The ASUS P6X58D-E certainly lives up to its moniker as an enthusiast LGA1366 motherboard, and is actually very similar to the P6X58D Premium that we previously tested. There are some minor differences such as eSATA and dual LAN connectivity, improved heatsinks, and an onboard Reset button on the Premium model, but all other major features are the same.
In terms of design, the P6X58D-E is very good, with plenty of space for large components, and an intuitive layout. The power connections are well-placed and there is adequate space around the socket area to fit a monstrous CPU cooler. The two SATA ports at the bottom of the board, however, are not accessible with a graphic card installed in the bottom slot, though that scenario is likely a very rare one anyways. The Power button at the bottom is not ideally placed, longing for a new position further to the right along the bottom, or to the right side of the board altogether. Not sure where the Reset button went either, as it seems to be missing in action. Also not found is a sixth fan header, as five might be suitable for a simple setup but forget about any plans for watercooling and having case fans connected to the motherboard.
However, these are minor issues overall. On the flipside, the ASUS Xtreme Design features, particularly Stack Cool 3+ and Turbo V have proven to be impressive in terms of usability and performance. TurboV continues to be one of the most user-friendly Windows tweaking/overclocking utility among all board manufacturers. It is robust, easy to use, and extremely effective.
In terms of usability and stability, the P6X58D-E is rock solid. If you’re a bit hesitant to tweak much in the BIOS, then just dial in a higher BCLK, set your RAM speed, let the Auto settings take care of the rest, and you’ll be pleased with the quick and easy results.
The functionality offered by the P6X58D-E should be enough to satisfy most diehard users, and with Solid State Drives now hitting the market that saturate the SATA 3G ports, these new 6Gbps ports will be up to the task for the most demanding enthusiasts. USB 3.0 will also soon make USB 2.0 obsolete, and the speed difference is utterly jaw-dropping. The P6X58D-E is certainly more futureproof than most of the ASUS’ X58 lineup.
In terms of value, the P6X58D-E is priced around $240 USD, sitting directly in the middle of this market segment. Motherboards that include USB 3.0 and SATA 6G start at $210 at the cheapest, so this ASUS board isn’t far off, and you do get a far better feature list than several of the competitors. For the price of a pizza, this board is worth the extra cash. The P6X58D-E is no slouch, and is a very good all-around board that is more than capable of satisfying most consumers that need something stable, feature-rich, and won’t break the bank.