ASUS Rampage III Black Edition X58 Motherboard

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ASUS Rampage III Black EditionThe Rampage III Black Edition offers more than what would normally come with a motherboard. First, there is the ThunderBolt add-in card that gives the user the Killer E2100 chipset as well as outstanding Xonar audio with headphone amp. Is that alone enough to charge the heavy price tag the motherboard caries? OK, what if we told you the motherboard supports four GPUs, out-of-this-world overclocking capability; as well as BlueTooth, Wi-Fi, and ways to enable or disable PCIe slots in real-time to do things like graphics hot-swapping? Well then, if that still didn't manage to impress you then read on and find out what else this motherboard has to offer.

Introduction to the ASUS Rampage III Black Edition X58 Motherboard

ASUS was kind enough to grace us with one of their highest end motherboards to date, the Rampage III Black Edition. According to ASUS, the Rampage III Black Edition is the most complete motherboard on the planet. They state the motherboard isn't just for the overclocker, but very suitable for the gamer and the enthusiast as well. Those are pretty big claims that we plan to investigate.

The Rampage III Black Edition offers more than what would normally come with a motherboard. First, there is the ThunderBolt add-in card that gives the user the Killer E2100 chipset as well as outstanding Xonar audio with headphone amp. Is that alone enough to charge the heavy price tag the motherboard caries? OK, what if we told you the motherboard supports four GPUs, out-of-this-world overclocking capability; as well as BlueTooth, Wi-Fi, and ways to enable or disable PCIe slots in real-time to do things like graphics hot-swapping? Well then, if that still didn't manage to impress you then read on and find out what else this motherboard has to offer.

ASUS take on the Rampage III Black Edition

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Specifications

CPU

Intel® Socket 1366 Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition/Core™ i7 Processor/
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
* Refer to www.asus.com for Intel CPU support list

Chipset

Intel® X58 / ICH10R

System Bus

Up to 6400 MT/s ; QuickPath Interconnection

Memory

6 x DIMM, Max. 48 GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory
Triple channel memory architecture

* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. Some hyper DIMMs only support one DIMM per channel. Please refer to Memory QVL for details.

Expansion Slots

4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (supports x16/x16, x16/x8/x8, or x8/x8/x8/x8 configurations)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1

Multi-GPU Support

Support NVIDIA 3-Way SLI™ / ATI CrossFireX™ Technology
4 PCIe x16 slots ready for 4 single PCB, 2-slot width, graphics cards

Storage

Intel® ICH10R controller : 6 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
JMicron® JMB363 controller :
2 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red
Marvell® PCIe 9182 controller : *
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray

Bluetooth

IEEE 802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi Compliant, Bluetooth v3.0 + HS

ThunderBolt LAN/Audio Combo Card

Killer™ E2100 dedicated network processing unit (NPU)
- Advanced Game Detect™
- Visual Bandwidth Control™
- Application Blocking
- Online Gaming PC Monitor™
- Bandwidth Tester
- Game Networking DNA™
Built-in 2-Channel High Quality DAC/ADC Audio
- Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 116 dB
- Output THD+N at 1kHz: 105 dB
- C-Media 6631 audio processor (Max. 192kHz/ 24-bit)
- TI 6120A2 high fidelity headphone amplifier
- Digital-to-Analog Converter: 120 dB (Max. 192kHz/ 24-bit)
- Analog-to-Digital Converter: 114 dB (Max. 192kHz/ 24-bit)
- Supports 3 Headphone Impedance Gain Modes (up to 300 Ohms)
- Fine-tuned Game Genre EQ Profiles
- Xear™ Surround Headphone
- Xear™ SingFX
- Equalizer, Environment Effects, FlexBass, Smart Volume, Virtual Speaker Shifter
- DS3D GX 1.0, OpenAL
- Front-panel audio connector (AAFP)
- Line in, Line out, Optical S/PDIF out ports
- USB 2.0 Interface

LAN

Intel® Gigabit Ethernet LAN

Onboard Audio

SupremeFX X-Fi 2 built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- X-Fi® Xtreme Fidelity™ 
- EAX® Advanced™ HD 5.0 
- THX® TruStudio PRO™
- Creative ALchemy 
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection 

USB

NEC® USB 3.0 controller :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® ICH10R controller :
11 x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)

ASUS Unique Features

ASUS EPU :
- EPU
CPU Level Up
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- MemOK!
- Onboard Button : Power/Reset/Clr CMOS (at back IO)
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Q-Fan Plus
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 3
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector

Overclocking Features

ROG Connect :
- RC Diagram
- RC Remote
- RC Poster
- GPU TweakIt
ROG iDirect
Extreme Engine Digi+ :
- 8 -phase CPU power design
- 3 -phase QPI/DRAM power design
- 3 -phase NB power design
- 3 -phase Memory power design
- ML Caps on CPU/Memory/QPI respectively
ROG Extreme OC kit :
- LN2 Mode
- PCIe x16 Lane Switch
- Q Reset
Double Power :
- Dual 8 -pin CPU
ProbeIt
UEFI BIOS features :
- ROG BIOS Wallpaper
- GPU.DIMM Post
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
Loadline Calibration
BIOS Flashback
Overclocking Protection :
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- Voltiminder LED
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard (purple)
2 x eSATA 3Gb/s
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.0
7 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to ROG Connect)
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)
2 x Wi-Fi antenna port(s)

Internal I/O Connectors

1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
2 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
6 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)
2 x CPU Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
3 x Optional Fan connector(s)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
2 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
1 x QPI Loadline Calibration switch jumper(s)
8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS header(s)
1 x LN2 Mode header(s)
1 x EZ Plug connector(s) (4-pin Molex power connector)
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x Go Button(s)
1 x BIOS Switch button(s)
1 x ROG light connector(s)

BIOS

16 Mb Flash ROM , PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS

Manageability

WOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE

Accessories

I/O Shield
6 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)
2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x CrossFire cable(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
1 x 2-port USB 2.0 and eSATA module(s)
1 x USB to USB cable(s) for ThunderBolt
1 x ROG Connect cable(s)
3 x Thermal sensor cable pack(s)
1 x Cable ties pack(s)
1 x ROG theme label(s)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
1 x Optional NB Fan
2 x Wi-Fi Ring Moving Antenna(s)

Support Disc

Drivers
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS Update
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
ASUS TurboV EVO Utility
ASUS AI Suite II
ASUS AI Charger
WiFi Agent

Form Factor

Extended ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 10.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 26.9 cm )

*Notes  - Marvell controller based SATA III 6Gb/s ports (gray) are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported.

Features

  • Intel® LGA1366 socket for Intel® Core™i7 Processor Extreme Edition / Core™i7 Processor
  • Intel® X58/ ICH10R
  • ROG ThunderBolt LAN/Audio Combo
  • Bluetooth v3.0+HS Support
  • Extreme Engine Digi+ - Powerful combination of analog and digital design elements
  • True USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gb/s Support

Closer look

Looking at the Rampage III Black Edition for the first time the board looks absolutely beautiful. ASUS again uses their signature RoG color scheme which consists of a black PCB and base color, but using a deeper-red on the accents this time. Typically when you associate something with the term 'black', it is referring to something bad or evil. In the case with the Rampage it is indeed bad, but in the 60’s and 70’s definition of the word, as in bad to the bone!

The Rampage Black is a rather large motherboard, listed as an eATX or Extended ATX motherboard, and measures 12 inches by 10.6 inches. Will this fit in your standard PC case? One word…NO [Editor's Note: Since more and more cases have offered support for eATX, I'm going to have to change that to a "Maybe, but make sure to check before buying!"]. One would have to look at cases like the Corsair Obsidian 800D or similar to be suitable.

Many of you may think that the LGA 1366 has run its course, especially with LGA 2011 coming in the near future. Still, there are many individuals that still want Intel’s granddaddy of all chipset; I see it on a daily basis. Yes, the newer 2600K is giving processors like the i7 950 and 960 a run for their money but there is no substitute for the 990X and its six cores and unlocked multiplier.

Chances are a person looking for a motherboard like this would be the same someone spending their money on the $1k i7 Extreme CPU. We will be testing the Black with the Intel Core i7 960 as it’s the faster CPU our little budget can afford. We honestly feel you will still get the jist of the board’s performance, though.

The CPU socket is surrounded by two passive heat sinks which are used to cool a series of VRM Mosfets. The coolers are linked to one another by a single heat pipe. The height of the heat sinks should not be much of an issue when mounting CPU cooling systems; water and air alike. As was the case when we reviewed the Maximus IV P67 just recently, the ROG logo also illuminates on the Rampage Black when the system is powered on.

The way ASUS implemented the phase configuration is ideal for delivery of power more efficiently and reliably, while still capable of providing enough current to get higher stable overclocks. The configuration is as follows: 8 phases for the CPU, 3 phases for the QPI, 3 phases to the NB and 3 phases to the memory slots. In addition to solid ferrite chokes, each configuration uses NEC's Proadlizer to help stabilize the voltage needed to supply the components

The Rampage Black has a total of four x16 length PCIe 2.0 slots. The slots are double spaced to allow for video cards with dual-slot heat sinks to be used and still allow for proper airflow. The PCIe lanes are allocated as follows: a single graphics card in slot one will operate at x16; dual cards placed in slots 1 and 3 will run x16/x16; cards in slots 1, 2 and 3 will result in x8/x8/x16; and lastly all slots filled results in each running at x8. Obviously, this proves that the board does in fact support multi-GPU configurations. When it comes to CrossFireX setups, up to four graphics cards can be used. When SLI’ing only a total of three GPUs without the use of the ROG Xpander; Quad cards with the Xpander.

The Rampage Black shares a many of the useful features the Maximus had to offer, as is evident when we look at the image below. The busiest place on the motherboard is located near the DIMM slots. This area consists of a more that what may be obvious at first glance, but the reset/start buttons are easily recognizable. To their right is the LED diagnostic readout and is nice to know is there should a problem arise. The four switches are what control the power to the PCIe slots. These can be handy when it comes to benching graphic cards as you can turn them on or off as needed, or when trying to find an issue with multi-GPU setups. The little red "Go" button acts like a fail-safe should the board fail to boot, automatically adjusing the timings and voltage of the memory to allow a successful reboot. Finally, lining the leading edge of the board are the voltage test points. These won't be of much use to anyone except the extreme overclocks out there who need to know precise measurments during sub-zero runs.

One thing we found unique with the Black Edition was there are several fan headers located around the motherboard that supported the PWM function. A few of these headers also have pins for thermal probes, and a couple are included with the board. Each of the headers can be read by ASUS’s Q-Fan options in the BIOS or within the TurboEVO application.


Closer look, continued...

The motherboard supports triple channel DDR3 memory with frequencies ranging from 1066MHz up to 2200MHz (however, you'll see that the BIOS offers a 2400MHz option as well). Chances are any one purchasing this type of motherboard would know how to set the options for their chosen kit of ram, but if not then the motherboard does supports Intel’s XMP profiling. The slots also feature ASUS’s own Q-DIMM, which is basically a permenantly locked bottom latch, allowing the user to remove memory modules without having to remove the GPU first.

Storage is no issue for the Rampage Black, as the board offers SATA powered by Intel and an additional Marvell 9182 controller. Intel is responsible for all six SATA II ports, while the Marvell controls the two SATA III ports. There is also a third SATA controller, a JMicron 363, which controls the rear eSATA ports. The SATA ports use x4 PCIe bandwidth making it ideal for those that want the most of the newer SandForce solid state drives with SATA III support.

  • PS/2 (mouse/KB)
  • 8x USB ports (6x USB 2.0 & 2x USB3.0)
  • 2x eSATA (JMicron JMB363)
  • 1x LAN port (Intel)
  • 8.1 channel audio (SupremeFX X-Fi 2)
  • ROG Connect button and dedicated USB port
  • 2x Wi-Fi antenna connections
  • Clear CMOS

If you haven’t noticed by now the Black Edition Rampage is fully loaded with different connectivity options. And we have two more of them here. The board comes with an 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter with dual antennas on the rear I/O as well as a Bluetooth 3.0 module. The latter supports a data transfer rate of 24 Mbit/s, eight times faster than the previous 2.0.


ThunderBolt LAN/Audio Combo Card

This device is one of the main reasons why gamers will jump on this motherboard. It is a combination of discrete networking and audio card.

First, we have the Killer E2100 portion of the ThunderBolt which handles all the LAN functions. Killer NICs are known for their superior network latencies (lower pings) and greater network bandwidth. Ideal for those that like to game online on a regular basis, especially MMOPRG and FPS gamers. The heart of the NIC is a dedicated Network Processing Unit or NPU. With the NPU being dedicated to the card it relieves the system of the task of processing network traffic. 

The audio on the ThunderBolt is aimed at the gamer that believes headphones are the way to go. The card has a built-in amplifier especially designed for head phones (up to 300Ω) which result in cleaner and clearer sound. According to ASUS, 4.5 times the cleaner audio than other top brand audio cards. ASUS assigned the card with three different game modes depending on the type of headphones used (ear buds, gaming and Professional headsets). ASUS even went as far as to add three gaming genre profiles to the application that comes packed with the card. These profiles are FPS, racing and RTS.

A nice thing to know about the ThunderBolt is that it can be moved from motherboard to motherboard whether it’s an ASUS model or other manufacturer.


BIOS

The Black BIOS has some really refined features that you may find not obvious unless you do a lot of tampering with BIOS. These are advantages for both the expert overclocker as well as the novice, since ASUS engineers have tweaked the micro codes. First of all, the BIOS is extremely easy to navigate, for instance when you have to change a numeral settings in the BIOS all that is required is to type in the value from your keypad. No more dealing with up/down or +/- keys. Granted, it is nothing like the new GUI BIOS we see in with the P67/Z68 chipsets, but we do love the all-black interface. There is even support for 3TB plus hard drives as well.

The BIOS‘s main overclocking section can be found under the Extreme Tweaker section, which we will concentrate more on here today.

The first option is the GPU.DIMM Post which will give an easy way to check the status of your GPU(s) or system memory. This screen makes it easy to tell the user just what bandwidth the GPU and memory modules are running.

The next option is CPU Level Up which is a simple way to allow the motherboard to set all the perimeters for a modest overclock. Our test CPU has the options of 3.6GHz and 3.85GHz.

Like we stated before, the Rampage Black has support for memory as fast as 2400MHz despite the official specifications, which is ideal for the extreme memory overclocker. These enthusiasts know that memory bandwidth can be just as beneficial as CPU frequency in some cases.

Memory Timings

When it comes to voltage setting as well as other options like QPI and Digi+ the Black Edition is the most feature pack. Because there are so many to choose from, we are glad to see their purpose and any setting recommendations in the column off on the right side.

 


Other Features

USB BIOS Flash Back

This feature will allow the end user to flash either of the bootable BIOS chips without the need of a graphics card, memory, or even a CPU. All that is needed is a flash drive and a power supply. Insert the USB drive and press the ROG button and the system does the rest.

Q-LED

There are many of us that when an error comes about have troubles identifying the issue. Even with PC speakers and debug devices it’s still a tiring process as research is needed to figure the issue. With the Q-LED system which is a series of LED placed around the motherboard, things become more simplified. Just located the LED that remains red during the boot process narrows the problem down.

ROG Connect (iDirect)

ROG Connect is a series of features that will allow the end user to achieve a remote overclock. The first is via another computer connected via the USB port. The second option would be via a mobile or portable device through Bluetooth. We have experimented with both options and find it to be handy and a neat way to overclock a system. The latter option can be done using Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and even Apple products. The Apple devices require the user to download the app from the Apple Store, but don’t worry it is free. Besides overclocking and monitoring, this feature is also good for transferring files if need be, since it operates over Bluetooth. The Bluetooth module can be used for more than just ROG functions but more simpler things like adding headsets, keyboards and other devices that have BT connectivity.


Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS Rampage III Black Edition
Processor: Intel Core i7 960
Ram: Crucial Tracer 6GB (XMP Profile 1)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Scythe Yasya
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Resulting

Futuremark PCMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX10 performance of your graphics card. We’ve been making 3DMark for over 10 years, with each new edition using the latest 3D technology to determine real-world performance.

SiSoftware Sandra 2011
We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2011, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.
At SiSoftware we strive to ensure that we give our users the best software experience. We observe the industry, try to predict where trends are going, but more than that: we also come up with new ideas on how to measure performance. SiSoftware works with all major hardware vendors to ensure we can accurately measure, report and present performance in the most accurate and informative way.
A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GP Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU/GPCPU/GPAPU performance.

Aida64
AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. AIDA64 Extreme Edition provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives. AIDA64 is compatible with all current 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

 


Super PI Modded 1.5
In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr. Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.

HD Tune
HD Tune is a hard disk utility with many functions. It can be used to measure the drive's performance, scan for errors, check the health status (S.M.A.R.T.), securely erase all data and much more.


Geekbench2.1.13
Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.

Unigine Heaven 2.5
New benchmark grants the power to unleash the DirectX 11 potential in the gift wrapping of impressively towering graphics capabilities. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. With the interactive mode emerging experience of exploring the intricate world is ensured within reach. Through its advanced renderer, Unigine is one of the first to set precedence in showcasing the art assets with tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extend and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming.


Overclocking

When it came to overclocking the Black Edition motherboard, I think had two things going for me. The first was a pretty good motherboard and the second a pretty decent processor. Normally, when I test a socket 1366 motherboard I have a base for voltage settings and that would 1.35v on the CPU. And then from there I tweak everything else just to see how high I can get the CPU. And that is just what I did here, well in the beginning.

The last motherboard I tested with this socket required me to used 1.35v to get the CPU up to 4.2GHz. I immediately used the same basic settings and this motherboard immediately posted and ran stable. So, I then decided to lower the voltage to 1.3v to see high I could get the CPU and the results were an incredible 4.37GHz. Completely stable and gaming ready. The different in .5v was enough to drop the CPU temps about 5 degrees.FYI, 1.25v netted 4.2GHz stable.


Conclusion

The ASUS Rampage III Black Edition is one of those motherboard that offers all the features that one could want in a motherboard. Which, when we say all, we mean all. So often a motherboard falls into one category or another, making it only ideal for certain tasks. When I first got a hold of the Rampage III Black Edition I thought it was purely for the overclocker looking to establish bragging rights or in search of a new world record. I could not have been more wrong.

The Rampage Black Edition can be the basis of a very nice gaming rig as it supports the fastest of the Intel S1366 processors (currently the i7 990X) and support for multi-GPU setups. These two features alone will get you maximum settings in any game, depending on your GPU choice of course. With the that extremely efficient Killer E2100 NIC and the impressively good sounding ThunderBolt audio built into one card, this is certainly a feature that the gamer and audiphile will love. With a Killer NIC, no longer is internet connectivity the bottleneck of a rig.

For the extreme overclocker there is no doubt this has it all. No matter if you are using a dry ice, phase change or LN2 setup, the Rampage Black helps to support against cold bug issues that often shows its face in a benching session. With the amount of space in between the PCIe slots there is plenty of room for ample cooling of the video cards as well. Lets also not forget the availability to switch on and off the PCIe x16 slots at will.

Then there is the enthusiast category that many of us fall into. Those that want a motherboard that overclocks pretty well, supports all the components that we will throw at it, lets us have fun fragging and looks good inside our cases in the process.

ASUS threw every option and more in the Black Edition. Yes, it is based on the aged X58 chipset but one has to remember until the new socket comes into place there are no Intel CPU that offers more than four true cores. That alone maybe a great reason to opt for the X58 socket. Another would be the amount of PCIe lanes that is offered, especially compared to that of the P67/Z68.

When it comes to connectivity ASUS implemented the newest BlueTooth 3.0 technology and Wireless-N into the board, it can from a completely wireless solution.

The Rampage III Black Edition comes at a heavy price tag of $550, making it the most expensive motherboard we have tested. So, be prepared to pay for the best X58 motherboard on the planet.

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