ASUS Rampage III Extreme Review World First

Test Setup and Overclocking

ASUS Rampage III      Extreme Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

Test Setup

There is no point in having a premium motherboard if you don't use premium parts. For this reason we spared no expense in making sure the hardware was capable of being pushed to the limit.

Motherboard : ASUS Rampage III Extreme
CPU : Intel Core i7 980x
RAM : 6GB Corsair Dominator GT @1333mhz
GPU : ATI 5870 1GB
PSU : OCZ 1000w Gold PSU
HDD : 160GB Western Digital
Monitor : Samsung 2433 24" @ 1920x1200
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate 64


We've already proven in our review for the i7 980X that it's perfectly capable of 4.5GHz, albeit not stable, on the Rampage II Extreme and so we were hoping that, although this is a VERY BETA BIOS, it could at least give us something approaching that thanks to the extra technology and development that has gone into this model.

Wow were we in for a shock. Keeping everything at sensible levels until a more stable BIOS arrives, we easily hit 4.6GHz, on air, without heat issues.

Stunning doesn't begin to cover it.

ASUS Rampage III Extreme Review CPUz 4.6GHz

Naturally this comes with both bad news, and a piece of fantastic news, so let me get the bad news out the way first.

Similarly to our results on the Rampage II, the PC was not at all stable at this speed. We could have got it stable with huge volts and things, but as this is a very early BIOS we thought it was best to return to stable overclocking later on in the year.

The good news though, is that not only did we obtain a 1.3GHz overclock but that ASUS have assured us the BIOS will be stable by the time the Rampage III Extreme hits the shelves. Nearly every manufacturer goes for absolute performance first, and then seeks stability, so this is not a change from the norm.

But 4.6GHz from an unstable BIOS? Without much tweaking! We're drooling already at what this is capable of in retail trim.

Ok benchmarking time.

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Most Recent Comments

26-03-2010, 12:28:31

Wow. Dear santa... Quote

26-03-2010, 13:54:11

man that is just amazing and i agree i totally love that ROG connect countless times ive been in windows when ive noticed in gettin bad vdroop and thot have to reboot to up the vcore a little this will totally eliminate things like thatQuote

26-03-2010, 22:45:51

Great review Tom, appreciate the time you have put into it. A note though, on some of your graphs you have changed the scale to exaggerate the difference. Imo the scales should go from 0 throughout the article. One of the graphs at a glance appears to have a 'Massive'difference between the two boards but the results are 8.91 and 8.52 respectively.

Just a thought.

EDIT: Just watch your vid, very comprehensive on all the 'little' features.

Did you note the temperature of the x58 chip? Would anyone need to use the supplied large heatsink+fan jobby?Quote

26-03-2010, 22:53:07

Our graphing software automatically scales, and if it begins at 0 all the time we'll need three monitor setups for CPU Queen results Quote

27-03-2010, 09:15:42

Nice review m8. I'm liking the videos!

I'm not so sure about the graphs not starting from zero though as not doing this can make the differences between the two products exagerated, especially at a glance. It does however emphasize those differences so its horses for courses I guess.

I'm still not sold on the heatsinks or the colour scheme. Both are good looking but nothing innovating or exciting which we have come to expect from market leaders such as Asus. I guess I'd prefer something a bit more original for such an expensive piece of hardware and not a clone of the classifieds look.

Keep up the good work Quote

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