Asus Blitz Extreme P35 Socket 775 Motherboard



As with all of Asus' most recent motherboards, the Blitz Extreme is based around a BIOS from Phoenix Technologies. Some enthusiasts tend to favor the Award BIOS layout over Phoenix, but it's extremely hard to find fault with the overall wealth of features available on the Blitz.

Asus Blitz Extreme BIOS Asus Blitz Extreme BIOS

The "Extreme Tweaker" section of the BIOS is where you'll find most of the overclocking related options. Settings such as CPU multiplier, FSB/NB Strap, FSB Frequency, Memory Frequency, Memory Timings and Memory Command Rate (1T/2T) can all be adjusted in the upper section of this page. The list of available choices for some of these options can be seen below:

OptionAvailable Range
CPU Multiplier
x6 upwards
FSB/NB Strap
FSB Frequency
200-800mhz (1mhz steps)
PCI-E Frequency
100-150mhz (1mhz steps)
DRAM Command Rate
1T / 2T

Asus Blitz Extreme BIOS Asus Blitz Extreme Voltages

Asus Blitz Extreme Voltages Asus Blitz Extreme Voltage

Asus Blitz Extreme Voltages Asus Blitz Extreme Voltages

Asus Blitz Extreme Voltages Asus Blitz Extreme Voltages

When it comes to voltage options on the Blitz, all I can say is "wow!". Somebody at Asus was clearly hell bent on on giving this board the most extensive range of voltage options on any motherboard in existance. For a start, the CPU voltage can be increased up to a silicon frying 1.9v in minisucule 0.00625v increments, then there's the DDR3 memory voltage which can be taken from 1.50v up to a whopping 3.04v in 0.02v steps.

Obviously a large range of these options are dangerous to the health of hardware, so Asus have gone to the trouble of placing LED's at various points on the motherboard (CPU, Northbridge, Southbridge, DRAM Slots) that change from green to orange to red depending on how much voltage you are putting through the components.

A full list of voltage options can be seen in the table below:

OptionAvailable Range
CPU Voltage
1.1v-1.9v (0.00625v steps)
FSB Termination Voltage
1.20v-1.80v (0.02v steps)
Northbridge Voltage
1.25v-2.03v (0.02v steps)
DRAM Voltage
1.50-3.04v (0.02v steps)
Southbridge Voltage
1.050v-1.225v (0.025v steps)
PLL Voltage
1.05-1.20v (0.02v steps)

Asus Blitz Extreme Profile Asus Blitz Extreme Profile

With the extensive range of options available in the BIOS the last thing you wan't to do is lose your configuration once you've found the sweet spot for your overclock. This is where the Asus O.C Profile comes in to play. Allowing you to save all of your BIOS settings to one of two available profiles in the CMOS or to an external storage device, your settings can then be restored easily at a later date.

Asus Blitz Extreme Hardware Monitor Asus Blitz Extreme Hardware Monitor

The "Hardware Monitor" section of the BIOS has also been given a re-vamp too since we last visited it on the P5K. Temperature monitoring of the Northbridge and Southbridge has been added along with a much wider range of voltage monitoring points.
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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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