Rampage 3 extreme overclocking: ASUS Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review

ASUS Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review


Article NavigationPage 1: IntroductionPage 2: SpecificationsPage 3: FeaturesPage 4: Packaging and ContentPage 5: Closer Look: The Bundle Page 6: Closer Look: The MotherboardPage 7: Closer Look: The Motherboard (Continued)Page 8: Closer Look: The Motherboard (Continued)Page 9: Closer Look: The Motherboard (Continued)Page 10: Test SetupPage 11: BIOSPage 12: Software BundlePage 13: RG ConnectPage 14: RG Connect (Continued)Page 15: RG Connect (Continued)Page 16: RG Connect (Continued)Page 17: OverclockingPage 18: Cinebench 11.5 & x264 HD Benchmark Page 19: SiSoftware SandraPage 20: EverestPage 21: Far Cry 2Page 22: Street Fighter IV & Batman: Arkham AsylumPage 23: 3DMark 06 & VantagePage 24: PCIe 2.0 x16 vs x8Page 25: Power ConsumptionPage 26: Conclusion

ASUS Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review


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Overclocking

With all these features geared towards overclocking, it would be a crime not to see what this board can do! So now we finally get to see what the fuss is all about. The vast array of features and tweaking tools makes the Rampage an overclockers dream but with such a name, you can’t expect less. There are several methods of overclocking. The first and best is the traditional BIOS option. In windows, the CPU Level Up automatically overclocks the CPU to pre-programmed settings. The TurboV Evo utility is another option but this is mostly for small tweaks rather than large overclocks. The RC Tweakit utility works in the same way. Lastly, there is the Go Button that is based on a specific profile created by the user in BIOS.

Personally I used BIOS along with the RC TweakIt software to achieve a stable 4.19GHz clock on my i7 920. Previously I had only managed 4GHz out of it using a Biostar T-Power X58 so on initial observations, the Rampage III Extreme managed to unlock its true potential compared to a board that is famed for its overclocking prowess. The various handpicked components used to build this board all contribute to deliver the most stable experience and reaching 4GHz was a walk in the park.

The first thing I noticed was that lower voltages were required to keep the core i7 920 at 4GHz compared to my Biostar motherboard. While the Biostar requires a CPU voltage of 1.316-1.328v for stable operation, the Rampage III Extreme kept the CPU stable at 1.29v. Already, it’s building up a larger headroom for the CPU.


222 BCLK

A more extreme way of reaching 4GHz was to increase the BCLK and using a lower multiplier. Unlike the 200 base clock I found myself limited to on the Biostar, the Rampage easily reached a stable BCLK of 222MHz with slight tweaks to the voltages and increasing the PCIe frequency to 104MHz. The impressive aspect was the 4GHz QPI link speed. I even managed to boot using a 230MHz base clock but it was not stable enough to run intensive applications.

Working from that, a stable clock of 4. 19GHz was reached. Given a better CPU, I have no doubt that much higher clocks can be reached even on air cooling. I can only imagine what more exotic cooling can unlock with the help of the Rampage III Extreme. The motherboard also handled memory overclocking much better than the Biostar managing to get the OCZ 1333MHz 7-7-7-20 RAM to work at 1600MHz 8-8-8-22. On the whole, the Rampage III Extreme is a brilliant overclocker and the BCLK reached is an indication of its true performance since my chip was the limiting factor in this case.

Temperature

The temperature of the CPU will largely depend on the type of cooling you have. In my case, temperatures were reaching 90 degrees when stress testing on LinX at 4.19GHz while at 4GHz, they remained in the mid 70s.

The motherboard heatsink does a good job keeping the the chipset cool. The motherboard temperature remained at a cool 35 degrees throughout testing and the IOH/ICH temperature rose a maximum of 65 degrees centigrade.

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Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review

Written by

James Gorbold

May 13, 2010 | 08:12

Tags: #980x #atx #benchmark #cheap #compare #crossfire #extreme #lga1366 #motherboard #oc #overclocking #performance #rampage-3 #rampage-iii #republic-of-gamers #results #review #rog #sli #speed #x58

Companies: #asus #intel #test

1 — Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review2 — Up Close: Asus Rampage III Extreme3 — Testing Methods and Overclocking4 — Image Editing, Video Encoding5 — Multi-tasking, Overall6 — Gaming and SATA Performance7 — Performance Analysis and Conclusion

Testing Methods

With the exception of HD Tach which we use to measure the performance of a motherboards SATA controllers, all of our benchmarks use real applications that give you a great idea of how well a product fares when performing the tasks you’re likely to want it for.

We test with our own Media Benchmarks suite which can be downloaded so you can test your own system. It uses a combination of Gimp image editing, H.264 encoding with Handbrake and multi-tasking with 7-zip file compression combined with HD video playback. Finally, for our game testing we benchmark the board running Crysis and record the minimum and average frame rates.

Our benchmarks include stable overclocked results too, so you can gauge how much performance potential there is in the motherboard, and how much value this adds to your purchase.

Test Setup:

Motherboards:

  • Asus Rampage III Extreme (Intel X58)
  • Asus P6TD Deluxe (Intel X58)
  • EVGA X58 SLI Micro (Intel X58)
  • Asus P6X58D Premium (Intel X58)
  • Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 (Intel X58)
  • Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (Intel X58)

Common Components:

  • Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition (32nm, 12MB L3 cache, 25x133MHz; 3.33GHz, Turbo Mode and Intel power saving states left at BIOS default settings)
  • Stock: 4GB DDR3 1,600MHz C8 at motherboard SPD settings
  • Graphics Testing: ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • PC Power and Cooling Silencer 750W PSU
  • Seagate 7200. 11 1TB SATA hard drive
  • Intel X25-M 80GB SSD
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • ATI Catalyst 10.2 WHQL

Overclocked Settings:

  • Asus Rampage III Extreme
  • — 4.4GHz, 200MHz QPI, 22x multiplier, 1,600MHz triple-channel DDR3 memory at 8-8-8-24-74-1T.

  • Asus P6TD Deluxe
  • — 4.4GHz, 200MHz QPI, 22x multiplier, 1,600MHz triple-channel DDR3 memory at 8-8-8-24-74-1T.

  • EVGA X58 SLI Micro
  • — 3.52GHz, 160MHz QPI, 22x multiplier, 1,600MHz triple-channel DDR3 memory at 8-8-8-24-74-1T.

  • Asus P6X58D Premium
  • — 4.4GHz, 200MHz QPI, 22x multiplier, 1,600MHz triple-channel DDR3 memory at 8-8-8-24-74-1T.

  • Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7
  • — 4.4GHz, 200MHz QPI, 22x multiplier, 1,600MHz triple-channel DDR3 memory at 8-8-8-24-74-1T.

  • Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
  • — 4.4GHz, 200MHz QPI, 22x multiplier, 1,600MHz triple-channel DDR3 memory at 8-8-8-24-74-1T.

Overclocking

The R3E is very easy to overclock, thanks to its intuitive BIOS, which allows you to directly type in voltages and frequencies. Most of the overclocking settings are displayed on one menu, although as it’s a RoG board, the R3E has many more options than other Asus BIOSes

For example, the R3E BIOS provides far greater control over the memory timings and frequency, plus a host of voltage overrides that you should only touch if you know what you’re doing.

However, with our Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU installed, we were unable to make the R3E run stably with the QPI set higher than 220MHz. While this is a great overclock, it’s the same frequency that our current recommended X58 board, the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R, can handle.

This overclock was achieved by lowering the CPU multiplier to 12x and boosting the vcore to 1.38125V, the QPI to 1.375V, the CPU PLL to 1.96V, the IOH to 1.3V, the ICH to 1.2V and the RAM to 1.64V.

  • Asus P6TD Deluxe
  • Asus Rampage III Extreme
  • Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
  • Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7
  • Asus P6X58D Premium
  • EVGA X58 SLI Micro
    • 220

    • 220

    • 220

    • 220

    • 215

    • 160

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  • Stock

We then proceeded to find out if the R3E could run our benchmarks stably with the CPU at its maximum stable air-cooled frequency of 4. 4GHz. The R3E passed this test with flying colours, using the same voltages as those used in the maximum QPI test, but with the CPU multiplier set to 22x, the QPI to 200MHz and Loadline Calibration set to Full.

This boosted the R3E’s overall Media Benchmarks score from 2,081 to 2,597, which is a great result, but still a fraction slower than the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R.

1 — Asus Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review2 — Up Close: Asus Rampage III Extreme3 — Testing Methods and Overclocking4 — Image Editing, Video Encoding5 — Multi-tasking, Overall6 — Gaming and SATA Performance7 — Performance Analysis and Conclusion

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Conclusion:

So at this point I’ve looked at the packaging, checked out the accessories, ogled the unique features, and pushed this board to the limit. Now I am expected to sum up my thoughts in a few, somewhat coherent paragraphs. Easier said than done because simply put, this board has left me speechless. I have always been impressed with ASUS and its execution of their Republic of Gamers line, and this motherboard doesn’t disappoint. The company has been surprisingly reliable in their selection of ROG products as they have resisted the urge to dilute the line, selling dull and overpriced crap. Right now, the ROG line offers nothing but unique, high-performance, quality products. That fact alone is laudable because the temptation to cash in on that kind of potential must be huge. For instance, at the time of writing, the Rampage III Extreme is $390 after all is said and done. Instead of purchasing it, you could opt for a board that is closer to mid-range at around $200 and still have a pretty kicking system, so how in the world could this board be worth a 100% price hike? By having just half of the features that this board has. That’s how.

Seriously, the Rampage II Extreme reinvented my expectations when it came out, and now the RIIIE is doing it again. ASUS is setting a new standard with the Rampage III Extreme. This board added so many features that were even new to me that I was almost interested in reading the manual over again! ROG Connect is awesome. The setup that ROG Connect allows reminds me of tuning a NASCAR car, being able to plug a laptop in to the board and monitor, edit, and dominate the BIOS from virtually any power state. It was really nice to have the power and reset buttons right on the laptop screen so that I could just stay comfortable in my chair. God forbid I had to reach around and press the Clear CMOS button on the back of the motherboard.

Even if a reset was required, it would be a non-issue here. Not only did the board make it through every stage of testing without having to clear the CMOS, but it made it so that if the issue ever arose, the solution was just a click away! Now, say you either, a) don’t want to haul out your laptop for this, or b) don’t have a laptop to take advantage of this. Have no fear — the ROG Android application is here! Yes, you can use your Android phone to connect the same way, but via Bluetooth! ASUS really pulled out all the stops here. I really like having an integrated Bluetooth dongle on the motherboard that is accessible from Windows. This board has a «GO» button, which, when pressed, will load up any batch file you like instantly! Save your OC settings and use this button as a toggle between them, live. Using that, you could have one side of the toggle OC for performance, and the other side switch to stock speeds for chip longevity, and power savings. The motherboard has two physical BIOS chips. All it takes to switch between the two is the push of a button — much sleeker than the RIIE’s jumper, or BIOS switch solution. Now what good would dual BIOS be if you couldn’t use them to get extreme performance? The motherboard has dual eight-pin CPU power sockets to handle the additional load when partaking in extreme overclocking. Judging from the amperages I was reading from ROG Connect, I could see how using two would probably be a good idea.

Oh yeah, overclocking. ASUS rocked that too. The Rampage III Extreme was able to clock my chip all over the map, handling some ridiculous suicide shots. It is definitely worth noting that the RIIIE never missed a boot through all of my testing. The worst I saw was blue-screening into Windows, so needless to say, this is a very overclock-friendly board. The BIOS is awesome — period. There are so many little tweaks that ASUS layers on top of the normal core functionality that it almost feels like punishment to go back to any other board. I love the design and organization of each tab, as it just makes sense. Bravo, ASUS. The excellent power system had some crazy scalable Load-Line Calibration settings, tons of options, and a very reliable logic system for auto-managing voltages that you didn’t want to deal with. Actually, I was able to hit 4GHz with all voltages, but with the DRAM on auto. That’s pretty impressive.

So really, you have some awesome features, a stellar BIOS, excellent quality hardware, a quality paint job and good cooling. What more could you want? Oh right, USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps, of course! This board has that too. I think ASUS hit a home-run with the Rampage III Extreme, because this board deserves to be on everybody’s wish list. I thought the Rampage II Extreme was ground breaking, and here I am. I have been blown away all over again, and I love it. Keep it up, ASUS.

 

Pros:

  • Excellent value
  • ROG features
  • Excellent BIOS
  • Dual BIOS chips
  • Very overclockable
  • Newest standards
  • Included bundle
  • Extremely innovative

Cons:

  • Four-way SLI not supported

 

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Key Features

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel Socket 1366
  • 6x DIMM DDR3 RAM Slots (Triple-Channel)
  • 4x PCIe x16 Slots (Multi-GPU Support)

The Rampage III Extreme Motherboard from ASUS is an ATX computer motherboard that supports Intel Socket 1366 it CPUs. It supports up to 24GB of DDR3 memory and has two SATA 6Gbps slots, as well as six SATA 3Gbps slots. The motherboard is powered by the Intel X58 / ICh20R chipset. Four PCIe x16 slots support multi-GPU architectures, while eleven USB ports, including two USB 3.0 ports, provide extensive connectivity. Eight-channel audio and S/PDIF connectors round out the I/O options, while extensive overclocking tools and features give you precise control over the motherboard’s behavior.

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  • 1Description
  • 2LGA1366 Intel Core i7 Ready
  • 3Intel X58 Chipset
  • 4PCIe 2. 0
  • 5SLI/CrossFireX On-Demand
  • 6Tri-Channel, DDR3 2200(O.C.) MHz
  • 7USB 3.0 Support
  • 8True SATA 6Gb/s Support
  • 9Extreme Engine Digi+
  • 10ROG Connect
  • 11iROG
  • 12BIOS FlashBack
  • 13Voltiminder LED
  • 14Loadline Calibration
  • 15USB BIOS Flashback
  • 16RC Bluetooth
  • 17ProbeIt
  • 18CPU Level Up
  • 19Extreme Tweaker
  • 20COP EX
  • 218-channel Audio
  • 22Noise Filter
  • 23Q-Fan Plus
  • 24ASUS Q-Connector
  • 25Onboard Switch
  • 263DMark Vantage Advanced Edition
  • 27Kaspersky Anti-Virus

The Rampage III Extreme Motherboard from ASUS is an ATX computer motherboard that supports Intel Socket 1366 it CPUs. It supports up to 24GB of DDR3 memory and has two SATA 6Gbps slots, as well as six SATA 3Gbps slots. The motherboard is powered by the Intel X58 / ICh20R chipset. Four PCIe x16 slots support multi-GPU architectures, while eleven USB ports, including two USB 3.0 ports, provide extensive connectivity. Eight-channel audio and S/PDIF connectors round out the I/O options, while extensive overclocking tools and features give you precise control over the motherboard’s behavior.

This motherboard supports the latest Intel Core i7 processors in LGA1366 package with integrated memory controller to support 3-channel (6 DIMMs) DDR3 memory. Supports Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) with a system bus of up to 6.4GT/s and a max bandwidth of up to 25.6GB/s.

The Intel X58 Express Chipset is one of the most powerful chipset designed to support the Intel Core i7 Processors with LGA1366 package and Intel next generation system interconnect interface, Intel QuickPath Interconnect (QPI), providing improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. It also supports up to 36 PCI Express 2.0 lanes providing better graphics performance.

This motherboard supports the PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.

SLI or CrossFireX? Fret no longer because with the ROG Rampage III Extreme, you’ll be able to run both multi-GPU setups. The board features SLI/CrossFire on Demand technology, supporting up to four graphics cards in a 3-Way SLI or CrossFireX configuration. Whichever path you take, you can be assured of jaw-dropping graphics at a level previously unseen.

The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600(O.C.) / 1333 / 1066MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest operation system, 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The Triple-channel DDR3 architecture double the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance.

Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4. 8Gbps with USB 3.0. Built to connect easily with next generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.

Supporting next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6Gbps data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

Extreme Engine Digi+ equipped with high performance digital VRM design can easily achieve the ultimate performance with adjustable CPU PWM frequency. It expedites heat dissipation and achieves better electric conduction keeping critical components reliable. Now you’ll be able to push your new Intel CPU to the limit, hitting benchmark scores that others only dream of. Extreme Engine Digi+ balances the need for voltage and the desire for rock solid performance to bring the ultimate user experience.

Monitor the status of your desktop PC and tweak its parameters in real-time via a notebook-just like a race car engineer-with ROG Connect. ROG Connect links your main system to a notebook through a USB cable, allowing you to view real-time POST code and hardware status readouts on your notebook, as well as make on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a purely hardware level. ROG Connect even allows you to flash your BIOS from the notebook, which means that you can OC your system to the max without any fear of permanently bricking the motherboard due to a corrupted BIOS.

The iROG is a special IC which enables several ROG highlighted functions that gives users full disposal of the motherboard at any stage. This design allows advanced user control and management to be processed purely at a hardware level. iROG greatly increases fun during overclocking for PC enthusiasts and it offers system maintenance and management with more control and efficiency.

With BIOS Flashback, PC enthusiasts can overclock with even more confidence. BIOS Flashback gives overclockers the ability to save two versions of the BIOS simultaneously. Very much like the «SaveGame» function, one BIOS can be used for the overclocking adventure, while the other BIOS is to be stored with any previous version.

In the pursuit of extreme performance, overvoltage adjustment is critical but risky. Acting as the «red zone» of a tachometer, the Voltiminder LED displays the voltage status for CPU, NB, SB, and Memory in an intuitive color-coded fashion. The voltiminder LED allows quick voltage monitoring for overclockers.

Maintaining ample voltage support for the CPU is critical during overclocking. The Loadline Calibration ensures stable and optimal CPU voltage under heavy loading. It helps overclockers enjoy the motherboard’s ultimate OC capabilities and benchmark scores.

USB BIOS Flashback allows overclockers to just plug a thumb drive into the ROG Connect port and push the ROG Connect button and the stored BIOS is automatically flashed under standby power.

Use RC Bluetooth to bring your overclocking to the next level. Monitor the desktop PC system status & tweak its parameters in real-time. When users want to use ordinary Bluetooth functions, just simply push the button once again & enjoy all the wireless convenience brought from RC Bluetooth.

ProbeIt takes the guesswork out of locating the motherboard´s measurement points, identifying them clearly in the form of 8 sets of detection points so you´ll know exactly where to get quick yet accurate readings using a multitester.

Upgrade your CPU at no additional cost with ROG’s CPU Level Up. Simply pick the processor you wanted to OC to, and the motherboard will do the rest. See the new CPU speed and enjoy that performance instantly.

Extreme Tweakers is the one stop shop to fine-tune your system to optimal performance. No matter if you´re looking for frequency adjustment, over-voltage options, or memory timing settings, they’re all here.

The COP EX allows overclockers to increase chipset voltages without the worries of overheating. It can also be used to monitor and save an overheating GPU. The COP EX allows more freedom and less constraint for maximum performance achievement.

The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology.

This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises like computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates it in the incoming audio stream while recording.

The Q-Fan function automatically detects temperature and adjusts fan speed accordingly to achieve quiet and efficient cooling. With Q-Fan Plus, special temperature sensor cable is provided to detect temperature on any device. When used with optional fans, you may activate Q-Fan function on up to 3 additional devices of your choice.

The Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.

With an easy press during overclock, this exclusive onboard switch allows gamer to effortlessly fine-tune the performance without having to short the pins or moving jumpers.

3DMarkVantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware. 3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.

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In the Box
  • ASUS Rampage III Extreme Motherboard
  • ROG Connect Cable
  • Probelt Cable Set
  • 3-Way SLI Bridge
  • CrossFire Cable
  • 3 x 2-in-1 SATA Signal Cables
  • 2-in-1 SATA 6G Cable
  • 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
  • 2-Port USB 2.0 + eSATA Module
  • I/O Shield
  • Thermal Sensor Cable Pack
  • Cable Ties Pack
  • ROG Thermal Label
  • 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label
  • Optional Fan-Thermal Module
  • Support DVD (Drivers, ASUS PC Probe II, ASUS AI Suite, ASUS Update, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Futuremark 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition, and ASUS TurboV EVO Utility)
  • User’s Guide
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
    • Description
    • LGA1366 Intel Core i7 Ready
    • Intel X58 Chipset
    • PCIe 2. 0
    • SLI/CrossFireX On-Demand
    • Tri-Channel, DDR3 2200(O.C.) MHz
    • USB 3.0 Support
    • True SATA 6Gb/s Support
    • Extreme Engine Digi+
    • ROG Connect
    • iROG
    • BIOS FlashBack
    • Voltiminder LED
    • Loadline Calibration
    • USB BIOS Flashback
    • RC Bluetooth
    • ProbeIt
    • CPU Level Up
    • Extreme Tweaker
    • COP EX
    • 8-channel Audio
    • Noise Filter
    • Q-Fan Plus
    • ASUS Q-Connector
    • Onboard Switch
    • 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition
    • Kaspersky Anti-Virus

    ASUS Rampage III Extreme Specs

    Chipset Intel X58 / ICh20R
    Processor
    Socket Intel Socket 1366
    Supported Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition/Core i7 Processor
    Front Side Bus Up to 6400 MT/s with QuickPath Interconnection
    Memory
    Memory Slots 6 x DIMM
    Capacity Up to 24GB
    Type/Speed DDR3 2200(O. C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
    Voltage Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Configuration Triple-Channel
    Onboard Devices
    PCI Slots 4x PCI Express x16
    1x PCI Express x4
    1x PCI 2.2
    Controller Cards NEC USB 3. 0 Controller
    Intel ICh20R controller
    JMicron JMB363 PATA and SATA controller
    Marvell 9128 PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller
    Graphics Support NVIDIA 3-Way SLI / ATI CrossFireX Technology
    4x PCIe x16 slots ready for four single PCB graphic cards
    Communication 1x 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
    Connectors
    Internal Storage 6x SATA 3Gbps ports(Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10)
    1x SATA 3Gbps port
    2x SATA 6Gbps port
    External Storage 1x External SATA 3Gbps port (SATA On-the-Go)
    Ports 1x PS/2 Keyboard
    8-Channel Audio
    1x S/PDIF
    1x FireWire 400
    7x USB 2. 0
    2x USB 3.0
    Display None
    Communication 1x RJ-45 Ethernet
    General
    Chassis Compatibility ATX Form Factor
    Dimensions 12 x 10.6″ (30.5 x 26.9cm )

    Packaging Info

    Package Weight 6. 4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.2 x 12.9 x 4.9″

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    By Chris Davies/Updated: March 22, 2010 8:25 am EDT

    If the early preview shots of ASUS’ Rampage III Extreme motherboard got your juices flowing, then the full information about the Intel X58-based ‘board should be enough to knock you off your feet.  The Rampage III Extreme is the latest in ASUS’ Republic of Gamers range, and supports the newest hexacore Intel Core i7 CPUs – such as the Core i7-980X Extreme – along with straightforward overclocking, NVIDIA 3-way SLI and ATI CrossFireX support, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports.

    ASUS’ new overclocking system means you can actually control the speed of the system from a nearby Bluetooth phone.  Alternatively you can backup or move BIOS overclock settings on a USB stick.  Meanwhile their Extreme Engine Digi+ system improves heat dissipation by 30-percent over traditional MOSFET, while conductivity has gone up by 40-percent.

    There are also dual 8-pin power connectors and two 4-pin Molex plugs for powering the CPU and GPU with room to spare, while other connectors include nine USB 2.0, four PCIe2.0 x16 slots, seven SATA 3.0Gb/s, two SATA 6.0Gb/s, eSATA, gigabit ethernet, FireWire, six memory channels and more.  Full specs in the gallery below; the only thing we need to know now is pricing, though the ASUS Rampage III Extreme is unlikely to be cheap when it arrives in two weeks time.

    Press Release:

    ASUS Introduces the Rampage III Extreme Motherboard

    Drive your System Beyond the Limit

    ASUS Republic of Gamers reveals the latest addition to their roster of performers, the world-record shattering Rampage III Extreme. Delivering Intel’s X58/ICh20R chipset with support for the Intel® processors in the LGA1366 package up to six cores and a plethora of features demanded by intense users, this board is the only choice for PC speed demons.

    Welcome to the Overclockers’ Delight

    Serious overclockers have been clamoring for this kind of monster board for years, and ASUS listened. With Rampage III Extreme (R3E) the company puts forth a record-setting piece of hardware replete with highlights that meet the needs of dye in the wool tuners—all clad in stylish Republic of Gamers attire and backed by indefatigable ASUS quality.

    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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    A little chest thumping never hurt anyone before, and that’s what Origin PC is doing today. Why? They’re the first boutique system vendor to bring Asus’ Rampage III Extreme motherboard to market and, well, they’re pretty darn happy about it.

    The Rampage III Extreme comes as part of an optional upgrade to the system builder’s Genesis desktop. It comes with support for 3-way SLI (Nvidia) and CrossFireX (ATI), as well as some other high end goodies, like two SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports and SATA III. In a unique twist, Rampage III motherboard owners can also overclock their system using a Bluetooth capable phone.

    ORIGIN IS FIRST TO OFFER THE ASUS RAMPAGE III EXTREME MOTHERBOARD AND PROVIDES EVEN MORE POWER AND OPTIONS FOR GAMERS AND PROFESSIONALS ON THE GENESIS DESKTOP AND EON LAPTOPS

    • GENESIS desktop is the first to offer the new Asus Rampage III Extreme motherboard allowing robust overclocking, USB 3.0, and SATA III.
    • EON15 offers the most GPU options in any 15″ gaming laptop with the ATI Radeon 5870 supporting DX11, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285M,  and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M.
    • EON18 laptop now offers the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M and up to 2750GB of hard drive capacity
    • GENESIS desktop now offers professional workstation graphics cards including dual 4GB NVIDIA Quadro FX5800 cards

    April 22, 2010, Miami, FL, — ORIGIN continues its efforts to provide the best options in PC hardware components across all their high performance PC systems. Being first to market with the new Rampage III motherboard from ASUS for the award winning GENESIS desktop and offering the latest graphics cards including the ATI Radeon 5870 and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M card on the EON15 and EON18, shows that ORIGIN continues to deliver unprecedented performance to gaming and hardware enthusiasts. 

    ORIGIN is updating their GENESIS desktops by adding the new ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard which offers robust overclocking solutions for the newest Intel Core i7 CPUs such as the Core i7-980X Extreme. It also supports NVIDIA 3-way SLI and ATI CrossFireX support, and tags on a pair of USB 3. 0 ports and SATA III.  ASUS’ new overclocking system allows gamers to control the speed of the system from a nearby Bluetooth phone, and users can backup or move BIOS overclock settings on a USB stick to share with others. The ORIGIN GENESIS is available online now starting at $1,999. 

    The ORIGIN EON15 and EON18 laptops both offer additional options that give PC enthusiasts the flexibility of choosing what they want. Among the additions to the EON15 are the options of the ATI Radeon 5870 mobile graphics card supporting DirectX 11 and the NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M for professional workstation graphics on the go.   The EON18 also adds the option the for NVIDIA Quadro FX 2800M and multiple 1TB hard drives while both the EON18 and EON15 now offer 512GB Solid State hard drives options.  The EON15 starts at $1,623 and the EON18 starts at $1,765. 

    Quote from Asus:
    «The ASUS Republic of Gamers Rampage III Extreme (RIIIE) motherboard empowers Origin’s GENESIS desktop PCs with superior overclocking features on the latest CPUs, and offers SATA III and USB 3. 0. high-speed data transfer.» says Timothy Lin, Director of Product Management .  «Combining the expert engineering of ORIGIN and the ASUS RIIIE’s Extreme Engine Digi+ improves heat dissipation by 30-percent over traditional MOSFETs. Simply put, the RIIIE on ORIGIN’s GENESIS arms you with the most advanced and powerful gaming desktop ever built.» 

    «Offering the latest combination of advanced CPU, GPU and motherboard solutions that gamers and professionals desire in our award winning products  is a central part of ORIGIN’s commitment to putting forth the best gaming and power user experiences possible.» says Kevin Wasielewski, CEO/Co-Founder of ORIGIN PC.  «Being first to market with the powerful ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard confirms ORIGIN’s position as the leader in high performance custom built PCs.»

    All ORIGIN systems are backed up with the best in integration, quality testing and support. ORIGIN offers a free life-time phone and online service guarantee and each customer has a dedicated support team and free life-time labor for upgrade needs.   Their staff is comprised of award-winning, experienced experts in the gaming and PC markets who want to share their passion with other enthusiasts. 

    For more information on ORIGIN’s GENESIS desktop, EON15 and EON18 laptops, visit www.originpc.com.


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    ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard review GECID.com.

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    04-07-2010

    The ASUS Rampage series of motherboards needs no introduction, as it is the most elite in the ranks of ASUS for Intel processors and is intended primarily for lovers of extreme overclocking. In this series, the manufacturer is trying to introduce all its new developments and technologies. The Rampage series of motherboards can be compared to the F1 car. Yes, only a few people drive such “machines”, but how! Let’s see what the motherboard is ASUS Rampage III Extreme with LGA 1366 processor socket based on Intel X58 Express system logic.

    ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard specification:

    Manufacturer

    ASUS

    Model

    Rampage III Extreme

    Chipset

    Intel X58/ ICh20R

    Processor socket

    LGA 1366

    Supported processors

    Intel Core i7 Extreme/ Core i7

    Used memory

    DDR3 2200(O. C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC

    Memory support

    6 x 1.5V 3-channel DDR3 DIMM up to 24 GB
    Non-ECC and Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory support

    Expansion slots

    4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16/x16; x16/x8/x8 and x8/x8/x8/x8)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x4
    1 x PCI 2.2

    Multi-GPU support

    Supports NVIDIA 3-Way SLI
    Supports ATI Quad CrossFireX

    Disk Subsystem

    Intel ICh20R chipset supports:
    6 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s
    Supports SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

    JMicron JMB363 SATA controller supports:
    1 x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s
    1 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s

    SATA 6.0 Gb/s controller Marvell 9128 supports:
    2 x SATA 6. 0 Gb/s

    Sound subsystem

    Realtek ALC889 8-channel High-Definition Audio codec supports internal S/PDIF port

    IEEE 1394

    VIA VT6315N controller supports 1 external and 1 internal port 1394a

    LAN support

    Gigabit Intel PHY

    Power supply

    24-pin ATX power connector
    8-pin ATX12V power connector
    8-pin ATX12V power connector

    Cooling

    Oversized cooling system with fan option

    Fan Connectors

    1 x for CPU cooler
    7 x for case fans

    External I/O ports

    1 x PS/2 ports for keyboard or mouse
    2 x USB 3. 0 ports
    7 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
    1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
    1 x S/PDIF (coaxial and optical)
    1 x IEEE 1394a
    1 x LAN (RJ45)
    6 audio jacks
    1 x BIOS reset button

    Internal I/O ports

    6 x USB
    9 x SATA
    1 x IDE
    1 x S/PDIF output
    1 x IEEE 1394a
    CD input
    Front panel audio connectors
    System panel connector

    BIOS

    16 Mb Flash ROM, AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, WfM 2.0, ACPI 2.0a
    DualBIOS support

    Overclocking options

    Frequency change: BCLK, PCI-Express, memory.
    Voltage change on: processor, memory and chipset.

    Proprietary technologies

    RC Bluetooth
    ROG Extreme Engine Digi+
    Extreme Tweaker
    Loadline Calibration
    CPU Level Up
    MemOK!
    TurboV
    Fan Xpert
    Express Gate
    AI Nap
    Q-Shield
    Q-Connector
    My Logo 3
    CrashFree BIOS 3
    EZ Flash 2
    COP EX
    Voltiminder LED
    C. P.R. Profile
    Double Power Suply

    Equipment

    6 x SATA cables
    2 x SATA 6G cables
    1 x 3-Way SLI bridge
    1 x SLI bridge
    1 x CrossFire bridge
    1 x ROG cable
    1 x Probelt cable
    1 x Dual USB 2.0 + eSATA module
    1 x thermal sensor
    1 x harness kit
    1 x heatsink with fan
    1 x RC Bluetooth card
    Q-connector kit (system panel, USB and IEEE 1394a)0063 1 x DVD with drivers and software
    End cap

    Form factor Dimensions, mm

    ATX
    305 x 269 mm

    Manufacturer website

    http://www.asus.com/

    The latest BIOS and driver can be downloaded from the support site http://support.asus.com/.

    The packaging of the ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard is very high quality and bright. In addition, it is equipped with a carrying handle.

    Like many «top» ASUS motherboards, the Rampage III Extreme package is equipped with a viewing window through which you can examine your future purchase in sufficient detail.

    Also on the packaging of the motherboard did not forget to mention the advantages of ASUS Rampage III Extreme:

    • ROG Connect is a technology that allows you to monitor and overclock the system in real time using another system, such as a laptop. The controller is connected to the main system via a USB interface.

    • Extreme Engine Digi+ — in the new digital CPU power converter, you can change the frequency of the PWM generator from 250 to 1000 kHz.

    • BIOS Flashback — This technology can allow an overclocker to store two different versions of the BIOS. After pressing the button located on the rear panel, the user can select the BIOS ROM from which to boot the system.

    Not without a large sticker that symbolizes the ASUS ROG series. Also here you can find instructions, a DVD with drivers, 3DMark Vantage benchmark and Kaspersky antivirus. In addition, there are stickers in the kit that can be stuck on SATA cables so as not to get confused.

    ASUS Rampage III Extreme comes with a total of eight SATA cables, two of which are guaranteed to be SATA 3.0 compliant with white connectors.

    When combining several video cards into one graphics system, the 3-Way SLI bridge, SLI bridge and CrossFire bridge, which are also included in the package, can come in handy.

    In addition, the kit includes a USB cable, a module with two USB 2.0 + eSATA ports, a thermal sensor, an adapter for measuring voltage at test points and a set of stickers for marking SATA cables.

    An additional bonus to the ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard is a Bluetooth transmitter.

    ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard cooling system can be made active by installing a heatsink with a fan on it.

    A thermal interface is pre-printed directly on the base of this radiator.

    Despite the very high functionality, the ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard managed to be arranged quite successfully: the main power connectors and ports are spaced along the edges of the board. It is also worth noting that a video card installed in the upper PCIEx16 slot will not interfere with the removal of memory modules from the slots, because there are no latches on the bottom side at all.

    The ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard is made on an eight-layer PCB with the use of polymer capacitors and two tantalum capacitors, which are installed in the processor power unit and RAM.

    The ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard uses a very large and efficient cooling system. This design is built on heat pipes, which are hidden by a radiator. A backlight is installed in the center of the cooling system, which adorns the already quite stylish appearance.

    The small heatsink in the center can be replaced with a heatsink with a small fan to increase the efficiency of the cooling system during overclocking.

    On the reverse side, the cooling system is securely fixed with spring-loaded screws.

    The Intel ICh20R Southbridge supports six SATA ports with the ability to organize SATA RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. In addition, the board also has a JMicron JMB363 SATA controller that supports internal and external SATA 3 GB ports /c. The two ports of the new SATA 6.0 Gb / s interface are red and function through the Marvell 9 controller128.

    From the internal ports of the motherboard ASUS Rampage III Extreme, we can note the presence of six USB 2.0 and one IEEE 1394a port. There are no obsolete interfaces like FDD, LPT, COM and even IDE on this motherboard at all.

    The BIOS chip switch button is located near the system panel connector. A little further you can see the BIOS chips themselves. Moreover, switching between microcircuits can be observed using LED indicators, which are located near them.

    ASUS Rampage III Extreme has four PCIe x16 slots to support NVIDIA 3-Way SLI and ATI Quad CrossFireX technologies in x16/x16 configurations; x16/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8. PCIe x16 slots are soldered through one, which allows you to install video cards with two-slot cooling systems. In addition, ASUS Rampage III Extreme has PCI and PCIe x4 slots.

    Power is very important on this motherboard. Therefore, the board can be found with two 4-pin PATA power connectors for better stability of PCI Express lines.

    The sound subsystem of the ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard is based on the Realtek ALC889 8-channel HDA codec, the front panel connector of which supports HDA and AC`97 formats.

    Near the RAM slots there are internal buttons for turning on and restarting the system. Here are the checkpoints panel. Voltage measurement can be done on the contact pads or by connecting a small adapter that is included in the kit. A row of four switches is used to disable the PCIE x16 slots. The MemOK button is also located in the same part of the motherboard! and a jumper that disables coldbug, that is, it removes the protection of the processor from hypothermia. This feature will be of interest primarily to extreme overclockers who are experimenting with the use of liquid nitrogen.

    Power stabilizer at first glance may seem very simple. We are already accustomed to seeing a lot of chokes near the processor socket, which manufacturers are trying to pass off as 24 or 36-phase VRM nodes. In fact, in such cases, several chokes are connected in parallel, turning, for example, a real 6-phase stabilizer into a virtual 24-phase one.

    ASUS Rampage III Extreme uses an 8-phase processor power supply, which is built on a CHiL chl8318 PWM controller with the ability to control the generator frequency from 250 to 1000 kHz. It is important to note that to ensure the most stable power supply, the board has two 8-pin EATX 12V connectors at once.

    To smooth out the voltage on the line, a tantalum capacitor FPCAP of 1000 uF, 3V is installed on the processor side.

    The Bluetooth transmitter board is installed in a special slot near the I / O connector panel and provides support for RC Bluetooth — wireless remote control of the system.

    The following ports are provided on the rear panel of ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard:

    • one PS/2 for keyboard,
    • Optical S/PDIF,
    • seven USB 2.0,
    • two USB 3.0,
    • port IEEE 1394a,
    • eSATA port,
    • RJ45 connector for network connections,
    • six connectors for 8-channel audio.

    In addition, the interface panel contains a BIOS reset button and a ROG Connect activation button that allows you to connect a remote control system.

    The ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard has a fairly large voltage indication capability. Depending on the voltage level near the processor, memory, north and south bridge, the LEDs of the corresponding color will glow — green, yellow or red.

    The board also has impressive possibilities for connecting a fan. So, you can connect as many as 8 fans to it, not counting a small fan of the board’s own cooling system.

    BIOS

    ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard BIOS is based on AMI code and has an impressive set of settings for overclocking and system optimization. In the top line you can see the name of the motherboard and the current BIOS version, which is very convenient.

    It should be noted right away that all the settings and photos were made on a system with a six-core Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor.

    Parameter

    Menu name

    Range

    Pitch

    Processor technologies

    C1E, TM2, Intel SpeedStep, Virtualization Technology,
    Multi-Threading,
    Intel Turbo Boost Teach, Virtualization

    ROG Memory Profile

    Speedy,
    Flying,
    Lightning

    QPI bus multiplier

    QPI Clock Ratio

    x32, x36

    Processor multiplier

    CPU Ratio Setting

    12 — max.

    x0.5

    System bus frequency, MHz

    BCLK Frequency

    100 — 500

    1

    PCI Express bus frequency

    PCIE Frequency

    90 – 200

    1

    Memory divider

    DRAM Frequency

    800, 1066, 1333, 1600, 1866, 2133, 2400

    Frequency UCLK

    UCLK Frequency

    1600 – 5600

    133

    QPI bus multiplier

    QPI Link Dats Rate

    4800MT/s, 5866MT/s, 6400MT/s

    RAM delays

    CAS Latency, RAS to CAS, RAS PRE, RAS ACT, RAS to RAS, REF, WRITE Recovery, READ to PRE, FOUR ACT WIN

    CPU Differential Amplitude

    700mV, 800mV, 900mV, 1000mV

    CPU Clock Skew

    100 – 1500 ps

    100 ps

    IOH Clock Skew

    100 – 1500 ps

    100ps

    PWM Volt. Control

    6 — 10 V

    1B

    CPU PWM Frequency

    250, 500, 750, 1000 kHz

    CPU voltage, V

    CPU Voltage

    0.850000 — 2.3 V

    0.00625

    CPU PLL Voltage

    1.2057 — 2.05375 V

    0.01325

    QPI/DRAM Core Voltage

    1.2 — 2.5 V

    0.00625

    Memory voltage

    DRAM Bus Voltage

    1. 20575 — 2.50425 V

    0.01325

    IOH Voltage

    1.1 — 2.1995 V

    0.01325

    IOH PCIE Voltage

    1.5 — 2.78V

    0.01325

    Southbridge voltage

    ICH Voltage

    1.1 — 2.0 V

    0.01325

    ICH-PCIE Voltage

    1.5 — 2.0537 V

    0.01325

    ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard BIOS has several settings modes. Much attention is paid to memory overclocking.

    This motherboard also has the «CPU Level Up» auto-overclocking technology, which we will definitely try out in practice.

    The memory multiplier on the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor is unlocked, so the frequency can be increased up to 2400 MHz.

    As usual, the BIOS has the ability to configure timings and sub-timings of RAM.

    All the main voltages on the components can be adjusted in a very large range and in very small steps, which is quite convenient. The CPU voltage can be increased to extremely high values ​​of 2.3 V, and the CPU PLL voltage to 2 V. Extreme overclockers will definitely appreciate these advantages.

    In addition to various settings, ASUS Rampage III Extreme boasts a huge monitoring capabilities. Monitoring of voltage, rotation speeds and temperatures is divided into sections, since there are a lot of parameters.

    The ability to adjust the fan speed on the motherboard is also available. It is hard to imagine that during extreme overclocking, such fan control capabilities may be needed, but, nevertheless, the class of the motherboard requires such extensions.

    CPU Level Up

    CPU Level Up technology really overclocks the six-core Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition to 4.2 GHz, and at this frequency the system worked absolutely stably. We had doubts that the board is capable of this when using simple air cooling. After all, if you remember, when testing the Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor, experts on many well-known sites, such as AnandTech and F-center, could not overcome the mark of 4.2 GHz, limiting themselves to 4.12 GHz. Therefore, such a result looks simply amazing — after all, the motherboard does all this automatically, you just need to properly equip it.

    Also, we tried to overclock the processor using CPU Level Up technology up to 4 GHz, and compared the power consumption in different operating modes with the nominal power consumption.

    System power consumption with Intel Core i7-980X Extreme processor:

    Simple, W

    LinX, W

    Nominal 3.3 GHz

    120

    255

    CPU Level Up 4.0 GHz

    161

    305

    CPU Level Up 4.2 GHz

    165

    335

    The activation of CPU Level Up technology is accompanied by an increase in system heat dissipation. First of all, the heat dissipation of the processor increases, so you cannot do without installing an effective cooling system.

    ASUS TurboV EVO

    And, of course, the ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard can work with the ASUS TurboV EVO utility, which is popular with overclockers. This utility allows you to change the frequency and voltage of the supply on the main components of the system on the fly.

    Overclocking options

    ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard clock speed with Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor, same as with Intel Core i7-9 processor20, we managed to raise it to 220 MHz, which can be considered an excellent result.

    Testing

    The following equipment was used to test the capabilities of motherboards:

    Processor

    Intel Core i7-920 (LGA1366, 2.66GHz)

    Cooler

    Noctua NH-U12P + LGA1366 Kit

    RAM

    3x DDR3-1333 1024MB Transcend PC10600

    Video card

    EVGA GeForce 8600GTS 256MB DDR3 PCI-E

    Hard disk

    Samsung HD080HJ, 80 GB, SATA-300

    Optical drive

    ASUS DRW-1814BLT SATA

    Power supply

    Seasonic SS-650jt Active PFC, 650 W, 120 mm fan

    Test results:

    9000 9000

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    Testing the audio path based on the Realtek ALC889 codec

    Overall results (RightMark Audio Analyzer)

    16-bit, 44.1 kHz

    Frequency response unevenness (in the range of 40 Hz — 15 kHz), dB

    +0.21, -0.23

    Good

    Noise level, dB(A)

    -91.7

    Very good

    Dynamic range dB(A)

    91.6

    Very good

    Harmonic distortion, %

    0.0034

    Very good

    THD + noise dB(A)

    -82.6

    Good

    Intermodulation distortion + noise, %

    0.0092

    Very good

    Interpenetration of channels, dB

    -91. 2

    Excellent

    Intermodulation at 10 kHz, %

    0.012

    Very good

    Total score

    Very good

    24-bit, 192 kHz

    Frequency response unevenness (in the range of 40 Hz — 15 kHz), dB

    +0.05, -0.14

    Very good

    Noise level, dB(A)

    -95.7

    Excellent

    Dynamic range dB(A)

    95.6

    Excellent

    Harmonic distortion, %

    0.0019

    Excellent

    Harmonic distortion + noise, dB(A)

    -88.2

    Good

    Intermodulation distortion + noise, %

    0. 0069

    Excellent

    Interpenetration of channels, dB

    -89.0

    Excellent

    Intermodulation at 10 kHz, %

    0.0051

    Excellent

    Total score

    Excellent

    The Realtek ALC889 built-in audio codec exceeded all expectations with excellent test results. Of course, a true music lover with a very high-quality audio system may want to equip the system with a good sound card, but for the vast majority of ASUS Rampage III Extreme owners, the built-in audio system will be enough.

    Conclusions

    The ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard should be one of the most coveted purchases for true overclockers and hardcore gamers. It is for such categories of buyers that the board has been developed, because. only enthusiasts are able to consciously buy a board with such features for such a price. But in capable hands, ASUS Rampage III Extreme will pay off completely. For fans of overclocking, its arsenal has excellent overclocking potential, as well as a huge set of settings and system management methods — from a very functional BIOS with well-implemented automatic overclocking to the ability to remotely overclock. Professional gamers, on the other hand, will appreciate the ability to build the most powerful multi-GPU gaming system based on ASUS Rampage III Extreme.

    Advantages:

    • support for NVIDIA 3-Way SLI and ATI Quad CrossFireX;
    • support for the new SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0 interfaces;
    • extensive overclocking options from a large number of settings to control methods;
    • high overclocking potential;
    • two BIOS chips with the ability to switch between them;
    • is a very powerful processor power node;
    • support for a large set of proprietary technologies;
    • efficient cooling system;
    • the possibility of extreme voltage increase.

    Disadvantages:

    • high cost.

    Author: Dmitry Masyuk

    We express our gratitude to the Ukrainian representative office of ASUS for the motherboard provided for testing.

    We express our gratitude to Kingston, Noctua and Sea Sonic for providing equipment for the test bench.

    Also suggest to read:
    BIOS setting guide

    RAMPAGE V EXTREME/U3.1|Motherboard|ASUS in Russia

    USB 3.1 expansion card

    — World’s first USB 3.1 Type-A expansion card
    — USB interface bandwidth is increased to 10 Gbps — twice as much as USB 3.0
    — Installs in any PCIe x4, x8, x16 slot
    — Faster data transfer with ASUS USB 3.1 Boost

    utility

    4-Way SLI™/CrossFireX™ ​​support

    Conveniently positioned PCI Express 3.0 slots

    Unleash the potential of a multi-processor graphics configuration by installing multiple graphics cards in your system. Between the PCI-E slots there is enough space to install the most powerful models of video cards. You can connect and disconnect video cards using special switches on the board. Configuration setup has never been so easy and affordable!

    Support for 40 PCI Express lanes
    Support for 28 PCI Express lanes

    Exclusive CPU socket and hardware tools for real-time overclocking.

    OC Socket

    Maximum overclocking of the processor and DDR4 memory!

    ASUS X99 series motherboards feature an innovative OC Socket. This unique connector contains additional pins that connect exclusive circuitry to new Intel processors codenamed Haswell-E. Combined with the UEFI BIOS interface, OC Socket allows you to set higher frequencies for DDR4 memory during overclocking to reduce latency without affecting system stability. This is especially important under extreme overclocking conditions using liquid nitrogen as a coolant. OC Socket is 100% compatible with the latest Haswell-E processors in LGA 2011-v3 package.

    Ring bus voltage regulation

    The ring bus links internal processor components such as processor cores, DDR4 memory controller, system agent, and L3 cache. This is a key element that ensures the smooth operation of the processor subsystem. The frequency of the ring bus directly affects the overall performance of the subsystem. The ASUS OC Socket provides exclusive ring bus voltage regulation to increase its operating frequency.

  • Normally, the processor ring bus frequency multiplier cannot exceed 30. ASUS OC Socket allows you to use a multiplier of 45 or more!
  • The internal ring bus links key processor components. Increasing its frequency gives an increase in computer performance.
  • Test Software : AIDA64 v4.60 | 3D Mark 11 | Cinebench R11.5 | Cinebench R15 | SuperPi v1.5
    Test hardware configuration : Intel Core i7-5960X Processor | Rampage V Extreme | GSkill DDR4-3200*4 | Video card GTX680 | Windows 7 OS (64-bit)

    World records as of August 29, 2014

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    For extreme overclocking

    Thanks to the original T-shaped topology of connecting system memory slots, its overclocking potential is increased. This is what makes it possible to reach frequencies of more than 3300 MHz when overclocking DDR4 memory modules on new ASUS motherboards.

    Overclocking DDR4 memory modules with Rampage V Extreme. (Comparison of DDR4 and DDR3)

    OC Panel

    Real-time system monitoring and overclocking!

    The board comes with an OC Panel module for monitoring and overclocking the system in two modes. OC Panel displays full system status information on its 2.6-inch display.

    Standard mode — easy monitoring and overclocking!

    Installing the OC Panel in a standard 5.25-inch computer bay, it displays many parameters on its display, including information about the frequency and temperature of the components, the value of the multipliers, the speed of the fans. In this case, the overclocking functions of the processor (CPU Level Up) and fan control are available. You can choose one of the cooling modes: Turbo, Standard or Silent.

    Extreme mode — for maximum overclocking!

    When used as an external device, OC Panel offers even more features for extreme overclocking, such as ROG-exclusive technologies such as Subzero Sense, VGA SMB, VGA Hotwire, Slow Mode, Pause, and more. Real-time configuration with convenient buttons.

    More than

    Quick installation — just a couple of steps

    Close

    Safe Boot and ReTry buttons

    More time for high scores!

    Rampage V Extreme includes a number of design features that accompany the overclocking process. In particular, the new hardware buttons Safe Boot and ReTry are used to restore the system in the event of an emergency during overclocking. They will simplify overclocking and save you time!

    Safe Boot button

    The Safe Boot button boots the computer into Safe Mode, which restores the previous settings.

    ReTry button

    If your system hangs during the POST, simply press the hardware ReTry button to force a reboot.

    Video

    Premium components in the power system

    Extreme Engine Digi+ IV

    Full speed!

    Extreme Engine Digi+ IV high-precision and powerful digital power system implemented in Rampage V Extreme is the key to successful operation of the computer in overclocking mode.
    The inductors used in it have improved characteristics, in particular, a reduced level of core losses in standard temperature conditions. In addition, the power system uses the all-new PowIRstage® IR3555 controller, which includes a driver and high- and low-side MOSFET switches, and features RDS On Sensing current balancing technology.
    Extreme Engine Digi+ IV features the ability to change the frequency of pulse-width modulation (PWM) in 1 MHz steps, which improves the stability of the VRM memory by 40%.

    PowIRStage®

    All-in-one driver, high and low side MOSFET switches and RDS On Sensing.

    MicroFine Chokes

    Core alloy has three times finer grain size than conventional chokes and evenly distributed air gaps. This achieves an increased magnetic permeability of the core.

    Premium components in the power system

    DirectCU Cooling System

    Direct Contact Copper Tubes

    To ensure efficient heat dissipation, DirectCU’s exclusive cooling technology uses a copper heatpipe with improved thermal conductivity that is in direct contact with Extreme Engine Digi+ IV power system components. This solution made it possible to reduce the temperature in the VRM area by 7℃ compared to a conventional cooling system.

    Heat from chokes and VRM components is absorbed by the heatpipe and then dissipated through two large aluminum heatsinks for maximum cooling.

    X-Socket II

    For Ultimate Cooling

    Signature X-Socket II 3-Piece Bracket makes it easy to install a Liquid Nitrogen and Dry Ice Vaporizer on the Rampage V Extreme. To replace the standard LGA2011-3 plate with an X-Socket II, use the included Phillips screwdriver.

    8 fan headers (4/3-pin) + 7 thermal sensors + Fan Xpert 3

    Flexible fan control

    The Rampage V Extreme has eight 4/3-pin (PWM/DC) fan headers. There are also four built-in temperature sensors plus three 2-pin connectors and three cables with thermal sensors to monitor the temperature of different areas or components of the board in real time. To configure the operation of the processor and case cooling fans, you can use both automatic and manual modes.

    With the monitoring feature in Fan Xpert 3, you can manage your cooling fans more efficiently. You can set the fan settings yourself to find the optimal balance between cooling efficiency and noise level.

    High-quality audio subsystem, fast network interfaces, keyboard personalization function and performance boost

    ASUS independently develops products under its own brand at all stages. Therefore, video cards, sound cards and optical drives will work flawlessly with your motherboard.

    High-quality audio subsystem

    The value of high-quality sound in the game cannot be underestimated — realistic sound effects and full-bodied soundtracks make the game bright and lively. That is why we paid great attention to the creation of a high-quality sound subsystem. The result was SupremeFX. Thanks to its immunity to electromagnetic interference and the use of high-quality components, this audio system is comparable in sound purity to discrete sound cards. But we never rest on our laurels, so we’ve introduced SupremeFX 2014 to the Rampage V Extreme series motherboards, a new version of the audio subsystem — SupremeFX 2014. It uses even more advanced components and software innovations designed to take multimedia and gaming experiences to a new level!

    Sonic Studio — One-Click Virtual Surround Sound!

    Sonic Studio is a handy new tool for adjusting your sound settings. To enjoy high-quality 7.1 surround sound with regular headphones, use the Virtual Surround feature. It is activated with one click. Other functions — Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity and Smart EQ — allow you to customize the characteristics of the sound.

    Enjoy quality 7.1 surround sound with regular headphones!
    Dynamic tone adjustment
    improved bass
    Five reverb effects
    Fine-tuning sound settings
    Sonic Sound off

    Clear voice reproduction
    Sonic Sound off

    Sonic Radar II

    Visualization of sound sources in the game

    Sonic Radar II technology makes it possible to visualize all sound sources in a computer game, even if they are not within line of sight. With a special radar, gamers can clearly determine the direction of enemy footsteps, gunshots, screams and other sounds, and the exclusive Audio Enhancement function improves sound clarity. Sonic Radar II received a new control panel with a customizable game list.

    Intel® Network Controller

    High throughput, low CPU usage, great gaming experience!

    The Rampage V Extreme is equipped with the latest Intel® Ethernet controller, a great choice for gamers. The Intel® Gigabit Ethernet Network Controller provides high speed TCP and UDP packet processing and reduces CPU load.

    ASUS engineers used IxChariot, an industry-leading testing tool, to find out how the Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller handles the small UDP packets (up to 256 bytes) that are typical for gaming traffic. The results showed that the Rampage V Extreme motherboard processed such packets approximately twice as fast as other networking solutions!

    LANGuard — the updated RJ45!

    High capacity.

    Improved protection.

    ROG engineers have finalized the network port. The use of modern technologies and premium capacitors has increased the throughput of the network interface. At the same time, protective circuits are applied to protect LAN circuits from overvoltage caused by lightning and static electricity.

    GameFirst III

    Optimize network settings for lag-free gaming!

    The GameFirst III feature will help you prioritize the use of the Internet channel by various applications. Having received the highest priority, online games will work as quickly as possible, without annoying «lags», and other online applications that have a low priority for using the Internet channel will not interfere with this.

    You can select one of the preset operating modes — Optimization, Games, Online Video, File Transfer. You can also manage bandwidth priorities on an application-by-application basis by selecting one of five values ​​or by blocking data transfer. The built-in network monitoring tool allows you to monitor network traffic and perform connection tests.

    KeyBot

    Extending the functionality of a regular keyboard

    Want a more functional keyboard? KeyBot upgrades your regular keyboard, and it does it instantly! To use the KeyBot microprocessor, you must connect the keyboard to the dedicated USB port on the Rampage V Extreme. With the help of a handy utility, you can assign macros to the F1-F10 function keys to launch any application or control the playback of multimedia files — or remember up to 15 key combinations.

    RAMDisk

    Ultra-fast drive — 20 times faster than SSD!

    RAMDisk technology allows you to allocate a portion of system memory for use as ultra-fast storage. On such a disk, it is convenient to place large files, such as game cards, for their faster loading. The new version of RAMDisk allocates memory dynamically, so the freed portion of RAM becomes available to the system. More importantly, RAMDisk extends the life of SSDs by reducing the number of unnecessary writes.
    The Junction function is used to quickly match files and contents of a RAM disk. All data on the RAM disk is automatically stored on the hard disk when the computer is turned off, and is placed back into RAM after the computer is turned on.

    UEFI BIOS and Secure Erase.

    Easy to set system parameters.

    UEFI BIOS GUI

    The most intuitive UEFI BIOS ever

    The updated UEFI BIOS features a mouse-enabled GUI that allows you to quickly and easily manage system settings for overclocking and system tuning. It has modes for beginners and enthusiasts.

    EZ Mode

    Fan profiles:
    Detailed information about CPU and case fans for quick setup!

    SATA information:
    Displays information about SATA ports and devices connected to them

    Time setting:
    Easily set system time and date with just one mouse!

    EZ XMP:
    Fast memory overclocking!

    Advanced mode

    Labels:
    To create shortcuts for quick access to frequently used settings, just press the F4 key or right-click!

    Quick Note:
    Serves to record any ideas or numbers related to the BIOS.

    Last modified:
    Track the history of all settings changes and save profiles to a USB drive!

    Rename SATA ports:
    Change the name of the SATA ports to speed up the search for the right device!

    Performance

    TRUEVOLT USB

    Stable power to all USB ports!

    USB Power Guaranteed!

    TrueVolt USB solution delivers stable 5V power to both front and rear USB ports — no voltage drop!

    Two isolated 5V linear power supplies for all USB ports

    -Low noise, minimal loss.
    — Stable 5V* on USB ports
    — Any USB device works stably regardless of the number of connected devices.

    *Voltage dependent on power supply

    Gamer’s Guardian

    For maximum reliability and durability

    Nickel-plated Q-Shield insert

    0 problems!
    Cut protection during installation

    Q-Slot

    1 latch
    for the convenience of installing a video card

    Q-DIMM

    1 — sided
    latches mean easy insertion of memory modules

    DRAM surge protector

    1 additional
    fuse to protect connectors and DRAM from overvoltage and short circuit

    Plates

    High speed interfaces
    reinforcement plates make the motherboard more durable, and also help to reduce the temperature of its components.

    ESD protection

    2 X above
    level of protection against static electricity. PS/2, USB, audio and LAN protection!

    Stainless steel back panel

    3 X over
    service life than conventional panels!

    Capacitors 10K Black Metallic

    20 % above
    temperature resistance

    5 X over
    life span than conventional capacitors!

    • AI Suite 3
      Single software shell

    • ROG CPU-Z
      CPU-Z information utility with ROG

      style interface

    • Mem TweakIt
      Dynamic monitoring of DRAM parameters

    • USB UEFI BIOS Flashback
      An easy way to update the BIOS of the board, even when the PC is turned off

    • Kaspersky® Anti-Virus (1 year)
      Best antivirus protection

    • DAEMON Tools Pro Standard (1 year)
      Popular virtual optical drive creation tool

    • ASUS WebStorage
      Free cloud services

    • Cloud Services
      Remote PC Access and Media Streaming

    X

    ASUS Rampage IV Extreme — extreme motherboard based on Intel X79 chipset

    Photo gallery of the board

    We continue to review boards for the top platform Socket 2011, and today we are reviewing the ASUS model. True, one board from this company based on the Intel X79 chipsetwe have already reviewed (ASUS P9X79 Pro), but it belonged to the «regular» series, and compared to the models of the ROG line, it looks almost budget. Recall that ROG (Republic of Gamers) is a very special ASUS series, which produces boards designated by the manufacturer as the best of the best, offering uncompromising overclocking capabilities and for creating a system with maximum performance. Yes, and the price of such models is predictably not limited either by competing solutions (which ROG boards simply do not have in the strict sense of the word), or by common sense. And where boards for the top platform, expensive by definition, can cost $300 (an unthinkable price compared to $100 mainstream models), ROG models easily end up with $400 and even $500 on the price tag.

    We try not to review such boards too often, because few people will be interested in such reviews. Firstly, the majority of readers simply cannot (or will not want to) afford to buy such an expensive model. Secondly, the advanced functionality that ROG series models (and their counterparts from other manufacturers) differ in is extremely highly specialized, completely outside the area of ​​interest of typical users — unless they are engaged in exhibition setting records in benchmarks. Yes, three on-board RAID controllers for a total of a dozen disks and four network sockets — also, frankly, not everyone needs them. But in combination with the first paragraph, it turns out sad. Finally, thirdly, the target audience of such boards would probably be much more interested in reading a review from their colleague in extreme overclocking than from people who have never put a glass of liquid nitrogen on a processor in their entire lives.

    Still, it’s useful to publish such articles from time to time, so that there is an occasion to look behind the high wall and ask what is happening with the neighbors, if we can get some new interesting technologies from their table. Well, let’s take a look.

    Features of the board

    Let’s repeat that it makes no sense to analyze the wiring features in the usual way. The system on ROG boards is assembled in specific cases and access to it is also specific. It is better to note that the textolite and all on-board elements are designed in strict black-red-white colors — like the box and, looking ahead, proprietary utilities and the UEFI shell.

    The board has 4 PCI Express x16 slots, with PCI-E 3.0 versions specially allocated for graphics and supporting combining video cards installed in them into modes up to Quad SLI/CrossFire. However, although this is an undoubted attribute of a gaming system, we cannot but recall that almost all boards for the Socket 2011 platform have 4 such slots — the processor has 40 PCI Express lanes, so you need to use them somehow. The slots are arranged «through one» and thus allow you to install 4 cards of double thickness, which is important for top accelerators. Regarding PCI-E 3.0 support, the motherboard manufacturer cannot give guarantees, since the capabilities and operation of the PCI Express bus are determined by its host controller, which is located in the processor. The board manufacturer can only, due to the correct layout of the slots and line switches, do not interfere with . In this case, these conditions are met, and if you install a processor and video card (s) with PCI-E 3.0 support, they will work in the maximum mode. (Another question is whether this will give at least some gain in speed.)

    40 PCI Express lanes allow you to organize a full-speed mode (x16 + x16) when installing two video cards, you can add a third one at x8 speed “free of charge”, and with setting the fourth slot formula will look like this: x16+x8+x8+x8. The board has one more PCIEx16 slot (black and gray), it is actually a backup of the second red slot (if you count from the processor) and can be useful if you install a video card in the first (main) slot, which occupies three slots due to the overall system cooling (the second red slot will be blocked). Finally, there is a PCIEx1 slot separated from the chipset and intended for installing peripheral expansion cards (if video cards do not take up all the available space). The board does not offer support for PCI devices.

    Quite expectedly, Rampage IV Extreme allows you to install 8 memory modules, although this is also a rule for Socket 2011 boards. We’ll talk about other on-board «things» later, but in general, the wiring is not at all original, if you do not take into account the cooling system.

    Of course, the processor core voltage regulator is just one of those components that must be at the highest level in an overclocking-oriented board, and ASUS feels confident here. To the credit of the company, its engineers did not pile up a circuit with a two-digit number of converter channels, which circuits were popular quite recently (and no one was embarrassed that it was mentioned in small print in the description of the board on the manufacturer’s website that the specified number of channels is “virtual”) . In this case, we used a very serious 8-channel PWM controller (ASP1000C-A) manufactured by CHiL Semiconductor, manufactured by an OEM order for ASUS and marked as Digi + VRM EPU (this is the name of ASUS’ proprietary processor power management technology). In addition, the name Digi hints that this controller is digital — which means that its operating modes can be flexibly controlled on the fly, and in general, this type of solution is characterized by better performance than a typical analog PWM controller (and more than 8 channels does not apply to mass systems). The System Agent block in the processor, which is responsible for the performance of the «extra-core» part, including the memory controller, PCI Express buses, etc., has not been left to care: its voltage regulator is 3-channel. Memory modules, which in overclocking systems usually operate at very high frequencies, and often at high voltage, are also powered according to an improved scheme: each group of 4 slots has its own 2-channel PWM controller.

    Quite expectedly, first-class Japanese-made polymer capacitors (Nichicon, FPCAP 10K series) with an extended service life are used in the power converter circuits of the processor (and memory modules). What’s more, these capacitors are used throughout the board, making the benefits of the Rampage IV Extreme not just for overclockers, but for anyone who cares about the durability and stability of the board under heavy load. Also, high-performance field-effect transistors and chokes are used in key power converters. It is curious that two connectors are soldered on the PCB for supplying additional current to key components of the system — moreover, if we have met with a connector for improved power supply to video card slots more than once (only the type of connector is unusual — 6-pin VGA, introduced for the first generation of PCI Express cards and widely used to this day on the video cards themselves), then we see “feeding” for the memory slots (with the FDD connector — may the imagination of engineers not be impoverished!) Seems to be the first time.

    But the next point is a feature that is interesting in the understanding of the manufacturer for top-end motherboards, but it only causes bewilderment and disappointment for us. Unfortunately, ASUS clearly misses those times when chipsets (northernbridges) dissipated up to 30 (or more) W of heat, and they really needed to blow heatsinks. It was those wonderful times that we owe to the very idea of ​​​​using heat pipes in an on-board cooling system, and it was those times that gave rise to an “arms race” that was amazing in its senselessness, when manufacturers competed who had more of these heat pipes and who had them more intricately curved. And since you can’t physically attach many tubes to a small chipset chip, elements of cooling systems drifted all over the textolite, fancifully going around slots and connectors, organizing a “heat transfer chain” (a heat pipe led from the chipset to a third-party radiator, from that to the second, from the second — to the third …). It is needless to explain that the efficiency of all these monstrous designs was not far from zero, but the cost of the boards increased, and the ease of assembly fell.

    Okay, let’s leave history and see what exactly is it that ASUS engineers are trying to cool so monumentally. The heatpipe does pass through the heatsink on the chipset, but it does not even try to remove heat from the chipset that supposedly needs cooling. Instead, it connects the edge of this heatsink to another heatsink, which occupies a central position on the board (there is nothing under it, and it is mounted on two legs that lift it above the PCB). Another heat pipe goes to the same radiator, from the field-effect transistor radiator in the processor power converter circuit, and the third heat pipe transfers heat from the same converter to the fourth radiator (also raised above the board so as not to accidentally heat anything). However, this, apparently, was not enough, and a fan is also installed in the chipset heatsink! (Can’t remember when we last saw active on-board cooling.)

    Theater of the Absurd in action: half of this installation was done for a 5-watt chipset, which, even under the most extreme environmental conditions, does not need anything but a small heatsink, and which there is no point or possibility to overclock (the performance of the processor, memory and video cards from the chipset is not depends, and attempts to raise the PCI Express or SATA reference frequency will bring nothing but serious problems with device performance). Let’s add that in a regular way (through the UEFI Setup utility) the fan on the chipset cannot be stopped, and the noise from it on an open bench is, generally speaking, distinguishable. (Another thing is that there is a very easy and extremely cheap way to eliminate the unpleasant consequences of the operation of this fan — just unplug its power cable from the connector on the board. )

    The processor power converter really needs cooling, especially during significant overclocking, however, we described its operation scheme above, and with such a number of channels (and electronic components in them — two high-quality field-effect transistors per channel), no special measures in the form of two senseless thermal tubes are obviously not required there — one normal radiator would be enough, since the components of these circuits are just designed for high operating temperatures. For those who doubt, we can advise you to look at the reverse side of the board, where the second half of the power converter for the cores is soldered. Somehow they manage to do without heat pipes and figured radiators, despite the fact that air convection from the back side of the PCB is usually absent altogether.

    Oh well. A look at the reverse side of the board gives us an idea of ​​a much more useful proprietary technology of the top ASUS model — X-Socket. In the review of the features of motherboards for the Socket 2011 platform, we already mentioned a very useful, in our opinion, innovation: now a full-fledged arch support plate (“backplate”) is installed under the processor socket, and it is on its 4 legs that are brought out through the textolite that processor coolers are mounted, and fasteners occurs with a conventional screw connection. Simple, effective, cheap! However, there is no doubt that the assemblers of extreme-top systems (namely, the Rampage IV Extreme model is intended for them) will want to experiment with coolers — including installing one that is designed for its own mounting plate. (This idea, by the way, is possible because the set of mounting holes for the cooler in Socket 2011 exactly matches that of Socket 1366, so you can, for example, use your old top-end cooler.) ASUS includes a replacement plate for this case. for the socket, which can replace the one that is installed by default, and also comes with a small hex screwdriver for working with screws. In the photo above, the replacement plate is attached from above to the standard one; It is clearly seen that its size is chosen so as to fix the socket structure itself with screws at the corners, and it will not interfere with the cooler plate.

    Control over other proprietary technologies is concentrated on the platform under the memory slots. Here you can find the buttons to turn on and restart the computer, which are well known to us from all current expensive boards, as well as the POST code indicator, which helps to understand the causes of problems when the system does not start. Much less often, and only on top-level boards, we met voltage taps to which you can connect multimeter probes (adapters for standard probes are included) in order to monitor the desired voltages in real time. The Go button can work like the usual MemOK button for ASUS boards! (automatically adjusts the memory mode so that the board, even with new modules, always boots without resetting CMOS), and if you press it after the OS has loaded, then special BIOS settings will be applied, previously saved in one of the profiles (it is assumed that it makes sense to apply this way boost settings).

    Next come the features that are unique, sometimes even exclusive to that particular model. A set of switches allows you to turn off one video card on the go in order to quickly find the source of problems — this function is relevant if you have a heavy-duty cooling system installed on your video cards, which makes it inconvenient and very long to disassemble the system by physically removing the cards from the slot. If you are in the mood for a truly extreme overclocking of video cards, with an increase in voltage beyond the nominal limits, there is the Hotwire method (with contact closure using a soldering iron and wires). ASUS offers a relatively civilized version of this method, when the wires to the voltage regulators on the video card are soldered in advance and brought to the contacts in two VGA Hotwire connectors on the board, after which you can programmatically control and change the main voltages [of two video cards].

    When cooling the processor with liquid nitrogen, very specific problems arise when the temperature of the processor turns out to be negative (in Celsius; however, in Fahrenheit too). So, with the impossibility of starting the system (the so-called «cold-boot bug») in these conditions (and also in a certain temperature range, below which the situation can return to normal again), a jumper is designed to activate the LN2 mode (named after the actual liquid nitrogen). If this is not enough, you can use the Q-Reset button (it is located in a different place, near the I / O ports), by pressing which the power supply to the processor will be physically turned off — they say it helps. If you’re experiencing freezes due to the processor going out of operating temperature range (still meaning ultra-low temperatures) when entering idle mode, the Slow Mode switch, which activates a slow change in processor frequency, can help. Finally, if you have problems with reading a significantly negative temperature at some points using remote sensors, you can purchase and connect 2 K-type thermocouples (chromel-alumel) to the Subzero Sense connectors (a block located next to the SATA ports and similar to them in dimensions) — this makes it possible to take readings from -200 °C.

    The board is equipped with first-class software (even hardware and software) support in terms of overclocking and monitoring system parameters, but ASUS does not save on matches, so, in addition, the entire textolite is strewn with diagnostic LEDs. There is a quite classic indicator of hard disk activity, as well as the on state of the system (in the corresponding button), in addition, a set of 4 indicators will inform you due to which component of the system (processor, memory, video, boot disk) the start failed (recall, a full-fledged POST code indicator will show more detailed information about the error). The Go LED indicator indicates the operating mode in accordance with the above algorithm of actions implemented by this button. Finally, next to each of the points of removal of critical system voltages, there is also an LED informing about the dangerous level of the corresponding voltage (this set is called Voltiminder LED II).

    BIOS and monitoring

    Of course, the motherboard’s BIOS capabilities are also significantly expanded compared to the standard ones, and now we are not talking only about the settings in the BIOS/UEFI Setup.

    Let’s start with the fact that there are two flash ROM chips on the board, and you can do almost anything with them. With the button on the textolite, you can switch between using BIOS1 and BIOS2, next to the microcircuits, the activity LEDs light up. Broke? No problem! You can reset CMOS — there is a convenient button on the back of the board. You can switch to a spare chip and flash its contents to the main one in UEFI Setup. It is possible, in addition to a variety of, including the obvious software method under Windows, to flash a new BIOS version from an inserted (in a specially marked port) flash drive by pressing the adjacent button — without turning on the system at all. In general, it is not possible to “kill” this board, or at least simply bring it to serious problems at startup.

    The board’s BIOS is based on the UEFI code — you don’t have to mention it, you won’t be able to find others now. We are also familiar with the proprietary graphical configuration utility used on ASUS boards, so we will not describe our impressions once again — in this case, the difference is only in the radical coloring characteristic of the ROG series, and, of course, in the mass of parameters for fine-tuning system and carefully controlled overclocking. (Who wants to admire it — there are a lot of screenshots in the photo gallery of the board, and neat ones, because in the basic versions of UEFI by AMI, screenshots are already taken on a flash drive. A little more, and the computer will not need any OS at all, UEFI Setup is enough!) Interesting to us only those features appeared that contribute to extreme overclocking — after all, the stability of the system may simply not be enough to load Windows, and it is desirable to sort through the parameters at least in rough outline.

    Among these, we can safely attribute the GPU / DIMM Post function, which allows you to check at startup which video cards and memory modules are installed in the system and in what mode they work. This solution is intended, of course, not to alleviate the plight of sclerotics, but to quickly check whether all video cards / DIMMs are “wound up” and functioning normally. Helpful and cute.

    And of course, let’s not forget about monitoring. The board for overclocking simply cannot but pay attention to cooling and control of this process, so the matter is not limited to one list of monitored system voltages for two screens. The board has as many as 8 fan connectors (plus a connector for a chipset fan, which can be vacated), all 4-pin, of course, indicators from all are monitored. It also provides control, including automatic, the rotation speed of 6 of them (including the chipset one), and it is especially important that the board has 3 connectors for connecting standard remote temperature sensors: 3 fans are controlled in accordance with the indicators from these temperature sensors. In general, a real paradise for those who want to fine-tune the ventilation system in the case. (Although the main use of boards like the Rampage IV Extreme seems to be working on an open bench — it is very inconvenient to pour liquid nitrogen into an assembled and vertically installed case.) We add that full control of the fans is provided directly in UEFI Setup, and there is no need to install any or software for Windows, but ASUS proprietary utilities, of course, will also allow you to track all the monitoring data and set the fan control mode.

    Bundle and proprietary utilities

    The board comes in a very large red box with descriptions of all kinds of proprietary technologies everywhere and with a swing-down «cover» through the «window» under which you can see the details and features of the design. The general package contains two separate cardboard boxes, one of which contains the motherboard itself, and the other contains a bunch of related components. However, despite the volume of the second box, there is nothing of “independent value” there: 4 SATA300 and SATA600 cables each (and stickers on them to make it easier to navigate the mess of cables inside the case), SLI hard bridges for 3- and 4-Way, flexible SLI and CrossFire bridges, a replaceable X-Socket support plate (see above) and a hex screwdriver, 2 pairs of adapters for standard multimeter probes (to relieve stress from ROG ProbeIt points), as well as a bunch of colorful waste paper, including an advertisement for a sound card ASUS Xonar, a blank for the board’s rear panel connectors and a set of Q-Connector connectors (facilitate the connection of cables from the front panel of the case to the board).

    What haven’t we talked about yet? One of the longstanding proprietary technologies of the ROG board series is ROG Connect. Briefly, the essence of the technology lies in the ability to control and manage the board (including overclocking) from a third-party device (normally — another desktop computer or laptop, but there is also a version of ROG iDirect software for iPhone / iPad when connected via Bluetooth). For standard operation, the board is supplied with a white USB cable (with type A connectors): it must be plugged into a specially marked white port on the rear panel and into any port on, conditionally, a control laptop. We believe it is unnecessary to say that an ordinary user rarely needs to monitor frequencies, voltages and fan speeds on an overclocked system, and turning on and rebooting your computer is still easier with a button on the front panel. At the same time, when the board is shrouded in white smoke of evaporating nitrogen, and the system goes to the record under the howl of turbines, a man in a white coat, coolly, “hacker-like”, tapping out commands to fine-tune the engine on the keyboard of a laptop connected by cable — this is very romantic . And we have no desire to reduce the pathos of this beautiful picture, literally described in the user manual.

    However, in addition to ROG Connect, the Rampage IV Extreme has an exclusive OC Key overclocking and monitoring feature. This device, also included (with its own cable) with the board, is a DVI-to-DVI pass-through adapter. The device is 11 cm long — keep in mind if you are going to place an overclocked computer in a table niche (ha ha!). Its meaning, of course, is not in worsening the quality of the picture (it is probably unnecessary to explain that through this adapter it is necessary to display the image from the video card to the monitor?), But in mixing your own signal with this picture. De facto, a small translucent menu is displayed on the screen over the image, in which you can monitor critical voltages, as well as the frequency and temperature of the processor, or switch to overclocking mode. The convenience of the method lies in the fact that OSD navigation and parameter changes are controlled from the standard computer keyboard, and OSD TweakIt / Monitor output occurs regardless of running processes, so you can monitor the system status and overclock it without leaving the 3D toy ( in which you obviously want to set a world record for the number of fps). Activation (and deactivation) of the OC Key, as well as switching the keyboard between the on-screen menu and the standard input of the system, is carried out using the ROG Connect button on the rear panel of the board, and for the convenience of overclocking, ASUS even offers to purchase a separate cable that brings this button to the front panel of the case ( in the case of an open stand, the block with the switch can simply be placed on the table so that it is at hand). By the way, the operation of the OC Key is controlled by the firmware of this module, and it is even possible to update this firmware by connecting the device with a ROG Connect cable to the side USB connector.

    We won’t talk about ASUS proprietary utilities, because this is a well-known set, united «under the roof» of the AI ​​Suite II shell. The only difference is in appearance — in this case, in accordance with the corporate color of the ROG series, it is dark red. (Also, of course, those nuances of settings will differ, which are determined by the capabilities of the board itself. ) Those who wish can admire the screenshots of the kit’s utilities in the board’s photo gallery. We would like to add that the CPU-Z and Mem TweakIt utilities supplied with the board (for changing memory timings on the fly), authored by the CPUID project, which is well known to any enthusiast, are also made in the same “ROG style”. This version of CPU-Z also has no differences from its “original” except for the appearance, it’s just that for ASUS such “branding” is a way to stand out, and for developers of an excellent software product it’s a way to make money. And we exclusively approve of such a symbiosis.

    Functionality

    We haven’t touched upon the board’s functionality in terms of support for various peripherals so far, so it’s time to talk about it. You can see from the back panel of the board that no miracles should be expected: Rampage IV Extreme is focused on extreme overclocking, and not on the ability to connect hundreds of hard drives and all computers on the enterprise’s local network. However, the set of rear panel ports cannot be called meager — just normal for a top-end motherboard. The new generation of interfaces is represented here by 4 USB 3.0 ports (in addition to 8 USB 2.0 — excellent!) and two eSATA600 (without power). There is no FireWire, but there is a combined PS / 2 for keyboard / mouse, a standard set of audio connectors, including Toslink for S / PDIF-Out, and a Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR wireless module sticks out in one of the output points (the antenna is hidden under a blue cap). What else is rich in the top model ASUS?

    The board is based on the Intel X79 chipset (single bridge X79). In addition to this, the board implements:

    • 4 controllers USB 3.0 , based on ASMedia ASM1042 chips (PCIEx1 interface), with a total support of 4 USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel and the ability to output 4 more ports;
    • 2 controllers SATA 3.0 , based on ASMedia ASM1061 chips (PCIEx1 interface), supporting a total of 2 SATA600 ports on the PCB and 2 eSATA600 ports on the rear panel;
    • integrated audio, based on 10-channel (7. 1+2) HDA codec Realtek ALC898, with optical S/PDIF-Out connector on the rear panel and S/PDIF-Out connector on the textolite;
    • network controller, based on the MAC controller in the chipset and PHY Intel 82579V, supporting speeds of 10/100/1000 Mbps (Gigabit Ethernet).

    Noteworthy is the clear preference given to ASMedia peripheral products on the top board. It is clear that companies with names starting with AS have some common roots, but still, ASMedia controllers are still far from being recognized as an industry standard. (Recall that we compared the speed of several USB 3.0 controllers, including the ASM1042, and this model turned out to be nothing to brag about.) On the other hand, we repeat once again, Rampage IV Extreme was clearly not created for a detailed comparison and looking for a difference of several megabytes per second: there is USB 3.0 — and okay. And if you managed to get a huge wholesale discount on ASMedia products, thereby bringing the cost of the board closer to the buyer’s wallet, that’s all right. In the end, we can’t make any serious complaints about the selected models, and the Intel version is used as a network solution on the board, and not a cheap discrete controller.

    We haven’t tested the quality of the on-board analog output (our main receiver sound card has a PCI interface), but there’s no reason to expect problems — Realtek’s HDA codecs have been known to us for a long time and are used everywhere. We cannot say anything interesting about the specific codec model chosen — it does not have any proprietary technologies.

    Conclusion

    Let’s try to summarize the acquaintance. We think that even if someone hears about the ROG series for the first time, based on the results of today’s review, they have no doubt that the Rampage IV Extreme is a serious model specializing in extreme overclocking. Since we, of course, did not conduct any overclocking tests (even without liquid nitrogen), this part can be completed.

    What could people who were interested in overclocking, if only theoretically, take away? Roughly speaking, does it make sense to buy this board without the goal of setting a world record in SuperPi — after all, «top» means «excellent»? (Again, let’s recall the price tag of this model — the current one is given a few paragraphs below. ) Our answer is no. Yes, the board is based on the highest performance desktop platform available today, with 8 memory slots and 4 double-width (or 2 or 3-triple) graphics card slots running at the highest speed possible, and an impressive number of USB 3.0 and SATA600 ports. (including in the eSATA600 variation). However, exactly the same can be said about most models on the X79(the platform is top, but it is exactly the same, and everyone has the same), and in terms of the number and variety of peripheral controllers and the expansion options, some can give a decent head start to the reviewed Rampage IV Extreme. Yes, the board is equipped with an excellent power supply system (presumably to help with overclocking), but the competitors’ power supply is organized in much the same way — it’s just a normal top level for today.

    It does not follow from the above that the board is unsuccessful or does not justify its price. It’s just that all its technologies, the implementation of which costs decent money, are aimed at providing overclocking, and not at adding a couple more disk controllers (which for most ordinary buyers are exactly the same useless «body kit» that increases the retail price of the model). Of the «universal» values ​​that we would not refuse to see in all models on the market, we will single out a system for monitoring and controlling cooling: more connectors for fans with a speed controlled by an individual temperature sensor! Of the board’s shortcomings similar in scale is the onboard cooling system: frankly showy, throwing dust in the eyes and creating unnecessary inconvenience for system assembly (high heatsinks here and there) and during operation (noise from the chipset fan).

    But no matter how we feel about extreme overclocking and boards for its implementation, it is impossible not to mark the considered model with an award for originality. There are simply no analogues to some of the technologies used on the board — not only from competitors, but also from ASUS itself.

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    Motherboard Asus Rampage V Extreme/U3.

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    Extreme Overclocking X99 ROG Motherboard and USB 3.1 Type-A Expansion Card Included

    • For Intel® Core™ i7 Processors in LGA 2011-v3
    • Chipset Intel® X99 Express
    • OC Socket, OC Panel, Safe Boot and ReTry buttons — a set of technologies for extreme overclocking
    • Processor socket OC Socket — maximum overclocking of the processor and memory DDR4
    • Extreme Engine Digi+ IV digital power system with selected
    • components

    • DirectCU, X-Socket II, Fan Xpert 3 and Temperature Sensors for Efficient Cooling
    • High-speed interfaces: M.2, 2x SATA Express, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (3T3R)
    • SupremeFX 2014, Sonic Radar II, Intel Ethernet, LANGuard, GameFirst III, KeyBot, RAMDisk — Incredible gaming sound and lag-free gamingli>
    • USB 3.1 Type-A expansion card with two USB 3.1 ports included

    4-Way SLI™/CrossFireX™ ​​supported

    Conveniently positioned PCI Express 3.

    0 slots

    Unleash the potential of a multi-processor graphics configuration by installing multiple graphics cards in your system. Between the PCI-E slots there is enough space to install the most powerful models of video cards. You can connect and disconnect video cards using special switches on the board. Configuration setup has never been so easy and affordable!

    Processor socket OC Socket

    Maximum overclocking of the processor and DDR4 memory!

    ASUS X99 series motherboards feature an innovative OC Socket. This unique connector contains additional pins that connect exclusive circuitry to new Intel processors codenamed Haswell-E. Combined with the UEFI BIOS interface, OC Socket allows you to set higher frequencies for DDR4 memory during overclocking to reduce latency without affecting system stability. This is especially important under extreme overclocking conditions using liquid nitrogen as a coolant. OC Socket is 100% compatible with the latest Haswell-E processors in LGA 2011-v3 package.

    Test software: AIDA64 v4.60 | 3D Mark 11 | Cinebench R11.5 | Cinebench R15 | SuperPi v1.5

    Test hardware configuration: Intel Core i7-5960X processor | Rampage V Extreme | GSkill DDR4-3200*4 | Video card GTX680 | Windows 7 OS (64-bit)

    Overclocking DDR4

    For extreme overclocking

    Thanks to the original T-shaped topology of connecting system memory slots, its overclocking potential increases. This is what makes it possible to reach frequencies of more than 3300 MHz when overclocking DDR4 memory modules on new ASUS motherboards.

    OC Panel

    Monitor and overclock your system in real time!

    The board comes with an OC Panel module for monitoring and overclocking the system in two modes. OC Panel displays full system status information on its 2.6-inch display.

    Standard mode — convenient monitoring and overclocking of the computer!

    Installing the OC Panel in a standard 5. 25-inch computer bay, it displays many parameters on its display, including information about the frequency and temperature of the components, the value of the multipliers, the speed of the fans. In this case, the overclocking functions of the processor (CPU Level Up) and fan control are available. You can choose one of the cooling modes: Turbo, Standard or Silent.

    Extreme mode — for maximum overclocking!

    Extreme mode — for maximum overclocking!

    Safe Boot and ReTry buttons

    More time for records!

    The Rampage V Extreme includes a number of design features that accompany the overclocking process. In particular, the new hardware buttons Safe Boot and ReTry are used to restore the system in the event of an emergency during overclocking. They will simplify overclocking and save you time!

    Extreme Engine Digi+ IV

    At full speed!

    Extreme Engine Digi+ IV high-precision and powerful digital power system, implemented in Rampage V Extreme, is the key to successful operation of the computer in overclocking mode. The inductors used in it have improved characteristics, in particular, a reduced level of core losses in standard temperature conditions. In addition, the power system uses the all-new PowIRstage® IR3555 controller, which includes a driver and high- and low-side MOSFET switches, and features RDS On Sensing current balancing technology. The Extreme Engine Digi+ IV features the ability to change the frequency of pulse-width modulation (PWM) in 1 MHz steps, which improves the stability of the VRM memory by 40%.

    Cooling system DirectCU

    Direct Contact Copper Pipes

    To ensure efficient heat dissipation, the exclusive DirectCU cooling technology uses a copper heat pipe with improved thermal conductivity that is in direct contact with Extreme Engine Digi+ IV power system components. This solution made it possible to reduce the temperature in the VRM area by 7℃ compared to a conventional cooling system.

    X-Socket II

    For Maximum Cooling

    Proprietary X-Socket II three-piece bracket makes it easy to mount a liquid nitrogen vaporizer and dry ice vaporizer on the Rampage V Extreme. To replace the standard LGA2011-3 plate with an X-Socket II, use the included Phillips screwdriver.

    8 fan connectors (4/3-pin) + 7 thermal sensors + Fan Xpert 3

    Flexible fan control

    The Rampage V Extreme has eight 4/3-pin (PWM/DC) fan headers. There are also four built-in temperature sensors plus three 2-pin connectors and three cables with thermal sensors to monitor the temperature of different areas or components of the board in real time. To configure the operation of the processor and case cooling fans, you can use both automatic and manual modes.

    Intel® Network Controller

    High bandwidth, reduced CPU usage, great gaming experience!

    The Maximus VII Gene is equipped with the latest Intel® Ethernet controller, a great choice for gamers. The Intel® Network Controller provides high speed TCP and UDP packet processing and reduces the load on the CPU!

    ASUS engineers used IxChariot, an industry-leading test tool, to find out how the Intel Gigabit Ethernet Controller handles the small UDP packets (up to 256 bytes) that are typical for gaming traffic. The results showed that the Maximus VII Gene motherboard processed such packets approximately twice as fast as other networking solutions!

    LANGuard — updated RJ45!

    High throughput. Improved protection.

    GameFirst III

    Optimize network settings for lag-free gaming!

    The GameFirst III feature will help you prioritize the use of the Internet channel by various applications. Having received the highest priority, online games will work as quickly as possible, without annoying «lags», and other online applications that have a low priority for using the Internet channel will not interfere with this.

    You can select one of the preset operating modes — Optimization, Games, Online Video, File Transfer. You can also manage bandwidth priorities on an application-by-application basis by selecting one of five values ​​or by blocking data transfer. The built-in network monitoring tool allows you to monitor network traffic and perform connection tests.

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    Fully armed: the second offensive of the LGA1366 platform

    For almost half a year we have been repeating that Sandy Bridge processors turned out to be extremely successful — fast, cold, superbly overclocked. However, formally, the LGA1155 platform occupies a middle-end niche: in official documents, the high-end segment is dominated by LGA1366. Moreover, in February, Intel announced the Core i7-990X CPU, which is currently the flagship of the Extreme Edition line. However, the X58 Express system logic was introduced almost two and a half years ago, and in terms of functionality, it lacks at least support for USB 3.0 and SATA Rev. 3 interfaces, recently implemented by motherboard manufacturers by installing additional controllers. In order to fully justify the high rank, other innovations would be useful. Therefore, Intel itself and some of its partners decided to breathe a second life into LGA1366 motherboards by releasing uncompromising premium gaming and overclocking solutions. How successful the second offensive of the old platform will be, we will try to understand this material using the example of new ASUS and Gigabyte products.

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    ASUS Rampage III Black Edition

    Headphone Amplifier

    Rampage III Black Edition rear panel full of connectors
    Thunderbolt Daughter Card Combines Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 Network Platform and
    Sound Card with

    The Black Edition version takes from its predecessor, the Rampage III Extreme, all the best in terms of functionality, but has been significantly improved. The most powerful power subsystem, detailed BIOS, PC fine-tuning and PC management tools on the PCB board, the long-awaited POST indicator — these are the distinguishing features that the target audience, namely extreme overclockers, needs. However, ASUS also took care of gamers: the Rampage III Black Edition comes with a ThunderBolt daughter board (Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 platform), which increases the comfort of playing on the Web, in particular, increasing the frame rate and sound quality in today’s popular MMORPGs. Users will surely appreciate the powerful wireless module (Bluetooth/Wi-Fi) soldered on the board.

    Specifications

    Expansion slots 4×PCI Express x16 (x16+x16/x8+x8+x8+x8),
    2×PCI Express x1

    Audio Codec SupremeFX X-Fi

    9002 Connectors rear panel PS/2, 7×USB 2.0, 2×USB 3.0, RJ-45,
    2×eSATA, 2×Wi-Fi, 6×audio in/out, BIOS reset button

    Price at the time of testing $530

    The heatsink of this board is stylized as a clip with cartridges

    It seems that manufacturers have liked the idea of ​​producing boards for creating powerful gaming platforms with MMORPG acceleration. Gigabyte introduced three G1 series products with Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 hardware support. The older model, G1.Assassin, is equipped and functional to the maximum. The combination of matte black RSV and bright green slots is a great design solution. Numerous LEDs are soldered on the board, which are both decorative elements and indicators of the operating modes of PC components. Despite the detailed BIOS and powerful power subsystem, the product lacks control buttons. In the process of overclocking on the G1.Assassin, we got 223 MHz in BCLK — an excellent result. However, the price of the device in question is beyond our imagination.

    Specifications

    Expansion slots 4×PCI Express x16 (x16+x16/x8+x8+x8+x8), 2×PCI Express x1, PCI

    Audio codec Creative CA20K2

    panels 2×PS/2, 4×USB 2.0, 4×USB 3.0, RJ-45, optical and coaxial S/PDIF, 5×audio inputs/outputs

    Price at the time of testing $545

    Gigabyte GA-X58A- OC

    Among the controls, 4G stands out — CPU auto-overclocking button up to 4 GHz
    GA-X58A-OC’s austere rear panel shocks even seasoned users

    The second model from Gigabyte turned out to be even brighter than the previous one: the same matte black RSV color and an abundance of orange slots, backlit heatsink inserts make it a chic modding solution. However, the GA-X58A-OC is designed exclusively for overclockers: the appearance of a meager rear panel is discouraging. Although extreme enthusiasts do not need more.

    The main thing is that the board overclocks processors well, has a powerful power subsystem and soldered control buttons, along with a POST code indicator. It was she who was used to force six-core Intel processors to an impressive 7 GHz. For beginners, the 4G key is useful, which allows you to automatically increase the frequency of the LGA1366 CPU to 4 GHz.

    Specifications

    Expansion slots 4×PCI Express x16 (x16+x16/x8+x8+x8+x8), PCI

    Audio Codec Realtek ALC889

    Rear panel connectors 2xPS/2, 2xpower-USB, 2xUSB 3.0, RJ-45, 3x audio in/out

    Price at time of testing $355

    board.

    Power, Reset buttons and BIOS reset jumper are soldered on the PCB of many motherboards ASUS Rampage III Black Edition,
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC
    Newfangled one-sided RAM slots allow you to remove modules even with a graphics card installed ASUS Rampage III Black Edition
    Two additional 8-pin CPU power connectors instead of one — a feature of high-end motherboards based on Intel X58 ASUS Rampage III Black Edition,
    Gigabyte G1. Assassin,
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC
    PCB boards are wired with multiple LEDs and heatsinks literally shine thanks to built-in LEDs Gigabyte G1.Assassin,
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC
    The USB 3.0 interface is getting more and more popular. Its presence is indicated by the blue connectors on the rear panel of the ASUS Rampage III Black Edition,
    Gigabyte G1.Assassin,
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC
    POST indicator and its multi-LED counterpart allow you to quickly identify problems with PC components ASUS Rampage III Black Edition,
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC
    Support for SATA 3.0 on the boards in question is provided by additional third-party controllers ASUS Rampage III Black Edition,
    Gigabyte G1.Assassin,
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC

    Conclusions

    It is difficult to judge the prospects of the reviewed products, since they are all niche and aimed at a small audience of wealthy gamers and overclockers. Intel, ASUS and Gigabyte are well aware of the capabilities of the old, albeit modernized, platform in a competitive environment with ambitious newcomers. Core i7-9 release90X and the ultimate motherboards for it — a kind of «swan song» LGA1366, an attempt to provide a tool for squeezing the maximum out of the Nehalem architecture for those who still need it. Such a step once again demonstrated the highest engineering potential of the aforementioned companies. We have not seen such bright, extraordinary and memorable solutions for a long time — at least for this they deserve to appear on the pages of the magazine.

    Products provided by
    ASUS Rampage III Black Edition ASUS, www.asus.ua
    Gigabyte G1.Assassin Kvazar-Micro, www.kmdisti.com
    Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC MTI, www.mti.ua

    NVIDIA News Page 8 — NVIDIA WORLD

    In July, while Amazon was beta testing New World, some owners of EVGA’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 graphics cards reported that their graphics card had died.

    For its part, Amazon has taken all possible measures by limiting the frame rate and thus reducing the load. As for EVGA, it launched an investigation into the incident with the replacement of failed video cards. The investigation came to an end, and it showed that poor soldering was the cause of the failures.

    EVGA GeForce RTX 3090 FTW3 graphics card

    In an interview with PCWorld, an EVGA spokesperson confirmed that only a handful of RTX 3090 cards were affected. The company received 24 damaged graphics cards, all released in 2020. After investigating the problem, it was found that they failed due to «bad preparation» when soldering the circuit in the MOSFET area.

    The company added that the report received reflects the problem in less than 1% of all video cards sold. The company also received a limited number of RTX 3090 cards, which means that the problem does not affect absolutely all shipments and is related to individual products.

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    video cards

    The price drop may mean a gradual increase in inventory, but NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang says GPU shortages continue and will continue through 2022.

    Huang shared his expectations during the Q2 2022 report. Despite the deficit, the company plans its further growth throughout FY 2022 and into 2023. The company currently has sufficient supplies to meet this year’s quota, and the firm is entering into a long-term relationship as early as FY 2023.

    Jensen Huang Introduces Ampere

    Graphics Cards Despite improvements, NVIDIA’s forecast makes it clear that we’re unlikely to ever see a return to recommended prices, at least in RTX 30 series cards. But there’s also AMD and Intel. Perhaps these companies will achieve better deliveries.

    Stock shortages often lead to higher prices, but this is not always true. Just look at the PlayStation 5, which at first was very difficult to acquire, but the price of it remained unchanged.

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    Earlier this year, NVIDIA introduced four graphics cards that are specifically designed for mining. They came out under the name Crypto Mining Processor (CMP) and offered miners performance from 26 MX/s to 86 MX/s.

    All these cards are based on Turing and Ampere family GPUs and equipped with cooling systems from production partners.

    NVIDIA 170HX

    Video Accelerator Now the family of these accelerators has been expanded with a new flagship 170HX model with passive cooling based on NVIDIA A100 accelerator with GA100 processor.

    NVIDIA 170HX Cooling System

    This new accelerator model is the first for NVIDIA to include 4480 CUDA cores and 8 GB HBM2E memory, which is noticeably less than other GA100-based products. In addition, the company has limited the communication bus to 4 lanes of PCIe Gen 1. Thus, this card cannot be used for tasks other than mining. The 170HX card has a TDP of 250W and a base frequency of 1140MHz with the BIOS locked to prevent memory overclocking.

    NVIDIA 170HX performance NVIDIA 170HX specifications from GPU-Z

    As a result, the performance of the accelerator is 164 MHz/s in the Etash algorithm.

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    TechPowerUp

    At CES, which traditionally takes place in January, NVIDIA is due to introduce a mid-range refresh of GeForce RTX video cards. These cards will receive the «SUPER» suffix.

    The next generation of RTX 40 series graphics cards are also rumored to be introduced in Q4 2022, most likely in October. enough, but the GPUs will be fully unlocked.

    GPU NVIDIA

    The source of these rumors was an insider with the nickname Greymon55, who traditionally publishes information that then comes true. In addition, this information fits into the company’s renewal scheme. It recently released a Ti update for some of its higher price tier products to better compete with the RDNA2 based Radeon RX 6000 series.

    The next generation of NVIDIA graphics cards will be based on the Lovelace graphics architecture, which will include a larger set of RTX hardware acceleration, more ray tracing, and readiness for future APIs. In addition, for the 400 series RTX, the company will return production to TSMC and the architecture will be optimized for N5 production. Currently, Ampere architecture GPUs are manufactured according to 8nm standards by Samsung factories.

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    According to a recent analytical report published by 3DCenter, the prices of graphics cards that have fallen have started to rise again.

    AMD RX 6000 and NVIDIA RTX 30 series graphics card prices are starting to rise again after two months of decline, according to recent charts. The main growth is observed in the «green». NVIDIDA cards have already risen in price by 9% on average. At the same time, AMD cards have already risen in price by 6. Now NVIDIA accelerators cost an average of 59% more expensive than the recommended price, and AMD — 64%.

    Changes in the market price of video cards

    So far, the price increase is not at all as significant as observed in May, when they jumped up to 304% at NVIDIA, but the emerging trend is a clear indicator of future changes.

    This growth comes despite the positive signals of recent months about the ban on cryptocurrencies in China and the decrease in the profitability of Ethereum. It is likely that another wave of COVID lockdowns in Asia has already begun to affect supplies and prices.

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    In the latest Steam statistics report, which shows hardware usage plummeting in August, AMD products.

    In just a month, the share of AMD processors in Steam decreased by 1.88% and now stands at 27.31%. This is the lowest level in a year. The maximum for AMD processors was observed in May, when the company’s share exceeded 30%. It is known that AMD suffered much more from the shortage of supplies than Intel, so there is nothing surprising in such statistics.

    Intel processors vs. AMD

    As for the Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards, there are still so few of them that they do not make it into the main report.

    But NVIDIA is doing great. The most successful month was the RTX 2060. This Turing-based product is up 1.35%. It’s possible that this is due to NVIDIA’s recently announced push to «resume» these graphics cards. The Ampere line is also evolving. The top RTX 3090 only lost 0.01% while the RTX 3060 gained 0.42% in popularity.

    Steam graphics card statistics for August 2021

    Recent analyst reports say that graphics card prices are starting to rise again. It will be interesting to see how this will affect distribution on Steam.

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    comment on related news This is reported by the Chinese store IT Home.

    This message is sure to disappoint anyone who dreamed of buying a new video card, seeing as their prices slowly stabilized, and shipments in the second quarter rose to 123 million units.

    NVIDIA RTX 30 family

    The site notes that shipments of the RTX 3060 and RTX 3060 Ti will drop by 50% in September compared to the first 20 days of August. This information is also confirmed by representatives of many manufacturers who are actively discussing the current situation on the forums. The situation with limited supplies will last at least until the end of September, after which, gradually, it should begin to improve.

    The VideoCardz site believes that the problem will not be limited to the above two models, but will spread to the entire production of cards from NVIDIA and AMD. The reason for all this shortage is said to be another reduction in the production of video cards in China due to new lockdowns caused by COVID-19.

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    video card market But it turns out that the presentation held this spring was an absolute fake. And this applies not only to the kitchen, but also to Jensen himself.

    During GTC 2021, Huang held a presentation in his kitchen, and no one knew it was a virtual kitchen. And virtual Juan. The only real thing during a presentation is the voice. «Everything but 14 seconds during the presentation lasting 1 hour and 48 minutes, from 1:02:41 to 1:02:55, Juan spoke himself» , according to NVIDIA’s post. So while Jensen and his kitchen were virtual models, the voice you heard at the presentation was real.

    NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang during the presentation of the GTC 2021 in his kitchen.

    In April 2021, this presentation did not arouse the slightest suspicion among the tens of thousands of industry professionals and reviewers serving the event. The famous scene was recreated using NVIDIA Omniverse.

    In their blog, the company talked about the process of recreating a space that enthusiasts have become attached to. Jensen’s Kitchen has been a pandemic hotspot for PC fans. «To create a virtual Jensen, the teams scanned the entire face and body to create a 3D model, then taught the AI ​​his facial expressions, gestures and emotions, added some AI magic to make their clone realistic» .

    GTC 2021 Keynote with NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang

    «Digital Jensen was then placed in a replica of his kitchen that was reconstructed using Omniverse, surprising the audience and making them wonder at the end which part of the presentation was real and which part was a render» .

    Now we know the whole truth. Reality didn’t exist at all.

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    NVIDIA has updated its line of Ampere video cards with the LHR series, which is designed to reduce interest in products from miners. However, the NBMiner tool offers the opportunity to reduce the impact of the company’s restrictions by increasing the productivity of cryptocurrency mining by 70%.

    The new version of the NBMiner utility allows you to remove hashrate restrictions on NVIDIA cards. In fact, we are not talking about circumventing restrictions. The utility rather provides the ability to adjust some values ​​to improve performance.

    It is noted that with the right settings, the performance of a limited LHR card can be increased by 68% when mining Ethereum.

    Every NVIDIA video card currently in production, except for the GeForce RTX 3090, has a mining performance limit, and it seems that the effectiveness of this limitation is not very high.

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    NVIDIA has officially unveiled the new RTX A2000 graphics card. It is designed for workstations and at the same time it is much smaller than other video cards of the family, which allows it to be used in machines of almost any configuration, up to the Small Form Factor.

    The new RTX A2000 graphics card is the «most compact and power efficient» card for professionals working with heavy workloads in rendering, running simulations and accelerating AI calculations. Its dimensions are only 169×69 mm, while it has a two-slot design.

    NVIDIA RTX A2000 graphics card

    Like the RTX 3060 booster, the RTX A2000 is based on the GA106 processor and offers 3328 CUDA cores, 104 Tensor cores, 26 RT cores. The board is also equipped with 6 GB of GDDR6 video memory with EEC and a 192-bit bus. In terms of interfaces, the board offers 4 mini-DisplayPort 1.4 ports that support up to 4 UHD displays at 120Hz or 4 5K displays at 60Hz or a pair of 8K displays.