ASUS Rampage III Extreme
With Intel’s Core i7 LGA1366 platform having been around for awhile now and proven to be a performance juggernaut, there have been several motherboard revisions from manufacturers looking to incorporate some new technologies such as SATA 6G and USB 3.0 into their products. The original lineups didn’t offer such things, but the longevity of the X58 platform has made it necessary, perhaps even desired, to release new products to consumers.
There is a wide range of X58 motherboards on the market, but very few cater to the diehard enthusiast, particularly the extreme overclocking crowd. And of those that do, only a select few products offer the new SATA III and USB 3.0 features. One of the boards that meets these criteria is the ASUS Rampage III Extreme, designed for serious overclocking and made to be pushed very hard. Packed with an extensive list of features, it does sound promising, and we’ve come to expect big things from ASUS in the Republic of Gamers product lineups. It also comes with a hefty price tag as one of the most expensive X58 boards out there, but ASUS makes no apologies for what they claim is an overclocker’s dream board.
Enthusiasts looking for the most extreme X58 board have typically gravitated to one of only a few boards on the market, one of which was the Rampage II Extreme and another has been the EVGA Classified. We’re no strangers to those boards, having worked with both of them. But both of those boards don’t have the new features offered by the Rampage III Extreme. So how does the new Rampage stack up? Well, we dropped in an i7 980X hex-core chip and some extreme cooling to find out.
Let’s take a closer look at the Rampage III Extreme and see if it can bring the muscle for the money.
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