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ASUS Gives Rampage III Extreme 4-way SLI Capability with ROG Xpander

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#1
ASUS has come up with a Frankenstein solution which enables 4-way SLI on the Rampage III Extreme motherboard with full PCI-Express 2.0 x16 bandwidth, called the ROG Xpander. The device is a daughterboard that sits on the motherboard with connections to its PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots. While it might not fit into cases, it is intended to work on test-benches. The two PCI-E x16 connections from the motherboard are wired to two NVIDIA nForce 200 bridge chips, which give out two x16 links each, driving the four x16 slots on the daughterboard. It takes input from one 6-pin PCI-E power input, and three 4-pin Molex inputs, though not all may be required.

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Interesting - but very wierd:)
 
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Yes, very weird. Seems like it will mainly be used on tech-benches instead of cases.
Which turns me away
 
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#4
Looks awesome.
 

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#5
I have a tech station and wouldn't mind trying it out if anyone wants to lend me the motherboard, Xpander and 4 GTX 480's:laugh:
And another PSU...
 
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#6
I mean it's a great idea, don't get me wrong. I just wouldn't buy it.
 
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#7
Thst's just sick! They have created brand new standard from ATX --> Frankenstein TX.
I hope case builders like Antec, Coolermaster and others don't catch that idea as a proper solution.
I've had Dell GX150 once and it has similar PCI expander that make two PCI slots from one, but it was PCI and not PCI-E
 

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#8
Definately a frankenstein solution.Wonder how many people will mod their cases to fit this in.Would be a problem screwing the cards in though.
 
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#9
fucking A, i wanna see 4xGTX 480:
-Crysis
-Stalker:call of pyprat
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think thats bout it XD
 
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Looks like.... pr0n!!!!!
:laugh:
 
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#11
i still want to see 4 HD5970's, i refuse to accept nobody has had 4 cards(8 gpu's) in a single machine yet.
 

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#12
u know thats cool dont even FRONT :roll:


so im ATI camp and its still cool comon. very cool lol hahaha


edit its ugly as hell but comon they never stop thinking thats so cool hahahhahaha


reminds me of "The Big Hit" ... someone will always have a TRACE BUSTERBUSTERBUSTERBUSTERBUSTER!!!! hahahha
 
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i still want to see 4 HD5970's, i refuse to accept nobody has had 4 cards(8 gpu's) in a single machine yet.
i don't think anyone would have that as crssfire only goes up to 4 gpu's that and the 5970 only has one crossfire finger. So even if you did have 4 5970's in one machine only two cards would be talking to each other in CF
 
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Very fugly, BUT THE POWAH!!!
 
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#15
Stupid IMO, it's only for noobs that like to bench vantage because that's all 4-way SLI supports, games will see no benefit. :wtf:
 
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i am honestrly thinking about buying this and getting 2 more 5850's lol
 
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fucking A, i wanna see 4xGTX 480:
-Crysis
-Stalker:call of pyprat
-GTA4
-Age of Conan
-MS Flight Sim X
-World in Conflict
-Metro 2033
-BF BC2
think thats bout it XD
very modern and mature reply there :shadedshu
 
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#18
Thats crazy. Innovative, interesting, but crazy. I still dont get why the board wasnt designed to support it in the first place. Seems to me that Asus shouldnt go overboard on the price, for that reason.
 

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#19
how do you fit the Video card inside the case with the PCIex slots higher than the normal board?
 
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#21
Has anyone tried nvidia on this board

Has anyone tried nvidia cards on this board yet in a 4 way sli ?
 
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#22
The only way you could fit this with 4 cards or whatever would be to severely modify a case for it or run in a tech station. Who in their right mind would run 4x 470/480 in a case anyways, unless H2O cooled.
 
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#23
Thats some brute force sledgehammer approach there
 
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#24
What a beast