ASUS Rampage III Extreme Review World First

PCMark, PassMark, Everest, POVRay, CineBench

ASUS Rampage III        Extreme Review

Synthetics Continued

PC Mark Vantage

PC Mark Vantage is one of the better ways to quickly test an entire system without spending the whole day loading various applications and utilities, as the program itself has all the main ones built in and performs an huge amount of actions very quickly.

As you can see the Rampage II and Rampage III are pretty much inseparable throughout the tests, but the Rampage III Extreme gains enough where it matters than we just can't wait to play with a retail BIOS.


PassMark 7.0

PassMark tests in a very different way to PC Mark, but the results are nonetheless a fair representation of the performance level you could expect.

Again both systems are within a gnats chuff of identical.


Everest Ultimate

Everest Ultimate seemed to have a few issues with our Rampage III Extreme. If you consider all of these tests are really testing the CPU, then the differences are staggering, and baffling. This is definitely a test we will revisit when we have a final BIOS on our hands.



The Persistence Of Vision RAYtracer puts us back where the other tests have shown us to be, right on a par with the Rampage II Extreme.

However, at the risk of beating a dead horse, the huge gain seen in the average PPS test is very impressive considering the relative maturities of the respective BIOS.


CineBench 11.5

CineBench is the latest version of the Cinema4D based benchmarking suite. The OpenGL test, whilst not giving a result either way, was such a shock we had to show you it. No we didn't accidently paste the wrong data in. Both of them really got 33.54. Demonstrating the purity of the CineBench test.

CPU results mirror the POVRay test in that the Rampage III Extreme has a definite edge that will only improve in time.


We'll have a quick look at the 3D and gaming benchmarks before heading to our conclusion.

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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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