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If we want to get an adequate idea of the technologies and features that contemporary mainboards possess, there are two companies in the market today, two largest mainboard developers, whose solutions we absolutely can’t miss. Of course, I am talking about AsusTeK and Gigabyte. We started getting acquainted with mainboards on Intel X58 Express chipset designed for LGA1366 socket with two top solutions from Gigabyte: GA-EX58-UD5 and GA-EX58-Extreme. We liked the functionality of both mainboards, but it is pretty difficult to be objective in judgment if there is no solution for adequate comparison. ASRock X58 SuperComputer that we have just reviewed is not quite up to this task. Today we are going to talk about the junior model in AsusTek’s lineup on Intel X58 Express chipset – Asus P6T. This will allow us to kill two birds with one stone:  we will not only check out the indepth functionality of Asus mainboards for LGA1366 processors, but will also make a final conclusion about the competing solutions from Gigabyte.

Package and Accessories

Asus P6T mainboard comes in a box of standard dimensions. It was pretty unusual to see that even a small box like that had a flip-open front panel. There were no windows cut out in this box that have become pretty common lately and that reveal part of the solution or accessories to the potential buyer. This additional space allowed to place on the box more marketing data in six different languages besides English (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Portuguese) about the board’s features and functionality.

Inside the box there is a mainboard and the following accessories:

  • PATA cable;
  • A pair of SATA cables with L-shaped connectors and another pair with straight ones;
  • Two bridges for SLI and 3-way SLI graphics card configurations;
  • Asus Q-Connector Kit for easy connection of the front panel buttons, indicators and USB to the onboard pin-connectors;
  • Asus Q-Shield for the rear panel (I/O Shield);
  • User’s manual;
  • DVD disk with drivers and software.
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