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This thread is about the Asus Rampage Formula motherboard. I decided to start one since I couldn't find a thread for this motherboard yet. I know that it is very similar (save for heatsinks and the BIOS it ships with) to the Asus P5E Deluxe.

Asus doesn't have any information easily accessible on their website for this board. So I had to defer to Newegg for the specs.

ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA
CPU Socket Type LGA 775
FSB 1600/1333MHz
Chipsets
North Bridge Intel X48
South Bridge Intel ICH9R
Memory
4×240pin DDR2 1200(OC)/1066/800
Maximum Memory Supported 8GB Dual Channel
Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16 2
PCI Express x1 2
PCI Slots 2
Storage Devices
PATA 1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s 6
Onboard Audio
Audio Channels 8 Channels
SupremeFX II: Listen with Absolute HD
Onboard LAN
Max LAN Speed Dual 10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2 1
USB 6 x USB 2.0
IEEE 1394 1 x IEEE 1394a
S/PDIF Out 1x Optical, 1x Coaxial
Audio Ports 6 Ports
Onboard USB 6 x USB 2.0
Form Factor ATX
Windows Vista Certified for Windows Vista
Power Pin 24 Pin
Features Pin Fin Thermal Module: Perfect Heat-exchange Surface
CPU Level Up: A simple click for instant upgrade!
SupremeFX II: Listen with Absolute HD
ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit)
Extreme Tweaker
ASUS AI Gear 3
AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
Voltiminder LED
ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Package Contents
Driver Disk
User Manual
Rear I/O Panel Shield
IDE/PATA Cable
FDD Cable
SATA Cable
4-pin to SATA Power Cable
Game Disk
USB & IEEE 1394 Bracket
Optional Fan
ASUS Q-Connector Kit
Display Panel
SupremeFX II

Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 3 years limited
Labor 3 years limited

REVIEWS
Hardware Canucks
Anandtech
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Edited by RPIJG - 7/7/08 at 11:44am
    
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man I wish I had got one of these boards rather than the p5k3 that I got

that will teach me to research more dooh!
    
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I spent a good deal of time looking around, I have the P5K Deluxe right now, but I really want the x16/x16 PCIe 2.0 slots for 4870 CF and future 4870x2 CF. This meant that the P45 boards weren't going to work. I think after looking over the DFI boards they are probably better overclockers, BUT only if you have a masters degree in BIOS interpretation. This has good reviews for being full-featured and a pretty good overclocker. The whole DDR2 thing is just frosting for me since I'm not looking to let go of my HZ's and their 1200MHz at CAS 5
    
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when you say you have a pk5 delx ( rampage formula )
what does that mean ?
have you used a bios from a different Board ??

thanx
    
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Originally Posted by RPIJG View Post
I spent a good deal of time looking around, I have the P5K Deluxe right now, but I really want the x16/x16 PCIe 2.0 slots for 4870 CF and future 4870x2 CF. This meant that the P45 boards weren't going to work. I think after looking over the DFI boards they are probably better overclockers, BUT only if you have a masters degree in BIOS interpretation. This has good reviews for being full-featured and a pretty good overclocker. The whole DDR2 thing is just frosting for me since I'm not looking to let go of my HZ's and their 1200MHz at CAS 5
Don't sell this board short when comparing tot he DFI X48 boards. There appears to be some trouble getting high FSB with them right now. I am sure a bios update will solve many of the issues but so far this Asus Rampage Formula is an excellent board. I had mine to 575FSB with an E8400. I am sure it would go higher but I didn't want to pump any more voltage to the board as 575FSB is all I need.
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when you say you have a pk5 delx ( rampage formula )
what does that mean ?
have you used a bios from a different Board ??

thanx
I have a P5K Deluxe right now. It's a P35 chipset.

Monday, my Rampage Formula will be in.

Two different boards.

Sorry to be so confusing.
    
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could you spin over to this thread and tell me if you have had any of these bios problems ??
http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...k3-boards.html
thanks
    
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Excellent, mine just came in the post today

I'll be replacing the stock goop with AS5 so I could probably take some photo's of how to remove the heatsinks..etc.
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could you spin over to this thread and tell me if you have had any of these bios problems ??
http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...k3-boards.html
thanks
I haven't had any of those problems, it must be specific to the P5K3 BIOS. I can drop my multi all the way down to 6 with no issues.
    
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Excellent, mine just came in the post today

I'll be replacing the stock goop with AS5 so I could probably take some photo's of how to remove the heatsinks..etc.
That would be awesome! I'll add it to the first post when you put it up.
    
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