About a month ago, ASUS released its P6T Deluxe motherboard, one of the most affordable mobos from the computer maker's LGA 1366 motherboard series supporting the new Intel Core i7 processors. However, the X58 part is not as affordable as it may seem when compared to similar products from other vendors, which means that the leading company needs to focus a little more on the value segment of the market.
Going for a lower level market won't be an easy task for ASUS, as the value-ended LGA 1366 segment is already lead by great products from other PC vendors such as MSI, with its X58 Platinum motherboard, or Gigabyte, with the EX58 DS4 part, to name but a few.
According to the latest news on the web, ASUS decided to tune-down a little its P6T Deluxe board and to launch a new mobo, named P6T. The part is stated to be based on the Intel X58 + ICH10R chipset and to feature an 8+2 phase design for the CPU power circuitry. In addition, the motherboard is also expected to feature a 2-phase circuit for the memory.
As the news states, the ASUS P6T motherboard would feature uniform spacing between the three PCI-Express x16 slots, which now sport electrical lane arrangements of x16/16/x1 or x16/x8/x8, since the company decided to rework the arrangement of the expansion card slots. Besides, the part includes a rather simplistic component cooling.
The new ASUS P6T motherboard is stated to feature support for both ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA 3-way SLI, as most of the X58 parts do. There will be only a single gigabit Ethernet controller sported on the mobo, while the number of USB ports has been lowered from 14 to 12. Since the capabilities of the motherboard have been diminished from the original version, the board should hit the market at a rather attractive price tag.