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VR-Zone checks out two premium X58-based motherboards by ASUS, the P6T Deluxe and the Rampage II Extreme. Are they both worthy of the new Core i7?

Intel’s certainly not into giving AMD any breathing space. Just a year after the die shrink of Core 2 to 45nm, Intel has churned out a brand new architecture, dubbed Core i7. While Core 2 will remain in existence for some time to come, those who are looking for the latest in tech toys will no doubt flock to this new platform.

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Today we take at look at two motherboards from ASUS based on the X58 chipset, and among the first few in the world to support the Core i7 CPU and its new socket, the 1366-pin Socket B.

 x58 chipset ASUS Rampage II Extreme & P6T Deluxe

ASUS has sent us their Rampage II Extreme, part of their premium Republic of Gamers line of motherboards that is, despite what the name may seem to imply, aimed at extreme overclockers more than anyone else.

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We also received the ASUS P6T Deluxe. Positioned just below the Rampage in terms of price, the P6T offers a good deal of features despite losing out to the amount found on the Rampage.

p6t box ASUS Rampage II Extreme & P6T Deluxe

The boxes are pretty large – unsurprising given that these are high-end motherboards after all. But before we look at the boards in detail, we’ll take a look at the X58 chipset and its companion ICH10 southbridge.