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ASUS Rampage Formula LGA775 X48 Intel Motherboard - 1600FSB 8GB DDR2 1200MHz 2x PCI-e x16 Crossfire
ASUS Rampage Formula LGA775 X48 Intel Motherboard - 1600FSB 8GB DDR2 1200MHz 2x PCI-e x16 Crossfire
 
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Έχω τρέξει την μητρική πλακέτα στα 540 ΜΗz FSB με τον τετραπύρηνο Q6600 με αύξηση μόνο του FSB Termination Voltage στα 1.54 V και ΝΒ στα 1.58 V με απόλυτη σταθερότητα. Η μητρική πλακέτα είναι πολύ φιλική στο τελικό χρήστη. Περιλαμβάνει την τελευταία έκδοση του BIOS (0701). Έχει PCI-e κάρτα ηχου (SupermeFX II), LCD Poster, ASUS ανεμιστήρα και λογισμικό (Kaspersky Anti-virus, 3DMark 06 Advanced Edition, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.). Περιλαμβάνεται η απόδειξη αγοράς με την εγγύηση. H μητρική πλακέτα πωλείται 231 εύρω στην Vision Studio Μπορείτε να δείτε τις υπόλοιπες ενεργές δημοπρασίες μου εδώ Καλή επιτυχία. 

ASUS Rampage Formula

ASUS has been on a roll with their Republic of Gamers lineup lately and now we take a look at their latest offering based on Intel’s X48 chipset based Rampage Formula motherboard supporting Intel's yet-to-be-released 1600MHz Quad Pumped Bus.

Introduction

ASUS is the world’s largest motherboard manufacturer and though they have a staggering array of products, they sill manage to keep putting out some of the best motherboards on the market. ASUS is generally known for innovation, stability and quality. In my experience this reputation is well deserved even though ASUS has had some questionable models from time to time just like any other manufacturer. Really the ASUS Rampage Formula is little more than a Maximus Formula (which we loved) with an X48 north bridge instead of the X38 chipset. So the hardware is virtually identical however ASUS has made some BIOS tweaks this time around. What does this do for you the end user? I'm afraid the X48 is nothing more than a speed binned X38 chipset. It officially supports FSB speeds up to 1600MHz for Intel’s Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor, which Intel committed to releasing in Q1’08. 20 days and counting! However as we've already seen the X38 can easily reach the speeds officially supported by the X48 chipset. So really, aside from the X48 having Intel’s blessing at 1600MHz FSB, we aren't seeing much new here.

 

 

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The ASUS Rampage Formula uses Intel’s latest X48 chipset as mentioned above. Hopefully one thing we will see with this “new” chipset is better overclocking. (We will certainly find out later.) In any case the Rampage Formula also uses DDR 2 memory instead of DDR 3. So rumors of X48 not supporting DDR 2 modules were greatly exaggerated. The Rampage Formula supports the latest Intel ® Core™2 Extreme Quad-Core / Core™2 Duo / Intel® Pentium® Extreme and Intel® Pentium® D processors. As with all motherboards these days, few components are required to complete a working system. All that is needed are an LGA775 processor, DDR2 memory modules, power supply, video card, and data drives. ASUS integrated the following components into the Rampage Formula; 1 floppy port, 1 ATA-133 port (provided by the JMicron JMB368 controller chip), 6 SATA ports, 12 USB ports (6 on the I/O panel, 6 via USB headers), 2 RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet ports, SPDIF/out, 1 optical out port, and one PS/2 keyboard port.

 

Main Specifications Overview:

 

 

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Packaging

 

 

The packaging is identical to all the other Republic of Gamers branded boards which is excellent. The board is contained in a plastic shell and all the accessories and manuals come in a separate smaller box inside the main box. It adequately protects the boards during transport and gets the job done. Inside you’ll find manuals, a driver DVD-Rom, a full version of STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl, SATA cables, ATAPI and floppy cables, IO shield, LCD poster, heat pipe cooling fan, zip ties, and Q-connector.

 

 

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Board Layout

 

 

 

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The layout of the Rampage Formula is very well done as is usual for ASUS. The only possible issue I can see is with the CPU area. It is on the crowded side and could cause some fitting concerns with some coolers and water blocks. The Apogee GT didn’t fit and I had to use the Innovatek G-Flow water block taken from the EVGA 680i SLI Black Pearl that died on me. As you can see there is a lot of addition cooling surrounding the CPU area, so this is surely something to take into consideration and not just in terms of footprint, but height as well. The fact is many components on the board near the CPU area need massive cooling to provide stable performance and operation at the rated bus speeds.

 

 

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The board has four 240-pin DDR2 memory slots. Two are color coded in white and two are color coded in blue. Match the colors to ensure proper dual channel operation.

 

 

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The north bridge is located in the usual place right next to the CPU area. The north bridge can be found under a massive network of copper heat pipes. The heat sinks always stayed only slightly warm to the touch on my test bench. Worth noting here as well is the fact that the onboard cooling system is not just for show. ASUS has done a great job in mounting and mating these components and they do work quite well.

 

 

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The south bridge is located in front of the expansion slots. The south bridge is cooled by the same heat pipes that the north bridge is cooled by. The SATA ports are placed in front of the south bridge and thanks to the right angling of the ports video cards and other items won’t cause clearance issues with the SATA ports.

 

 

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The Rampage Formula has two PCIe x16 slots, three PCIe x1 slots (one of which is compatible with the SupremeFX II Audio card included with the board) and two legacy PCI v2.2 slots. I really wish that ASUS had gone with three PCIe x16 slots for some CrossfireX action, but alas that was not the case. Still obviously you could use two HD 3870 X2 cards for 4-way GPU configuration though. The slots are laid out in a very nice pattern making clearance problems and slot blocking almost a non-issue. One of the PCI slots is located above the first PCIe x16 slot to allow you to use your favorite PCI devices even with two huge dual slot cooled video cards of your choice.

 

 

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The Rampage Formula has 1 PS/2 port, 2 RJ-45 ports, 1 IEEE1394 port, 1 SPDIF out port, 6 USB ports, one optical port, and finally one clear CMOS button.

ASUS Utilities

 

 

Well the included ASUS Utilities are nothing new. In fact that are exactly the same as they have been for the last year or so. I guess if it isn’t broke don’t fix it. ASUS did include something new though, the AI Link software.

 

ASUS included their AI Suite as usual with the Rampage Formula. Version 1.03.17 came with our board. The ASUS AI Suite really is just a launcher for AI Gear, AI Booster, AI NAP, Q-Fan, and AI NOS. Other included software packages include PC Probe II and My Logo. The utility is straight forward to use. Simply click on the application you wish to use and a small window will appear to the right and you can then manipulate it.

 

 

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AI NOS is an application for overclocking within Windows. The overclocking adjustments are defined in profiles or you can manually set the parameters for automatic overclocking. The system can alter the board settings based on the load placed on the PC at a given point. ASUS has set several sensitivity modes for governing the auto overclocking of the software. Auto, Standard, Sensitive and Heavy Load. Depending on the chosen mode, the utility can adjust board settings to suit your needs and provide an extra boost in speed. Unfortunately software like this is generally conservative and you won’t be able to reach your maximum overclock using this method. The ASUS Q-Fan utility controls fan speed. To adjust the fan speeds the fan in question needs to be selected and via the drop down menu three modes are available for selection. You may choose from optimal, silent, and performance.

 

 

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AI Booster is essentially for manual overclocking in Windows. There are several buttons in the AI Booster menu. Written from left to right they are: Default, Performance, Advanced, User Profile, and Save. The first button has two options, Auto or Standard. The Performance button has but one option and that is Auto. The advanced button actually gives the user quite a few options. When clicked, three tabs appear in a new menu. CPU Frequency is controlled here. You can choose a new frequency from the drop down. Unfortunately, you cannot input your desired values. Below the CPU frequency lays the CPU ratio, and of course there is the memory tab where you can set DRAM voltages and frequencies. The final tab in this window is the PCI-E tab. Here you can adjust the PCIe clock frequency from 100-150MHz.

 

 

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The ASUS PC Probe II utility hasn’t been changed in almost two years. Version 1.04.29 was included with our Rampage Formula. The ASUS PC Probe II utility allows the users to monitor voltages and temperatures. The power, chassis, system, and auxiliary fan headers are all monitored with this utility. Also monitored are the CPU temperature and voltages. Voltages for the south and north bridges can be viewed here as well. Voltages and thermal readings are displayed in rectangular boxes that resemble LCD gauges. They have magnet icons in their corners that when clicked allow you to move each display around and rearrange them as you wish.

 

 

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PC Probe’s main application is in the form of a hexagonal window. It is expandable to reveal extra options for configuration. DMI, WMI, and PCI information is available in the application. There are many configuration settings for adjusting voltage, temperature and fan speed monitoring. You can also view threshold information. Also an alert log can be viewed here along with system information and a reporting tool that can be used to assist ASUS technical support should you need them. CPU, memory and disk drive usage can be displayed in a pie-chart format similar to those found in Windows XP.

 

 

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ASUS Update is a utility designed for updating the BIOS within Windows. Let me first say I’ve had horrible experiences using this utility and I do NOT recommend it. I have bricked two boards with this software in the past and if you do so you have one of two options. Either RMA the board (which ASUS may or may not take back as flashing the BIOS may or may not be something they’ll cover) or you can pay (yes I said pay) for a new BIOS chip which you must install yourself. You can remove yours and send it in but you have to wait longer to get your board back in action if that happens. Some newer versions of some boards and some boards in general only have soldered down BIOS chips and that last option won’t be available to you if that’s the case. So I’d recommend using the EZ-Flash utility in the BIOS via a USB flash drive. That method has been 100% for me. Another problem is that this Windows utility will almost always want to update itself every single time you use it. To do that it will want to uninstall the old version and replace itself with the new version that you have to download. This is a completely manual process just to make things worse. After that the FTP servers are often busy and won’t actually let you download the new BIOS via this utility. You can always download the BIOS in the normal fashion and update it using this utility but again I would recommend avoiding that scenario. It just isn’t worth the risk. The warning below isn’t something I keep forgetting to pull from the article template, but rather something I check every time and find true every time.

 

ASUS online BIOS support inside of Windows is hideous at best. Our thoughts are they should not even offer this software feature on their motherboards till they fix their broken web infrastructure.

BIOS

 

 

The Rampage Formula uses the American Megatrends Inc. BIOS or AMIBIOS for short. Version 0108 was used for testing.

 

The AMI BIOS on the Rampage Formula is laid out in the standard ASUS Fashion. Tabs at the top indicate the categories of settings found in the BIOS. The Main settings page contains the usual time and date settings as well as basic SATA and drive configuration settings. There are also two sub menus here. One for SATA configuration and another that displays basic system information. The SATA configuration page allows for setting IDE, AHCI or RAID modes. Hard disk write protection and SATA detect time out settings are also here. The system information page simply displays the BIOS version and BIOS build date are listed at the top of the page. The processor model number, current clock speed, core count and also installed memory are listed here as well.

 

 

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The Extreme Tweaker is the next category and this is where the business of overclocking and system tuning really gets done. Here you will find the CPU Level up and AI Overclock Tuner as the first settings available for adjustment. The Ai Overclock tuner is nothing new. It basically allows for manual adjustment, automatic adjustment of standard settings. The OC From CPU Level Up is the next setting and is a relatively new feature on ASUS boards. It allows you to simply go through the menu and pick the speed of the processor you want to level yours up to. It really is that simple. I always like to go for broke when I see this setting and go for E6850 speed or whatever the highest available is. I chose E6850 and the system automatically made my E6300 behave like an E6850. This is a great feature for the novice overclocker or an OEM who wants to sell pre-overclocked machines. CPU Ratio settings, FSB Strap settings and of course FSB and PCIe frequency settings are here as well. One I like about this BIOS is that it is very easy to see what memory speed you are going to end up with based on your strap settings or OC From CPU Level Up settings.

 

 

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Just arrow down to the DRAM Frequency section and you can see the available memory settings. Below the PCIe Frequency setting is the DRAM Frequency setting, command rate and other miscellaneous DRAM configuration options. What is really interesting about what ASUS has done here is that you can see under DRAM timing control what the SPD values for your memory are. Not just the CAS Latency and common settings, but rather all of them. When you set DRAM timing control to manual it shows all of the adjustments available to you by category and it shows the SPD values for your memory right above each category of settings. The BIOS lists them as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, Information settings. Basically the first set is the familiar CAS, RAS, TRAS settings while the others are your settings most often unknown and hidden values. Below that you have your DRAM Static Read Control and AI Transaction Booster settings. The BIOS states in the help column over to the right that those last two setting adjustments can help with overclocking but it doesn’t say anything more than that. These settings had no discernable impact on my overclocking experience but as always your mileage may vary.

 

Next are your CPU, North Bridge, DRAM Voltage, FSB Termination Voltage and other advanced voltage settings. There is a new one here for ASUS EPU equipped motherboards called Load Line Calibration. This setting is actually something to address an issue that many have had with ASUS boards over the years and that issue is vdroop. For those of you who are not familiar with vdroop, it is something that every board has to a degree in which the voltages fluctuate up and down. Now normally this is fine and these types of devices are engineered with some voltage fluctuation on purpose. This condition is normal however fluctuations too high or too low can be a detriment to overclocking. The vdroop can actually limit your overclocks or cause system instability. Vdroop on your processor or modules for example really sucks as that can cause quite a few headaches. When doing extreme overclocking you often have to figure out how much vdroop you have and add more voltage to your hardware to compensate for the vdroop in order to get the real voltage you desire. The problem with doing that is when the voltages aren’t drooping, you may end up adding more voltage to your components than is either safe or needed. So you create a scenario where you could possibly shorten component life or at the least generate additional heat. With load line calibration and digital PWMs the ASUS Rampage Formula is able to monitor and adjust the voltages automatically and nearly eliminate vdroop entirely. Also LED control for various onboard LED’s are present here as are the CPU and PCIe Spread Spectrum settings.

 

 

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The Advanced tab contains the CPU Configuration, Chipset, Onboard Devices, USB and PCIPnP configuration settings. Under CPU Configuration you’ll find CPU Ratio settings, C1E support, CPU TM functions, Vanderpool (virtualization technology), Execute Disable Bit, Max CPUID Value Limit, and Intel® SpeedStep™ Technology settings. The Chipset Configuration setting has a sub menu labeled North Bridge Configuration. Here you will find the Memory Remap Feature, Initiate Graphic Adapter ordering, and PEG Port control. Onboard Devices has all the settings for enabling or disabling the onboard hardware as well as LCD Poster configuration settings. USB Configuration contains settings to disable USB (not sure why you would use that) and contains settings to adjust USB compatibility mode between 1.1 and 2.0 as well as Legacy USB port settings and EHCI Hand-Off. Advanced PCIPnP just has one item listed to enable or disable the Plug and Play O/S setting.

 

 

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The Power Tab contains your standard ACPI settings, and APM configuration settings. Also found here is the hardware monitor which contains fan adjustment settings and temperature threshold settings as well. You can make adjustments for overheat protection for various items like the north and south bridges here. Additionally you can monitor voltages with the hardware monitor. There is also the Boot tab which has the boot devices ordering and boot settings configuration menus. Finally we have the ASUS EZ Flash, ASUS O.C. Profile settings and AI Net 2 settings under the Tools Tab.

 

Over clocking

 

 

As with all the recent Republic of Gamers motherboards I’ve reviewed overclocking the Rampage Formula was a breeze. Using my faithful and ever true (also very punished) Core 2 E6300 I was able to use the “Overclock by CPU Level Up” feature. I was able to set the E6300 to perform as an E6850 or X6800 without issue. I was also able to manually set my memory speeds to DDR2 1135MHz while this feature was used and get rock solid performance. I spent two days out of town on business when I first got this board and left this thing running unattended and for 48 hours it ran without a hitch. You simply cannot expect more than that.

As for conventional overclocking it was a snap. The board is very OC-friendly and I simply can’t recommend it enough. Even overclocking with a 4x1GB DDR 2 configurations over 1066MHz speeds didn’t prove to be the impossible task it has been on some other motherboards. In fact I reached a maximum stable speed of 1135MHz with 4 modules installed. Using my Corsair Nautilus I was able to reach 528MHz FSB. Oddly enough 525MHz was easy to reach. I could get the system to POST at higher speeds, but it would lock up trying to get into Windows. Even 528MHz wasn’t stable. Below are some screenshots for your viewing pleasure.

 

 

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Conclusion

 

 

 

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The Republic of Gamers branded motherboards by ASUS have all been exceptional in my experience. Each one sets records for overclocking and ease of use. Each board they have brought out sets the bar for all others to follow. (With one glaring exception that we are aware of.) The Rampage Formula is no different. This board was virtually problem free from the moment I powered it on. It worked flawlessly with 4x1GB memory modules at 1066MHz speeds and beyond. That alone is a feat since most boards seem to have trouble doing that. While the X48 itself brings very little “new” to the table over the X38 chipset, the X48 chipset is certainly well implemented here. Scores all around with onboard components were good, the Supreme FX II was as decent an integrated audio solution as I’ve ever seen and I’ve got very few complaints. However this board is nothing more than the Maximus Formula with a slightly different BIOS and an X48 north bridge. (Which isn't really a difference at all.) Oddly this board didn't overclock quite as well as the Maximus Formula did, but it could be that water cooling the chipset was responsible for that as the version I used was the Maximus Formula SE with the Fusion Block cooling system. And we have to also consider that no two chipsets are identical.

 

Speaking of complaints I have two. (ASUS listen carefully!!!!!!!!) I do not like the fact that ASUS strips down the “Formula” versions of their boards. They lack eSATA ports and sometimes lack in the cooling department compared to their “Extreme” counterparts. It is as ASUS wants to make DDR2 boards second class citizens. I can’t stand this approach. The DDR 2 versions of these boards deserve every feature and every bit of the same attention as the newer DDR3 boards deserve. My second complaint which probably stems from the first one is that this board has only two PCIe x16 slots. I see this as a real limitation as many enthusiasts still prefer DDR2 to DDR3 for a number of very valid reasons. Crossfire X is impossible to implement here and that is unfortunate. The lack of eSATA ports I can get past as that isn’t a deal breaker for me, but being limited to two PCIe x16 slots is the one thing that would keep me from putting this motherboard in my own personal machine. It is the one reservation I have for recommending it. Aside from those two points this board is flawlessly executed and is certainly worthy of your hard earned cash. I have reviewed a few boards recently that were problematic and the ASUS Rampage Formula was a refreshing change from my more recent reviews. All in all if you are looking for a top end X48 motherboard with DDR2 support you simply cannot go wrong with the ASUS Rampage Formula.

 

 

Kyle's Thoughts:

 

 

To start with I don’t share Dan’s sentiments on the “missing” PCIe x16 slot. Two is enough for me. That will allow me to run two PCIe video cards to support up to four displays, which I have been running for a good while now. I am not much on CrossFireX, but even so, I could still use 4-way GPU CrossFireX with two Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards if I wanted to go that route. What would likely bother me more is not having a PCIe x4 slot that I might put a new RAID card in, although you can certainly find some PCIe x1 models, even with eSATA support which is something I would surely want if I were to install this board in my own box, which has already crossed my mind. Obviously your mileage may vary on these small points. Certainly not a problem with the board itself, but rather the feature set exposed.

 

My time with the ASUS Rampage Formula was nothing short of amazing in terms of stability. I had to go out of my way to make the board falter. This is without using any extra cooling for the motherboard components either outside of a low-RPM 120mm fan that keeps a small amount of airflow over the motherboard surface since we use a waterblock on the CPU which obviously supplies no airflow to any components. The board ran stable for days under full CPU and memory loads. I finally used one instance of OCCT to stress 2 cores on the QX9770, and an instance of Orthos set to “large ffts” stressing the two other cores while paging into the full 2GB of 1066 Corsair DDR2 8888 I was using at 4-4-4-15-2T timings at 2.2v. Along with those two loads I also ran rthdribl v.1.2. These three applications used together like this cause a tremendous amount of CPU, memory, and graphics load on the system. The SATA RAID 0 arrays with WD 150GB Raptors would continually grind. The Rampage Formula ran under this load for over 12 hours before the OCCT application finally crashed, but none of the others. I found that to be very impressive. The ASUS Rampage Formula is one of the most stable motherboards I have ever used on a high end system.

 

 

The Bottom Line

 

 

Besides a couple of feature set bones we have to pick and a possible issue with larger processor coolers, there is little not to like about this motherboard. We have been holding off on this review till it was hopefully possible to purchase this motherboard, but here we are in March and you can’t buy the thing. This is the third high end product from ASUS in a row that we have spent time evaluating, but leaves our readers high and dry.

 

This board is an award winner for sure, and should be on your short list to buy, but given the fact that you cannot easily buy this from our favorite retailers, we will once again go, “Oh well.”

 

Show me stock ASUS and I will show you a glowing recommendation in place of these paragraphs given the price is not at an insane level.

 

Update (03/26/08): ASUS has let us know that the Rampage Formula is finally in stock at Newegg. As agreed, here is our glow recommendation. :)

 

 

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