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Asus Rampage II Extreme Review

Geekspeak411    -   January 26, 2010
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Testing:

Testing is where a product has the chance to really show its spunk. Here at OCC, we pass every product we review through a rigorous testing regiment to see just how far it can go. With the Rampage II Extreme, this will include overclocking, stress testing, and flat out performance numbers. Anything can look good on paper; it is what the benches show that counts. I will see just how well the spectacular BIOS performs, and by using the OCC Benchmarking Suite, I will show you just how much it matters.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Motherboards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 920 180x21 3790MHz

Already knowing that I am limited by the stepping of my processor in its inability to hit 4GHz 24hr stable, I decided instead to opt for as quick and simple of an overclock as possible. I throttled the base clock to 180 and set the multiplier to 21 and left everything else on auto. The RIIE performed like a champ and set proper voltages throughout! That is completely amazing for someone looking to get into overclocking, since, as I showed before, you can just go in to the BIOS and see what settings the board is using to be stable and go on tweaking from there; what a great way for people to learn. I have included a shot of the system running Prime95 with CPU-Z running.

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. PCMark Vantage Professional
  4. Sandra XII
  5. ScienceMark 2.02
  6. Cinebench 10
  7. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty: World At War
  5. Dead Space 
  6. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage



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