Legit Motherboard Reviews
ASUS Rampage III Extreme Intel X58 Motherboard Review
|Product:||ASUS Rampage III Extreme|
|Date:||Wed, Sep 08, 2010 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Chris Morrell -|
Rampaging Red REX Runs Rampant
It feels like it has been a solid half year since I previewed the ASUS Rampage III Extreme. Turns out that feeling was spot on as by the time this article goes live it'll have been six months and a few days since the preview. So, I'm sure there are a few important questions on everyone's mind like what has changed since the engineering sample preview, what did I eat for breakfast today, and what took so long?
The first question is the meat and potatoes of this article so I'm going to dodge it by talking about my breakfast. It was delicious. That is all. Regarding the third question it was all an issue of shifting priorities. For this review I decided to break the mold of a traditional review here on Legit Reviews and go back to strictly overclocking for fun in order to see what the board could really do when pushed to the limits. After seeing Nathan twice, once at Gigabyte's GO OC (that was my rig running the Kingston HyperX sub-zero!) and then again at QuakeCon, I was reminded that I still had to actually review the Rampage III Extreme even though I had been playing with it for months. So, with all the blubbering completed let's dive head first into ASUS' flagship motherboard, the Rampage III Extreme!
For those unfamiliar with the ASUS Republic of Gamers line of products I'd highly encourage opening up a new tab and glancing over the current products. ROG was created in 2006 to produce a premium line of products designed to maximize the gaming experience. The first ROG product I remember was the ASUS P965 Commando and since then ROG has released many a fine motherboard like the venerable Rampage Extreme and the shockingly powerful GTX 295 MARS.
Like all Rampage Extremes of the past, the Rampage III Extreme is no different in that it brings premium performance to the table. Complete with an overbuilt CPU and QPI PWM, high throughput connectivity like USB3/SATA6, a dedicated 1GbE Intel NIC, and a mountain of software support, the Rampage III Extreme feels like a Rampage II Extreme on steroids. Now with that 30 second elevator speech out of the way let's take a closer look at what you actually receive when purchasing a Rampage III Extreme.
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Page 1 - Rampaging Red REX Runs Rampant
Page 2 - Alluring Accessories
Page 3 - Bloody Beautiful Board Bitmaps
Page 4 - Bashful BIOS
Page 5 - Air Aerated Assembly
Page 6 - Air Aerated Aftermath
Page 7 - Cryogenically Cooled Creature
Page 8 - Cryogenically Cooled Conquest
Page 9 - Maximizing Memory
Page 10 - Supplementary Software
Page 11 - Creative R3E Conclusion