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...Really the ASUS Rampage Formula is little more than a Maximus Formula (which we loved) with an X48 north bridge instead of the X38 chipset. So the hardware is virtually identical however ASUS has made some BIOS tweaks this time around. What does this do for you the end user? Not much I'm afraid. I'm afraid the X48 is nothing more than a speed binned X38 chipset. It officially supports FSB speeds up to 1600MHz for Intel’s Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor, which Intel committed to releasing in Q1’08. 20 days and counting! However as we've already seen the X38 can easily reach the speeds officially supported by the X48 chipset. So really, aside from X48 having Intel’s blessing at 1600MHz FSB we aren't much new here.
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Over clocking
As with all the recent Republic of Gamers motherboards I’ve reviewed overclocking the Rampage Formula was a breeze. Using my faithful and ever true (also very punished) Core 2 E6300 I was able to use the “Overclock by CPU Level Up” feature. I was able to set the E6300 to perform as an E6850 or X6800 without issue. I was also able to manually set my memory speeds to DDR2 1135MHz while this feature was used and get rock solid performance. I spent two days out of town on business when I first got this board and left this thing running unattended and for 48 hours it ran without a hitch. You simply cannot expect more than that.

As for conventional overclocking it was a snap. The board is very OC-friendly and I simply can’t recommend it enough. Even overclocking with a 4x1GB DDR 2 configurations over 1066MHz speeds didn’t prove to be the impossible task it has been on some other motherboards. In fact I reached a maximum stable speed of 1135MHz with 4 modules installed.
My favorite snippet (discussing teh evil AsusUpdate):
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ASUS online BIOS support inside of Windows is hideous at best.
Our thoughts are they should not even offer this software feature on their motherboards till they fix their broken web infrastructure.
Rep+ to [H]Enthusiast for that.
Cheers


We should be seeing them soon!
(As**s supposedly demanded that Intel push the release date back -because they needed to get rid of "old X38 stock")

The Egg is finally Out of Stock for The Maximus Formula!
-Although I bet they have a Cr*pload of OpenBox from peeps that didn't know their way round the BIOS.
(They don't set properly and get cpuinit and/or detram on the lcd poster ---> instant RMA
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80G SSD; 150GB VR; F3 1TB; 2x500GB F3s RAID0 LG BluRay/Sammy 22x Multi W7U64 HP lp2475w (H-IPS) 
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G11 CM SPG 1200w CoolModded CM690 G7 
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