ASUS P6X58-E WS ReviewRHKCommander959 -
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The ASUS P6X58-E WS is definitely a powerhouse for gaming and media work. This board could easily setup a home server or be the center of a hardcore multi-GPU gaming beast. During all of the testing there were no hiccups with the motherboard. Even with an NVIDIA NF200 chip splitting PCI Express lanes the heat sinks didn't get very hot, which is surprising considering the NF200 is known for running hot. Having five full length x16 slots is very nice because any length PCI Express device can be used in them, plus the available bandwidth is much higher than a x4 or x1. Connectivity shouldn't be a problem unless consumers are wanting to use older hardware, such as PCI cards. With dual gigabit Ethernet, both optical TOSLINK and RCA S/PDIF, two USB 3.0 slots, one IEEE 1394 FireWire, a combination PS/2 port, and six USB 2.0 ports there are plenty of options on how to hook things up.
The only thing missing on the I/O panel is an eSATA output, although it is very easy to add this on through an expansion slot. The only real cons are that the ASUS software doesn't quite work perfectly, and that the 24-pin and 8-pin power connections are off-white.
The Q-Connectors and diagnostic module make getting the motherboard running a breeze! The included accessories are complete and should be enough to get the system running well. The CPU socket area is spacious and overclocking the board is a breeze! Enthusiasts and those just looking for a reliable workstation should give this motherboard a close look.
- Very easy to overclock 4 GHz+
- Great operating temperatures even when overclocked
- Solid accessory pack
- Good looks and layout
- 32nm CPU, USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 support
- 5 PCI Express x16 slots
- Dual Gigabit Ethernet
- Reasonable pricing
- Some included software is not fully functional yet