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X48 Roundup: ASUS, ECS & Intel
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by Rob Williams on July 7, 2008 in Intel Motherboards

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.

Intel DX48BT2 BIOS

Out of all the BIOS’ out there, Intel’s is definitely the cleanest-looking. The first page delivers all of the relevant CPU and memory information, while the other tabs will handle everything else. I have never particularly enjoyed the BIOS’ that Intel uses on their boards, but they work and are kept simple.

Where overclocking is concerned, the DX48BT2 offers all of the usual options we’ve come to expect from X48, including voltage control for both the north and Southbridge. The entire process is a little clunkier than some other boards (like ASUS, for example), but I have no real complaints.

Below are the remainder of the screens from the BIOS:

With a look at all three of our boards done, we can now push right into our testing results. First, we’ll explore our testing methodology, which we recommend reading if you haven’t before.


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