What do you all think about this motherboard ?? Asus rampage Formula...

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  1. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

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    I am really liking this motherboard and want it more everyday - The specs are as follows:

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    I know it doesn't have ddr3 mem, but with a dual one gig video card crossfired and four gig of ram with a quad core processor, not to mention that board is an overclock dream; do you really think that ddr3 will be needed? Unless you get hassled by some 14 year old kid who thinks he is L33T lol

    I will point out that i been looking at this and the Asus Striker II Extreme. I like the Striker II, but am not willing to run liquid cooled ...

    Price is: $269.00 from the egg.

    More info can be found here:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131284

    and here:

    http://rog.asus.com/product/product_rampage_formula_overview.aspx
     
  2. American Zombie

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    Seems it does not have any eSATA connectors or headers which can be useful.
     
  3. Johnny

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    That is something else that it doesn't have, AZ, Which is why I am not sure if I will get this exact one or not. I been looking at a couple of them.

    The Nforce 790i boards looks really nice. Expecially the xfx and evga boards. Then the Asus Striker II Extreme is really nice.
     
  4. rotjong

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    I have the Rampage Formula. I very much like it and getting my Corsair DDR2 1066 memory running at full speed was cake.

    No, there are no eSATA connectors on the motherboard. I purchased a Bytecc SATA/eSATA/IDE (BT-PESAPA) PCI-e card for that.

    I had some issues with running my SATA drives in RAID when using IDE ODDs via the onboard IDE controller. There were IRQ conflicts and I had issues with my videocard. I disabled the onboard IDE controller and the issue vanished. I moved the IDE ODDs to the Bytecc card and the issue went away.

    The board has been extremely solid and I am very happy with it. I do not overclock my CPU so I can't get into that aspect of the board but I do have a friend that succeeded in some very easy and substantial overclocking with little effort.

    If you do go with the board I would immediately recommend not using the ASUS SupremeFX II sound that comes with it along with the SoundMax drivers. Even the lowest level X-Fi XtremeAudio card sounds better, IMHO.
     
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  5. LordOfLA

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    That board is going to replace my evga 680i as soon as I have spare funds. That or the top end DFI X48.
     
  6. Johnny

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    Thanx alot of the info, rotjong. It was very useful and you made my decision much easier .. :)

    Thing I never thought of was a esata card. I like the idea ....

    Lord, it does look like a sweet board .. There are a lot of people who like it ...
     
  7. LeeJend

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    Call me silly but don't you need an ATI chipset to run Crossfired Video cards? The chipset is Intel.
     
  8. Johnny

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    This is an intel board with ati crossfire support. Which is one of the reasons I am looking at it :)
     
  9. LordOfLA

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    Intel boards support crossfire. The X58 will support SLI as well. As will Skulltrail.