ASUS 2010 Product Seminar

The Rampage III Extreme, obscene overclocking and a new solution for 4-way SLI

Rampage III Extreme

ASUS’ top of the line board, the Rampage III Extreme has been out for a little while now. The board was designed extreme performance in mind, using the best components and technologies available. One thing the board lacks however, is support for 4-way SLI, which requires 2 nVidia NF200 chips.

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Why no NF200’s on the R3E?

ASUS decided to build the Rampage III Extreme without using NF200 chips because such a small percentage of users will run a 4-way SLI set-up. Also the NF200 decreases performance in 3-way SLI setups, being another component in between the chipset and PCI-Express subsystem.

Building the board with NF200’s onboard would also add more heat and power consumption for such a niche feature, not to mention increasing the cost and complexity of what is already a very high end motherboard.

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But what if I want to run 4-way SLI?

To cater to the hardest of the hardcore, the extreme overclockers attempting to beat world record benchmark scores with 4-card setups, ASUS have developed the ROG Xpander.
The ROG Xpander is an add-in board containing the 2 NF200 chips required for 4-way SLI. It plugs into the motherboards existing PCI-E slots, providing 4 well-spaced PCI-Express slots to allow for insane GTX480 quad-SLI setups.

ASUS 2010  Motherboard Seminar

The ROG Xpander will be sold separately from the Rampage III Extreme, allowing you to choose if you want NF200 or not. The raised height of the PCI-Express slots will no doubt cause problems installing the board in a case, however for the target market of extreme overclockers, this will not be an issue.

ASUS 2010 Motherboard Seminar

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Most Recent Comments

28-05-2010, 03:13:30

The Crosshair IV Extreme, Rampage 3 Extreme (with 4 way SLI) and the fabled Ares GPU are all discussed in this article.

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30-05-2010, 14:29:44

Wow there's some sweet stuff in there.

ROG Connect looks intriguing. The Ares also looks absolutely stunning. I'd like someone to figure out a way to connect 4 of them suckers together! Quote

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