Intel’s X48 has long been considered the older sibling to X38 and is continually referred to as a higher 'binned' X38 chipset offering nothing new that we haven't seen before. This is partially true, however, X38 appears to have been conceived with at least one different set of genes. Despite the similarity, there are noticeable differences that set the X48 chipset apart as a refined performance monster.
The Rampage name carries a rather short but exciting heritage. If we recall the Maximus Formula motherboard released in the 4th quarter of last year, part of this name has been carried over. The "Formula" portion represented the fact that the motherboard utilizes DDR2 memory and this holds true in the Rampage Formula. The name Rampage replaces Maximus representing the change to the Intel X48 chipset.
We apologize in advance for the 32 foot long specifications page but it saves you a trip to the incredibly un-reliable Asus web site and Asus is certainly not scared of providing every specification possible, which is never a bad thing. Don't worry, we will discuss some of the features in more detail in just a moment.