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Asus Debuts Rampage III Extreme Motherboard

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 8 comments

Say hello to the hot rod of motherboards.

Looking for that next hot motherboard to pair up with your fancily-cooled GPU and CPU? Asus wants you to take a look at its new Rampage III Extreme motherboard.

As part of the Republic of Gamers line, the Asus Rampage III Extreme uses Intel’s X58/ICH10R chipset with support for the LGA1366 CPUs with up to six cores.

Asus boasts a bevy of features that should please the extreme gamer who likes to tweak his or her hardware to the very limit. As described with great hype from the press release:

Remote tweaking becomes effortless thanks to built-in ROG Connect and RC Bluetooth, giving users the freedom to unchain true hardware potential. That’s only part of the picture, since this board comes with a host of accoutrements, including the outlandish Extreme OC Kit overclocking tool, which takes the concept way beyond the norm. USB BIOS Flashback allows for easy instant flashing of the BIOS, all the better to drive the most spectacular results through multiple GPUs—up to four full graphics cards. R3E contains the latest iteration of Extreme Engine Digi+ voltage modulation technology for purer, more stable power. All these indicate ASUS’ commitment to innovating and foreshadowing demand from users – the result is a motherboard that not only guarantees mind-blowing output, but also great, rewarding fun.

It’s Got the Power

There can be no assurance of awesome performance without solid power management – something every overclocker worth their salt knows. Extreme Engine Digi+, included on the Rampage III Extreme, does just that. It melds all the advantages of analog and digital VRM design to cut on switching latency and improve overall fidelity in the board. Pulse width modulation (PWM) likewise gains in finesse for added board tolerance, paving the way for exploratory overclocking of the way-out-there variety. Heat dissipation is improved 30% over traditional MOSFET, while conductivity has gone up by 40%, both thanks to use of FET+ in construction. Not content with all this goodness, ASUS has taken comments from competitive overclockers to heart and included a newly-designed signal choke that handles up to a humongous 40 amperes.

This bedrock of power makes radical experimentation more than a possibility – it makes it desirable. And because ASUS believes in doing things fast and easy, the aforementioned USB BIOS Flashback is the easiest way to transport BIOS versions or simply flash them from machine to machine. All that’s needed is a USB stick.

Target Benchmark

Few things are as feel-good rewarding as putting a new piece of hardware to the test, then basking in the glow of exhilarating scores. That’s the mindset Rampage III Extreme captures, and it does so with superlative zeal. The OC Kit strikes a formidable pose as an interface to meet the strenuous requirements of even the techiest overclocker, with LN2 mode and a Q reset that addresses cold boot problems and enables fast operation even under very low temps during extreme overclocking. Dual 8-pin power connectors and two 4-pin Molex plugs furnish CPU and GPU with ample room, freeing power while preventing mishaps.

Thoughtful touches encourage inventive testing, the hallmark of true overclocking. For example, convenient PCIe X16 lane signal disabling—users can test each graphics card individually for optimized results. The road to benchmarking fame passes through the Republic of Gamers, and R3E is the ticket.

All Bases Belong to Rampage III Extreme

Drawing inspiration from everything that makes overclocking such a great pastime, R3E takes it to the next level. It’s a dream come true, empowering the art of hardware tinkering like never before. With a thermal design revamped from the ground up, overclocking tools to keep a gearhead happy ad infinitum, gorgeous looks and performance that’s frankly out of this world, the Rampage III Extreme is the only choice for those looking to make every MHz count.

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    plasmastorm , 23 March 2010 07:55
    Finally time to upgrade my old Maximus Formula i think :) 
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    Micropat , 23 March 2010 15:53
    Would a big air cooler impede access to the RAM slot nearest the cpu socket? They seem a little close.
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    LePhuronn , 23 March 2010 15:57
    I've had my eye on this sucker for months!

    Not too sure about Bluetooth phone control of BIOS tweaking, but it's possibly my perfect board - SATA III and USB 3.0 inclusion, overclocking dream AND EVGA Classified red & black lol

    Roll on the 980X build (or probably just the 970 and overclock it)
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    ronanh , 23 March 2010 18:52
    Wish I had the cash to get this and the gear required to make the most of it :D 

    Technological porn :D 
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    LePhuronn , 23 March 2010 19:06
    ronanhWish I had the cash to get this and the gear required to make the most of it Technological porn


    Don't need too spend a fortune - if it's like the Rampage II then it'll be an overclocking monster, so drop in a 930, solid 1600MHz RAM and crank the bitches 'til they explode.

    Not literally of course.
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    clarky1982 , 24 March 2010 01:08
    Currently owning the Asus II Rampage, this board looks nice, doesnt seem to have the same arrangment that mine does (to its disadvantage!), onboard audio I see this time, no addon cards, gotta love ROG.. Kudos to Asus once again >:) 
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    LePhuronn , 24 March 2010 01:24
    clarky1982Currently owning the Asus II Rampage, this board looks nice, doesnt seem to have the same arrangment that mine does (to its disadvantage!), onboard audio I see this time, no addon cards, gotta love ROG.. Kudos to Asus once again >


    I'd agree for the most part - I don't like having the open-back 4x slot between two of the 16x slots as I'd prefer my Asus Xonar to be PCI-E, although if you can run 16x slots 1 and 3 at 16x then no issue there.

    I'm surprised they've gone with onboard sound (if it's good enough for EVGA then it's good enough for Asus I guess lol), but Creative drivers don't have the best reputation on Vista and 7 so maybe that's why they dropped the X-Fi, but then I'm doubly-surprised they did an X-Fi in teh first place given that their own Xonar rocks.

    Would've loved a drop-in Xonar on a dedicated 1x slot like the Rampage II Extreme and Gene.
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    clarky1982 , 25 March 2010 02:09
    Yeah I thought that slot was weird as well, a dont like that taking a closer look at it, SLI would probably crispy any sound cards in there!. That addin card I dont use either on mine, simulating x-fi with software aint my thing and to be honest like yourself a have the Xonar DX2 stuffed in there, think its in the second 16x pci-e slot without looking, wouldve liked it in the top 1x slot but with the heatsinks on the board I dont think it would sit properly. >:)