Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review - HotHardware

Asus X58 Rampage III Extreme Motherboard Review

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If you're in the market for an X58 motherboard, there are plenty of options available. A quick search fetches countless results that fill a wide range of price points. Budget conscious enthusiasts looking to save some scratch will be happy to find that almost every motherboard maker offers an X58 model under $200. On the other end of the spectrum, companies offer performance enthusiasts and overclockers a number of products that cater to pushing the performance envelope that often manifests itself while attempting to break world records.


Asus provides serious hardware enthusiasts an excellent shot of achieving their goals with the Rampage III Extreme X58 motherboard. As the flagship model from the Republic of Gamers product line, it comes with almost every possible feature you could ask for. With an LGA1366 socket, it supports the latest Core i7 processors, providing six DIMM slots that can house up to 24GB of memory. Enough PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots are available for Tri-SLI or Quad-CrossFire configurations, allowing you the capability to maximize your system's pixel pushing power. Note the RIIE has an extended ATX form factor (12" x 10.6") which makes it about an inch wider than standard ATX.


 Asus Rampage III Extreme X58 Motherboard
 Layout and Features

Processor
LGA-1366 i7 9xx Series Processors

Memory
Six 240-pin DDR3 SDRAM DIMM sockets
Supports up to DDR3 2200 MHz / 24GB max
   
Expansion Slots
4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
( x16; x16/x16; x16/x8/x8; x8/x8/x8/x8 )
1 x PCIe x4
1 x PCIe 2.2

STORAGE
Intel ICH10R Southbridge
JMicron 363 Controller
Marvell PCIe SATA 6Gb/s Controller

Audio
8-Channel HD Audio Codec

Networking

Gigabit Intel PHY

Bluetooth
V2.0/2.1 + EDR
RC Bluetooth On/Off Switch


Form Factor
Extended ATX 12 x 10.6 inches
( 30.5 cm x 26.9 cm )

Warranty
3 years based on serial number

Price

$379


We agree $379 is a lot to pay for a motherboard. Interestingly enough, the Rampage III Extreme isn't even close to being the most expensive board on the market. Gigabyte's X58A-UD9 sells for a whopping $699, while EVGA's dual socket SR-2 retails at $599. Looking at those prices makes Rampage III Extreme's asking price just a bit easier to swallow. But if you're the type of consumer who has never spent hours tweaking your BIOS settings or even thought about insulating your motherboard to prevent condensation from subzero cooling, perhaps these products aren't designed for you. Yes, the performance capability offered by the Rampage III Extreme comes at a cost, but its nothing new for benchmark junkies that are willing to pay extra for top of the line parts.

Before we get to the performance numbers, let's take a closer look at the features of RIIE on the following page.

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Doesn't seem to be much better with benches to the rampage 2, while the rampage 2 beat the rampage 3 in some test :P

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Yes, this version is about refinement and more features. An X58 chipset is an X58 pretty much, at least when you're talking about boards in the class of manufacturer that Asus is.

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Dave_HH:
refinement and more features

Yes, I agree, it's feature packed.

I like the true X16 by X16 (SLI or Crossfire) possibilities. This is one thing I'll be looking for in a mainboard fairly soon. Hopefully I can get it for less cash though.

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Dave_HH:

Yes, this version is about refinement and more features. An X58 chipset is an X58 pretty much, at least when you're talking about boards in the class of manufacturer that Asus is.

 No doubt this board is an OC dream as well as the AMD version, and everytime Asus opens a new bag of tricks I just start slobbering at the thought of going out and getting one. But seeing how I am limited financially I have to go for something a little more to the middle of Asus product line which is fine because Asus has that covered to ! I,ve got my eye on another board already but right now Im going to see how far my current board  the  M4A79DT will take me with the  new bios updates I can go for the BE965 which I intend on doing and play around with some new ram perhaps some G-Skill or OCZ and make good use of this board. I,ll just have to let the big boys with deep pockets play with the upper end toys. It appears that Asus has an bios update also for 6 core 1090 who nows how far this board will go. On the other hand my next board will probably be this Asus addition below!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631

 

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I have this board and love it.  In my opinion, it continues the legacy of the x48 Rampage Extreme -- thoughtfully designed flagship mobo with tons of overclocking features and potential.  it was great to see the MSRP come in at $379, which was lower than EVGA's competing Classified and also lower than the original MSRP of the Rampage II Extreme, which was a rare ASUS misstep, imo.

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Waiting on my new RAM to arrive if it does not work I will be in the market for an X58 board. I wonder how this board stacks up against the Asus P6T Deluxe?

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Hmm I wonder when Asus is going to begin offering limited lifetime warranties on their high end boards such as EVGA is doing.

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