ASUS Rampage Formula ReviewMakaveli - June 9, 2008
Price: $299.99 USD
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Whenever a new motherboard arrives on the market, the first thing I always look for is if it's made for my style - my style is extreme overclocking, and I live off of it. I always ensure that every component I own is pushed to its limit. The motherboard plays a huge role in overclocking, because it can prevent you from getting the maximum overclock of your processor, memory, and video card, and unfortunately, the number of motherboards that have prevented me from reaching my overclocking goals is quite high. Naturally, I'm always looking for that perfect board.
Today we're going to have a look at the new ASUS Rampage Formula. This motherboard features the all new Intel X48 chipset, and claims to be easy to overclock. I've always been impressed with the ASUS motherboards that I have owned, because they all came with a plethora of accessories, as well as an abundance of extremely useful features. Will this board live up to my high expectations? Can it be the best motherboard for overclocking that I've tested thus far? Let's dig in and answer all of these questions, among many others!
The ASUS Rampage Formula comes in a dark box that informs the consumer that this motherboard is part of the Republic of Gamers series of motherboards from ASUS, which is focused solely on gamers and enthusiasts. Also, you'll notice that the game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is included. On the back of the box, you'll find the specifications of the motherboard along with some key features. On the side of the packaging, you'll see a cut out with the rear I/O panel visible.
Did we miss something? Yes we did. The front of the box flips up to display more features of the motherboard. On the bottom portion, you'll see the SupremeFX II HD PCI-E x1 sound card, as well as the Northbridge heatsink. On the top of the flap, you'll find the overclocking features of the ASUS Rampage Formula, and some other unique attributes as well.
The ASUS Rampage Formula is securely held in place by a plastic shell. Below the plastic shell, you'll find an accessory box. The SupremeFX II HD sound card is taped in place on the top of the shell. I definitely like the plastic shell, because it showcases and protects the ASUS Rampage Formula.
Now, let's take a closer look at the bundled accessories included with the ASUS Rampage Formula X48 motherboard.