Asus Blitz Formula S775 P35 Motherboard OC Review

Motherboards/Intel S775 by thorgal @ 2007-11-07

After the first load of more basic P35-based motherboards, Asus decided to launch a new, more extensive design around Intel´s P35 chipset. Enter the Asus Blitz series, geared towards the enthusiast end-user. Today we test the Blitz Formula board, with support for affordable DDR2 memory. Does the board blitz everything else into oblivion? Read on to find out...

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The board and its specifications

The board

The layout of the board is classical: with the CPU socket pressed to (upper) the side of the board, to gain as much space for the expansion slots as possible. The board boasts double PCIe x16 slots, double x1 slots, and two classic PCI slots. On top of that you can see the black connector which serves for the Supreme FX audio add-in card. The board's power connections are similar to most other contemporary boards, featuring 24+8 pin connectors. I don't have any real remarks on the general lineup, unless maybe on the strange placement of the cmos battery, which is located in the dead center of the board. If you ever have to replace it, you'll probably have to reinstall, but this doesn't happen but once in a few years.

Madshrimps (c)

This is how Asus positions its "Blitz" motherboards: part of the "Republic of Gamers" lineup :

The Republic of Gamers consists only the best of the best. We offer the best hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and we welcome the best gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. We believe in making statements and we excel in competitions. If your character matches our trait, then join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers.


  • LGA775 socket for Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Duo / Pentium® Extreme / Pentium® D / Pentium® 4 / Celeron® D Processors
  • Support Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-Core CPU
  • Compatible with Intel® 06/05B/05A processors

  • Intel® P35/ICH9R with Intel® Fast Memory Access Technology
  • Front Side Bus 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz

  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • 4 x DIMM, support max. 8GB, DDR2-1066*/800/667 MHz, non-ECC and un-buffered memory

    Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x16 slot, support dual graphics solution
  • 3 x PCIe x1 ( the PCIEx1_1 (black) is compatible with audio slot)
  • 2 x PCI 2.2
  • CrossFire : support ATI CrossFire™ graphics cards (both at x8 mode)

  • ICH9R Southbridge:
    - 6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
    - Intel Matrix Storage Technology supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10.
  • JMicron® JMB368 PATA controller:
    - 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33 for up to 2 PATA devices

    LAN : Dual Gigabit LAN controllers, both featuring AI NET2

    High Definition Audio
  • SupremeFX II Audio Card:
    - ADI 1988B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    - Noise Filter
  • Coaxial, Optical S/PDIF out at back I/O

    IEEE 1394a : 2 x 1394a ports(1 port at back I/O, 1 port onboard)

    USB : max. 12 USB 2.0 ports(6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

    Overclocking Features
  • Fusion Block System
  • Crosslinx Technology
  • Extreme Tweaker
  • 2-Phase DDR2
  • Loadline Calibration
  • Intelligent overclocking tools:
    - CPU Level Up
    - AI NOS™ (Non-delay Overclocking System)
    - AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
    - ASUS AI Booster Utility
    - O.C Profile
  • Overclocking Protection:
    - COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
    - Voltiminder LED
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

    Special Features
  • LCD Poster
  • Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Cls CMOS (at rear)
  • ASUS Q-Connector
  • ASUS Q-Fan 2
  • ASUS EZ Flash 2
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • ASUS MyLogo3

    Back Panel I/O Ports
    1 x PS/2 Keyboard port(purple)
    1 x PS/2 Mouse port(green)
    1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output
    2 x LAN (RJ45) port
    6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    1 x IEEE1394a port
    1 x Clr CMOS switch

    Internal I/O Connectors
    3 x USB 2.0 connectors supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
    1 x Floppy disk drive connector
    1 x IDE connector for two devices
    6 x SATA connectors
    8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional
    2 x thermal sensor connectors
    1 x IEEE1394a connector
    1 x S/PDIF output connector
    1 x Chassis Intrusion connector
    24-pin ATX Power connector
    8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
    1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS
    System panel connector

    BIOS : 16Mb AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS

  • WOL by PME, WOR by PME, Chasis Intrusion, PXE
  • O/S Compatibility : Window XP / Vista

  • Fusion Block System Accessory
  • LCD Poster
  • DIY Pedestal
  • ASUS Optional Fan
  • SupremeFX II Audio Card
  • 3 in 1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
  • UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
  • Floppy disk drive cable
  • SATA cables
  • SATA power cables
  • 2-port USB2.0 + IEEE 1394a module
  • I/O Shield
  • Cable Ties
  • User's manual
  • Software
  • 3D Game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
  • Support DVD:
    - Drivers and applications
    - ASUS PC Probe II
    - ASUS Update
    - ASUS AI Suite
    - Futuremark ® 3DMark® 06 Advanced Edition
    - Kaspersky® Anti-Virus

    Form Factor : ATX Form Factor, 12"x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.5cm)

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