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Asus BLITZ Formula Intel P35 Express DDR2 Motherboard Review

Asus BLITZ Formula Intel P35 Express DDR2 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard is based around Intel's P35 Express Northbridge and ICH9R Southbridge chipsets. It supports up to 8GB of DDR2 800/1066 MHz memory.
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External Mfg. Website: ASUS Jan 29 2008   Colin Sun  
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Asus Chipset Cooling Goes Extreme

As mentioned and seen earlier, the Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard has a waterblock on the Intel P35 Express Northbridge chipset. While watercooling the Northbridge is not necessary, in case you do decide to go ahead, you are ready with the Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard.

The Northbridge waterblock has 3/8" OD barbs (1/4" ID) but if your watercooling loop is using 1/2" ID equipment never fear because Asus includes two 3/8" OD to 1/2" OD converters. Also included with the package are four 1/2" OD hose clamps (for the 3/8" OD barbs) and two 5/8" OD hose clamps (for the 1/2" OD barbs) all of which are very easy to use and install. Looking at the watercooling accessories that Asus includes with the motherboard, it's clear that it knows a thing or two about watercooling. It's nice to see a manufacturer go all the way and provide users with everything they need to get started.

If you do go ahead with watercooling your system, Asus includes two 40mm squirrel cage fans which are to be installed on the MOSFET heatsinks. The heatsinks that surround the CPU socket are designed to be cooled by forced airflow, so it's possible that the board could overheat if you go with a passive cooling system. Installation is a breeze, just follow the instructions.

You can never run computer chips or components too cool and depending on what type of enthusiast you are, watercooling can help. If you're into overclocking, watercooling the Intel P35 Northbridge will probably help you reach really high FSBs. While you're at it, if you're watercooling the processor don't forget to install the heatsink fans that Asus includes with the package over the MOSFET heatsinks.

Asus uses heatpipes to move heat around the motherboard and overall it works quite well. The Asus BLITZ Formula runs pretty hot, but Asus has everything under control.

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Contents of Article: ASUS BLITZ Formula
 Pg 1.  Asus BLITZ Formula Intel P35 Express DDR2 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Impressive Accessory Kit
 Pg 3.  — Asus Chipset Cooling Goes Extreme
 Pg 4.  Motherboard Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  Intel P35 Express and ICH9 Chipsets
 Pg 6.  BLITZ Formula Overclocking
 Pg 7.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: Sysmark 2004 continued
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Graphics)
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Office)
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PC Worldbench (Data Crunching)
 Pg 12.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 13.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark05
 Pg 14.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark05, 3DMark06
 Pg 15.  Motherboard Benchmarks: FarCry, Doom 3., Quake 4
 Pg 16.  PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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