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ASUS Rampage Formula Review

Makaveli    -   June 9, 2008
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Conclusion:

Performing better than all of the comparison boards in 10 out of 67 benchmarks does not tell the whole story of the Rampage's performance. In many of those that it lost, it was a strong second behind another X48-based motherboard. Putting that into perspective means that the Rampage did indeed perform well in the testing, just not as well as the other X48-based board. The overclocking options and ability of this motherboard were excellent. I was able to boot up with the FSB at 500MHz! However, it wasn't able to get into Windows Vista with that setting. I could boot and get into Windows Vista with an FSB of 485MHz, but it wasn't very stable. After lowering it until it was stable enough to run benchmarks, I was at an FSB of 470MHz. Still, 470MHz is not bad at all, but with a different chip, you could possibly get into Windows with an FSB over 500MHz. Another plus for this motherboard was the plethora of accessories that were included. ASUS never fails to impress me when it comes to the accessories they include. One of the accessories was the Supreme FX II HD sound card that is made for a PCI-E x1 slot, and I've got to tell you that it sounds amazing! I watched "Scarface", and I was thrown into the movie with this sound card and was impressed by that. I honestly felt like Tony Montana was yelling at me the whole movie, with lines such as "You wanna play rough? Okay, let's play rough!", and it made the movie experience so much more exciting. Overall, the stock performance of this motherboard isn't anything special, but the overclocking headroom, options, and included accessories make this Intel X48 motherboard one to look into if you're an enthusiast or avid overclocker.

 

Pros:

  • Overclockability
  • Accessories
  • Supreme FX II HD sound card
  • BIOS options
  • LCD poster
  • Performance
  • Motherboard cooling

 

Cons:

  • Lower scores than expected
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