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.
The release of the Core i7 980X definitely made it high time to release some updated X58 boards, and Asus has complied with a pair of X58 boards, including the P6X58D-E. As I mentioned in the introduction, this isn’t merely a warmed over P6T, there are some nice changes here. This board has all of the new Asus features, like a PLX Bridge which makes True USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s possible, and MemOK, a solution to memory compatibility issues. Asus’ 16+2 Phase power should definitely make for stable overclocks and long component life. The NB cooler is a nice pinfin affair with a heatpipe.
Probably the most noticeable thing about the board is Asus has finally eliminated the IDE and floppy ports. This will definitely increase the amount of space on the motherboard. Now to get rid of those PS/2 mouse and keyboard ports….
The Asus P6X58D-E runs $240 at my favorite online retailer. That is ten bucks less than the P6T when it was released nearly two years ago, and only $10 more than it sells for now. It is also $70 less than its big brother the P6X58D Premium, which has a nicer heatpipe cooler and an onboard reset button, but that’s all I see different. Definitely a value. ThinkComputers gives the ASUS P6X58D-E Intel X58 Express Motherboard a 10 out of 10 score.
– Updated features compared to original X58 boards including True USB 3 and SATA 6Gb/s
– Gulftown ready
– Excellent price