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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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BLITZ Formula Overclocking

Overclocking Results:
Stock Max. OC
Motherboard Speed: 266 MHz

535 MHz

If you're new to Overclocking and not sure what to do, check out these two excellent Guides for some pointers:
Overclocking the CPU and Memory
Overclocking the Videocard

The Intel P35 Express chipset is a monster overclocker, and of the motherboards that have passed through the PCSTATS test labs most have rocked. We'll be overclocking the Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard with equally high expectations, so let's get things started.

The test configuration consists of an Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor and a 2GB set of Corsair's DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF memory. Corsair, for fresh memory every time, it's Corsair! The processor multiplier was set to 6x, and the memory to run at DDR2-667 MHz mode. Starting at 333 MHz FSB, the Asus BLITZ Formula's clock speed was increased in 5 MHz increments.

Without any problems, the BLITZ Formula motherboard hit the 400 MHz FSB mark. In no time, and without any voltage tweaks either, the BLITZ Formula reached 450 MHz. To get past that speed, the Intel P35 Express voltage was increased to 1.36V. Good so far, but at 480 MHz the Northbridge voltage needed another bump, this time to 1.44V.

Things progressed easily after that and the Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard easily rose past 500 MHz (norrthbridge voltage to 1.5V) and settled on 535 MHz. There were more voltage options available, however the Intel P35 Express Northbridge got quite hot and we didn't want to risk damaging the board. Now I see why Asus provide a waterblock on the BLITZ Formula.... Still, an overclock to 535 MHz FSB is really sweet if you ask me!

ASUS BLITZ Formula BIOS:

In the Extreme Tweaker section you'll find the coveted overclocking options. ASUS allow you to adjust the CPU clock multiplier and motherboard clock speed from 200-800 MHz, in 1 MHz increments. Here you'll also find the memory timing adjustments and Asus includes all the usual options. There is CAS Latency and a few extras that will take you some time to figure out.

Further down on the page we find the ASUS BLITZ Formula's voltage options. One thing is certain, with the values that Asus provides, make sure you know what you're doing before experimenting. If try too high a value you may kill your motherboard, memory and processor. Asus does its part by putting the really dangerous values in red.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel P35 Express based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1 Reference System #2
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775) AMD Athlon64 X2 5000+ (AM2)
Clock Speed: 8 x 333 = 2.66 GHz 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz 13 x 200 MHz = 2.6 GHz
Motherboard: Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 Express)

ECS PN2 SLI2+ (NF 680i SLI)
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (975X)
Biostar TForce P965 DLX (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (P965 Express)
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (P965 Express)
MSI P965 Platinum (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (P965 Express)
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (P35 Express)
MSI P35 Platinum (P35 Express)
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (P35 Express)

ASRock AM2V890-VSTA (VIA K8T890)
Albatron KM51PV-AM2 (GF6150)
MSI K9N SLI Platinum (NF 570 SLI)
Asus M2-CROSSHAIR (NF 590 SLI)
Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E
Memory:

2x 1024MB Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF (DDR2)
2x 1024MB Corsair DOMINATOR Twin3X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel E6600 Reference AMD Athlon64 FX-62 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
Intel INF 7.22
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 9.35
nVIDIA Forceware 91.47

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2004
PC Worldbench 5.0
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
PCMark05
3DMark05
3DMark06
FarCry
Doom 3

Quake 4

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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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