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As the big brother to the P55, the LGA1366 socket X58 chipset has been lagging behind in terms of new features that have been implemented in the other chipsets, specifically USB 3.0 and SATA III 6Gb/s. As a result, ASUS has released the P6X58D-E, featuring USB 3.0 and SATA 6G, hence the "-E" suffix on the model name.
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™ i7 processors in LGA1366 package with integrated memory controller to support 3-channel (6 DIMMs) DDR3 memory. Supports Intel® QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) with a system bus of up to 6.4 GT/s and a max bandwidth of up to 25.6 GB/s. Intel® Core™ i7 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world.
Though well equipped, including Asus’ TurboV, Asus Express gate, and Asus EPU6, among many other features, that first Asus X58 motherboard I had, the P6T, has become a little dated, especially compared to Asus’ newer motherboards.
The time of premium X58 boards costing north of £200 is over. Big-name manufacturers are putting almost their entire focus on delivering value-orientated motherboards. Gigabyte does it well with the X58 USB3 and UD3R, while MSI's X58 Pro is worthy of consideration, priced at £132.
Thus, the ASUS P6X58D-E is one of the few up-to-date LGA1366 mainboards available from ASUS. Besides it, the same functionality including USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps is only provided by the Rampage III mainboards from the Republic of Gamers series and by the ASUS P6X58D Premium.
"That said, if you want the fastest system currently available and you want it right now, Socket 1366 is where it’s at. Based on Intel’s X58 chipset, Socket 1366 was released in late 2008 and has seen continued support from both Intel and board manufacturers ever since. Today we will be taking a look at an X58 board from ASUS, the P6X58D-E."
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