Asus Rampage II Extreme ReviewGeekspeak411 - January 26, 2010
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Well, one thing is for sure, there is a new big player in town. The Rampage II Extreme boasts king of the hill benchmark performance that is necessary to compete with the big boys in 3DMark competitions. The package comes at a premium of course, but you've got to pay to play, and this board definitely delivers! The BIOS is incredible, answering my prayers! I love the LCD panel during boot because I can see exactly where the system is hanging after an unstable overclock, allowing me to cut the guess work to almost none! The Illuminated I/O panel is awesome for those of us who like to attend LAN parties, or are working in low light situations. That's awesome because there are a ton of ports to choose from; it's easy to miss a port without the light.
Staying true to its Republic of Gamers branding, the Rampage II Extreme takes care of its own by including X-Fi audio, SLI and Crossfire support, plenty of fan headers, three thermal probes, and even comes stock with a water cooling-ready design over the chipset! The only drawback to having so many features is the size; the RIIE is one inch wider than standard ATX boards. It is a very tight squeeze. Also, I would have liked to see a detachable design for the Extreme OC controls, but those are miniscule quarrels to have with a board that is quite possibly the fastest, most fully fitted board on the market. If you are looking for the very best all around performance for your Socket 1366 system, look no further than the Rampage II Extreme!
- TONS of features
- X-Fi Audio Included
- SLI and Crossfire Options
- Top-Of-The-Line BIOS
- King of the Hill Performance
- Illuminated I/O Panel
- Excellent I/O Connectivity
- Tons of Fan Headers and Thermal Sensors
- Water Cooling Ready
- Extreme OC Controls Aren't Detachable
- Larger Than Standard ATX Size