Summary: If you are still shopping for this old x58 boards for some reason as I did, do not get this model. Don't get me wrong, this board is fabulous...It is very stable, has alot of good options, connectibility, and performance. However, it has one fatal flaw as I found out a year later when I finally pull the trigger on the SSD. This one has Marvell SATA3 6gb/s controller which cannot do SATA3 speed!
Summary: I opened the box to see the motherboard sitting on the bottom while the bubble rap was on top of it. ??? At least put the bubble wrap underneath it as well. Not like these UPS or FedEx drivers take caution when "putting" (more like throwing the package in their trucks). Anyways so It takes me about an hr or so to put my system together only to find out that the DRAM light on motherboard is solid red. Usually means incompatible memory, but by pressing MEM Ok!
Excerpt: -operates truly well when it functions-straightforward set up (BIOS and drivers)-X58 chipset-works effectively with SLI setup and my SSD Not the usual good quality you would count on from Asus. I've had to return 1 and that is main discomfort in the you-know-what. The a single that I had to replace had all these memory posting concerns and I also utilized to give some weird instability troubles.
Excerpt: -Steady-Lots of characteristics-Asus-Handles Lots of ram-Newegg client service memory is a nightmare on these boards. let me save you some trouble. initially off you have to run memory in the blue slots if you are only running 3 sticks not six. two. you have to go into the bios below AiTweaker and change the memory overclock to X.M.P. profile for it to see ddr3 1600 ram. nowhere could i come across this documented.
Excerpt: The motherboard operates which is generally a very good sign. I have SSD C300뢘 functioning on native SataIII port with out using Marvell Driver due to TRIM not functioning with Marvell driver. 3 2GIG RAM sticks from GSKILL function in suggested slots. Not satisfied with how mobo seems lag loading games with SSD C300. SSD C300 didn't lag load prior to using ASUS P6TD ver 2 with a pci express SATA 6 card.
Excerpt: haven't completed develop yet, this is only a beef about the I/O Backplate The I/O Backplate is atrocious, I believed ASUS contains a very well made backplate that has the small icons identifying what is what. Now I know what is what so it's not a super massive deal but this is just some flimsy backplate with a foam padding on it.
Excerpt: Asus is a quality mobo with excellent features. Use your income wisely to get the P6X58d-Premimum. I did on my final make and was quite content. I tried to save a little money this time, and effectively... Memory challenges. Mobo won't recogize 1600Mhz on Corsair or OCZ 12Gb of Ram. Attempted each sorts and in "Auto," it defaults to 1066MHz. By means of BIOS changes I forced it with X.M.D. to 1600mhz. With the Corsair RAM it only recognizes 8Gb's.
Excerpt: Leading quality motherboard with a slight memory situation. Two sets of Corsair triple channel memory TR3X6G1600C9 for a total of 12GB, motherboard only recognizes 8GB at 1066Mhz. Removed 6GB of memory and motherboard recognizes 6GB at 1066Mhz. Only recognizes 4GB if memory is set to 1600Mhz with correct voltage manually set. I'm patiently waiting for a bios update to resolve memory compatibilty challenge with 12GB of corsair memory TR3X6G1600C9 ƒea).
Excerpt: Really nice motherboard. I like the layout. There's a lot of room for huge CPU coolers. Making use of a CAFA70 only 1 RAM slot is covered. There are really a few OC controls. Everytime I get rid of power from the PSU (disconnect AC), the next boot the POST will say "MemOK succeeds in booting" and it clears almost all of the BIOS settings. Looking at the Asus forums, this is apparently a widespread challenge for which Asus supplies no remedy.
Excerpt: Other than the memory difficulties, every little thing else seems to work. I bought this for a Ubuntu box and it installed automatically. My primary issue with this motherboard is that I cannot get a lot more than 2Ǚ of the memory installed to work. I put in 3 sticks of GSkill F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI and the motherboard and Linux read it as around four GB instead of 6. 6 sticks were read as around 8 GB.