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ASUS Rampage III Extreme Review

Geekspeak411    -   August 3, 2010
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Testing:

To properly test the ASUS Rampage III Extreme, I will run the board through the OverclockersClub.com standard benchmark suite. This consists of a mix of synthetic and real life scenario tests run at OCC's standard 150x20 clock speeds and then again at the highest possible clock speeds achievable with the board. Once the data is collected, I put in the data from all of the other similar boards OCC has tested to get a good idea on how this board performs compared to the others. All tests are run with control panel settings at default. Is the RIIIE really up to the job? I certainly want to find out!

 

Testing Setup:

 

       
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 930 150x20 3.0Ghz
  • Cooling:  Noctua NH-U12P SE 1366
  • Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Extreme
  • Memory: Mushkin 996805 Redline PC312800 6-8-6-24 1500Mhz
  • Video Card: ASUS HD 5870v2 1GB
  • Power Supply: CoolerMaster Real Power Pro 850W
  • Hard Drive: Western Digital 640GB 7200.11rpm
  • Optical Drive: ASUS DVD+RW
  • Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D
  • OS: Windows 7 HP 64 bit

 

Comparison Motherboards:

 

 

 

 

Overclocking:

 

Overclocked Settings:

  • CPU Overclock: 200 x 21 = 4200Mhz

 

Overclocking the Rampage III Extreme was an exciting affair. With the stellar BIOS that ASUS bundled with the board, the process was familiar to every other X58 board on the market, but easier after all of little tweaks and improvements are factored in. I had no difficulty getting my i7-930 chip to 205x20 for a 4.1GHz OC, but had some trouble getting it to a 210 bclock. I then upped the multiplier and lowered the bclock slightly to keep moving up. After a bit of easy voltage tweaking and memory adjustments, I was running 4.2GHz stable on air. From there, I hit a pretty solid wall. With some larger tweaks, I have no doubt that this board has the potential to push even further - this thing is a beast at suicides. I only had one instance where the board wouldn't boot, and even then I didn't need to reset the CMOS, as a restart was all that was necessary. Very Impressive.

 

 

 

 

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. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
  2. Batman Arkham Asylum
  3. 3DMark 06 Professional
  4. 3DMark Vantage



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