ASUS FM2+ ROG Crossblade Ranger Review
Our testing on AMD's FM2+ socket has been very limited, aside from our initial Kaveri review and our more recent Athlon 860K review we have had little chance to compare motherboards directly against each other. The only motherboard which I have had extensive experience with to compare to the ASUS Crossblade Ranger is the MSI A88X-G45, the motherboard used in the Athlon 860K review, which at the time was one of the most expensive FM2+ boards at the time.
The ASUS Crossblade Ranger is now easily the most premium board available on the FM2+ Socket, it is a beautiful motherboard which looks much more expensive than it is at the price tag of £120. It has a great feature set, with 8 SATA Ports 3 PCIe Slots, ASUS' SupremeFX 2014 audio and a some beefy VRMs power circuitry to ensure you get the most out of your CPU when overclocking.
When ran at stock settings the ASUS Crossblade Ranger was easily the best FM2+ motherboard we have tested, showing a clear advantage over the other FM2+ motherboard in all CPU based tests, when comparing motherboards with our Athlon 860K overclocked to it's limit of 4.5Ghz this advantage is reduced but the Crossblade still knocks out some impressive scores. In short the Republic of Gamers Crossblade Ranger is the best performing FM2+ motherboard on the market.
This CPU is ideal for a secondary PC to show off Lan parties or a more budget minded gaming System with a premium aesthetic.
This motherboard brings the Republic of Gamers brand to a lower budget audience than ever before, when combined with an Athlon 860K you get a very capable basis for a gaming PC which performs well, looks great and is priced similarly to Intel's i5 4690K on it's own. While the argument combining a Pentium K and the ASUS Z97 Ranger still raises it's head we must remember the recent difficulties the users of Dual core CPUs in games have had like seen in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Far Cry 4 and Dragon Age Inquisition.
For being the best FM2+ board we have tested and bringing such a fantastic looking motherboard to the budget oriented FM2+ socket this motherboard has to win the OC3D Gold Award.
Thanks to ASUS for providing this board and you can discuss the ASUS FM2+ ROG Crossblade Ranger on the OC3D Forums.