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Asus P6X58D Premium Review



Ok, we have a good competitor so far, but looks and gizmos only go so far. I'm ready to put the P6X58D Premium through its paces and see how it performs on a real world scale! Using the OverclockersClub benchmark suite, I will test for all the weaknesses this board might have and put it right up next to all the other boards in its class. Then, I'll overclock as far as the board will support P95 stable and do it again!


Testing Setup:


Comparison Motherboards:



Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 920 190x21 3990MHz

After only two trips to the BIOS, I had my chip up to its limit, running P95 stable, as I have come to expect from Asus' excellent implementation on its TurboV and MemOK! technologies. When the first attempt failed, the board restarted once at the same settings to try again, then moved back to temporary defaults to boot into the BIOS. Even when the OC fails, the board saves and loads your previous settings for you to tweak directly rather than having you tweak the defaults again. It helps keep a control on the settings without having to fill a notebook with previous settings. I didn't ever have to use the Clear CMOS botton on the I/O panel, but it simply reset the board the same way it resets automatically, albeit via button press. All the overclocked benchmarks will be run at 3.99GHz, which should provide a nice boost in frame rates. All the board needed was three slight voltage tweaks to run the overclock, it was a breeze!



  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. PCMark Vantage Professional
  4. Sandra XII
  5. ScienceMark 2.02
  6. Cinebench 10
  7. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty: World At War
  5. Dead Space 
  6. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Bundled Accessories:
  3. Closer Look: P6X58D Premium
  4. Closer Look: Drivers and Programs
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS
  6. Closer Look: The BIOS Continued
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing: Setup and Overclocking
  9. Testing: Apophysis & Win Rar
  10. Testing: Excel, POV Ray, PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  12. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench 10, HD Tune
  13. Testing: Far Cry 2
  14. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  15. Testing: BioShock
  16. Testing: Call Of Duty: World at War
  17. Testing: Dead Space
  18. Testing: Fallout 3
  19. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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