ASUS FM2+ ROG Crossblade Ranger Review
ASUS' Republic of Gamers products are renowned for being some of most extreme and capable products on the market, with a highly refined Aesthetic and and an feature set well above the standard.
It has been a long time since we have seen an Republic of Gamers Motherboard for AMD CPUs, with the last being the Crosshair V Formula on the AMD AM3+ Socket. Before now the ROG Brand has never touched AMD APUs and considering their mainstream performance we can see why, however now with the release of AMD's Quad core Athlon 860K based on the Steamroller CPU architecture, which costs around half that of the A10-7850K for the same CPU performance, perhaps this is the right time to give this socket a bit of the ROG Treatment.
The Crossblade Ranger is taking their trip to the FM2+ socket seriously and while this board commands a price of around £120, above that of all other FM2+ motherboards, it features many things that most FM2+ motherboards simply lack, like extreme power circuitry for heavy overclocking with a dedicated LN2 mode to satisfy even the most extreme overclockers, ASUS' SupremeFX 2014 audio which ASUS claim to be as great as a dedicated soundcard to give users a more immersive audio experience, Gaming Grade Intel Ethernet ports with ASUS' LANGuard for improved throughput and surge protection and ASUS' GameFirst III software to give your games priority when you are battling online.
Also with this motherboard gamers will be rewarded with a Republic of Gamers Mouse mat, which can be discussed later in the review and for a limited time those who buy a ASUS Crossblade Ranger on Overclockers.co.uk will also get a free copy of Sniper Elite 3.