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Old 13th May 2010, 08:16   #1
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Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review

We take a look at Asus’ third attempt at an extreme overclocking Core i7 motherboard.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mot...treme-review/1

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Wow, that was quite a big shock! However it's nice to see my UD3R giving something like the R3E a good pasting!
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what are those removable chips in the 3rd pic on page 2? look like op-amps. Don't think they can be BIOS chips as they only have 8 pins each!
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Old 13th May 2010, 09:25   #4
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It's important to remember, this board is aimed at "Extreme Overclockers". There's a reason that this board features in a lot of the current overclocking world records and that's because it's performance isn't truly at it's peak under air cooling.
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It's important to remember, this board is aimed at "Extreme Overclockers".
You mean the guys who tweak multipliers while snowboarding and spraying Lynx deodorant on themselves?

Ahh, those guys.
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I was about to say that even though I find this board highly desirable, I'm not it's target audience no matter how much I like to think of myself of as an extreme OC'er. I just wouldn't be able to do this board justice.

I am pleased to see that ASUS and ATi have managed to take back the extreme performance crown in Vantage on Orb!



Will ASUS be working on a dual socket board in the not so distant future or is this R3E the king of the hill?
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what are those removable chips in the 3rd pic on page 2? look like op-amps. Don't think they can be BIOS chips as they only have 8 pins each!
BIOS chips.
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I was really hoping I could get this board, and what with you reviewing it on my birthday I was like, IT'S FATE! I WILL HAVE THAT BOARD!

But it's a little out of my price range. I'll just have to put up with my shockingly bad gigash*te x58-UD5
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Pretty hard to justify what with a UD3R doing much the same for half the price. Still, looks sexy.
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The first good red themed board... and bit-tech, shame on you, why no watercooling goodness?
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If you tested this on water cooled setup for CPU and graphics you would understand why it's used in all performance records. Make no mistake at £330 it's not a board for your 930s to go into

980s and duel or tri 5870s all under water cooling Is the target area

can we get a water cooling loop setup on this and ud3r with same water cooling

and then see what goes the highest. Stick 980 chip in both and see how far you get
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What a disappointing motherboard for that price.

I like this bit: "The SATA ports are reasonably rapid, tooo although" should be "rapid too, although"
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Never been a fan of expensive mobo's, i can overclock my i7 920 to 4.2Ghz easily using just the Gigabyte UD3R, but run it 24/7 at 3.8Ghz under stock volts, as to me this is more than enough for my daily use.

I see alot of people that buy these kind of mobo's just for the sake of e-penis status, without actually ever using or needing the full array of feature's.

If a Gigabyte UD3R both SATA II & SATA III version clock to 4Ghz for £152, why spend £329 just to clock to the same 4Ghz. as alot of people have been doing, just a waiste of money in my book.
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It's been stated though IXON that this board is targeted at the extreme (LN2) overclockers and not the average enthusiast. So, for that audience, it isn't a waste of money but a very worthy investment. I do agree with you however, if bought one with the idea of using it for extreme OC'ing but not actually doing so, then I would have wasted a lot of money.
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Can't it also run for longer at higher overclocks too though?
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At least, out-of-the-box seems like a Flop. I know that every RoG motherboards gets it's full cover waterblock so when some are out, could you make a review with it since most of the buyers will get this sucker on water?
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As I mentioned above, you can't really do the Rampage III Extreme justice on air and I agree with James in this review, it's tough to justify the price if you're just going for a 4 Ghz overclock on a 930...

However, if you are in the niche where you want to smash world records and prove to your friends that you really do having the biggest e-peen, it's the board for you.

Also as a shameless plug, I'll be giving one away if ASUS UK's Facebook page reaches 1000 fans. Check it out here; www.facebook.com/asusuk
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