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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard Performance
Intel Core i7: Platform
Intel X58-Express Platform
ASUS P6X58D-E Features
ASUS P6X58D-E Specifications
First Look: ASUS P6X58D-E
Closer Look:ASUS P6X58D-E
BIOS and Overclocking
Motherboard Testing Methodology
EVEREST CPU Benchmarks
Cinebench R11.5 Benchmarks
PCMark Vantage Test Results
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Aliens vs Predator Benchmark
Power Consumption Results
Tylersburg Refresh Final Thoughts
ASUS P6X58D-E Conclusion

ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard Review

Whenever I shop for a car, my first choice is the base model. I don't need a sun roof, heated seats, or a Bose stereo system. The price for a factory-installed GPS system could buy me the best aftermarket navigation with money left over for a high-power stereo and top-end speakers. Essentially, I don't need the frivolous extras that might never get used or could be purchased aftermarket for less. The same is true for computer motherboards: we don't all need dual Gigabit Ethernet network adapters, and the pre-loaded Linux system on a chip is nice but hardly necessary.

ASUS has already earned our praise for their ASUS P6X58D-Premium motherboard. As the name implies, this exceptional X58-Express motherboard comes loaded with everything that could fit the circuit board... and a premium price to match. The ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard is exactly what enthusiasts want: more for less. It's nearly identical to the ASUS P6X58D-Premium version, but makes minor sacrifices to help drive down the price. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the affordable ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard against a collection of other Intel X58-Express enthusiast solutions to measure graphics, processor, memory, and SSD storage performance.

ASUS has been a longtime partner to Intel, and both companies have been made better because of their relationship. But when it comes to new technology, sometimes Intel takes a little too long to implement change while ASUS prefers to offer their faithful consumers the options right away. Intel's tick-tock plan doesn't coincide with the technical improvements made to areas outside of processor development, such as SuperSpeed USB-3.0 or Revision 3.x SATA 6.0-Gbps (aka SATA-III) controllers. Most hardware enthusiasts agree that it's awkward to see Intel's "Enthusiast" branded X58-Express chipset paired to older standards while "Mainstream" P55 motherboards enjoy the better and faster new ones. ASUS feels the same way, and offers their P6X58D-E motherboard to forward-thinking enthusiasts who might not want to wait for the launch of Intel's X68-Express platform.

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SuperSpeed USB-3.0 is an appropriately named technology, and several file transfer tests during the 2010 CES demonstrated the impressive 5Gbps signaling rate. Although USB3 devices won't compete with third-generation SATA6G interface in terms of operational file transfers, SuperSpeed USB easily beats bandwidth performance from the older second-generation SATA-3Gbps controllers. This is precisely why ASUS has incorporated the NEC D720200F1 SuperSpeed USB-3.0 chip on their P6X58D-E motherboard.

Revision 3.x SATA 6Gb/s (SATA-III) has also been added onto the X58-Express platform, allowing performance enthusiasts to enjoy faster top-end bandwidth speeds from capable Solid State Drive storage devices. Instead of waiting for Intel to add SATA-6G support into their upcoming X68-Express platform planned for 2011, ASUS includes functionality on the P6X58D-E Intel X58-Express motherboard right now by utilizing the Marvell 88SE9128 SATA 6Gb/s controller with RAID-1/0 support.

Generally speaking, system performance will generally be the same between X58-Express platform motherboards. Individual graphics, memory, processor, and storage performance should each deliver results approximately equal to tests on each brand and model of X58 motherboard... unless the manufacturer has introduced technology or changes that might penalize the pipeline performance. This project compares three X58-Express motherboards: the original Gigabyte X58-series against their new X58A-series, as well as the ASUS P6X58D-E and P6X58D Premium models. This article will concentrate on the differences that exist between X58-Express products, since the added features are all that differentiate these motherboards.

About ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

ASUS comes from the last four letters of Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that represents the inspiration of art and learning. ASUS embodies the strength, creative spirit and purity symbolized by this regal and agile mythical creature, soaring to new heights of quality and innovation with each product it introduces to the market.

asus_logo_blue_300px.pngASUS is a leading company in the new digital era, with an extensive product portfolio that includes notebooks, netbooks, motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, desktop PCs, servers, wireless solutions, mobile phones and networking devices. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today's digital home, office and person. ASUS won 3,056 awards in 2008, and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with the Eee PC. With a global staff of more than ten thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company's revenue for 2008 was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS ranks among BusinessWeek's InfoTech 100, and has been on the listing for 12 consecutive years.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc., also known as ASUS, a technology-oriented company blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is well known for high-quality and innovative technology. As a leading provider of 3C (computers, communications and consumer electronics) total solutions, ASUS offers a complete product portfolio to compete in the new millennium.

To succeed in this ultra-competitive industry, great products need to be complimented by speed-to-market, cost and service. That's why all 100,000 over employees of ASUS strive for the "ASUS Way of Total Quality Management" to offer the best quality without compromising cost and time-to-market while providing maximum value to all customers through world-class services.



 

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# RE: ASUS P6X58D-E Xtreme Design MotherboardDavid Ramsey 2010-06-18 13:09
It's getting to the point where I wouldn't consider an X58 mobo that doesn't have an NF200 chip on it; I want SATA 6 and USB 3, but Intel's paucity of PCI-E lanes means that if I run SLI or CrossFire, I'm gonna lose USB 3 and/or SATA 6. This just isn't acceptable these days, which is why I'd recommend people that don't need the absolute fastest processor (especially gamers) look at the AMD 890FX platform.
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# PLEASE FIX THIS glaring ERRORJustin Chang 2010-06-21 10:47
Obviously the reviewer who wrote this and the review for the asus p6x58d deluxe does not know what he is talking about.

the pcie bandwith used to support usb3 and sata 3 comes from the ICH10R southbridge, which support up to6 pcie links.

In this case x4 is used for bandwith for usb3 and sata3, and the remaining x2 are used as 2 x1 pcie connectors on the motherboard.

Meanwhile the northbridge supports 32 pcie links used for graphics.

In essence sata3 and usb 3 DOES NOT STEAL BANDWITH FROM GRAPHICS.

If the author of this article does not fix this serious lapse of knowledge in this review and the P6x58D review I WILL LOSE FAITH IN BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM AND CEASE TO FREQUENT THIS SITE.
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# Goodbye then.Olin Coles 2010-06-21 12:37
@ Justin Chang: I already know that you are wrong, and trying to pass incorrect information off as fact with your baseless rant. Bruce has already listed Intel references showing that the information in my review is correct. Don't bother coming back if all you're going to do is spread false information.
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# RE: PLEASE FIX THIS glaring ERRORBruce Bruce 2010-06-21 14:24
Justin: where is the PCI-e 2.0 interface on the ICH10R chip? That's what the most common NEC and Marvell chips need, not the PCI-e 1.1 that's available on the ICH10 chip that you pointed out. Now, if you add in a PLX bridge, you can translate multiple PCI-E 1.1 lanes into PCI-e 2.0, but that's not how the motherboard in this review was designed.
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# Intel Doc for referenceBruce Bruce 2010-06-22 08:41
BTW - Take a look at Figure 2 and Figure 10 in //download.intel.com/design/intarch/papers/321087.pdf for details on the four "Spare" PCI-e 2.0 connections to the IOH. This is the only place to directly access the 5 GT/s interface that is required for SATA 6Gb/s connections. They are coming out of the X58 chip, not the ICH10R. I'm not saying that this is how ASUS implemented their design, and ASUS doesn't share this level of design detail with everyone. So I can only show what's possible, given the known capabilities of the components.
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# Also...SteveC 2010-07-06 21:48
Also to Justin J, what's the point at this time worrying about SATA 3 (Gbit) nothing comes close to using that entire bandwidth. And if so, I would much rather have Intel master that rather than Marvell based on numerous performance charts.

I agree, do not spread deceit and do not generalize. I agree with everyone that posted in response to your post. Got the facts, lay them out for us to see. As far as my 2 cents about the SATA bandwidth, I can provide links if need be or direct. Show us your hand........
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# I have a question about the 3rd PCI-E x16 SlotRonnyDobbs 2010-08-19 19:01
I am planning on buying this MOBO and i am going to populate all 3 pci-e x16 slots with 2 GTX 460's and 1 Killer 2100 Nic and also i am going to populate the x1 slot at the top with a Creative Sound Blaster PCI E card now if i enable the Sata3 and USB3 will i see a drop in performance?
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# High Pitch NoiseSteve 2010-08-22 20:25
I have read lots of reviews but I like to think they're biased or just I'm extreme unlucky and and sensitive.

I've got a solid midi tower with HDDs in internal enclosures. When running the P6X58D-E with a i7 930 I hear a high pitch whistleing noise. Similar to distortion in speakers - but none are connected. It's definitely the motherboard, I tried 3(!) P6X58D-E which had all the same noise. It's not very loud but quite annoying if you're sitting in a quiet office.

I eventually could fix it by disabeling the C1E support which means the motherboard is always in full throttle mode but that's not acceptable for me at that price! So if you want a quiet board, look somewhere else.

Cheers.
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# RE: High Pitch NoiseOlin Coles 2010-08-22 20:54
It sounds like you're either hearing noise from the power supply, or you've got a motherboard defect.
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# RE: RE: High Pitch NoiseJon 2010-09-16 08:27
I recently build a new system myself with the P6X58D Premium with a i7 950, and I am getting the "whine." I tried disabling C1E, SpeedStep and the other throttle controls, but unfortunately, it still produced noise. I tried another video card and PSU as well. I have an old Asus F3Sv laptop with a T7500 that makes a similar sound as well. I used the build in Windows Power Settings to disable stepping, removing the sound most of the time. The noise generated from the P6X58D Premium is just extremely annoying. Not even the latest BIOS (1002, I believe) resolves the issue.

When I load up CoreTemp and CPUZ, CoreTemp will tell me what multiplier it's currently running at while it's making the noise, but CPUZ stays locked at one multiplier. I'm not sure why it doesn't fluctuate. It does for the older laptop.
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# High Pitch NoiseReido113 2010-09-29 04:49
I use this in a recording studio and this is absolutely an issue. It is LOUD in an acoustically treated area. Unacceptable for Studio use. Note: I disable the P6X58D-E sound in the bios and use an outboard mixer as my sound card. This connection is made with 1394. The sound is sent through the 1394. Sounds like the hard drives thinking... I will be returning this board.
As Steve said, I disabled the C1E and Speedstep and that did stop the noise, but yeah, this will drive me crazy. Needless to say if a client heard this noise. Ugh.
Thanks for posting this info gang. You helped the future!
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# RE: High Pitch NoiseReido113 2010-09-29 05:00
*correction* Disabling the C1E and Speedstep did not stop the noise, but it did make it a lot quieter. Hardly noticeable but again, it is very quite in this studio. Makes the noise easy to spot.
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# RE: RE: High Pitch NoiseJon 2010-09-30 07:50
Now, I have feedback noise through the PSU (TX-950). I've tried 4 different brands. I've even tried the older TX-650 from a previous build. All produced this whine as if the PSU was going to blow out. Needless to say, I'm quite scared to leave the computer on if I leave the apartment. When the power supplies are not plugged into the motherboard they make no noise when powered up manually (via an adapter switch I have, and I thought I'd never had a use for it, ha!). I was really psyched about this Asus build... man.
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# RE: RE: RE: High Pitch NoiseOlin Coles 2010-09-30 08:11
I've had several PSUs make the audible whine noise during video card tests. The reason is the component electronics used, and it's harmless, but you should take care to ensure that the computer is positioned in a safe location away from flamable material... just in case.
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# High Pitched noise on audio outputMark Palmos 2011-11-14 07:37
Boy am I annoyed to be reading this, and disappointed. I have had the Asus P6X58D-E for a few months, was happy with it, though I heard this high pitched sound when I got the computer, but put it down to a cheap, on board sound card... today I received a decent USB IO device, and VERY sadly, the frigging high pitched squeal is still there. Short story is, if you use this for video or audio production, the audio is not high enough quality, look elsewhere. I am really bummed.
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# @MarkMichael Beijer 2011-11-14 07:41
You can get it to stop by changing sth in the BIOS, and/or setting EPU-6 Engine to: max. power saving mode.
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# thanks!Mark Palmos 2011-11-14 07:55
That actually worked!
I think some people are talking about a physical noise rather than one that comes from their speaker.
cheers,
Mark.
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# sirspurgu 2010-12-05 00:59
I disabled speedstep and set solid cpu clock multiplier in bios which solved this problem. No irritating high frequency whir anymore :)
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# RE: ASUS P6X58D-E Xtreme Design MotherboardSteve 2010-09-09 18:46
It's the motherboard producing that noise. 100% sure. I tried 3 of them and put my old board back in (no problem there). I might have been just unlucky but I doubt it - or the whole batch from the supplier was faulty.
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# P6X58D-E causes squeal in PSUdoglikesparky 2011-01-19 11:45
My experience with this motherboard is that it doesn't actually make any squealing noises itself, but causes them in the PSU if you have C1E Enhanced Halt State enabled in BIOS, especially during disk access.

I tried 2 different PSUs (the Antec Earthwatts 500W I got with my Sonata III case and a Corsair TX650 I replaced it with) but it was still squealing away horrendously, even during idle.

(Tip: I made sure it was PSU by rolling up a sheet of paper into a tube, putting it in my ear and then then listening close up to the mobo, PSU and other parts. Great trick for isolating the source of such noises!)

Then I read about how somebody disabling C1E stopped squealing, and it worked for me. I like my PC to run 100% power ;)
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# Mr.sabo 2011-01-27 13:17
I have spent around 10 days trying to get the sata3 drive working without blue-screening like mad on the win7 pro x64 OS. I put in a WD 6GB 10K spin drive -- it was going for a little while but it's un-hooked now 'cause the machine keeps spitting out to blue-screen. I put in s sata2 7200 spin drive & all went well. $355.00 down the drain ?
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# RE: Mr.Olin Coles 2011-01-27 13:19
Who knows? You spent about as much time describing the problem as I did typing this response.
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# MrNorm 2011-01-29 23:08
Sabo is correct the mobo does not register the amount of Ram on a cold boot I have Asus P6X58D-E 3 x G Skill ddr3 PCI 2800 9-9-9-24 F3, Intel i7-950 8mb 3.06ghz Plenty of Blue screens (I blamed Win 7) only to find out it would sometimes boot at 6G only to drop out to 4G or even 2G thus causing blue screen and corruption of Win 7 (put it on 4 times before I found out the cause)DID EVERYTHING SUGGESTED BY ASUS including updating the bios (2 revisions suppose to fix the prob) Installed a new Mobo Guess what? No joy Ran checked out ok This board is a load of xxxx
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# RE: ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard PerformanceBert 2011-03-16 19:41
There is terrible electronic noise, cpu , harddrive activity sounds, as well as constant buzzing, emf type noise, once the compuer audio (usb tascam us144mkII) output is connected into the mixer, (a mackie 1604vlz, and soundcraft ghost) I have lifted the ground on the computer and the sound remains so no ground looping between devices. Without audio turned up the noise is present, turning up volume or gain on the audio devices does not change the noise level. The two older DAWs in the studio work fine and clear connected identically. Is this an x58 board issue ?
All C states, turbo, and other bios tweaks have been done, core parking has been done, noise still present.
Thanks to anyone who offers any words of advice.
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# high pitch whistleing noiseMichael 2011-09-24 09:47
I agree with Steve (above): it is the board!
I use the EPU-6 Engine program and have to set it to 'Max Power Saving Mode' or 'Medium Power Saving Mode', otherwise I get this horrible high pitch whistleing noise and can't work peacefully any more in the same room as my pc. Jesus, what a depressing thing to discover after spending quite a lot of money on this computer.
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# Bios > Advanced > CPU Configuration > C1E SupportMichael 2011-09-24 10:01
Turning off 'C1E Support' in the BIOS seems to get rid of the sound.

Bios > Advanced > CPU Configuration > C1E Support
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# noise on audio output OR physically from mobo?Mark Palmos 2011-11-14 07:42
hello guys,

reading a few more posts, it seems the noise being talked about here is a physical noise from some component on the mobo. The noise I have been very concerned about is only audible if I plug in my speakers, and the horrid high pitched sound is there regardless of whether I use my (crappy) onboard audio or my brand new USB IO device... so there is something screwed that is giving this noise to sound output on the motherboard.

GRRRR!!!!! I just bought the USB IO to overcome this noise issue!
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# LostDredlore 2012-12-03 17:59
I bought a secondhand computer with this board and the i7 950 chip 4ghz generic ram..
I found it is a little loud but it a good trade off for how multi use the system is..

I am a web designer and use lots active programs at the same time, that tends to grind my older computers but i find it very smooth. and the gaming ability is top as well

I found the cooling system to be my only issue ( I live in tropical area, very hot / humid )
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# Computer Repair Las Vegas- Question about a Laptop Repair company in Las Vegas? Can you guys on benchmarkreviews.com help me?Computer_Repair_Las_Vegas 2013-04-25 10:52
I am aware Someone of you guys live near the Las Vegas area. My Laptop Lcd is cracked, and I am looking for a good Computer Repair Las Vegas place. A member here on benchmarkreviews.com said to call Compudoc Computer Repair. I forgot who it was. I see a place called Computer doc at 708 South Jones Boulevard Las Vegas, Nv, 89107. I called 702-871-1881 and the number is no good. Is this the place?
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