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ASUS Rampage III Extreme
I know in just writing this article I've mumbled that to myself a half-dozen times with a grin on my face. I have a feeling the Rampage III Extreme will be another board that goes down in the history books for high performance. The ASUS R3E motherboard though won't be limited in appreciation to just those people who benchmark with liquid nitrogen and dry ice.
The Rampage series has included Asus' flagship Intel motherboards for the past three generations, pushing the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to overclocking and innovation. Today we have the latest iteration in the ITShootout labs; the Rampage III Extreme.
And sure, there have been processor updates but really, our VGA tests systems for example, still run on X58 and that 965X processor. The entire setup is just THAT good, and we expect that it will remain being the case for a long time to come as well. Especially with that delicious six core 980X processor recently released.
ASUS Rampage III Extreme is a socket 1366 motherboard based on Intel X58 chipset and ICH10R southbridge, bringing all features dreamed by the most fanatic users: four PCI Express x16 slots, two SATA-600 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Japanese solid capacitors, among other fatures. Is is part of "Republic of Gamers" (ROG) line, the high-performance series from ASUS with a unique visual identity.
There is a wide range of X58 motherboards on the market, but few cater to the diehard enthusiast, particularly the extreme overclocking crowd. And of those that do, only a select few products offer the new SATA III and USB 3.0 features. One of the boards that meets these criteria is the ASUS Rampage III Extreme, designed for serious overclocking and made to be pushed very hard.
The ASUS Rampage III Extreme is the most highly featured board I’ve ever seen. With RC Bluetooth and ROG Connect, you can connect external devices like cell phones and laptops to overclock the system externally just like a race car driver team. ASUS also brings SATA 6 Gb/second and USB 3.0 support to this board, making it a dream enthusiast’s board.
We have taken a look at the Maximus III Extreme for Socket 1156, the Crosshair IV Formula for AMD AM3 CPUs and now have our hands on the X58 based Rampage III Extrme. This board is a monster on paper and at just under $370 on NewEgg.com, it also has a monster price. With that in mind, let’s take a look at this board and see if it can live up to the hefty price tag and lead the ROG crew."
Overclocking the Rampage III Extreme was an exciting affair. With the stellar BIOS that ASUS bundled with the board, the process was familiar to every other X58 board on the market, but easier after all of little tweaks and improvements are factored in.
The ASUS Rampage III Extreme, running on the X58 architecture, is designed with overclocking and gaming in mind, making it a motherboard that most gamers can only dream of. When the ASUS Rampage III Formula hit the market about two months ago, it was a great option for most gamers and overclockers, especially since it had features similar to those of the Extreme, but with an $85 price cut.
"ASUS has really blown us away with the amount of features it has added to the Rampage III Extreme. With new features like ROG Connect and RC Bluetooth, ASUS is taking innovation to the next level with motherboards. They have also included tons of features to help with overclocking, including a Liquid Nitrogen Mode, dual 8 pin EPS power connectors, ML Caps and more. Let’s take a look at a few key features that they have added."
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