Asus Maximus Formula Special Edition X38 S775 Motherboard

Test Setup & Overclocking

Test Setup

With the X38 chipset (and upcoming chipsets from other manufacturers) being optimised for Quad-Core processors, Overclock3D has now updated its stock testing hardware and and software benchmarks to reflect this. The new hardware configuration used in this review can be seen below:

 
Asus Maximus Formula (X38)
DFI LANPARTY UT P35-T2R (P35)
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Quad Q6600 "G0" 2.4GHz 2x4MB
Memory Cellshock PC2-6400 DDR2-800 (4-4-4-12)
Graphics Card  Sapphire Ultimate X1950 Pro 256mb PCI-E
Hard Disk Hitachi Deskstar 80GB 7K80 SATA2 7200RPM 8mb
CPU Cooling Stock Intel Aluminium Cooler
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate (Latest Updates)
Graphics Drivers ATI Catalyst 7.4.44981
Motherboard Drivers Intel INF 8.300.1013

During the testing of the boards above, special care was taken to ensure that the BIOS settings used matched whenever possible. A fresh install of Windows Vista was also used between switching boards, preventing any possible performance issues due to left-over drivers from the previous motherboard install.

To guarantee a broad range of results, the following benchmark utilities were used:

Synthetic CPU & Memory Subsystem
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c
• Lavalys Everest 4.0

File Compression & Encoding
• 7-Zip File Compression
• River Past ViMark

Disk I/O Performance
• HDTach 3.0.4.0
• Sisoft Sandra XII 2008c

3D / Rendering Benchmarks
• Cinebench 10
• 3DMark05
• 3DMark06

3D Games
• Quake 4
• Bioshock
• F.E.A.R


Overclocking

Going head-to-head with the P35 based DFI Lanparty UT board, the Maximus Formula is certainly up against some stiff competition. However, if Intel's promises of the X38 chipset being even more overclocker friendly that it's P35 and P965 predecessors stand true, we should certainly be seeing some good results from Asus' corner.

Maximum Overclock Graph
 
Both the Asus Maximus and DFI Lanparty boards managed to take our brand new Q6600 "G0" chip all the way up to 3650mhz using only the stock Intel cooler. Admitedly things did get a little toasty, but both boards passed several hours of Prime95 stability testing without any problems. Attempting to go past this point startarted to throw up some errors and random Windows crashes on both boards, so it seemed that either our Q6600 had reached its maximum overclock, or the P35 based Lanparty was proving just as capable as the X38 based Formula.
 
Maximum FSB Speed
 
Dropping the multiplier on the Q6600 from x9 down to x6 and bumping up the NB and FSB voltages allowed us to push both boards to their maximum front-side bus speeds. Bearing in mind that this is a quad-core chip we are overclocking here and both boards are running on passive cooling, the final result of 497FSB for the Asus and 490FSB for ther DFI are certainly not to be scoffed at.
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Most Recent Comments

06-11-2007, 04:26:00

JN
"Asus once again add some more firepower to their "Republic of Gamers" linup with the X38 based Maximus range. We take a look at the DDR2 based "Formula" version."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...163812699s.jpg

Asus Maximus Formula ReviewQuote

06-11-2007, 05:08:01

Mr. Smith
God that took some reading!

It doesn't perform much better than the P35 dfi and is almost identicle to the blitz, bar a few extra insane/unusable voltage options so I feel no inclination to buy this.

Nice to see the score being penalised for the pretty outragous price!

Overall, ROG ftw!Quote

06-11-2007, 05:20:13

JN
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
God that took some reading!

It doesn't perform much better than the P35 dfi and is almost identicle to the blitz, bar a few extra insane/unusable voltage options so I feel no inclination to buy this.

Nice to see the score being penalised for the pretty outragous price!

Overall, ROG ftw!
Yeah, personally I wouldn't upgrade from a Blitz or other high-end P35 board to it as it doesn't really have much more going for it (not until we see some PCI-E 2.0 ATI cards worth CF'ing).

But as a purchase for a new rig it's one hell of a beastly board - and I'm real glad that watercooling isn't a requirement anymore. That was a pretty big downer on the Blitz.Quote
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