ASUS FM2+ ROG Crossblade Ranger Review


ASUS FM2+ ROG Crossblade Ranger Review  


ASUS' Republic of Gamers products are renowned for being some of most extreme and capable products on the market, with a highly refined Aesthetic and and an feature set well above the standard. 

It has been a long time since we have seen an Republic of Gamers Motherboard for AMD CPUs, with the last being the Crosshair V Formula on the AMD AM3+ Socket. Before now the ROG Brand has never touched AMD APUs and considering their mainstream performance we can see why, however now with the release of AMD's Quad core Athlon 860K based on the Steamroller CPU architecture, which costs around half that of the A10-7850K for the same CPU performance, perhaps this is the right time to give this socket a bit of the ROG Treatment.


Crossblade Ranger

The Crossblade Ranger is taking their trip to the FM2+ socket seriously and while this board commands a price of around £120, above that of all other FM2+ motherboards, it features many things that most FM2+ motherboards simply lack, like extreme power circuitry for heavy overclocking with a dedicated LN2 mode to satisfy even the most extreme overclockers, ASUS' SupremeFX 2014 audio which ASUS claim to be as great as a dedicated soundcard to give users a more immersive audio experience, Gaming Grade Intel Ethernet ports with ASUS' LANGuard for improved throughput and surge protection and ASUS' GameFirst III software to give your games priority when you are battling online.

Also with this motherboard gamers will be rewarded with a Republic of Gamers Mouse mat, which can be discussed later in the review and for a limited time those who buy a ASUS Crossblade Ranger on will also get a free copy of Sniper Elite 3.  


ASUS FM2+ ROG Crossblade Ranger Review  

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Most Recent Comments

07-01-2015, 17:25:09

At last a solid FM2+ that can be recommended, excellent job Asus.Quote

07-01-2015, 17:27:50

Going to say it: "That awkward moment when the chip that will be used with the motherboard costs less than the motherboard itself"
Because I don't think that someone would run an APU on that board....Quote

07-01-2015, 17:31:31

It's about time AMD got some hairy mcluvin Quote

07-01-2015, 17:40:17

Originally Posted by Thelosouvlakia View Post
Going to say it: "That awkward moment when the chip that will be used with the motherboard costs less than the motherboard itself"
Because I don't think that someone would run an APU on that board....
Its more common with AMD than intel.

When this 'board first came out I laughed at it. Alot.

However, it does make more sense to me now. Its still comparatively cheap for a full on ROG setup and the 860k is actually not that bad at all as a gaming pc. All they need to do is to release something ROG that is cheapish GPU wise (ROG 750Ti?) and you've got a solid, themed rig.Quote

07-01-2015, 17:46:03

Erhm yeah... Who is going to pay 60 quid for an 860k, only to pair it up with a £120 motherboard? Let alone run SLI/CrossfireX with a CPU like that :|

Or even when you get the most expensive APU that costs as much as this board? Use on-board graphics? Get a proper GPU, rendering the one on the APU useless anyway?

I mean, it's nice that proper boards for AMD exist, but it's a bit pointless when AMD doesn't have a CPU line-up to go with them Quote

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