ASUS Rampage Formula ReviewMakaveli - June 9, 2008
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When I opened the accessory box that came with the ASUS Rampage Formula, I was blown away! Yet again, ASUS impressed me by sending a plethora of accessories along with the motherboard. It looks like there are many performance-based accessories, as well as the basic extras that are included with every motherboard.
The Rampage Formula includes a manual, a driver CD, the full S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game, six SATA cables, a 4-pin Molex to SATA power cable converter, IDE and floppy cables, and a FireWire and USB expansion slot.
ASUS has eliminated the front panel connection hassle by including the new "Q" connection system, which allows the user to plug their cables into a single block that then slips over the pins on the motherboard. Thank you ASUS, for making my life so much easier! Another cool accessory that ASUS included is the LCD poster - this little unit plugs into the motherboard and gives you readouts in English, instead of codes, for motherboard troubleshooting.
The rear I/O shield is fairly standard, but it is painted gun-metal, and features the "Republic of Gamers" logo on it. ASUS also included a fan to hook up to your heatsinks to increase the airflow. If you have a large heatsink, this fan may not fit.
The Supreme FX II HD sound card is another freebie included with this motherboard. This PCI-E x1 sound card features all of the normal jacks for your speakers, headphones, and headsets. The Supreme FX logo lights up from a blue LED behind it when it's powered on.
Let's get a closer look at the motherboard itself.