ASUS ROG Rampage III Black Edition – The Best X58 Motherboard?
Yet again, good to see that P/S 2 is still found. Numerous(6 to be exact) USB 2.0 ports can come in handy at times. Intel LAN port allows transfer of network packets at gigabit speed. ROG connect port for Overclocking on a remote system, as well as 8 channel audio IO via X-Fi2 Supreme FX chip. The best of all, ClearCMOS button!
ThunderBolt Add-On Card features a Gigabit LAN port, Line-In/Line-Out audio jacks and also a SPDIF Out port. Read on to find out more about the ThunderBolt Add-On card.
For the first time in X58 Motherboard history, Wireless LAN is made available onboard! Be sure to connect those antennas provided inside the accessories box to these 2 points to attain maximum wireless connection strength.
Want more? Bluetooth3.0 chip is also found on the Wireless LAN module. Instead of an additional dongle or add-on module on other ROG boards, you can't even really see the bluetooth module this time.
Onboard audio with X-Fi2 SupremeFX codec has been proven to sound better than the common onboard audio. With X-Fi technology, hear the difference when compressed audio is restored back to its loseless state with THX TruStudio Pro technology, especially when playing live performances content. EAX® Advanced™ HD 5.0 technology can also immerse you in the gaming environment. It aims to bring sound to life in games. To get the best out of the codec, even the I/O jacks are gold plated!
OCZone is the area of the motherboard where various overclocking features are found.
PCI-E Switches allows you to determine which Graphics card is causing problem without removing the card.
Onboard Switches are the best companion when overclocking. You will definitely use them often.
GO Button is the key to ASUS MEMOK! feature. When there is a RAM that is incompatible causing the board to fail to post, GO Button will solve it just by pressing on it. It is more than a CLRCMOS button as it only reset DRAM to default and compatible settings.
LN2 Mode helps the motherboard to adapt to extreme cooling and also react to coldbugs.
LED Poster tells the user the current state of the motherboard and make troubleshooting much simpler. Bade farewell to hours of troubleshooting. You know time is precious in an overclocking arena.
Front Panel USB3.0
Another first on the x58 platform. You get front panel USB 3.0 via this red header!
3-Way SLI and 4-Way CrossFireX support
You know what's so good about x58 platform? There is enough bandwidth in the PCI-E lanes for many graphics card to run together either in SLI or CrossFireX. Unlike other platforms like P55 or P67, limited graphics bandwidth will either bottleneck the system, or a additional NF200 chip will be introduce. However, NF200 increases latency and reduces the scores on benchmarks.
Multiple graphics card configuration can run at x8,x8,x8,x8 in 4-way CrossFireX or x16,x16 in SLI/CrossFireX. The Rampage III Black Edition is also supported for the ROG Xpander, which gives you the choice for even 4-way SLI for world record benchmarking.