Asus P6X58D Premium ReviewGeekspeak411 - March 17, 2010
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Following right on the toes of the LGA 1156 boards OCC just reviewed from Asus, the P7P55D Premium and the P7P55D-E Pro, we now take a look at what seems to be yet another powerful contender from Asus on the socket 1366 front; the P6X58D Premium. This board bundles powerhouse features with proven hardware to create one of the most compelling boards for the price available. Some notable enthusiast-oriented features are the excellent Xtreme phase power system, the gigantic heatpipe-connected cooling, and the TurboV chip included standard.
The major feature here is one of the first TRUE integrations of both USB 3.0 technology and SATA Gb/s ports all based on the X58 chipset. What does that mean? It means that any device integrating the technology has just opened up an entire portal of bandwidth. USB 3.0 shatters even the old SATA speeds, clocking in at 4.8 Gb/s! Not to be outdone, of course, the new SATA standard has been raised to 6 GB/s speeds, properly accommodating the new breakneck SSD speeds. Sure, other boards have been released that have these ports as well, but that utilized an additional chip to do so, which equates to more latency. Whether or not we'll see an increase in performance using current-gen hardware remains to be seen, but with a full feature set accompanying this board, I think that we'll have a strong competitor either way. Without further ado, the Asus P6X58D Premium!
The design of the P6X58D Premium's packaging unabashedly touts this board's true USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s support. The design team did an outstanding job on the packaging overall, going with a rich blue base and white text. The front of the box flips up to reveal all the special features this board brings to the table, including its enthusiast design orientation, which I will go into detail on later. On the back, you have three distinct sections; one half is dominated by text, in multiple languages, saying that this board supports true USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, while the other half is divided in two, with a picture of the board in the top right corner and a huge area for various spec icons.
When you open up the box, the P6X58D Premium is front and center, protected by a durable plastic cover and enveloped by an anti-static bag. Once the motherboard and its packaging is removed, you come upon the accessories box, which is well stocked and secured.
Okay, the packaging looks good, so let's see how the accessory bundle looks!