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Asus Rampage II Extreme Review



CPU Intel® Socket 1366 Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition/Core™ i7 Processor Processors Supports Intel® Dynamic Speed Technology * Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list
Chipset Intel® X58 /ICH10R
System Bus Up to 6400 MT/s with QuickPath Interconnection
Memory 6 x DIMM, Max. 24 GB, DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory Triple channel memory architecture * Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) **Due to Intel spec definition, DIMMs of DDR3-1333 or above are out of spec. Please refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL(Qualified Vendors List).
Expansion Slots 3 x PCIe 2.0 x16 support at x16, x8, x8, or dual x16 speed 2 x PCIe 2.0 x 1 ( the PCIEx1_1 (black) is compatible with audio slot) 1 x PCI 2.2
Multi-GPU Support Support NVIDIA 3-Way SLI™ / ATI CrossFireX™ Technology * We recommend that you use full tower chassis for building a 3-Way SLI system.
Storage Intel ICH10R controller 6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10 JMicron® JMB363 PATA and SATA controller 1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66/33 for up to 2 PATA devices 1 xExternal SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go) 1 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s port
LAN Dual Gigabit LAN controllers, both featuring AI NET2 Support Teaming Technology
Audio SupremeFX X-Fi Audio Card - ADI® AD2000B 8 -Channel High Definition Audio CODEC - EAX® Advanced™ HD 4.0 - X-Fi CMSS®-3D - X-Fi Crystalizer™ - Creative ALchemy - Supports 1 x S/PDIF out header - Supports Coaxial/Optical S/PDIF out ports on rear
IEEE 1394 2 x 1394a ports (1 port at back I/O, 1 port onboard)
USB 12 USB 2.0 ports (6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)
Overclocking Features TweakIt ProbeIt Extreme Engine with ML Cap - 16-phase CPU power - 3-phase QPI/DRAM power - 3-phase NB power - 3-phase Memory power - ML Caps on CPU, memory and NB respectively CPU Level Up iROG Extreme Tweaker BIOS Flashback Loadline Calibration Intelligent overclocking tools: - AI Gear 4™ - ASUS AI Booster Utility - O.C Profile Overclocking Protection: - COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX) - Voltiminder LED - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Special Features External LCD Poster Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Clr CMOS (at rear) EL I/O Q-Fan Plus ROG BIOS Wallpaper ASUS EPU-6 Engine ASUS Q-Connector ASUS Fan Xpert ASUS EZ Flash 2 ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 ASUS MyLogo3
Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 Keyboard port(purple) 1 x External SATA port 2 x LAN (RJ45) port 6 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports 1 x IEEE1394a port 1 x Clr CMOS switch
Internal I/O Connectors 3 x USB connectors supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports 1 x Floppy disk drive connector 1 x IDE connector 7 x SATA connectors 1 x IEEE 1394a connector 1 x Chassis Fan connector x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector 24-pin ATX Power connector 1 x EL I/O Shield Connector 3 x thermal sensor connector 1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS connector System Panel 8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional 8 x ProbeIt connectors 1 x LCD Poster connector 1 x BIOS FlashBack boot up selection header 1 x ROG light connector
BIOS 16 Mb Flash ROM AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS
Manageability WOL by PME,WOR by PME,Chasis Intrusion,PXE
Accessories ProbeIt Cable 3-Way SLI Cable SLI Cable ASUS Optional Fan SupremeFX X-Fi Audio Card External LCD Poster 3 in 1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable SATA cables SATA power cables 2-port USB2.0 + IEEE 1394a module EL I/O Shield Thermal sensor cables Cable Ties User's manual
Support Disc Support DVD: - Drivers and applications Sound Blaster X-Fi Utility Futuremark® 3DMark® Vantage Advanced Edition Kaspersky® Anti-Virus ASUS TurboV utility ASUS PC Probe II ASUS Update ASUS AI Suite
Form Factor ATX Form Factor 12 inch x 10.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 26.9 cm ) * One inch greater than standard ATX form factor



CPU & Chipset Features

  • LGA1366 Intel® Core™i7 Processor support
        This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Bloomfield processors in LGA1366 package which has memory controller integrated to support 3-channel (6 DIMMs) DDR3 memory. Support Intel(R) QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) with system bus up to 6.4GT/s and a max bandwidth of up to 25.6GB/s. Intel® Bloomfield processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world
  • PCIe 2.0
    Double Speed; Double Bandwidth
        This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.
  • Intel® X58 Chipset
        The Intel® X58 Express Chipset is the latest chipset designed to support latest Intel® Core™ i7 Processors and Intel’s next generation system interconnect interface, Intel® QuickPath Interconnect (QPI), providing improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. It also supports up to 36 PCI Express 2.0 lanes providing better graphics performance.
  • Multi-GPU Technology
    SLI/CrossFire On-Demand - Why choose when you can have both?
        SLI or CrossFireX? Fret no longer because with the ROG Rampage II Extreme, you’ll be able to run both multi-GPU setups. The board features SLI/CrossFire on Demand technology, supporting up to three graphics cards in a 3-Way SLI or CrossFireX configuration. Whichever path you take, you can be assured of jaw-dropping graphics at a level previously unseen.
  • Memory Feature
    Triple-Channel, DDR3 1800(O.C.) MHz
        The motherboard supports DDR3 memory that features data transfer rates of 1800(O.C.)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 MHz to meet the higher bandwidth requirements of the latest operation system, 3D graphics, multimedia, and Internet applications. The triple-channel DDR3 architecture triple the bandwidth of your system memory to boost system performance, eliminating bottlenecks with peak bandwidths of up to 43.2 GB/s.

ROG Exclusive Features

  • TweakIT - Hardcore OV with finger tweaking fun!
        TweakIt is designed for control freaks. Following the success of the Extreme Tweaker overclocking feature, ASUS has engineered TweakIt to give users flexible overclocking control even when running benchmark programs! The joystick-like control puts every overclocking option in the user´s fingertips, allowing the users performance optimizations options during game play to gain the competitive edge. TweakIt brings a brand new dimension to the game of overclocking and benchmarking.
  • Extreme Engine with ML Cap Design - Say hello to max headroom
        Overclocking is all about headroom and for this motherboard has the Extreme Engine—a next-generation dynamic multi-phase power management system equipped with high performance Multilayer type Polymer Capacitors (ML Caps). Extreme Engine ensures a stable power supply during overvoltage by lowering Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), keeping critical components such as the processor, system memory and the Northbridge reliable. This means you’ll be able to push your spanking new Intel Core i7 CPU to the limit, hitting benchmark scores that others only dream of.
  • BIOS FlashBack - Two BIOS ROM. Two BIOS settings. Twice the overclocking flexibility.
        Overclocker´s prayer to have BIOS flexibility is answered! With the new BIOS Flashback, PC enthusiasts can overclock with even more confidence. BIOS Flashback gives overclockers the ability to save two versions of the BIOS simultaneously. Very much like the "SaveGame" function, one BIOS can be used for the overclocking adventure, while the other BIOS is to be stored with any previous version. BIOS Flashback brings the ultimate convenience to overclockers!
  • Extreme Tweaker - One stop performance tuning shop
        Extreme Tweakers is the one stop shop to fine-tune your system to optimal performance. No matter if you´re looking for frequency adjustment, over-voltage options, or memory timing settings, they´re all here!
  • COP EX - Maximum OC with confidence with burn proof protection to chipsets and GPU  The COP EX allows overclockers to increase chipset voltages without the worries of overheating. It can also be used to monitor and save an overheating GPU. The COP EX allows more freedom and less constraint for maximum performance achievement.
  • ProbeIt - Get all hands-on with hardware-based overclocking
        ProbeIt takes the guesswork out of locating the motherboard’s measurement points, identifying them clearly in the form of eight sets of detection points so you’ll know exactly where to get quick yet accurate readings using a multitester.
  • iROG - Intelligent multiple control at hand
        The iROG is a special IC which enables several ROG highlitghted functions that gives users full disposal of the motherboard at any stage! This design allows advanced user control and management to be processed purely at a hardware level. iROG greatly increases fun during overclocking for PC enthusiasts and it offers system maintainence and management with more control and efficiency.
  • CPU Level Up - A Simple click for instant upgrade
        Ever wish that you could have a more expansive CPU? Upgrade your CPU at no additional cost with ROG´s CPU Level Up! Simply pick the processor you wanted to OC to, and the motherboard will do the rest! See the new CPU speed and enjoy that performance instantly. Overclocking is never as easy as this.
  • Voltiminder LED - Friendly reminder on the intentional madness
        In the pursuit of extreme performance, overvoltage adjustment is critical but risky. Acting as the "red zone" of a tachometer, the Voltiminder LED displays the voltage status for CPU, NB, SB, and Memory in a intuitive color-coded fashion. The voltiminder LED allows quick voltage monitoring for overclockers.
  • Loadline Calibration - Optimal power boost for extreme CPU overclocking!
        Maintaining ample voltage support for the CPU is critical during overclocking. The Loadline Calibration ensures stable and optimal CPU voltage under heavy loading. It helps overclockers enjoy the motherboard´s ultimate OC capabilities and benchmark scores.

Sound with Clarity

  • SupremeFX X-Fi - Listen with Absolute HD
    SupremeFX X-Fi delivers an excellent high definition audio experience to the gamers of ROG. The SupremeFX X-Fi features unique audio innovations for gamers to spot enemes in 3D environment during game play. SupremeFX X-Fi also provides gamers a special tool to emphasize human voices in games to help make dialogues clearer and more audible.
  • Noise Filter - Eliminate background noise while recording This feature detects repetitive and stationary noises like computer fans, air conditioners, and other background noises then eliminates it in the incoming audio stream while recording.
  • ROG EZ DIY Features
    External LCD Poster - Debug and read system problems with an new external look!



All information courtesy of ASUS @ http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=W7i5W4Pw4fH22Mih&templete=2

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Bundled Accessories
  3. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  4. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS
  6. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  7. Specifications & Features
  8. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  9. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  10. Testing: PCMark Vantage
  11. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2009
  12. Testing: Sciencemark 2.0, Cinebench 10, HDTune 2.55
  13. Testing: Far Cry 2
  14. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  15. Testing: BioShock
  16. Testing: Call Of Duty: World at War
  17. Testing: Dead Space
  18. Testing: Fallout 3
  19. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  20. Testing: 3DMark 06 Professional
  21. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  22. Conclusion
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