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ASUS Maximus III Formula (P55 Express) Motherboard - Test System Setup and Comments

ASUS' ROG line of motherboards continues to grow. Now adding Lynnfield to this makeup, the Maximus III Formula shows us what it can do.

| Socket LGA 1156 in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 30, 2009 3:02 am
TweakTown Rating: 89%      Manufacturer: ASUS

Test System

 

Processor: Intel Core i7 870
Memory: 2GB Kingston KHX12800D3T1K3/3GX (Supplied by Kingston)
Hard Disk: Intel X25-M 80GB SSD (Supplied by Intel)
Graphics Card: GIGABYTE GTX285 1GB (Supplied by GIGABYTE)
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212 (with an extra fan) (Supplied by Cooler Master)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Drivers: Intel INF 9.1.0.1007, ForceWare 190.38

 


The ASUS Maximus III Formula was flawless to set up; plug and play. We noticed no stability or compatibility issues with our test hardware. The only annoying thing is that we tested not knowing how to disable Speedstep successfully for our overclocking tests. It would kick in every now and then when the CPU wasn't fully loaded, which would likely have affected the tests.

 

Post our testing of this board, we have since learned that in order to be able to disable Speedstep on this board, Turbo mode also needs to be disabled.

 

With that said, keep in mind that all of our overclocking tests were ran with Speedstep enabled.

 

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