ASUS Rampage III Black Edition review -
The motherboard piece by piece
The motherboard piece by piece
Right, there we have the ASUS Rampage III Black Edition. That's a smoking hot looking motherboard alright. The focus on this motherboard is dark, rugged, sturdy looking design whilst remaining competitive with pricing.
We dig the three tone (black/grey/Bordeaux red) design a lot, dark colored PCBs are the trend these days. What immediately catches the eyes are the sheer looks and heatsinks sitting on top of the PCH. Look at that.
We received the final retail sample and as such it comes packed with a 'decent' product bundle, its a little scarce on the extras though. Among the gear inside the kit you'll find the following:
- X58 Motherboard
- 1 x ROG Connect cable
- 1 x 3-Way SLI Bridge
- 1 x SLI cable
- 1 x CrossFire cable
- 1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
- 3 x 2-in-1 SATA signal cables
- 1 x 2-in-1 SATA 6G cables
- 1 x 2-port USB2.0 + ESATA module
- 1 x I/O Shield
- 3 x Thermal Sensor cable packs
- 1 x Cable Ties pack
- 1 x ROG theme label
- 1 x 12-in-1 ROG cable label
- 1 x USB to USB cable for ThunderBolt
- 2 x Wi-Fi Ring Moving Antenna
- 1 x Optional NB fan
That's it really, keep in mind that ASUS tried hard to keep this motherboard affordable. The extras you need to seek in the overall design and components usage, which is top notch.
So here we have the motherboard itself, it's an impressive and overwhelming looking motherboard alright. Some of the more notable features are its design, four PCIe x16 (mechanical) slots, out of which 2 can run full speed x16 SLI (x16/x16; x16/x8/x8 and x8/x8/x8/x8 ). The mobo has DDR3 2200 MHz support straight out of the BIOS, USB 3.0 and SATA 6G. We'll cover it all though, let's begin with the IO panel.
The ROG team this time went wild, releasing a motherboard with all the features that last-gen motherboards should have such as USB 3.0 connectivity, Bluetooth, eSATA connectors, SATA 6.0Gbps, and 7.1 channel audio, but the real x-factor of the Rampage IV Extreme can only be found when we look at its overclocking features. Head on over to the next page where we'll discuss the X79 chipset, the respective ASUS model. Then will throw a decent photo-shoot and a benchmark suite at the products and get an indication what performance is like with the Intel Core i7-3960X (Sandy Bridge-E) and X79 Platform.
ASUS Rampage III Black Edition review
ASUS are launching the ASUS Rampage III Black Edition and it just has to be the most exclusive X58 motherboard we have ever had our hands on. Improved overclockability, black design (including a black colored BIOS). The spec-sheet might read pretty similar to last year's Rampage III Extreme, but there have been a few tweaks alright. The board now sports a quartet of PCIe x16 slots capable of supporting three-way SLI or four-way CrossFireX, support for 24GB DDR3 at speeds of up to 2,200MHz and then the fun begins, USB 3.0, SATA 6G, a ThunderBolt add-on card that integrates Xonar sound as well as BigFoot's Killer NPU.
ASUS Rampage III Gene review
Within that motto ASUS has it's own Gene series within the motherboard line up. Now if you put that on the X58 platform, it's called Rampage by ASUS. And then when this apocalyptic group of minions and demons called 'Republic of Gamers' aka ROG gets their hands on a product like this, you can expect improvements and extra overclock features.
ASUS Rampage III Extreme review
We test the ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard. The X58 based Rampage III Extreme is unadulterated performance, quality, versatility, some recently introduced innovation and massive overclockability. Now with added SATA 6G and USB 3.0 controllers as well.