Asus Blitz Extreme Reviewccokeman - January 20, 2008
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The accessories pack that comes with the Blitz Extreme is quite prodigious. It includes items you would not normally find in an accessory kit, such as rubber feet and clamps and adapters to hook up the water cooled northbridge. Plenty of add-ons if I do say so myself. The accessory box fills the space in the main box that the motherboard does not inhabit. The accessory box also mirrors the main packaging to keep the theme consistent throughout the experience.
When laid out on the table, the size of the accessory bundle is pretty impressive. The documentation for the Asus Blitz includes a manual and quick start guide, driver and application disk (including a licensed version of 3dmark 06). The FPS game STALKER is included as an added bonus.
Drive cabling that is included in the bundle consists of six SATA cables, one floppy cable, one IDE cable and a two-in-one four-pin molex to SATA power adapter. The SATA cables have one 90 degree end for use in tight quarters.
The LCD Poster allows the user to view post codes and other diagnostic information on this little display rather than having to look inside the case or on the I/O panel. Rubber adhesive backed "feet" are included if you want to go case less and still keep the Blitz off of the table. An odd inclusion, but worthwhile to the "Extreme" crowd.
One of the features of the Asus Blitz is the D-Tek Fusion water block on the northbridge. Since this block uses 3/8 barbed fittings, Asus has included adapters and clamps to connect to either 3/8 or 1/2 inch lines.
One of the heatsinks on the Blitz is thinner than the other, creating a mounting problem for the fans used when the Blitz is passively cooled. To solve this, Asus has included an adapter to mount the fan.
Speaking of the fans, Asus includes two of these babies, one for each power management circuit. They are used only when the CPU is water or passively cooled. Otherwise, they create clearance issues for the CPU heatsink. Each one comes with an instruction manual detailing the installation of the fan.
The I/O panel on the Asus Blitz has a little extra something for the end user. The I/O panel is lit by an LED, so making connections on the panel in the dark is a breeze. The "Q" connectors make connecting all those single front panel wires much easier by allowing the connection to be made where it is easily accessible. Then just plug in one connection and you are ready to go.
The last of the items in the bundle of accessories are the thermal sensors and the firewire/USB expansion slot bracket. The thermal probes are installed onto headers designed specifically for this purpose and the results can be monitored through the LCD poster. Pretty cool!
With such a bundle of accessories you are not left wanting for more. The Blitz comes with everything you need and more.