ASUS Rampage III Extreme Review World First
Despite this being a very early preview model, it nonetheless arrived here at OC3D Towers in retail packaging, so this will be how it arrives with you too.
ASUS have kept their distinctive packaging we saw on the Maximus III Extreme and it's nothing if not easily recognisable. The front comes with two Velcro fasteners so that you can life the lid and get a good look at the Rampage III Extreme itself. Thankfully we're not limited to merely looking longingly, so let's open her up.
Once out the box there are two further black boxes. One with a hard plastic lid containing the mobo, and one with all the accessories.
As we'd expect from any ASUS product, let alone their top of the line model, the accessories included are bountiful. We have the user guide and CD, the IO shield, a ROG Connect cable (more on which later) and the Bluetooth ROG Connect should you have a Bluetooth PDA to hand.
A full selection of connectors is included, with a Crossfire, SLI and hard Tri-SLI bridge. We also have the connectors for ProbeIt and the front-panel block. One thing we do wish is that ASUS would decide exactly what it's called. Both the Maximus III Extreme and now the Rampage III Extreme have the voltage monitoring section called either ProbeIt or Probelt, depending upon where you read.
Other than that we have the standard SATA cables and USB header.
Finally an additional heatsink and 40mm fan for the Northbridge, should you require additional cooling. It's nice to see ASUS have kept the design similar to the board rather than use an off-the-shelf part that doesn't match.
Here is a quick look at the board in all its glory before we move on to get a closer look.
Mmmm isn't she a beauty. Fancy a bit of macro goodness?