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Asus P6T Deluxe review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £213
inc VAT


LGA1366, ATX, Intel X58 chipset, supports: Core i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition

Asus’s P6T Deluxe Core i7 motherboard has plenty of features, so there’s almost something for everyone.

Dedicated gamers and professional video editors will appreciate the three PCI Express x16 graphics slots. You could fit up to three ATI or two Nvidia graphics cards in CrossFire or SLI mode.

The P6T Deluxe also has some features we would expect to find only on a server motherboard. It has two Gigabit Ethernet ports, so you could connect to two networks simultaneously or configure your PC as a router. We were also surprised to find two Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) ports, which are used to connect internal hard disks in servers. Thankfully, there are six SATA ports for connecting less expensive storage. These are parallel to the motherboard so they’re not obstructed by any expansion cards, but this can also make connecting SATA cables fiddly. There’s no eSATA port or bracket, but there is a FireWire 400 connector and eight USB ports.

As expected, the P6T Deluxe stormed through our benchmarks, matching the other Core i7 motherboard in our round-up – Gigabyte’s GA-EX58-UD4P. You can overclock the RAM to 2,000MHz, but the Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) can only be overclocked by 500MHz as opposed to the GA-EX58-UD4P’s 1,200MHz.

Asus’s P6T Deluxe is attractive if you want SAS and dual Ethernet ports. Otherwise Gigabyte’s GA-EX58-UD4P is the better Core i7 motherboard, especially for gamers and overclockers.

Basic Specifications

Rating **
Processor socket LGA1366
Form factor ATX
Size 305x244mm
Processor support Core i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition
Processor external bus 133MHz (3.2GHz QuickPath Interconnect)
Chipset north bridge Intel X58
Chipset south bridge Intel ICH10R
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics No
Supported memory type DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600/2100
Maximum memory speed PC3-16000
Memory slots 6
Maximum memory 12GB
Dual-channel support yes

Buying Information

Price £213

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 3
Dual graphics architecture SLI 8x/8x, CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots 1
PCI-E x1 slots 0
PCI slots 2
Fan headers 3
Floppy ports 1
IDE ports 1
Serial ATA ports 6
RAID chipset (max disks) Intel ICH10R (6x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)


Wired network ports 2x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) ADI AD2000B (optical and coaxial S/PDIF, 6x analogue out)
USB2 ports / headers 8/6
Firewire ports / headers 1/1
Legacy ports 1x PS/2
Other ports 2x SAS
Cables included 6x SATA, 1x IDE, 1x floppy, 2x SAS
Brackets included 1x USB2, 1x FireWire
Software included none

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment CPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment 500MHz

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