Now let’s see what good words we can find about the ASUS P6X58D-E. First off, its packaging is robust and informative. The accessories are richer than what you get with many other mainboards, but without any extras. The PCB design is clever and practical. The mainboard has all the features typical of the flagship Intel X58 Express chipset and supports Nvidia 3-way SLI and ATI Quad-GPU CrossFireX. A few additional onboard controllers endow it with such popular interfaces as IEEE 1394, USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps. The lack of legacy interfaces (COM, LPT and IDE) is hardly a drawback today. You just have to keep this fact in mind if you are upgrading your old PC.
The BIOS options offer all the settings you need to overclock and fine-tune your computer. There are but minor problems with the mainboard's BIOS, actually. For example, the power-saving technologies and Intel Turbo Boost settings reside in a separate BIOS page and may be neglected by the user. Besides, like every other ASUS mainboard, the P6X58D-E does not report the default CPU voltage. It can only be but roughly estimated basing on the monitoring data. This did not prevent us from overclocking our Core i7 processor to a clock rate of 3.9 GHz which is higher than any default frequency in the Core i7 series.
Thus, the ASUS P6X58D-E is one of the few up-to-date LGA1366 mainboards available from ASUS. Besides it, the same functionality including USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gbps is only provided by the Rampage III mainboards from the Republic of Gamers series and by the ASUS P6X58D Premium. Comparing the latter to the P6X58D-E, they have similar PCBs, but the P6X58D Premium is equipped with two LAN controllers, has more heat pipes in its cooling system, and is equipped with an integrated SSD with Express Gate. It also comes with richer accessories and has a Reset button besides the Power one. These are the key differences we can spot by reading through their specs and looking at their photos. Cutting it short, the P6X58D-E offers comparable functionality but costs much less.