While the results from the three Intel motherboards were close, the ASUS Blitz Extreme had possessed a slight performance advantage in a number of the Linux benchmarks when using Fedora 7 with the Linux 126.96.36.199 kernel. The performance should also get better as the Intel P35 Linux support matures. The ASUS Blitz Extreme had also worked out very well in all of our Linux tests but Sun's Check Tool 1.2 for Solaris hadn't functioned. Aside from that, the ASUS Blitz Extreme motherboard is very well designed and is one of the most feature-packed motherboards we have seen to date. From the Fusion Block System to a CMOS reset switch on the rear of the motherboard, it's very evident ASUS engineers had invested a lot of time in designing this Republic of Gamers product. This was also a very easy motherboard to overclock. For being a state of the art motherboard, the P35-backed Blitz Extreme is an excellent candidate for Linux enthusiasts or gamers looking for the best and willing to pay a premium. Right now the ASUS Blitz Extreme is selling for over $300 USD, which may be hard to justify but if you're looking for a DDR3 motherboard that is compatible with Intel's 45nm processors, the Blitz Extreme is a great contender that's Linux compatible.
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