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 -|
Wrapping up with the LN2 runs I felt like I hadn't finished things up as I should have. Since I was fresh out of liquid nitrogen I spent a few minutes contemplating what I could do and then it hit me. Publix carries dry ice. This resulted..
Frosty pictures are so awesome. I swear I'll never tire of seeing silly things done to computer parts. Anywho, you aren't here to see frosty pictures. What did all this tomfoolery result in? Well, to measure any difference I debated between SuperPi 32M and MaxxMEM and in the end the shorter benchmark won out. Being only my second session with these sticks and the first time sub-zero my goals weren't very high but I guarantee it was a lot of fun.
Here's the "stock" run. It's a bit higher at 4.1GHz than the normal stock runs from the previous pages but I didn't even realize I had left the CPU at my previous settings for when I was testing out a GPU earlier. Nothing too crazy here, just ran the GTX3 modules at their stock 9-11-9-27 at DDR3-2400. Turns out this was the outer limits of what my 980x was capable of; the sticks wouldn't pass at DDR3-2450. That immediately eliminated any CAS9 testing so I dropped to CAS8 under dry ice to see if I could tighten things up and bump that MaxxMEM score.
This is kind of embarrassing. My Corsair Dominator GT 2000C7 modules will nearly hit these speeds on air. I was expecting to hit a memory score closer to 25 GB/sec but after running sub-zero for about 45 minutes my impromptu insulation job was beginning to fail. If you ever want to do the same this cost me about 10 cents in toilet paper and $10 in dry ice. Well, cooling the CPU sub-zero helps also, but that's what the dry ice is also for! In the end everything survived after I dried it out, just make sure there is no standing water when the board is actually powered on.
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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