ASUS Rampage III Extreme Review World First
Published: 26th March 2010 | Source: Asus | Price: TBC |
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.
|Model||ROG Rampage III Extreme|
|CPU||Supports the Intel® Processors in the LGA1366 Package|
6 x DIMM, Triple Channel, up to 24G
|Expansion Slots||4 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|
|Storage||7 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 cardRC Bluetooth ON/OFF switch
|LAN||Intel® Gigabit LAN|
8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
2 x 1394a ports (1 port at rear; 1 port onboard)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at back panel)
|Other I/O Ports||1*PS/2, 1*eSATA, 1*IEEE1394a, 1*Clr CMOS, 1* ROG Connect Switch|
|Fan connectors||8 x Fan connectors (1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional)|
|Software||Kaspersky anti-virus (1-year full edition); 3DMark® Vantage Advanced Edition|
|Features||Extreme Engine Digi+, USB BIOS Flashback, ROG Connect, ROG Extreme OC Kit, Extreme Tweaker, iROG, ProbeIt, ASUS Q-LED, Loadline Calibration, Q-Fan plus|
|Form Factor||extended 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.
Most Recent Comments
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
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