ASUS launches the next motherboard in their top-end “Republic Of Gamers” series, the Commando. Does this flagship board really achieve better overclocks? What then of the other bells and whistles ASUS has thrown in? Read on to find out…


Introduction

The ASUS Commando motherboard is the 3rd in ASUS’ flagship “Republic Of Gamers” line of motherboards. The main draw of these top-end motherboards are their purported superior overclocking capabilities. For the Commando specifically, ASUS claims a jaw-dropping maximum front-side bus speed of 570Mhz, something not yet reached by the Intel P965 and 975X chipsets,

Such extreme overclocking and all the included bells and whistles no doubt command a hefty price premium – the Commando retails at
US$ 260. Is this board really deserving of the price tag, or is this just another pile of marketing bloat with nothing behind it?

Today we have the opportunity of testing the ASUS Commando Motherboard, and we will be benchmarking and overclocking what is probably one of the priciest motherboards around.

Features & Specifications

The ASUS Commando is powered by the Intel P965 Express chipset, alongside the ICH8R southbridge.

Special features (from ASUS website) include:

  • 8 phase EL-Capless power design
  • Heat Pipe
  • Extreme Tweaker
  • Supreme FX
  • DTS Connect
  • LCD Poster
  • Onboard Switch
  • Q-Connector

Below are the brief specifications of the ASUS Commando.
 












CPU

 

LGA775 Intel Core 2 Extreme / Core 2 Quad / Core 2 Duo
/ Pentium Extreme / Pentium D / Pentium 4 / Celeron D

Chipset

 

Northbridge:
82965P
MCH
Southbridge: ICH8R

FSB

 

533/800/1066Mhz

Form
Factor

 
305mm x 245mm, ATX Form Factor

Bus
Speeds

 

100 – 650MHz

Memory

 

4 x DDR2 DIMM,
Dual Channel
Dual-Channel DDR2-800/667/533, non ECC
Support Up to 8GB


Multiplier

 

> 6x


Voltages

 

VCore up to
1.85V
VDIMM up to 3.375V
VMCH up to 2.025V
VICH up to 1.225V
VFSBT up to 1.55V


Expansion Slots

 

2 x PCI-E
x16 (@ x16 and x4 mode)
4 x PCI 2.2

Onboard
IDE/SCSI

 

6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 for up to 2 PATA devices

Other Features

 

Dual Gigabit LAN controllers (Marvell® PCI-E and PCI
Gigabit LAN controllers)
SupremeFX Audio card featuring ADI® 1988B Codec
2 x IEEE 1394a ports
10 x USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 4 ports at back panel)

 

For complete specifications visit ASUS’ Commando product page.