ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Crossblade Ranger

ROG on FM2+

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Crossblade Ranger  

ASUS ROG Crossblade Ranger, a Performance FM2+ Motherboard?

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Crossblade Ranger, the first AMD FM2+ motherboard to carry the revered ROG brand and packed with exclusive ROG technologies and game-boosting features for an AMD-based gaming powerhouse that’s beyond compare.

Crossblade Ranger’s core benefits deliver the best gaming networking, with Intel Gigabit Ethernet, GameFirst III and LANGuard, the best gaming audio from SupremeFX 2014, the best gaming interface with KeyBot and the best gaming performance with exclusive Auto Tuning technology to unleash the true power of AMD accelerated-processing units (APUs).

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Crossblade Ranger  ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Crossblade Ranger  

Best gaming networking

 

Crossblade Ranger is fitted with state-of-the-art Intel Gigabit Ethernet that delivers better throughput with lower processing power for superior speed and increased efficiency.

The new motherboard’s networking capabilities additionally benefit from ROG-exclusive GameFirst III technology for no-delay gameplay. This advanced network-optimization software assigns top priority to game-data packets, allocating them more bandwidth to ensure the best online-gaming experience and clear, stutter-free online team-chat — all controlled with ROG’s usual intuitive flair.

ROG has even reinvented the RJ45 socket, with LANGuard technology. Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors improve throughput, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) protect against lightning strikes and static-electricity discharges.

 ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Crossblade Ranger  ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Crossblade Ranger  

Best gaming audio

 

Flawless audio is essential for immersive gaming, so Crossblade Ranger is engineered with SupremeFX 2014. Cutting-edge isolation technologies minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI), while premium ELNA audio capacitors and eight-channel gold-plated audio outputs provide precision-engineered audio that’s as great as a dedicated soundcard.

SupremeFX 2014 also features exclusive Sonic SenseAmp and Sonic SoundStage technologies. Sonic SenseAmp automatically detects analog-audio front-panel (AAFP) headphone impedance and adjusts the built-in amp accordingly, while Sonic SoundStage applies the best audio settings for popular game genres — just one click is all it takes to generate the perfect sound for first-person shooter (FPS), racing, combat and sports games.

Crossblade Ranger’s gaming-audio credentials include Sonic Radar II technology. Designed for first-person shooters (FPS), Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to. Players see the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs, enabling them to hone enemy-pinpointing skills. Exclusive audio enhancement further improves in-game sound for superb hearing awareness, and the all-new Sonic Radar II includes a redesigned control panel with customizable game list.

 

Best gaming interface

 

Crossblade Ranger includes KeyBot, a clever tool that lets users instantly ‘upgrade’ an existing keyboard simply by attaching it to the dedicated USB socket.

Once connected, the KeyBot microprocessor is activated and the user is able to use their current keyboard to control multimedia playback, launch favorite applications or assign macros to specific keys — just perfect for automating complicated in-game key sequences.

 ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Crossblade Ranger  ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Crossblade Ranger  

Best gaming performance

 

ROG’s Auto Tuning technology enables Crossblade Ranger to unleash the true power of AMD APUs with just few clicks. Enabled by the TurboV Processing Unit (TPU), Auto Tuning adjusts the CPU frequencies and ratios to offer precise voltage control and advanced CPU-performance monitoring, efficiently enhancing system performance with the most stable overclocking profile — so gamers enjoy superb stability and high speeds while playing.

Crossblade Ranger is also compatible with ROG’s brilliant Front Base dual-bay gaming panel. When added to Crossblade Ranger, Front Base enables one-click performance boosting and real-time system monitoring to make gaming experiences even more enjoyable.

Crossblade Ranger even comes with a ROG mouse mat completely free of charge, a nice addition for those big ROG Fans out there. Pricing at present is unknown, but given this is FM2+ and a Ranger Branded board I wouldn't expect it to be too high.

ASUS say the board is due in stores "any day now!".

Join the discussion on ASUS' FM2+ Crossblade Ranger on the OC3D Forums.

 

 

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07-08-2014, 11:49:23

WYP
ROG's first AMD FM2+ motherboard is equipped with core game-boosting features including Intel Gigabit Ethernet, GameFirst III, LANGuard and many more.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...113812960l.jpg

Read more about the ROG FM2+ Crossblade Ranger here

I know I have reported on this earlier in the year guys, but full specs are now here etc. The 2666MHz ram speeds could be interesting, would be great to see numbers on this, but I'm doubtful many will try it.Quote

07-08-2014, 12:41:11

Wraith
What what what.... eye eye fishy pie! Asus?, ROG?, Motherboard?, FM2+?... has the world gone mad, have I just awoken from a very deep sleep. I'm at a loss for words really, I never thought I'd see team red get some ROG attention, I need to see numbers now and settings and maybe some booby.Quote

07-08-2014, 12:45:53

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
What what what.... eye eye fishy pie! Asus?, ROG?, Motherboard?, FM2+?... has the world gone mad, have I just awoken from a very deep sleep. I'm at a loss for words really, I never thought I'd see team red get some ROG attention, I need to see numbers now and settings and maybe some booby.
Asus wants the moneys Quote

07-08-2014, 12:54:27

Feronix
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Originally Posted by MaddenShadow View Post
Asus wants the moneys
I read 'monkeys' at first.
Asus wants the monkeys.

Anyway, I don't really see the point in expensive FM2 gaming boards tbh. In my opinion, there are two reasons for going FM2:
- You are on a tight budget and want a gaming rig, so you pick up an Athlon (like the 750/760k). You then pair it up with a low-end to mid-range GPU.
- You want an APU build, which are usually used for HTPCs but also as very, very low budget 'gaming' machines, with the option of adding a very low-end GPU in later for CrossfireX.

In the first case, if you're on a tight budget, why would you spend more on a motherboard than on the CPU? And with a CPU like that you really don't want to be running any type of SLI/CrossfireX set up either. You'd be better off putting that money towards an 8320/i5 with low-end board or put it towards a better GPU.

In case of the second scenario; ATX boards aren't exactly great for HTPC builds. An APU + dedicated GPU is still weak for serious gaming and there is no reason at all to buy an APU when you're getting a proper video card anyway.

Can anyone please enlighten me with a scenario in which the purchase of an FM2 gaming board would be a good idea (serious question)?Quote

07-08-2014, 12:55:42

MadShadow
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
I read 'monkeys' at first.
Asus wants the monkeys.
Im cool with that. It'd probably be good advertisment.Quote

07-08-2014, 13:25:15

RamboOC
FM2+ and republic of gamers expensive motherboard dont go well togeatherQuote

07-08-2014, 13:26:59

Thelosouvlakia
Everyone read monkeys apparently (me too :P)
A friend pointed out the naming sceme that goes on AMD sockets
AM3+ CROSShair
FM2+ CROSSblade
If ASUS was to make a cinematic about AMD products they would name it "The CROSSing"

Anyway, let's see if this motherboard can achieve some gobsmacking OC on that new Athlon CPU that's coming out soonQuote

08-08-2014, 07:48:21

RizeAllard
I think FM2+ ROG motherboard is just an answer to Gigabyte's G1 Sniper A88X and MSI's Gaming A88 boards. They want to have a copetitor in this segment too...

I think these boards are really good for those who just want to play online games. These are supplied with better integrated audio, and enhanced networking sollutions like Killer 2100 or 2200 controllers.

For those who want to build a graphics monster gamingrig they will go on 1050 or 2011 boards or maybe AM3+.Quote

08-08-2014, 07:51:34

SeekaX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Can anyone please enlighten me with a scenario in which the purchase of an FM2 gaming board would be a good idea (serious question)?
So little kids can feel like they have sick rigs. IT SAYS GAMING M8, IT MUST BE THE BEST. I LOVE MINECRAFT WHOOOOOOOO.Quote

08-08-2014, 07:57:02

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Can anyone please enlighten me with a scenario in which the purchase of an FM2 gaming board would be a good idea (serious question)?
Budget users who want to have a high class looking product. I can see people buying this and overclocking the balls of a Athlon 860K. Looks just as great as a higher end ROG with a 4790K, at a fraction of the cost.

Not everybody can afford a i5 K-series processor or higher.Quote

08-08-2014, 08:06:04

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
Budget users who want to have a high class looking product. I can see people buying this and overclocking the balls of a Athlon 860K. Looks just as great as a higher end ROG with a 4790K, at a fraction of the cost.

Not everybody can afford a i5 K-series processor or higher.
I understand, but here's the thing;

The Gigabyte and MSI FM2 Gaming boards have an average price tag of €100, plus the cost of the 760k, that would be €170 total.

For that price, you can literally buy:
An FX 8320 (€120) + MSI 760GA-P43 (€50).

Or for a mere €10 more:
And i5 4440 (€150) + any of the cheap Asrock/MSI boards that cost around €30-35. Granted you won't have the gaming gimmicks but you do get a lot more performance.


Guess some people prefer looks/bragging rights over performance, even in the budget segment?Quote

08-08-2014, 08:11:35

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
I understand, but here's the thing;

The Gigabyte and MSI FM2 Gaming boards have an average price tag of €100, plus the cost of the 760k, that would be €170 total.

For that price, you can literally buy:
An FX 8320 (€120) + MSI 760GA-P43 (€50).

Or for a mere €10 more:
And i5 4440 (€150) + any of the cheap Asrock/MSI boards that cost around €30-35. Granted you won't have the gaming gimmicks but you do get a lot more performance.


Guess some people prefer looks/bragging rights over performance, even in the budget segment?
See the problem is that both your solutions can't really overclock, and the MSI 760GA is ancient, does that chipset even have SATA 3?

Budget minded overclocker who likes his rig to look higher end.Quote

08-08-2014, 08:13:37

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
See the problem is that both your solutions can't really overclock, and the MSI 760GA is ancient, does that chipset even have SATA 3?

Budget minded overclocker who likes his rig to look higher end.
Hehe tbf, I don't know too much about the AMD platform so I just picked a random €50 board. Plenty other options to choose from though.

Seems like that's a very small market though? But apparently big enough for Asus, Gigabyte and MSI to release boards for these users.Quote

08-08-2014, 08:19:27

Wraith
I don't see what everyones problem is, Yeah it's an FM2+ ROG board, you stick a 6800K or 7850K in also add in a 750Ti, 770 or 280x or 290 and you have a pretty good solid start for a gaming rig.. Who said APU's weren't for gaming anyway? I like this board for it's Audio chipset and quality Ethernet. I think people pulling this down are being a touch defeatist, and maybe just a smidge Intel elitist "Explore the possibilities"Quote

08-08-2014, 08:20:21

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Hehe tbf, I don't know too much about the AMD platform so I just picked a random €50 board. Plenty other options to choose from though.

Seems like that's a very small market though? But apparently big enough for Asus, Gigabyte and MSI to release boards for these users.
Yeah TBH is I was even making a rig with a Athlon 860K, when it is released, I would probably go for the cheapest X88 chipset board with a decent looking VRM cooler on it.

I wish the site could get some testing done on the Athlon-K or ony overclocked Quad core APU with a Dedicated GPU to see how well they can do in gaming!

http://www.aria.co.uk/dynres/Z2FsbGV...0zLmpwZw==.jpg

This Gigabyte one at £56 seems decent enough

Edit, Wraithguard is write, there is also the good audio and Ethernet to think about too.Quote

08-08-2014, 08:41:35

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
I don't see what everyones problem is, Yeah it's an FM2+ ROG board, you stick a 6800K or 7850K in also add in a 750Ti, 770 or 280x or 290 and you have a pretty good solid start for a gaming rig.. Who said APU's weren't for gaming anyway? I like this board for it's Audio chipset and quality Ethernet. I think people pulling this down are being a touch defeatist, and maybe just a smidge Intel elitist "Explore the possibilities"
Yes, but if you're already getting a 750 Ti anyway, why not just go with the cheaper Athlon CPU, which is essentially the same as the APU, but without the graphics bit. I'd reckon this is an important factor, especially within the budget segment. Why pay for a semi-decent graphics chip in a processor if you're not going to use it at all?

You're right about the audio and ethernet thing. Well, for me personally the ethernet wouldn't matter at all as long you're using a decent cable but I guess the audio part pulls some sales. If you really wanted good on-board audio though, you could easily buy a DGX for the easy €25 that you can save by not buying a gaming board.

I'm not saying that FM2 gaming boards are a bad purchase, I'm just pointing out that there are many different configurations that might be a better option when you're looking for something specific such as the audio, raw CPU power or actual gaming performance. They definitely offer a complete package, but imo it's just that this package is overkill for the hardware that it was designed for.

I'm not being elitist at all tbh. No idea why you'd say that. I love to use the FM2 and Ahtlon combinations in client budget builds and show them what awesome gaming performance they can get from a €350 PC and I even recommended another option that was also on an AMD platform, but much quicker (albeit without overclocking).


Quote:
Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
Yeah TBH is I was even making a rig with a Athlon 860K, when it is released, I would probably go for the cheapest X88 chipset board with a decent looking VRM cooler on it.

I wish the site could get some testing done on the Athlon-K or ony overclocked Quad core APU with a Dedicated GPU to see how well they can do in gaming!

This MSI one at £56 seems decent enough

Edit, Wraithguard is write, there is also the good audio and Ethernet to think about too.
Austin has a video on the 750k vs the 4670k with different segment video cards (sorry Tom, but you have no similar content so I'll just post his video if you don't mind).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIT9uLDjZcg

That link goes to a Gigabyte board btw Quote

08-08-2014, 08:52:15

Wraith
Don't get me wrong I was just a little vex'd at some of the comments, it's like saying "you can't have these running shoes, you're not Usain Bolt".
I game a lot and my system only has a FX-4100 and a Budget motherboard but it doesn't stop me. Ok the 750Ti was a bit low but my statement still stands, you put a mid to high end card in the mix and you have a decent quality gaming system that is still under the budget of a equal performing Intel machine.Quote

08-08-2014, 09:00:55

SeekaX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Don't get me wrong I was just a little vex'd at some of the comments, it's like saying "you can't have these running shoes, you're not Usain Bolt".
I game a lot and my system only has a FX-4100 and a Budget motherboard but it doesn't stop me. Ok the 750Ti was a bit low but my statement still stands, you put a mid to high end card in the mix and you have a decent quality gaming system that is still under the budget of a equal performing Intel machine.
Mate, the FX4100 was the worst piece of i've ever used in a rig. It can't even keep up with an i3. The 750ti is a far better product than the FX4100.
An FX4100 + GTX770 performs no better than an FX-4100 + HD6870.Quote

08-08-2014, 09:05:17

barnsley
This is going to be good for OCing the balls off the athlons and going for world records. ROG isn't an exclusive brand as such so I personally don't see the issue.
everyone seems to want atleast one thing ROG branded in their rig so let them.Quote

08-08-2014, 09:09:54

RizeAllard
As I had many experience with FM2+ rigs i had to say sometimes its better to have an FM2+ config with an APU insted of having an i5-4440 with a ty motherboard. I know the raw performance of an intel cpu is mutch better, and the sinthetic benchmarks show that they are well ahead of AMD APU-s but, when you start using an APU in real life condition (gaming, multimedia, and some office sort of things). They can easyli deal with it. I think theres not as many people around out there who are really need that raw performance in computing as many buy them just they can afford it.



And those cheap mobos looks realy ugly and they are lack of any extras....Quote
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