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Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Preview

Postby Apoptosis » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:30 am

We managed to get our hands on a prototype ASUS Rampage III Extreme motherboard and give you a look at what ASUS has in the works for enthusiasts and gamers. If you loved the previous Rampage Extreme (REX) motherboards then the upcoming R3E won't disappoint. Read on to see what an early prototype can do!

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I'm rather glad ASUS stuck with the Rampage Extreme branding as it lets me say stuff like EEEEXXXXTRRREEEEMMMMMEEE in daily conversation. I know in just writing this article I've mumbled that to myself a half-dozen times with a grin on my face. I have a feeling the Rampage III Extreme will be another board that goes down in the history books for high performance. The ASUS R3E motherboard though won't be limited in appreciation to just those people who benchmark with liquid nitrogen and dry ice. A lot of thought was put into the layout and the fact that it has an ATX form factor height means it'll enable 4-way CrossFire in a normal ATX case unlike the EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI which fits in only a handful of cases...


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Re: Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Preview

Postby FZ1 » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:35 am

Looks like a great board. I've been one to shell out some bucks for components in the past but I'm weary of the high prices of these new boards. Soon it will be $600 boards. I'd rather pay for a faster processor that needs less OC and get a cheaper board that may not OC as well.
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Re: Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Preview

Postby Gomeler » Mon Mar 01, 2010 9:53 am

Won't lie, these mega-awesome flagship boards are getting quite expensive. I honestly never understood why the Classified was so popular for "average" enthusiasts on air and watercooling. I see that board all over the place though, way more often than I'd expect for a $400 board. I understand there will always be a slim niche of enthusiasts where price doesn't matter but otherwise these boards are nothing but phenomenal marketing platforms for dudes bashing down records left and right. Outside of these two slim markets though.. I don't understand why someone would want to drop $400 on a board versus something like the P6T. Whatever though, I love these boards and plan on beating up on this particular board now that the "preview" is completed. Bring on the liquid nitrogen :supz:
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Re: Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Preview

Postby InspectahACE » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:12 pm

just read this...I'm getting a hard one for this board, but I thought when first announced this bad boy WAS going to have the NF200 for all 4 slots at 16x?
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Re: Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Preview

Postby Gomeler » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:27 pm

InspectahACE wrote:just read this...I'm getting a hard one for this board, but I thought when first announced this bad boy WAS going to have the NF200 for all 4 slots at 16x?


Don't remember hearing about that and I'm glad it doesn't. NF200 add latency and decrease efficiency. The only time you need them in my book is for quad-SLI with GTX285s. The P6T7 Supercomputer has 2 NF200s I believe, perhaps that is what you are thinking of? The upcoming EVGA w555 Classified also has 2 NF200s. I'll take my board without NF200s please :)
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Re: Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Preview

Postby InspectahACE » Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:47 pm

Nope, I was going off what these guys said ( http://www.tweaktown.com/news/13944/asu ... index.html ) ...I just want to be able to use 3 gpu's and my sound card without losing any bandwidth or anything..I know there isn't much difference between 8x and 16x but putting that much money into it I think we all should get 16x on all slots. Just my opinion
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Re: Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Preview

Postby FeRaL » Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:09 pm

Meh, I had a hard time spending $200 on a x58 mobo. I can remember back in the Socket A days when you could get a smokin' OC mobo for around 100 bones and it had every premium feature.
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Re: Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Preview

Postby nick30076 » Sun Apr 11, 2010 8:54 pm

Sorry, posted this question on the wrong preview earlier.

Is the PCIe x4 available and usable when two video cards (5970's) are installed for x16/x16 operation?
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Re: Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Preview

Postby Gomeler » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:17 am

From my understanding of the PCIe layout that PCIe x4 is split with the NEC USB3.0 and JMicron SATA6 chips through the ICH10R. So in short, yes.
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