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ASUS P6T SE
With the start of the new X58 chipset, many things have changed compared to the previous X48 chipset. With the start of the new X58 Express Chipset motherboards, there is a new LGA1366 Socket interface for the latest Intel Core i7 processors, as well as 3, 4 or even 6 DDR3 memory slots for improved performance over the older X48 4 DDR2 or DDR3 memory slots. However, it is important to know that the new chipset doesn’t have a memory controller.
Asus' range of P6T motherboards has been growing like Topsy since we reviewed the P6T Deluxe Palm OC Edition so let's have a quick rundown before we dive into this week's review of the P6T SE. In essence you're getting two reviews for the price of one as the P6T Deluxe v2 has replaced the original P6T Deluxe. The only significant change is that the v2 has ditched the superfluous SAS controller and the price has been cut from £239 to £220.
ASUS is the biggest manufacturer of motherboards in the world. They had revenues of 6.9 billion USD in 2007. They manufacture motherboards, video cards and other computer equipment and have a long history of solid products. In fact, Doc and I use ASUS motherboards in our primary computers and have for a long time. They have released many motherboards based upon the X58 chipset including the Rampage II motherboard, the P6T6 Deluxe and many others.
"With the release of the X58 chipset around 10 months ago, a lot has changed in the world of computer hardware. Suddenly, gamers and hardcore enthusiasts were able to purchase a motherboard which supported both SLI and CrossFire, were able to run memory in an all-new triple-channel scenario and last but not least, make use of the awesome performance the i7 series processor offered."
In conclusion the P6T-SE is simply a good, no nonsense motherboard! If you need raw processing power then it’s definitely a good option but for the majority of users i’d imagine a P55 style system may be the more desirable choice. As a result of this i choose to award it our 'Silver' award.
Entry-level status means that the P6T SE does without a lot of the bells and whistles that, really, most people don't need. Whilst we can understand the lack of bundled brackets and the omission of a board-mounted button here or there in the name of cost, the absence of SLI certification is a considerable compromise that isn't made on some competitors' cheaper boards.
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