Asus P6TD review

  • £204

A deluxe X58 motherboard for the overclockers

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Our Verdict

It's a fast board if you twiddle its knobs, but not one for running at stock speeds

For

  • Great OC performance
  • Solid feature-set

Against

  • Expensive
  • Not great low-end performance

We've all been so obsessed by the new kid in town with the personalised 'Lynnfie1d' number plate that we've hardly heard a thing about it's big brother, the original Nehalem platform. Well, Asus is keen to change that and is making noises once more about its X58 boards – and the new P6TD Deluxe is a prime case in point.

With great performance offered by the simpler and cheaper P55 platform, it's tough to see a place for the still frighteningly expensive Nehalem setup.

Yes, we've got the six-core monolith tipping up soon which should make the X58 chipset popular again, but the previous darling, the Core i7 920, is being put out to pasture.

With that in mind this £200+ motherboard is a bit of an anathema if you're trying to put together a machine on a budget. Indeed, you can pick up decent X58 boards for £130 as the MSI X58 Pro shows us.

Future proof

But this isn't a cheap platform and if you want to get top performance out of your eight-threaded chips, or the twelve threaded monstrosities that are to follow, you need to spend the cash on a pricier motherboard. So what do you get for your extra cash?

Well, you get the top-of-the line components, double amounts of copper for extra cooling, and more overclocking headroom than you can wave a canister of LN2 at.

That's the real difference here as, if you leave the board, chip and memory at stock speeds, MSI's cheaper board is slightly speedier.

But, if you're going to be doing any tweaking it's all about this new Asus board. We could only push the MSI board to 3.66GHz with the i7 920, which is still a 1GHz overclock, but the Asus board allowed us to push it stably over 3.8GHz. We could boot Windows running at 4GHz too, but needed voltage tweakery to remain stable.

So our conclusion reads much like that of the cut-down MSI P55 board we looked at earlier. If you're going to leave your chip running at stock speeds an expensive motherboard isn't for you.

But if you want to clock the transistors off it then it's worth the extra cash.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX58 Express
Multi GPU SupportedCrossFireX, SLI
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots3
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedCore i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory24 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots6
Number of PCI Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of IDE Interfaces1
Number of SATA Interfaces7
QuickPath Interconnect6.40 GT/s
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots6
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports8
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports3
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
Total Number of PCI Express Slots4
Processor TechnologyEnhanced SpeedStep Technology
Width304.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelP6TD Deluxe
Product NameP6TD Deluxe Desktop Board
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Ultra ATA/133 (ATA-7)
Manufacturer Part NumberP6TD DELUXE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

P6TD Deluxe Desktop Board delivers a host of new features and latest technologies, making it another standout in the long line of ASUS quality motherboards. This motherboard supports the latest Intel Core i7 processors in LGA1366 package.