Asus Maximus Formula

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Introduction
One of the first boards released based on Intel’s X38 chipset is the Asus Maximus Formula with DDR2 RAM support. How good is it? I take a look and compare its performance with the Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P motherboard. The X38 chipset features two x16 PCI express (PCIe) version 2.0 slots both operating at the full x16 bandwidth. This is the first Intel-compatible chipset other than nVidia’s SLI sets to support two full bandwidth x16 PCIe slots, and the first chipset on the market with PCIe 2.0 support.

The Maximus boasts an impressive feature list including the following:

  • FSB 1600/1333/1066 MHz Support
  • North Bridge Intel X38
  • South Bridge Intel ICH9R
  • Memory: 4 240 pin DDR2 slots, supporting DDR2-1200/1066/800/667 MHz, ECC, non-ECC and un-buffered memory
  • Maximum Memory Supported 8GB
  • 2 PCI Express PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, support at full x16, x16 speed
  • 3 PCI Express x1 slots
  • 2 PCI Slots
  • 1 PATA channel, ATA100 2 Devices Max
  • 6 SATA 2 (3Gb/s)ports
  • SATA RAID 0/1/5/10 Matrix RAID
  • Onboard Audio Chipset ADI AD1988B
  • Onboard Audio Channels 8 Channels
  • Supreme FX II audio card
  • Dual Onboard Gigabit LAN
  • 6 rear USB 2.0, 6 front panel USB 2.0 channels
  • 1 rear IEEE 1394a, 1 front panel IEEE 1394a header
  • S/PDIF Out 1x Optical, 1x Coaxial
  • Fusion waterblock on northbridge
  • LCD Poster for helping identify POST errors
  • Onboard power and reset switches
  • Rear panel "Clear CMOS" button

You can read more about it at the manufacturer’s page:

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.

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