Conclusion: What did we learn from this review/article? The ASUS Rampage II Extreme paired up with Intel’s Core i7 920 is a lethal combination to have. What makes the ASUS Rampage II Extreme motherboard even sweeter deal is that it will be able to handle Intel’s upcoming CPU line of Hex cores. So if you are one of those types that need the extra power that only a multi-threaded CPU can give, the Rampage II Extreme is a definite winner.
Asus Rampage Gene II Review - An Extreme 2 On A Diet?
20 July 2009
Summary: We got the MicroATX Asus Rampage Gene II on the test bench. Does this PCB shrink mean it doesn´t have the full package on board? Is it really worth cashing out for its bigger brother, the Rampage Extreme II? Some questions that many users would like to see answered in this not so usual motherboard review. Most of you have seen a zillion of photos/reviews already of this piece of art.
Conclusion: This is a problem that gamers and end-users alike have had to face with the microATX form factor, where quality high-end motherboards have been hard to find all along. Besides the Rampage II GENE we can name two other DFI motherboards that belong to this select category, the LANParty JR P45-T2RS and the LANParty JR X58-T3H6.
Summary: With BIOS updates for i7 boards arriving on a monthly schedule, it’s clear that third-party boardmakers are still trying to get a handle on the brave new world of Core i7. So, say you’re not that extreme nor do you want to appear to be, well then, we think you’re probably better off with a different, less expensive board.
Pros: If you like adjusting BIOS settings such as CPU Differential Amplitude, the Extreme is for you.
Cons: Turbo mode doesn’t work correctly, and the toggle switch is difficult to use.
Excerpt: With Core i7 now making its way into the market we are starting to see boards pop up left and right. Already we have seen companies like ECS, eVGA and MSI announce their boards, but the big ones like GIGABYTE and ASUS have gone one better and sent samples out for testing.
ASUS Rampage II Extreme X58 Motherboard Review - Ultimate Enthusiast Platform
14 November 2008
Excerpt: With the release of any new chipset comes the eventual onslaught of new products from the usual suspects: ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and others. When the Intel Core i7 processors review was posted here on PC Perspective last week, we ran our first set of benchmarks on the Intel-branded DX58SO motherboard as we usually do with new Intel chipset releases. The board was impressive, especially for our first taste the entirely platform, but we yearned for a little bit more.
Conclusion: When the first images of the prototype Rampage II Extreme started appearing a few months ago, it was clear then that ASUS was creating an enthusiast product that would be the benchmark for all X58 motherboards. Outfitted with a laundry-list of features, an imposing cooling system, option-rich BIOS, and countless accessories, the Rampage II Extreme certainly looks good on paper…and we are happy to report that it is just as good in real life.
Pros: - Exceptional overclocking capabilities., - CrossFireX & 3-Way SLI support., - Great cooling system., - Very good layout., - Top-notch BIOS., - Supreme temperature & voltage monitoring capabilities., - Innovative Tweak It & ProbeIt features., - Impressive software suite.
Cons: - More SATA & USB ports would be welcome., - Why do we need a PCI Expansion Bracket? Those ports should be on the rear I/O panel., - Expansion slots endangered by multi-GPU setups., - IOH cooler lacks a little, .
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