ASUS Rampage III Extreme Review World First

Conclusion

ASUS Rampage III          Extreme Review

Conclusion

It's not often when reviewing something that we are impressed as much by what it actually delivers, as by what it promises to. The ASUS Rampage III Extreme is one such product.

The packaging is up to the usual ASUS standards, and anyone who has seen my preview on Youtube will know how great this looks in the flesh. Within the accessories box is everything you need to get up and running in a hurry, along with a comprehensive manual.

The board itself is really as gorgeous in the flesh as we hoped it would be from the preview pictures. The old adage is that a picture paints a thousand words, but having something in your hands paints millions. The quality of the heatsinks is outstanding with very accurate milling and they just look wonderful. Any doubts that the Mosfet heatsink would be a Toblerone or cheese-grater are quickly dispelled once you can view it in its natural environment.

Feature-wise ASUS have stuffed everything you can think of on the Rampage III Extreme. USB3, SATA6, Voltage Probes, Thermal Probes, OC Station header, USB headers the list goes on and on.

We especially liked so many of the little features and touches :

    1. - The LN2 switch that helps recover the processor from the frozen state that can occur when you've been using exotic cooling for too long.
    - The "Go" button that gives us the possiblity to have a BIOS setting of our choice available at the touch of a button.
    - The jumper so you can select which of the two BIOS you wish to boot from.
    - The dip switches that allows you to diagnose PCI Express problems without removing all your cards or, even worse,      draining your loop.
    - The 775 cooler mounts for those of us who wish to bring our cooling over from an older system.
    - ROG Connect. The benefits of which have to be seen to be believed.
  • In fact only one thing was slightly nigglesome. Given that this will be the new flagship ASUS motherboard, only having two SATA6 ports is disappointing. Considering how long you're likely to have this board in your possession ASUS really should have given us more. 
  • No fault of ASUS but more our own impatience, is the current instability of the BIOS. The level of performance we got, especially in overclocking, hint at power undreamt of in a single CPU solution and we just can't wait to get our hands on the final retail version to really give it a thrashing.

However you really need to take another look at the graphs to get a feel for what we have. If a pre-release, serial 001, sample with a very early BIOS Rampage III Extreme can match the long-tested and very mature Rampage II Extreme, this should be a belter by the time it's in the shops.

 

 

 

   

We would like to thank Asus for the world exclusive, you can discuss our review in the forums.

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Most Recent Comments

26-03-2010, 08:28:31

killablade
Wow. Dear santa... Quote

26-03-2010, 09:54:11

thestepster
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, 18:45:51

cl0ck_ed
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, 18:53:07

VonBlade
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, 05:15:42

w3bbo
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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