Asus P6T Deluxe OC Edition Reviewccokeman -
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The P6T Deluxe is an ATX form factor mainboard built for use with Intel socket 1366 Core I7 processors, including the Extreme Edition 965. The board is built around the Intel X58 and ICH10R chipsets. With six memory slots available, the P6T offers support for up to 12 gigabytes of DDR3 1600, 1333, and 1066MHz memory in a tri-channel configuration with a maximum bandwidth capability of 2536GB/s. Cooling capabilities come in the form of a large interconnected network of heatpipes and heatsinks over the critical heat generating components. Asus continues to use the "Stack Cool" technology to reduce the operating temperatures of the heat generating components by using the special Stack Cool PCB to help dissipate the thermal load. The massive heatsink over the X58 chipset is bolted in place while the rest of the heatpipe assembly is held in place via push pins. On the backside of the PCB there is an additional bracket for the LGA 1366 socket. Even with this additional bracket the Thermalright TRUE I will use for cooling has no interference issues to note.
The I/O panel is where you will make almost all of your external connections. One thing that stands out right away is the multi colored PS/2 port. This port can be used for either a PS/2 mouse or keyboard. There are a total of eight USB2.0 ports, two gigabit LAN ports, one 1394 IEEE firewire port, one E-SATA port, one Coaxial Optical S/PDIF output, one Optical S/PDIF port and the 7.1 HD sound connections. The I/O panel offers a pretty wide array of connectivity options, including the older PS/2 connectivity for backwards compatability. Expansion capabilities come in the way of three x16 PCI-E slots that operate in either 16x/16x/1x or 16x/8x/8x/ mode and support up to Quad GPU SLI or CrossfireX technologies, one x4 PCI-E slot and two PCI slots. In between the two PCI expansion slots resides the Expressgate SSD module.
Along the bottom edge and up the right face of the P6T Deluxe is where most of the internal connectivity options are laid out. Along the bottom there are the internal sound header, the floppy drive connector (yes it's still here), the IEEE1394 internal Firewire header, three additional USB2.0 headers, the onboard power and reset switches to make the overclockers happy, the TPM module header, the overvoltage jumpers and the front panel header that contains the connectivity for the external power and reset switches and lighting.
Moving up the right side of the board there are the SATA connections. The red connections are managed by the ICH10R chipset, while the orange connections are managed by the Marvell SAS RAID controller. After working with the Intel DX58SO board that did not feature a floppy drive or IDE connection, it is refreshing to see that the aftermarket has included these options. Eventually they will go away, but not yet. Next in line is the 24-pin ATX power supply connection followed by the six DDR3 DIMM slots fan headers and the CMOS battery. It's an odd place to put it, but as tight as real estate is on this board, there doesn't appear to be many other options.
The area around the LGA1366 socket is pretty crowded with the 16+2 phase power design, heatsinks and 100% Japanese made conductive polymer capacitors. Even with the crowded real estate a Thermalright TRUE CPU cooler fit quite easily.
The cooling solution for the X58 chipset is a large aluminum/copper composite blow through design that takes advantage of the airflow generated by the stock Intel heatsink. For aftermarket cooling you can use the supplied extended mouting bolts to attach a single 40x40mm fan to the heatsink. The ICH10R is covered with a large heasink that is interconnected to the X58 chipset heatsink via a heatpipe.
Let's take a look at the BIOS to see what actually makes this thing tick.