Asus Rampage 2 Extreme Motherboard

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Published: July 27, 2010
Author: Amber Lupala
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: Asus

Specifications

Today we recieved a real heavy weight board on our test bench! Asus sent a sample of their Rampage 2 Extreme motherboard which really seems to be an overclocker board filled with features so you can boost the crap out of your Core i7 boards. We are going to twist and turn it to see what type of results we can get from the board.

About Asus:

Check out their website, http://www.asus.com/ContentPage.aspx?Content_Type=AboutASUS&Content_Id=9

Specifications:

CPU Intel® Socket 1366 Core™ i7 Processor Extreme Edition/Core™ i7 Processor 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 x1 ( 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

*Due to the Windows XP/ Vista limitation, the RAID array with the total capacity over 2TB cannot be set as a boot disk. A RAID array over 2TB can only be set as a data disk only. For more information, please refer to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946557/en-us

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

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