Asus Blitz Extreme P35 Socket 775 Motherboard

Packaging & Contents

Packaging & Contents

Having seen and owned several Asus motherboards in the past, it would be fair to say that Asus have never really gone for the whole CGI Character style of packaging. Even on their previous 'Striker Extreme' and 'Commando' motherboards from the "Republic of Gamers" lineup, packaging has remained fairly simplistic and professional with only minor references to gaming.

Asus Blitz Extreme Packaging Asus Blitz Extreme Packaging

Not much has really changed on the Blitz Extreme either. As you can see from above, the cardboard outer-box is printed with a grey gradient along with a bullet hole effect situated just above the large white "Blitz" lettering. Very little information can be found on the front of the box, with only Crosslinx, Intel and Asus logos being displayed at the bottom.

However, in a true stealth fashion, Asus have placed a flap at the front of the box. Once opened you are presented with two plastic windows that show off the Crosslinx chip along with the Fuzion water block. Also at the top of the flap is a wealth of information regarding the features of the board along with brief explanations on what they do.

Asus Blitz Extreme Packaging Asus Blitz Extreme Packaging

Around the back of the box Asus have printed the technical specifications for the Blitz. As we saw on page 1, the board can support all LGA775 processors including the next generation 45nm multi-core chips along with DDR3 1333/1066 memory and ATI Crossfire (with both cards in x8 mode).

Asus Blitz Extreme Packaging Side Asus Blitz Extreme Packaging Open

To allow the motherboard to be seen from the top and side of the outer-box, Asus have placed the board inside a clear plastic moulded shell. This provides good protection against courier inflicted damage and keeps the board seperate from other items that could possibly be responsible for damaging the fragile components on the board during transit.

Asus Blitz Extreme Accessories Asus Blitz Extreme CD & Manual

Unlike the recently reviewed Asus P5K motherboard, the Blitz Extreme comes with a whole host of goodies including a full version of the popular FPS shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R all packaged up inside the accessories box. Also included in the pack are the following items:

• Fusion Block System Accessory
• DIY Pedestal
• 2x ASUS Optional Fan
• 3 in 1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
• 1x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
• 1x Floppy disk drive cable
• 6x SATA cables
• 2x SATA power cables
• 2-port USB2.0 module
• IEEE1394a module
• EL I/O Shield
• 2x Thermal sensor cables
• Cable Ties
• User's manual
• Futuremark ® 3DMark® 06 Advanced Edition
• Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
• The hottest 3D Game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
• LCD Poster
• SupremeFX II HD sound card

Asus Blitz LCD Poster Asus Blitz Extreme Fans

Asus Blitz Extreme I/O Port Asus Blitz Extreme Connectors

Some of the more notable accessories are the items shown above. From top left to bottom right we have: the Asus LCD posted, Asus optional fans, Electroluminescent I/O shield and 3-in-1 Q-Connector's.

Starting with the LCD Poster, this device displays information on the motherboard POST sequence. If at any point the board fails to boot or gets stuck during POST, a quick glance at the LCD Poster should identify what component in your system is malfunctioning.

Moving on to the optional fans...These coolers have been included with many of Asus' Premium, Deluxe and ROG motherboards for quite some time. Designed to clip on to the finned heatsink that covers the mosfets at the top of the board, the fans pull air up through the heatsink fins and expel the hot air out the back of your PC case. They are reasonably quiet and come complete with 3-Pin connectors so that they can easily be controlled using the BIOS or Asus software.

Next up is the Electroluminescent I/O shiled. Essentially a posh word for a normal I/O shield with lights, the EL I/O Shield does have the advantage of being easy to see in the dark, so you don't end up trying to plug your mouse into an eSATA port during a late night gaming session.

Last but not least is the 3-in-1 Q-Connectors. These three small blocks are quite simply a godsend for the enthusiast who regulary disconnects their motherboard and is then faced with the frustration of trying to place the power/reset/activity LED connectors back on the motherboard header. They are also very clearly labeled - so no need to refer to the manual while setting your new motherboard up ;)

Asus Blitz Extreme Sound Card Asus Blitz Extreme Sound Card

It's great to see that Asus have decided to go for an add-in sound card on the Blitz Extreme. With so many decent after-market sound cards available, users of high-end motherboards are more than likely to already own a PCI based solution that will generally outperform any type of onboard sound.

However, in testing it has to be said that the ADI AD1988B based SupremeFX II PCIx card did offer well above average sound quality for a card of its type. Not quite on par with the likes of our Creative X-FI card, but certainly not abusive on the ears either.
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Most Recent Comments

16-08-2007, 16:42:37

they've taken there previous motherboards, and just tweaked them to make them slightly better, added a higher pricetag, and shoved it on the market, genious really

oh, and great review


16-08-2007, 16:55:54

I think ASUS fans will like this especially, for the reasons ionicle states. Though it does imply that this latest tweak will allow u to get that much more % of an oc.

Outside of this review, I`d like to see a study where some1 takes 1 set of a full pc hardware install, and install the OS on it a large number of times. Each time take the benchmarks like XMS has used, and find out how much a difference u get in terms of a % each time. It`ll be small, I`d think, but it would add proof to my thinking that one board beating another in a finite benchmark doesn`t necessarily mean anything, unless it goes over a %.

My theory being, u build a setup and install u`r OS fully and u`ll get 1 result. Next time around, wipe the drive, and re-install everything and u`r result will be off by a few %.Quote

16-08-2007, 17:31:19

No generally that's not the case actually as I have done that a couple of times for varying reasons. You get a score almost exactly identical, shown especially by the benchmarks on these three boards that are exactly the sameQuote

16-08-2007, 18:14:52

Big question:

Is it better than the IP35 Pro Quote

16-08-2007, 20:07:06

great review, I enjoyed reading it.Quote

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