Reviews and Problems with Asus Rampage III Extreme
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Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard
5 March 2011
Summary: We know several overclockers that swear by Asus products and turn their noses up at even considering a different motherboard brand. After having used the Rampage III Extreme for what it was intended we can see where this comes from. On the surface the R3E looks like any other gaming motherboard but some of the subtle features help to distinguish this board from being a simple gaming platform. Features like ROG Connect and OC Station (the add-on overclocking board)...
Pros: Red and Black Color Scheme, PCI Express Disable Switches, Excellent BIOS Support, 4-Way Multi GPU Support, 3-Way SLI Support, Lots of Aftermarket Parts
Cons: Motherboard heatsink could have been designed better, Lots of stuff around the CPU socket (difficult to insulate), Bluetooth connect not available on PC, ROG Connect won't adjust multipliers
Conclusion: The Rampage III Extreme was worthy enough to make it into our main system for everyday use. We’ve seen several new innovations on this motherboard that we have not seen in the past, like BIOS flashing through a USB flash drive without any hardware present, the introduction of all 4-pin PWM fan connectors for better fan control through software and hardware and RPM reading, the LN2 mode to allow users to bypass the CPU Freeze problems when their system becomes unusable...
Excerpt: If you're in the market for an X58 motherboard, there are plenty of options available. A quick search fetches countless results that fill a wide range of price points. Budget conscious enthusiasts looking to save some scratch will be happy to find that almost every motherboard maker offers an X58 model under $200.
Pros: Good performance, Appealing design, Easy to use BIOS, USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s
Cons: Expensive, Incremental upgrade over previous model
Excerpt: ASUS has been cranking out the motherboards lately, or actually, I suppose I should say they are continuing to crank out the motherboards. In particular, they have been pushing out more than a few of their Republic of Gamers boards. These are ASUS' flagship line and usually contain not only top notch features, but are also capable of top notch performance.
Conclusion: It's difficult to recommend a motherboard that costs the almost same as a complete value end system, but for the small niche of users that the Asus Rampage III Extreme is aimed at, it is very nearly the perfect motherboard, so for them it's highly recommended. For the rest of us, it's an excellent example of what can be done with motherboard design these days.
Summary: It would be easy to write tens of thousands of words about the features of the Rampage III Extreme, so keeping this review within our usual concise word limit was tricky to say the least. There is a huge array of interesting new features that Asus has managed to cram into this board, some of which really do change the way you'll use your PC when overclocking.
Excerpt: Sony Mobile started a new chapter of their smartphone design with Xperia Z. The refreshment was very welcome and Sony sold a large amount of smartphones since then, and Xperia Z, as a pioneer in this ... ASUS started with restyling the DirectCU model, which brought a breadth of fresh air in their recognizable design. With the cheaper GTX 760 model, aside from esthetics, there weren’t many changes. Con...