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Asus P6T Deluxe OC Edition Review

ccokeman    -   November 26, 2008
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Conclusion:

The P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition has earned its overclocking wings. This is something it does quite well with a minimum amount of tweaking so even the novice can push the realistic limits on performance with a little patience. Leaning hard on the P6T I was able to get to a baseclock frequency of 210 that proved to be stable with only some Super Pi testing. In the end, a baseclock of 203 with a clock multiplier of 19 delivered a prime stable 3.87GHz on the CPU with 811MHz on the Qimonda memory with Turbo Mode disabled. The P6T performed better than the DX58SO in quite a few benchmarks but traded those wins for losses in about the same number of tests. What does that tell you? Both boards are great performers at stock speeds. Where the Asus separated itself from the Intel offering was on the overclocking front. This really was the expected result. The Intel offering was able to gain about the same overclock but did so with a much lower baseclock frequency that results in less memory bandwidth and performance in real tasks and games. When the limits are pushed, the Asus P6T was able to recover from every failed overclocking attempt I tried with a simple shut down and reboot. It even keeps the previous settings but has them set to auto to enable a boot so that they can be reconfigured. Something I grew to appreciate while overclocking on a new platform. The only real beef I have is that the heatsink over the X58 chipset gets hot when pushed. Including a 40x40mm fan with this type of bundle would have helped alleviate some of the heat buildup when a non stock cooling solution is used. Overclocking with the Palm OC tool was pretty simple and came down to adjusting the limited number of variables to gain the most from the test hardware. It did what it is supposed to and allowed overclocking from the handheld as well as from in Windows using the TurboV program. Overclcocking is just one part of the performance equation. What about the power being consumed to run the system? Asus uses its EPU 6 engine to reduce the energy footprint. I found that by setting the engine to max power savings I saved approximately 30+ watts of power consumed over the turbo and high performance settings. The pricing on the OC Palm edition comes in at about $40 more than the regular P6T Deluxe, while the premium for the OC Edition is not bad, it puts the board over the $300 dollar mark. Asus has delivered a product that offers great performance with a great bundle that can be overclocked with a minimum amount of input.

 

Pros:

  • OC Palm tool
  • Great bundle
  • Overclocking
  • Performance
  • SLI and Crossfire capable
  • BIOS tweaking
  • EPU6 engine

 

Cons:

  • NB fan not included
  • NB hot when pushed
  • Price

 

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