Asus Blitz Extreme P35 Socket 775 Motherboard
Published: 16th August 2007 | Source: Asus | Price: |
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.
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.
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
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 ;)
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.