ASUS Rampage Extreme Motherboard
So how well did the X48 based ASUS Rampage Extreme perform in today's review?
In this day and age, the motherboard market is a cut throat affair, and there is a need for products to really stand out from the competition. To be the same in this industry is to be non-existant. With the X48 chipset now an established performer in the market, and the very recent release of the P45 based motherboards showing some very impressive overclocks, it does beg the question as to what motherboard should you opt for. You could even throw the impending arrival of X58 and Nehalem just around the corner into the mix. Obviously, the choice is ultimately yours and at the end of the day I guess the final verdict will be based upon the hole in your wallet and overall performance.
Make no bones about it, the ASUS Rampage Extreme is an excellently crafted board. It oozes quality and appeal, and simply begs you to 'clock the nuts off it'. The features that ASUS have engineered into the board are thoughtful and worthwhile, and subsequently make the ASUS Rampage Extreme an ideal candidate as an overclockers board of choice. Sure the features don't quite extend to the insane like the Foxconn BlackOps, but I don't think it was ever meant to be that way. The motherboard provides a highly configurable and tweakable BIOS with components that'll push as hard as you want them to.The ASUS Rampage Extreme provides the perfect balance between form and function - it has killer looks but can push the performance envelope where and when you want it to.
Considering that the ASUS Rampage Extreme has only just been released to retail, I did have some trouble finding comparitive pricing for the motherboard. Scan Computers UK
does have the Rampage Extreme available for £246.39
inc. 17.5% VAT, but you may find better prices over the next few weeks as it becomes more readily available. Although some people may baulk at the high price of the ASUS Rampage Extreme, it still comes in cheaper than the Foxconn BlackOps, and I think the asking price is still reasonable for a motherboard of this calibre. If you have a DDR3 based motherboard already but are looking for the creme-de-la-creme of the X48 boards for overclocking, then the ASUS Rampage Extreme will fit the bill nicely.
Now I just need to get myself a nice E8400 :)
+ Insane performance
+ Rock solid overclocking
+ Bundled accessories
* Some may baulk at the price
- Absolutely nothing
Overclock3D would like to thank ASUS
for making the review of the Rampage Extreme a possibility
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