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ASUS Rampage III Formula Review

ccokeman    -   December 23, 2010
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Testing:

Testing the ASUS Rampage III Formula motherboard will consist of running it at the baseline clock speeds to get an idea how it performs in stock trim and then it will be overclocked to see if putting the screws to my well worn DO stepping 920 will result in a higher clock speed than some of its contemporaries. To keep the results consistent and have a measure of repeatability, Intel's power savings and performance enhancing technologies will be disabled in the BIOS. The video card control panel settings will be left at the factory default settings with the exception of disabling PhysX for the 3DMark Vantage testing. Will the RIII Formula deliver a Big Bang or will it fizzle out and drop like a dud? There's only one way to find out!

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Motherboards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked Settings:

  • CPU Overclock: 203 x 21 = 4269Mhz

As an ROG series board the expectation is that this motherboard is going to deliver great overclocking results. In this case, the motherboard did meet and exceed that expectation with an overclock of 4269MHz. To reach this overclock, the base clock was bumped up to 203MHz and the multiplier to 21. This was a little easier on the voltages needed than running at 215MHz x 20. While the CPU I have is a decent clocking DO stepping, it does need some voltage to get above 4.2GHz. Something the Rampage III Formula is only too happy to apply. Overclocking through the BIOS is one thing and has its place but with so many people jumping into the overclocking universe, the ability to overclock in the Windows environment is becoming more common. To accommodate this crowd, ASUS does include their TurboV software so you can overclock through the Windows environment as well as through an external connection to a netbook using the ROG Connect feature and RC Tweakit software. The end result is a 1.6GHz overclock of the processor with memory speeds that compare well to other boards I have tested (using the Mushkin Redline modules used in the test configuration). With more than one way to overclock, the Rampage III Formula will give you all you can handle in terms of tools and capability.

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Each CPU has been tested for its maximum stable clock speeds using Prime95. To gauge the maximum stability level, each processor had to be able to perform at least a one hour torture test without any errors.

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. Geekbench
  4. Office 2007
  5. POV Ray 3.7
  6. PCMark Vantage Professional
  7. Sandra XII
  8. ScienceMark 2.02
  9. Cinebench 10
  10. Cinebench 11.5
  11. HD Tune 3.50
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  3. Batman Arkham Asylum
  4. 3DMark 06 Professional
  5. 3DMark Vantage



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