P6T Deluxe avatar ASUS P6T Deluxe X58 Board First Look

While Intel is gearing up for Core i7 launch in November, ASUS is probably
one of the first manufacturer to get their X58 boards ready for the market. The
ASUS P6T Deluxe boards have already started making way into hands of the
reviewers and overclockers around the world so here are some eye candies first
before we start testing out this board.

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While Intel is gearing up for Core i7 launch in November, ASUS is probably
one of the first manufacturer to get their X58 boards ready for the market. The
ASUS P6T Deluxe boards have already started making way into hands of the
reviewers and overclockers around the world so here are some eye candies first
before we start testing out this board.

ASUS has touted several new technologies for this board, mainly aimed at
overclocking and power saving aspects. There is a Super Hybrid Engine which is
made up of TurboV and EPU technologies where the former is an overclocking
application that enables overclocking without the need to exit or reboot the OS
and the latter is adjusting the power requirements automatically according to
users’ usage. According to the manual, the TurboV utility supports VCore
adjustment at 0.00625V increment, vCPU PLL in 36-step reference voltage control,
vDRAM Bus in 49-step DRAM bus voltage control, vChipset(N.B) in 31-step chipset
voltage control, vNB-PCIe in 65-step chipset-PCIe bus voltage control,
100-500MHz internal base clock tuning at 1MHz increment, PCIe frequency from 100
to 180MHz at 1MHz increment.

ASUS also touted a 16+2 phase VRM design that provides 16-phases for the
vCore and an additional 2-phase for QPI/Memory controller on the Nehalem
processor. Bundled with this board is also an optional add-on hardware device
known as the OC Palm that provides real-time on-the-spot overclocking during
gaming or benchmarking.

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The LGA1366 socket for Core i7 processor with the 16+2 phase
VRM design
 

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Triple Channel memory architecture that has 6 DIMM slots for
up to 12GB DDR3 1600/1333 memories
 

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For storage aspect, the ICH10R Southbridge supporting 6 SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
in RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 configuration and up to 14 USB 2.0 ports. There is also a
Marvell 88SE6320 controller onboard that supports 2 x SAS ports in RAID 0 and 1
configuration.

 

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Some shots of the P6T Deluxe in SLI and Crossfire
configurations

 

Explanation of ASUS Features taken from the press releases

TurboV for Outstanding Overclocking and Easy Usage

The P6T DELUXE adopts the usage of TurboV—an advanced overclocking tool that
utilizes a micro-controller to provide precise overclocking adjustments, and
allow users to conveniently adjust the CPU ratio (multiplier)* for instant CPU
upgrades for real-time performance enhancements. TurboV can also provide
adjustments to the NB voltage, NB-PCIe voltage, CPU PLL voltage and DRAM voltage
in 0.02V micro-intervals. These precise overclocking options make it easier for
hardcore users to fine-tune their overclocking settings and strive for enhanced
results with reduced failure rates. Furthermore, TurboV is able to do all this
without exiting the operating system or rebooting! This unprecedented
achievement allows users to achieve new overclocking records in
real-time—allowing them to quickly adjust their overclocking settings
“on-the-fly” and open a benchmarking program like 3DMark Vantage to obtain their
scores immediately.

EPU for Extreme Power Efficiency

In lieu of the current trend towards power efficiency, the P6T DELUXE also
utilizes the ASUS exclusive EPU technology. This hardware-based feature controls
6 major components: the CPU, VGA card, memory, chipset, hard drives, and the CPU
cooler/system fan. Equipped with a database containing all of the Intel CPU
profiles, the EPU intelligently identifies and selects the correct CPU profile
and calibrates the best possible settings to ensure the best power management.

In terms of the Chipset and Memory, the EPU provides enhanced power efficiency –
improving thermal capabilities, enhances system stability to provide longer
component lifespan and higher overclocking capability. As for VGA cards, the EPU
automatically detects system loading and adjusts the VGA card’s voltage and
frequency—saving up to 37%** VGA power during everyday computing. With clever
monitoring of the hard disk and fans, power wastage is reduced during periods of
idling data access—helping to minimize hard drive and fan noise for quieter
acoustics.

Exclusive Features for Ultimate Overclocking and Storage

The breakthrough 16+2 phase VRM design present on the P6T DELUXE encompasses
16-phases for the vCore and an added 2-phase for QPI/Memory controller inside
the CPU. With high quality power components such as low RDS (on) MOSFETs,
Ferrite core chokes with lower hysteresis loss and 100% Japan-made high quality
conductive polymer capacitors, ultimate durability, power efficiency and
performance are ensured. Another helpful feature comes in the form of OC
Palm***, which provides real-time overclocking even during gameplay or 3D design
applications without the requirement to exiting their currently open programs.
Last but not least, the P6T DELUXE will adopt the SAS (Serial Attached SCSI)
controller to allow users to utilize SAS hard disks. These hard disks will
provide higher data transmission speeds and better data storage reliability in
comparison to current SATA interfaces.

New Wind-Flow Design Concept

The new heatpipe design on the P6T Deluxe combines the concept of wind flow with
an integrated cooling heatsink for the Northbridge. The heatsink is crafted with
curvaceous grooves that not only creates a visual impression of wind flow, but
smartly manages the airflow of the CPU fan to direct system heat away from the
PC to aid in lowering temperatures.

Aesthetics aside, when it comes to real-life performance, the curved grooves
on the Northbridge heatsink do indeed work as air flow “channels” for effective
heat dispersion. When heat generated by the CPU is directed away by the CPU fan,
part of this hot airflow is directed towards the Northbridge area. It is here
that the grooves on the Northbridge heatsink work effectively to guide the heat
away from the CPU according to the curves’ direction. Furthermore, in order to
cater for more stable overclocking, users will be able to attach a 4cm chipset
fan* directly to the Northbridge heatsink—allowing even better airflow for
cooler temperatures during overclocking.