“Although Intel’s processors and chipsets have long been embraced by PC enthusiasts, the company’s motherboards have largely been ignored. Years ago, it was easy to see why. Intel motherboards didn’t come with the tweaking and overclocking options that we crave, and that was understandable, since we never really expected Intel to endorse overclocking. However, times have changed, and so has Intel’s tune. The firm now has several products targeted specifically at enthusiasts, including the new DX48BT2 “Bonetrail 2” motherboard that comes loaded with many of the features we’d expect from a modern, high-end mobo.
Based on Intel’s flagship X48 Express chipset, Bonetrail’s second coming faces stiff competition from Taiwanese mobo makers with far more street cred in the enthusiast space—credibility that, for the likes of Asus, is well deserved. Asus one of the biggest players in the motherboard market, and it’s been catering to enthusiasts for as long as I can remember. Asus has embraced the X48 Express, as well, most recently with its Rampage Formula motherboard.
The Rampage Formula and DX48BT2 effectively target the same market, albeit with one DDR2 memory and the other with DDR3. For once, however, Intel is the underdog. Read on to see if the processor giant can beat Asus at its own game.”
Here are some more Motherboard articles from around the web:
- Are Intel chipsets really capable of running DirectX 10 games? @ Hardware Secrets
- X48 Shootout – ASUS Vs. Gigabyte @ Boot Daily
- Abit AX78 Motherboard @ CPU3D
- DFI X48 LT T2R: Floats like a Butterfly … @ AnandTech
- ASUS Striker II Extreme Motherboard Review @ HardwareLogic
- XFX Nvidia nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboard @ Bit-tech
- EVGA nForce 750i SLI FTW @ Gamepyre
Apples to slightly different apples
Source: The Tech Report
The Asus Rampage Formula and Intel DX48BT2 are up for review at The Tech Report. Both are x48 chipset based, with the Rampage Formula using DDR2 and the Intel using the newer DDR3, offering a chance to compare the performance of RAM on similar chipsets. You can also compare the strengths and flaws in two very different implementations of the same chipset.