ASUS FM2+ ROG Crossblade Ranger Review

Test Setup and Up Close

ASUS FM2+ ROG Crossblade Ranger Review

Test Setup

The test setup here is the same as was used in the initial Athlon AMD Athlon 860K review, with AMD 2400MHz memory, a club3d R7 250 a pair of Corsiar LS Series SSDs all cooled by an H80i and powered by a HX850 in a Corsair 300R chassis.   

 

CPUAMD Athlon x4 860K
MotherboardASUS ROG Crossblade Ranger
Memory

AMD Radeon Memory 2400MHz memory

GraphicsClub3D Radeon R7 250
CoolingCorsair H80i
Power SupplyCorsair HX850
CaseCorsair 300R 
Storage2x Corsair 60GB LS Solid State Drives

 

Up Close

When it comes to the box and packaging this motherboard is standard pretty standard for ROG, inside you first see the motherboard in an anti-static bag and below that you will find a user manual, a IO Shield, a collection of SATA Cable labels for easy cable management 4x SATA 3 cables and a quick connect for your Cases USB 2.0 and your power leds, HDD leds power and reset switches. 

At the bottom of the box there is an ROG Gaming Mouse Mat. It has a nice fabric top and a rubberised base, which looks and feels great. I had a great time using it on the system while testing the motherboard and I will be sad to put it away now that testing is over.

  

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Looking at the board outside of it's packaging the first thing that comes to mind is that this motherboard looks a lot like the ASUS Z97 Ranger, the only differences that are obvious at first glance is the AMD FM2+ socket, the lack of an M.2 Slot and the Crossblade Ranger having an extra PCI slot and two more SATA 3.0 Ports.

 

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Looking at the connectivity options, internally we see 8 total SATA 3 ports, 3x PCI-e lanes (2x PCI-e 3.0 16x, 1x PCI-e 2.0 16x), 2x PCI lanes and 2x PCIe 1x. Externally we have a PS2 connector for older keyboards, 4x USB 3.0 ports, an Intel Gigabit Ethernet port, the usual Audio input, a BIOS flashback button and the usual audio outputs (Powered by ASUS' SupremeFX 2014 Audio). If you are using an AMD APU you can connect a displays via HDMI, VGA or DVI-D.  

 

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Looking at the Crossblade Ranger in the test rig it is very easy to see that this is a beautiful motherboard, the board looks very clean and the surface of the board is non-reflective, perfect for use with internal lighting. The motherboard has the perfect blend of black and red and all the boards led lighting can be switched on or off in the BIOS at the user preference.

This motherboard looks premium, more so than any other FM2+ motherboard on the market. When seen through a case window your friends could be easily fooled into thinking that your system is much more expensive than they know. Pair it up with a mid-range ROG GPU, perhaps their GTX 760 and you have a great Republic of Gamers themes Rig at a surprisingly low cost. 

 

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Most Recent Comments

07-01-2015, 12:25:09

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

07-01-2015, 12:27:50

Thelosouvlakia
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, 12:31:31

Dicehunter
It's about time AMD got some hairy mcluvin Quote

07-01-2015, 12:40:17

barnsley
Quote:
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, 12:46:03

Feronix
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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