ASUS FM2+ ROG Crossblade Ranger Review
Crossblade Ranger’s core benefits deliver the best gaming networking, with Intel® Gigabit Ethernet, GameFirst III and LANGuard, the best gaming audio from SupremeFX 2014, the best gaming interface with KeyBot and the best gaming performance with exclusive Auto Tuning technology to unleash the true power of AMD accelerated-processing units (APUs). And as a welcome, you get a plush ROG mouse mat — completely FREE.
Best gaming networking
Intel Gigabit Ethernet
Crossblade Ranger is fitted with state-of-the-art Intel Gigabit Ethernet that delivers better throughput with lower processing power for superior speed and increased efficiency
The new motherboard’s networking capabilities additionally benefit from ROG-exclusive GameFirst III technology for no-delay gameplay. This advanced network-optimization software assigns top priority to game-data packets, allocating them more bandwidth to ensure the best online-gaming experience and clear, stutter-free online team-chat — all controlled with ROG’s usual intuitive flair.
LANGuard – RJ45 Socket
ROG has even reinvented the RJ45 socket, with LANGuard technology. Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors improve throughput, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) protect against lightning strikes and static-electricity discharges.
Best gaming audio
Flawless audio is essential for immersive gaming, so Crossblade Ranger is engineered with SupremeFX 2014. Cutting-edge isolation technologies minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI), while premium ELNA® audio capacitors and eight-channel gold-plated audio outputs provide precision-engineered audio that’s as great as a dedicated soundcard.
Sonic SenseAmp automatically detects analog-audio front-panel (AAFP) headphone impedance and adjusts the built-in amp accordingly.
Sonic SoundStage applies the best audio settings for popular game genres — just one click is all it takes to generate the perfect sound for first-person shooter (FPS), racing, combat and sports games.
Sonic Radar II
Designed for first-person shooters (FPS), Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to. Players see the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs, enabling them to hone enemy-pinpointing skills. Exclusive audio enhancement further improves in-game sound for superb hearing awareness, and the all-new Sonic Radar II includes a redesigned control panel with customizable game list.
Best gaming performance
ROG’s Auto Tuning technology enables Crossblade Ranger to unleash the true power of AMD APUs with just few clicks. Enabled by the TurboV Processing Unit (TPU), Auto Tuning adjusts the CPU frequencies and ratios to offer precise voltage control and advanced CPU-performance monitoring, efficiently enhancing system performance with the most stable overclocking profile — so gamers enjoy superb stability and high speeds while playing.
ROG mouse mat
Crossblade Ranger even comes with a ROG mouse mat completely free of charge. The plush feel and stylish design enables gamers to flaunt the awesome power of Crossblade Ranger.
Compatible with Front Base
Crossblade Ranger is also compatible with ROG’s brilliant Front Base dual-bay gaming panel. When added to Crossblade Ranger, Front Base enables one-click performance boosting and real-time system monitoring to make gaming experiences even more enjoyable.
On the Crossblade Ranger overclocking as as simple as in our original Athlon 860K review, I quickly was able to obtain the same 4.5GHz overclock from my original Athlon 860K review at the same voltage, including running the AMD memory at their full 2400MHz speeds. Sadly I was unable to overclock any further even with greatly increased voltage and turning the fans on the H80i to their ear deafening full speeds. After moving to a different motherboard and attempting an above 4.5GHz overclock it was obvious that the limit here is the CPU and not the motherboard, the silicon lottery strikes again.
In my power consumption tests the components are used at stock settings and tested under three different load scenarios; Idle, where the system is simply booted and left at the start screen, a CPU load test where the system is under OCCT's Linpack mode and a Gaming test where Unigine Valley is ran in a loop. All tests are carried out for 15 minutes and then the power consumption is recorded.
Compared to the MSI A88X-G45 the Crossblade Ranger consumes a very similar amount of power. In out Idle Tests the Crossblade Ranger surprisingly consumes 3 Watts less power and when used under OCCT's Linpack mode it consumes 5 Watts more. Under our Unigine gaming load both boards consume the same amount of power consuming only 117 Watts of power.