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By ExtremeTech Staff, July 6, 2007

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Asus this week launched the ROG Blitz motherboard line for gamers, which includes a new feature that creates X8 lanes for graphics cards.

The new boards, which include the Extreme, Formula and Formula Special Edition boards, are all based on the Intel P35 chipset and ICH9R south bridge.

Only the Extreme and the Formula Special Edition will contain a watercooling system that will cool the north bridge and south bridge, as well as the MOSFET on the motherboard, known as the Fusion Block system. The claim, according to Asus, is that the Fusion Block will cool the board 47 percent more than other systems.

All three, however, contain a technology called CrossLinx, a proprietary technology that Asus claims will better balance graphics performance. While the boards support ATI's CrossFire technology, the CrossLinx tech takes a x4 and a x16 PCI Express graphics card slot and reconfigures them as, essentially, X8 cards, eliminating the x4 bottleneck.


Not surprisingly, the boards will support four DIMMs of DDR-3 1066 memory, with the Extreme board adding support for 1,333-MHz speeds. The boards also support up to 6 SATA drives and two PATA drives. Only the Extreme board will support external SATA drives, however -- two of them. Asus did not announce a shipping date or price for the new boards.
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Asus is one giant gimmick.
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sh-sh-shiinnnyyy

wait, no ddr2 !?!? sad times
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I could've sworn the Formula board supported DDR2. Hmm, Asus site is going so slow however that I can't check.
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Asus is one giant gimmick.
seriously, if it wasnt for their established quality i wouldnt touch ASUS boards-
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If theres one that supports ddr2 and has that crosslinx I'm good to go!
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Asus is one giant gimmick.
Even though they make the best C2D Boards for almost any price range (P5B Deluxe and Striker), the best AM2 board (the Crosshair) and they have some of the best overclocking features and performance out there, and are way easier to use than DFI...

While some of their stuff is a bit gimmicky, having built in watercooling is a definite plus for some people who don't want to bother with chipset coolers most of the time. Aside from that, assuming the board would still function without water cooling, it'd be a sweet board to have. If it needs water, though, they'll find it very very hard to sell.
    
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post #8 of 34
That Crosslinx sounds awesome. The problem with 965/P35 boards and CF was that one of the cards got an extreme bottleneck. Now we should see above-975X CF speeds.
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Even though they make the best C2D Boards for almost any price range (P5B Deluxe and Striker), the best AM2 board (the Crosshair) and they have some of the best overclocking features and performance out there, and are way easier to use than DFI...

While some of their stuff is a bit gimmicky, having built in watercooling is a definite plus for some people who don't want to bother with chipset coolers most of the time. Aside from that, assuming the board would still function without water cooling, it'd be a sweet board to have. If it needs water, though, they'll find it very very hard to sell.
The P5N32E SLI is a better board than the Striker. The Striker is, like most of Asus' high end boards, a gimmick.
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The P5N32E SLI is a better board than the Striker. The Striker is, like most of Asus' high end boards, a gimmick.
AGREED. i don't even think you earn braggin' rights with a striker.
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