Testing Methodology and System Setup
I will mainly be focused on comparing this board to one other board based on the X48 chipset. The ASUS Rampage Formula will be compared performance wise with the ASRock X48TurboTwins-WiFi, both are X48 based products. By doing so, we will insure that the Rampage Formula is up to par performance wise, with another DDR2 X48 product on the market.  
  

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A Intel Q9550 CPU was selected as the test CPU, because its based off of Intel’s latest 45nm process, and a Quad core tends to stress the power regulation of the board more than a dual core equivalent. Its also a good check for overall compatibility with Intel’s current Quad core lineup..

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Over the next several pages, we will run this board through its paces, in some synthetic and real world benchmarks.

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