.
The screen quality is actually better than I expected from a device like this. Included are a few screen shots of the screens available.