Summary: ASUS has produced a quality mainstream X58 board with the P6X58D-E that has a nice mix of features at a reasonable price.
The black / blue / white color scheme of the P6X58D-E matches other ASUS boards that we have looked at, which looks good in my opinion. The board layout makes sense with the majority of connectors on the edge of the board. This will go a long way to help with cable management inside your chassis.
Conclusion: Has a considerable feature-set for sub-£150 Very good layout Decent overclocking potential No IDE or eSATA support The ASUS P6X58D-E is currently available to purchase from Scan.co.uk for £149.42 . At HEXUS, we invite the companies whose products we test to comment on our articles. If any company representatives for the products reviewed choose to respond, we'll publish their commentary here verbatim.
Excerpt: Like every other motherboard maker on the planet, ASUS maintains multiple product lines and inside each of these lines they have different vertical markets. For example, ASUS has their Republic of Gamers line that runs at the very top of the heap while their mainstream line runs with the tag of Extreme Phase or gets the Deluxe tag to denote extra features.
ASUS P6X58D-E Intel X58 Express Motherboard Review
13 July 2010
Though the X58 chipset has really not changed in the nearly two years since its introduction, technology has of course moved on. Besides Intel’s 32nm process, which made the Gulftown six-core i7 980X processor possible, USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s’ release last year, along with several new Asus unique features released since Asus’ X58 boards.
Pros: Updated features compared to original X58 boards including True USB 3 and SATA 6Gb/s, Gulftown ready, Excellent price
Conclusion: During my testing of the P6X58D-E motherboard I was not all that disappointed with its performance. I tend to look at three main characteristics when it comes to reviewing motherboards. One of these three characteristics I look at is, how is the layout of the motherboard? Can I populate all three PCI-E ports and still be able to use my high end Creative X-FI sound card? In the case of this motherboard the answer is yes, I can.
Conclusion: Although our rating and final score are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at different points in time. While we do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that would render our rating obsolete.
Pros: Full-featured motherboard for value-enthusiasts, SuperSpeed USB-3.0 offers 5Gbps transfer speed, 16+2 Xtreme Phase Power VRD reduces power costs, Supports ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI dual and triple video card sets, Supports 24GB of dual-channel DDR3 up to 2000MHz, BIOS offers infinite enthusiast overclocking options, Japanese-manufactured surface mount all-solid capacitors, Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Full-rate audio with DTS connect, Marvell 88SE9128 SATA 6Gb/s controller adds...
Cons: High priced 'enthusiast' motherboard solution, BIOS options can be complicated for some users, Lacks hardware-based encryption features, SATA6G/USB3 borrow from PCI-E link lanes
Summary: All in all the Asus P6X58D-E is exactly what we were looking for in a P6T replacement. Its performance is superb and the overclocking facilities on offer are a match for boards costing far more money. The P6X58D-E owes much of its heritage from the P6X58D Premium but is a better board because of this.
Pros: - Well Priced, - Great Performance, - Supreme overclocking, - Outstanding Layout