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

06-05-2010, 19:18:28

By the looks of the exit poll atm, it'll be a hung Parliament.

07-05-2010, 05:36:15

well anticipated brooksie,as thats what happend,looks like the conservertive need about 26seats as they are in the lead

07-05-2010, 06:34:57

After reading what Tom wrote about voting Labour so we won't get taxed to high heaven, I had to laugh. The ONLY way to sort out this economic failure is to tax everyone heavily, along with government spending cuts, bonus freezes and reductions within banks, sorting out the shambles benefits system and our border policy. Something the Tories have a better idea of.

Also, /rant over.

07-05-2010, 06:35:44

Also, hung parliament! Stupid voters :P Tories need 36 seats to have majority and there are only 35 left!

07-05-2010, 11:10:43

The Torries will send us into a 2nd dip recession, labour will cut spending, but allow the economy to start recovering first. Lets not forget the 18% interest rates and humungous inflation the Torries left us with when they got voted out last time. Its Labour that fixed that, they also brought the NHS back from the brink, started tax credits ect ect.

Labour is the working mans party. Conservatives are for the rich, or blind. Read the manifestos - its comical.

10-05-2010, 16:13:07


or my mr's did this :


11-05-2010, 14:19:07

I voted for labour on the basis that the conservatives would really cut back on a lot of spending. As I have seen what happens when the NHS doesn't get enough money, and been on a six month waiting list, I can't condone a party that takes more money out. Also the cut backs would probably affect some of my friends who need governmental assistance to stay at university.

What sealed the deal was those conservative posters saying that labour made the rich richer, I mean of course I'm going to vote for that.

11-05-2010, 14:57:49

Brown has just resigned, and it sounds like Cameron has been invited to the palace so thats this country under Tory rule. Joy.

Going to be a nice recession.

11-05-2010, 16:02:52

yer Cameron is now PM

11-05-2010, 16:15:45

As long as PC hardware stays the same, I'm happy.

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