ASUS P6T SE X58 i7 Motherboard Review

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Specifications and Features

  • LGA1366 Intel® Bloomfield Processor Ready
  • Intel X58
  • PCIe 2.0
  • ATI CrossFireX Technology
  • ASUS TurboV
  • ASUS True 8+2 Phase Power Design
  • ASUS Express Gate
  • ASUS Fanless Design – Heat-pipe solution
  • Up to 20°C(36°F) Cooler – Stack Cool 2
  • Fan Xpert
  • Noise Filtering
  • DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
  • ASUS Onboard Switch
  • Q- Shield
  • Q-Connector
  • EZ-Flash 2
  • O.C. Profile
  • SATA on the Go
  • IEEE 1394a interface
  • High Definition Audio
  • S/PDIF-out on Back I/O Port
  • GreenASUS

To read about the features that the Asus P6T SE boasts, please click here.

CPU

Intel® Socket 1366 Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition/Core™ i7 Processor Supports Intel® Dynamic Speed Technology

Chipset

Intel® X58 / ICH10R

System Bus

Up to 6400 MT/s ; Intel® QuickPath Interconnection

Memory

6 x DIMM, Max. 24 GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)*/1866(O.C.)*/1800(O.C.)*/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Triple channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
*Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
*Refer to www.asus.com or this user manual for the Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors Lidts).

Expansion Slots

3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (at x16/x16/x4 mode)
1 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI

Multi-GPU Support

Supports ATI® Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology

Storage

Southbridge
6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports
Intel Matrix Storage Technology supports Support RAID 0,1,5,10
JMicron® JMB363 PATA and SATA controller
1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices
1 xExternal SATA 3Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
*Due to the Windows XP/ Vista limitation, the RAID array with the total capacity over 2TB cannot be set as a boot disk. A RAID array over 2TB can only be set as a data disk only.

LAN

Realtek® 8111C PCIe Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2

Audio

Realtek® ALC1200 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
Support Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
Coaxial / Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O
ASUS Noise-Filtering

IEEE 1394

VIA® VT6315N controller supports 2 x 1394a ports (one at mid-board; one at back panel)

USB

12 USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

ASUS Unique Features

ASUS Exclusive Features:
– ASUS TurboV
– ASUS 8+2 Phase Power Design
– Express Gate
ASUS Power Saving Solution
– ASUS EPU-6 Engine
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
– ASUS Fanless Design: Heat-pipe solution
– ASUS Fanless Design: Stack Cool 2
– ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS Crystal Sound:
– ASUS Noise Filter
ASUS EZ DIY:
– ASUS Q-Shield
– ASUS Q-Connector
– ASUS O.C. Profile
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 2

Overclocking Features

Precision Tweaker 2
– vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.00625V increment
– vChipset (N.B.): 31-step chipset voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
– PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 180MHz at 1MHz increment
– Internal Base Clock tuning from 100MHz up to 500MHz at 1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
– ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Special Features

Multi-language BIOS
ASUS MyLogo 2

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x External SATA
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x LAN(RJ45) port
6 x USB 2.0/1.1
8 -Channel Audio I/O
1 x PS/2 Keyboard (Purple)
1 x PS/2 mouse port (Green)
1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
1 x Optical S/PDIF Output

Internal I/O Connectors

3 x USB connectors support additional 6 USB ports
1 x IDE connector
6 x SATA connectors
1 x IEEE 1394a connector
1 x CPU Fan connector
2 x Chassis Fan connector
1 x Power Fan connector
1 x S/PDIF Out connector
Front panel audio connector
Chassis Intrusion connector
CD audio in
24-pin ATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
System Panel(Q-Connector)
1 x Power on switch

BIOS

16 Mb Flash ROM
AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

Manageability

WfM 2.0,DMI 2.0,WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE

Accessories

User’s manual
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
4 x SATA cable
2 in 1 Q-connector
ASUS Q-Shield

Support Disc

Drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS AI Suite
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Update
Image-Editing Suite

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 2

One interesting thing to note is that the P6T SE, unlike most X58 motherboards, does not support SLI. It does however support CrossFire.