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ASUS Maximus Formula Special Edition motherboard review
On the day that Intel's X38 chipset launched officially, we took a look at ASUS' flagship part based upon it, the P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n. This motherboard had it all - Three PCI Express 16x slots, a thin Linux client allowing for quick and easy Internet and Skype access, on-board 802.11n networking capabilities, and the ability to do your laundry and take you out to dinner. Okay, so I lied about the last two points, but the P5E3 Deluxe was still one hugely feature-rich piece of hardware.
But, of course, oodles of functionality always comes at a price - Around £200 in this case. Couple that with the huge cost of DDR3 memory modules, as required of that part, and you have yourself a hefty upgrade bill to contend with. Thankfully, ASUS knows that even enthusiasts have limits to how much they can spend, and the result of this is the Maximus Formula.
The Maximus Formula Special Edition is another Intel X38-based motherboard, which comes as part of ASUS' 'Republic of Gamers' series, and thus focuses on the needs of gaming enthusiasts, cutting out features that would be unnecessary for such users to focus on performance and the hardware requirements of this sub-set of computer enthusiasts. Amongst other things, this means dropping the requirement for DDR3 memory modules, choosing instead to offer the Maximus Formula with DDR2 support which will doubtless bring a sigh of relief from many considering the current cost and performance metrics of the two technologies.
So, aside from the ability to use cheaper DDR2 memory, just what does the Maximus Formula offer? That's exactly what we're here to find out today.