Saturday, January 9th 2010

ASUS Rampage III Extreme Smiles for the Camera

One of ASUS' premier offers for this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event is a new high-end socket LGA-1366 motherboard, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Rampage III Extreme. The board succeeds the Rampage II Extreme which launched over an year ago along with Intel's then new Core i7 series processors. The new model based on the Intel X58 Express + ICH10R chipset, comes with four well spaced out PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, a new set of overclocking enhancements such as the ROG connect which lets you control the motherboard's overclocking from any Bluetooth and Java enabled mobile phone, SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3.0 connectivity using ASUS' innovative PCI-Express 2.0 bridge implementation, and a more powerful CPU VRM to keep the board stable with bleeding-edge settings.

The board features an enhanced CPU VRM which is now powered by two 8-pin ATX connectors apart from two 4-pin Molex connectors. Some of these could be redundant and needed only for electrical stability. The CPU and memory power circuitry makes use of super-ML capacitors for cleaner power delivery. Voltage readouts are located next to the DIMM slots for accessibility. The motherboard makes use of slimmer component heatsinks that look to be made of the ceramic composite which the TUF Sabertooth P55 motherboard uses.
Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x16, NC, x16, NC; or x8, x8, x8, x8) depending on how they are populated, and one each of PCI-Express 2.0 x4 and PCI. A PLX ExpressLane PEX 8613 bridge chip is used to give out up to 12 PCI-Express 2.0 lanes (using three ports) connecting to the southbridge using its PCI-Express 1.1 x4 link, so that any PCI-E 2.0 device can make use of that amount of bandwidth. Devices connected to it include a Marvell 2-port SATA 6 Gb/s controller, and an NEC 2-port USB 3.0 controller. Connectivity includes 8-channel audio with optical SPDIF output, gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, eSATA, USB 2.0 and 3.0. The Rampage III Extreme should come out in Q1, just in time for Intel's 32 nm Core i7 980X six-core processor based on the Westmere architecture.Source: Tom's Hardware
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105 Comments on ASUS Rampage III Extreme Smiles for the Camera

#1
SteelSix
InnocentCriminal said:
As always I like the red & black colour scheme. However, I fuckin' hate 4 pin Molex as it is, last thing I would want to do is plug several of them into my stylish new motherboard.

I really hope the 4 pin Molex connector dies.

:shadedshu
They're in a nice location for dual 120mm exaust fans found on many cases; but I'm with you.. not connecting them to my mobo..
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#2
pantherx12
They're not for connecting fans guys.

They're for supplying power to the mobo.
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#3
Mescalamba
Bloodrage or Classified? I can´t decide which design they stolen, can you? :) It seems quite ok, desing is definetly not best I saw (probably due wrong copying with "improvements from ASUS"). Well, I´ll wait and see how it performs.. and then I´ll buy another mobo, cause nothing from ASUS will enter my domain. :D

Long live eVGA.
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#4
SummerDays
Mescalamba said:
Bloodrage or Classified? I can´t decide which design they stolen, can you? :) It seems quite ok, desing is definetly not best I saw (probably due wrong copying with "improvements from ASUS"). Well, I´ll wait and see how it performs.. and then I´ll buy another mobo, cause nothing from ASUS will enter my domain. :D

Long live eVGA.
Stop smoking crack!
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#5
stock
Aren't those molex for supplying supplemetry power to the PCI-e lanes?
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#6
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
stock said:
Aren't those molex for supplying supplemetry power to the PCI-e lanes?
That's what I'd think but there are other boards that don't use them and have as many PCI-E lanes.
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Wile E
Power User
Mescalamba said:
Bloodrage or Classified? I can´t decide which design they stolen, can you? :) It seems quite ok, desing is definetly not best I saw (probably due wrong copying with "improvements from ASUS"). Well, I´ll wait and see how it performs.. and then I´ll buy another mobo, cause nothing from ASUS will enter my domain. :D

Long live eVGA.
I was wondering why it took so long for someone to mention the resemblance to the Classified boards.

At any rate, I'm unimpressed by this board. Asus has been overhyped in the past couple of generations in my book. I think Gigabyte and EVGA have been doing a much better job.
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#8
SummerDays
This board has pretty much everything you ask for in an i7 mother board, and it's backed with a top end warranty from Asus.

Throw some waterblocks on it, overclock an i7 980, hooked up three watercooled 5870s, 24 GB of ram (someone check on this), and you're ready to go.

There are two SPDIF coax and optical to hook it up to your stereo system. USB 3.0 and Sata 6

Plus it's got a ton of quality capacitors that aren't cheap.

What else do you need? lol
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#9
Wile E
Power User
SummerDays said:
This board has pretty much everything you ask for in an i7 mother board, and it's backed with a top end warranty from Asus.

Throw some waterblocks on it, overclock an i7 980, hooked up three watercooled 5870s, 24 GB of ram (someone check on this), and you're ready to go.

There are two SPDIF coax and optical to hook it up to your stereo system. USB 3.0 and Sata 6

Plus it's got a ton of quality capacitors that aren't cheap.

What else do you need? lol
Spdif is useless for me, as any on-board audio junk just gets disabled by me anyway.

Sorry, but there are better choices for my money. I'd much rather have the EVGA or GB boards.
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#11
SteelSix
stock said:
Aren't those molex for supplying supplemetry power to the PCI-e lanes?
My bad, yes they are. In that case, they must be smokin the same stuff I was when I thought they were fans..
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#12
PP Mguire
Guys, if your bitching about extra power for stability then this deff isnt targeted toward you. When i was overclocking my i5 under phase if i unplugged the second 8pin power cable my 4.6ghz clock was unstable as hell. If i had 2 4pin molex for more powah i would most deff get a higher OC. If you see no need for extra connectors like that then this board isnt for you hence you should click the back button.

As for the bluetooth on the fly support, same thing. I would love to be able to NOT use the aging old crap bios to overclock my cpu and change voltages.

And sorry guys, but Asus has been doing the red and black color scene before eVGA decided to make "Classified" BS.
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#13
Wile E
Power User
No they haven't been doing red and black. The only full red and black themed Asus boards are this and the Maximus III boards. EVGA and Biostar both beat them to that punch.
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#14
PP Mguire
Yea "full" red and black. But Asus has been doing red and black much longer since they started doing the whole "ROG" thing.
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#15
TheMailMan78
Big Member
pantherx12 said:
To be honest, I don't see the point of an extra cable in the first place, sure the power is more evenly distributed ( supposedly) but presuming you've got a non shit psu you should be golden with 1 connection always.

to put an additional one on, AND two molex power connection just screams MARKETING to me.

" LOOK AT ME AND MY POWER"


I'm finding a lot of motherboards boring recently, getting bigger and flashier rather then working on the things that matter.

Component layout for example D:
The molex connectors could be an output? If so I could see tons of applications for them. Pretty cool IMO.
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#16
[H]@RD5TUFF
This would seem like ASUS's attempt to compete with the classified for sheer OC'ing power, but imo too little too late.
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#17
Jizzler
Someone bring back silver and purple! (Soyo)
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#18
trt740
Wile E said:
I was wondering why it took so long for someone to mention the resemblance to the Classified boards.

At any rate, I'm unimpressed by this board. Asus has been overhyped in the past couple of generations in my book. I think Gigabyte and EVGA have been doing a much better job.
WilE I love ya man but your flat out wrong my Rampage Extreme II is a total beast it took Asus a while but the bugs are gone. Bios 1504 and 1639 have unleashed the Rampage Extreme II. This should be a very good board. You are correct in saying Gigabyte and Evga make good boards aswell. I have always liked the Classified but to tell you the truth you would hard pressed to find a bad x58 board. I also like Gigabytes higher end boards, well to tell ya the truth I like just about every board they make, right down to the 50.00 boards. I have built several AMD systems for family and friends and they are the Toyota's of motherboards. However, Asus really can present a decent solid quality item aswell. Sorry to disagree because when it comes to computers you know your stuff.
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#19
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Actually, Foxconn has been doing the red+black scheme well before EVGA. EVGA was a wee little player in the motherboard industry (it is even now) relying on NVIDIA's reference designs to sell motherboards. Even its first X58 SLI board continued looking like an NVIDIA board. Foxconn had its BloodRage around that time, it even had various other QuantumForce series boards before X58 that used red+black. So just as you call this a Classified ripoff, you can call Classified a BloodRage ripoff.

Besides EVGA's product availability and service network sucks outside North America. ASUS on the other hand, can service a Rampage III Extreme even in any Indian city with 10,000 population.
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#20
PP Mguire
Jizzler said:
Someone bring back silver and purple! (Soyo)
Soyo Dragon Ultra Platinum Edition FTW!
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#21
PCpraiser100
Shall we begin clapping people, or is it too soon?
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#22
SummerDays
Having owned an Asus Rampage II Extreme for over a year, it's kind of like a birthday to see photos of the III. lol

Excellent board. Highly Recommended!
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#23
Mussels
Moderprator
Wile E said:
Spdif is useless for me, as any on-board audio junk just gets disabled by me anyway.

Sorry, but there are better choices for my money. I'd much rather have the EVGA or GB boards.
when using SPDIF, onboard vs dedicated becomes moot - quality is determined by speakers alone.
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#24
Mussels
Moderprator
TheMailMan78 said:
The molex connectors could be an output? If so I could see tons of applications for them. Pretty cool IMO.
they're facing the wrong way to be meant as an output
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#25
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Mussels said:
they're facing the wrong way to be meant as an output
That plug is facing downwards, otherwise it would get blocked by the video-card in the 4th PCI-E slot.
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