ASUS P6X58D Premium
The ASUS P6X58D Premium certainly lives up to its moniker as a premium LGA1366 motherboard, and is actually somewhat reminiscent of the LGA1156 ASUS P7P55D Deluxe that we tested, both in terms of aesthetics and ease of use. The notable differences here, however, are Socket 1366, addition of USB 3.0 and SATA III 6Gb/s, and the lack of auto overclocking due to the absence of the TurboV EVO hardware chip found on the LGA1156 board. Of these features, the USB 3.0 and SATA III are the most significant additions over the current ASUS Socket 1366 motheboards such as the Rampage II Extreme and the P6T Deluxe, for example.
In terms of design, the P6X58D Premium is excellent, 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 II ports at the bottom of the board are accessible with long graphics cards, though if you use a triple-card configuration the power and reset buttons will be blocked. The ASUS Xtreme Design features, particularly Stack Cool 3+ and Turbo V have proven to be impressive in terms of usability and performance.
The functionality offered by the P6X58D Premium should be enough to satisfy most diehard users, and with Solid State Drives on the way that will saturate the SATA II ports, these new 6Gbps ports will be up to the task for the most demanding enthusiasts. In terms of usability and stability, the P6X58D Premium 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.
Premium boards come with premium prices, and the LGA1366 socket is no exception, commanding top prices for just about every model. Sitting around $310 USD, the P6X58D Premium is one of the more expensive X58 boards on the market, but it does offer some excellent features in return. While the price is not cheap, neither is the quality of this motherboard, and we do believe the price here is an investment in helping to "futureproof" your system to a better degree.
The overclocking enthusiasts in the crowd may be holding out for the upcoming Rampage III Extreme, but the P6X58D Premium is no slouch, and is a very good all-around board that is more than capable of satisfying most consumers.
ASUS P6X58D Premium
Thanks go to ASUS for providing the P6X58D Premium for this review.