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ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard Review

RHKCommander959    -   August 9, 2010
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Testing:

Testing the ASUS P6X58D-E is done by the standardized OverclockersClub regime of tests - mainly benchmarks with real world testing done as well with WinRAR and Excel. Most of the testing targets the motherboard and components on it but a few video tests are thrown in as well to see if it works well with the graphics system. Memory is kept as close to stock as possible, even when I proceed to overclock the board. In overclocking I will push the motherboard to near the limits, but keeping it stable and healthy. I will not try for a suicide overclock since most people are more interested in achieving a stable speed.

 

Test Setup:

 

Comparison Boards:

 

 

Overclocking:

Overclocking the ASUS P6X58D-E was simple once I realized it didn't like the XMP profile of the Mushkin Redlines with the default BIOS v108. To keep the board happy I had to run the memory at 7-7-7-20, with an update to v303 it was able to run the XMP profile just fine. Manually setting the BCLK, CPU multiplier, memory speed, CPU/QPI/memory voltage, turning off Speed Step, and a few other minor settings were all that were needed and then some to get past 200 BCLK - the number needed to get 4GHz without the extra turbo multiplier on a i7 920. The motherboard was perfectly stable and ran warm but not hot enough to worry me. Much over 200 BCLK took tweaking and was successful as I went past 205 but required more work than 200. Using the turbo multiplier users with a i7 920 could easily pass 4.2GHz with proper cooling but since I was using air cooling this time I had to drop the CPU multiplier to 19. This processor has seen as high as 4.7 GHz on liquid cooling so I have no doubt with better cooling it could have used the higher multiplier. Nonetheless the ASUS board happily passed the magic 200 BCLK mark and was tested as such at 205x19. Overclocking was very simple.

 

 

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Office 2007 Excel Number Crunch
  4. POV Ray 3.7
  5. Bibble 5
  6. Sandra XII
  7. ScienceMark 2.02
  8. Cinebench 10 & 11.5
  9. HD Tune 3.50
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  3. Batman Arkham Asylum
  4. 3DMark Vantage



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