With so much X48 selection on the market, choosing the right board can be tough. To help make the choice easier, we are taking a look at three such boards all at once, ASUS’ DDR2 Rampage Formula and also the DDR3 ECS X48T-A and Intel’s DX48BT2.
As I’ve mentioned in previous ASUS motherboard reviews, the BIOS’ that they put together tend to be well-designed and easy to follow. In all of the various ASUS motherboards I’ve used in the past, I’ve found theirs to be the easiest BIOS’ to work with, by far. Add the fact that overclocking your system too high will not result in a broken board, working with the BIOS is almost… enjoyable.
One of the reasons ASUS have made a name for themselves with enthusiasts is thanks to the insane overclocking-abilities of their boards. They not only offer truly asinine voltage levels, but offer plenty of options as well. Since the chipset used is designed with the enthusiast in mind, we can only expect amazing things from our overclocking reports.
Below are three shots from the tweaking section of the board, offering many more options than most people will ever even think of touching… a good thing.
Here are the remainder of the various BIOS screens, all non-overclocking-related:
With that out of the way, let’s jump right into our look at ECS’ X48T-A.