ASUS Rampage III Extreme Review World First


ASUS Rampage III Extreme Review


I'm sure it wont have escaped your notice that ASUS have given us an exclusive chance to review their Rampage III Extreme. A board that is the follow up to the incredibly popular Rampage II Extreme and ASUS hope will reclaim the spot of premium X58 motherboard.

Not due to be officially released to the public for a couple of months, we managed to get hold of serial number 001 as we showed in our earlier preview, and now is the time to bring you all the results you're aching to see. There is a lot to cover, so let's get straight in to the technical specifications.

Technical Specifications

ModelROG Rampage III Extreme
CPUSupports the Intel® Processors in the LGA1366 Package
ChipsetIntel® X58/ICH10R

6 x DIMM, Triple Channel, up to 24G
DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C)/1600/1333/1066 MHz

Expansion Slots4 x PCIe2.0 x16 slot  (x16; x16/x16; x16/x8/x8 and x8/x8/x8/x8)
1 x PCIe x4
1 x PCI 2.2
Multi-GPU NVIDIA 3-Way SLI™ / ATI CrossFireX™ Technology, ready for 4 single PCB graphic cards
Storage7 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ; 1 x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s; 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports

Bluetooth V2.0/V2.1+EDR accessories card

RC Bluetooth ON/OFF switch
LANIntel® Gigabit LAN

8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Optical S/PDIF out ports at back I/O


2 x 1394a ports (1 port at rear; 1 port onboard)


2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at back panel)
9 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports at midboard; 6 ports at back panel, 1 for ROG Connect)

Other I/O Ports1*PS/2, 1*eSATA, 1*IEEE1394a, 1*Clr CMOS, 1* ROG Connect Switch
Fan connectors8 x Fan connectors (1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional)
SoftwareKaspersky anti-virus (1-year full edition); 3DMark® Vantage Advanced Edition
FeaturesExtreme Engine Digi+, USB BIOS Flashback, ROG Connect,  ROG Extreme OC Kit, Extreme Tweaker, iROG, ProbeIt, ASUS Q-LED, Loadline Calibration, Q-Fan plus
Form Factorextended ATX Form Factor, 12”x 10.6” (30.5cm x 26.9cm)


Lots of information there, and lots for us to cover in the following pages. At a glance it looks like this is the Rampage II crossed with the P55 Maximus III Extreme. That definitely isn't a bad thing.

Packaging time.

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Most Recent Comments

26-03-2010, 12:28:31

Wow. Dear santa... Quote

26-03-2010, 13:54:11

man that is just amazing and i agree i totally love that ROG connect countless times ive been in windows when ive noticed in gettin bad vdroop and thot have to reboot to up the vcore a little this will totally eliminate things like thatQuote

26-03-2010, 22:45:51

Great review Tom, appreciate the time you have put into it. A note though, on some of your graphs you have changed the scale to exaggerate the difference. Imo the scales should go from 0 throughout the article. One of the graphs at a glance appears to have a 'Massive'difference between the two boards but the results are 8.91 and 8.52 respectively.

Just a thought.

EDIT: Just watch your vid, very comprehensive on all the 'little' features.

Did you note the temperature of the x58 chip? Would anyone need to use the supplied large heatsink+fan jobby?Quote

26-03-2010, 22:53:07

Our graphing software automatically scales, and if it begins at 0 all the time we'll need three monitor setups for CPU Queen results Quote

27-03-2010, 09:15:42

Nice review m8. I'm liking the videos!

I'm not so sure about the graphs not starting from zero though as not doing this can make the differences between the two products exagerated, especially at a glance. It does however emphasize those differences so its horses for courses I guess.

I'm still not sold on the heatsinks or the colour scheme. Both are good looking but nothing innovating or exciting which we have come to expect from market leaders such as Asus. I guess I'd prefer something a bit more original for such an expensive piece of hardware and not a clone of the classifieds look.

Keep up the good work Quote

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