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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   C. Sun  
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PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

Overclocking is alive and well! PCSTATS has all the details you need to see at a glance to know which board is best. The chart we've compiled below lists the highest overclocked Front Side Bus speeds we were able to achieve while maintaining 100% stability.

PCSTATS Benchmark ReportMaximum Intel Motherboard Overclocking Results
Motherboards Max FSB
Asus BLITZ Formula (Intel P35 Express) 535
Biostar TP35D3-A7 Deluxe (Intel P35 Express/DDR3)


MSI P35 Platinum (Intel P35 Express) 504
Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 (Intel P35 Express) 482
Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 472
ECS PN2 SLI2+ (nVIDIA nForce 680i SLI) 450
MSI P6N SLI Platinum (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 435
Abit AB9 Pro (Intel P965 Express) 420
Asus P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP (Intel P965 Express) 420
ECS NF650iSLIT-A (nVIDIA nForce 650i SLI) 412
Asus P5N32-SLI Premium (nVIDIA nForce 590i SLI) 410
Gigabyte GA-965P-DQ6 (Intel P965 Express) 406
Asus P5B-E (Intel P965 Express) 406
Asus P5W64 WS Professional (Intel 975X Express) 400
Abit AW9D-MAX (Intel 975X Express) 385
MSI P965 Platinum (Intel P965 Express) 375
Foxconn 975X7AB-8EKRS2H (Intel 975X Express) 368
MSI 975X Platinum (Intel 975X Express) 360
Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H (Intel P965 Express) 352
Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 (Intel P965 Express) 352
ECS PN1 SLI2 (nVIDIA nForce 590i SLI) 350
Epox EP-5P945 Pro (Intel 945 Express) 350
Biostar Tforce P965 Deluxe (Intel P965 Express) 341
Biostar P4M890-M7 (VIA P4M890) 336
Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H (Intel G965 Express) 333
Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 (Intel 945PL Express) 255
Typical Test System Specifications: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (2.4 GHz), 2GB Corsair Twin2X2048-8888C4DF DDR2 Memory, MSI NX7800GTX-T2D256E. Please see individual review for more specific test details.
* - Tested with Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (2.67 GHz) and 2GB Corsair Twin3X2048-1800C7D DDR3 memory.
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 Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard is the fastest Intel Core 2 Duo motherboard we've overclocked on the Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 processor thus far. PCSTATS overclocked the BLITZ Formula to an impressive 535 MHz FSB!

Top of the line motherboard for sure!

With its BLITZ series of motherboards, Asus definitely raises the bar for every manufacturer out there. The Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard is not just fancy, it's also loaded with integrated features and fast. This board ships with a cool game and whole collection of cooling goodies! Whether you'll find them useful or not is anyone's guess, but it's nice to see a product with so much to offer.

With a retail price of $309 CDN ($297 USD, £146 GBP), the Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard is certainly one expensive motherboard. Still when you consider the BLITZ Formula comes with the game STALKER and is watercooling compatible by default, you know the motherboard will be sweet. It's definitely a motherboard I would be considering for my personal rig...

From using the Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard, the design feels like it was done by a computer enthusiast. Everything from the layout of the expansion slots, the many USB 2.0 slots on the rear I/O and drive connector positioning is in the absolute best spot. Asus hasn't done anything half-assed here, and it shows. It's great how Asus includes a full version of 3DMark06 and the game STALKER with the motherboard. Potential users of this motherboard are probably performance oriented, and both applications will definitely keep you entertained for quite some time.

The Asus BLITZ Formula motherboard is based on Intel's mainstream P35 Express chipset and let me tell you, this thing is blistering fast. It came in first spot in every test that we threw at it from SYSMark2004 to 3DMark and Doom 3! Workstation to gaming, this motherboard does it all with a lot of speed to spare. Just a note, we didn't test with CrossFire because, well it's not readily available and we no longer have CrossFire capable videocards to test with. No matter, equip the BLITZ Formula with one top of the line videocard and you'll be happy with the motherboard's performance.

The Asus BIOS is very powerful and if you're not careful, damaging your hardware is definitely possible. Don't jack up the voltages too high when you're overclocking. Better to swallow your pride a bit than burn out a processor (I've done that, trust me it's not fun).

Of course for the experienced overclocker, the powerful BIOS in the Asus BLITZ Formula will allow the board to absolutely fly. This board was able to hit 535 MHz FSB and that's one of the fastest of any Intel motherboard we've tested to date! If overclocking is your thing, the BLITZ Formula should be one of the first motherboards you consider!

The Asus BLITZ Formula is definitely a very attractive motherboard that's fully loaded but its price will keep it away from all but the most hardcore of users. Pity since it's a motherboard that all would love to use, that's for sure!

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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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