The Layout Continued…
There are six SATA ports located on the ASUS P6T SE. These are all conveniently positioned for good cable management. Above the 5th and 6th SATA port you’ll find two chokes.
It seems unusual for someone with an i7 system to still be using EIDE devices; however, ASUS have still provided a single slot for two devices, just in case.
Along the bottom of the P6T SE you will find the front panel header pins, three USB headers, a firewire header (red), the CD-in header and lastly the front panel audio header. Having the audio header located along the bottom instead of up towards the I/O ports, found on most motherboards, is a much better placement in my opinion in terms of cable management. You’ll also find the ClearCMOS pins above the front panel connections.
On the board you will find two power connections. Firstly the highly common 24-pin ATX connector and also an 8-pin EATX12v connector, these provide all the needed power for the P6T SE.
As far as expansion slots go, you’ll find two PCI slots, one PCI-E x1 and three PCI-E x16 slots. Unfortunately the PCI-E slots do not support SLI for multiple GPUs. However, you’re able to use CrossFire technology if you wanted to use more than one GPU.
Between the first two PCI-E x16 slots is the CMOS battery which can be removed for resetting the CMOS if the jumpers fail to do so.
For advanced overclocking there are three sets of pins located around the board. These allow for further CPU and DRAM voltage increases as well as faster bus speeds. However, I didn’t need to adjust any of these even once when overclocking.
At the rear of the motherboard you’ll find all the I/O connections comprising of:
- 1x Keyboard
- 1x PS2 Mouse
- 6x USB 2.0
- 1x Firewire
- 1x eSATA
- 1x Gigabit LAN
- 1x Optical
- 1x Coaxial S/PDIF
- Audio Jacks