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Asus’ Rampage II Extreme features support for triple channel DDR3 memory up to 12GB through 6 slots.

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great for overclocking - lots of options in the BIOS

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includes a discrete sound card - a step-up from integrated sound

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design - features a sleek black PCB and quality heatsinks

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comes with an external LCD display - makes diagnostics easier

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quality control issues - many reports of defective boards

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might lose PCI slots due to graphics cards and the included sound card

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expensive - only for serious system tweakers

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RAM slots lie close to the CPU socket - larger coolers might get in the way

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requires a fairly large case if used for SLI

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The Asus Rampage II Extreme is a high-end gaming motherboard built on the X58 chipset and provides support for the Intel Core i7 processor through the LGA 1366 socket. Asus’ Rampage II Extreme features support for triple channel DDR3 memory up to 12GB through 6 slots. The board also includes a total of 3 PCI Express 2.0 slots, 2 capable of being utilized at x16 mode simultaneously, as well as 1 PCIe x1 and 1 PCI slot . This motherboard provides 8-channel HD audio surround sound thanks to the included SupremeFX X-Fi sound card. Also included are 2 gigabit Ethernet ports, 6 USB 2.0 ports and 1 eSATA port and 1 FireWire port for highspeed external data transfer. The Rampage II Extreme also supports 2 or 3-way CrossFireX/SLI in order to maximize users' graphics processing potential. The board also features high quality Japanese-made capacitors, in order to prolong component life and minimize power loss. Users looking for a high-end X58 motherboard designed with gaming in mind will likely find the Asus Rampage II Extreme an acceptable choice.


  • CPU support: Intel Core i7
  • Chipset: Intel X58
  • Socket: LGA 1366
  • Memory Support: Triple Channel DDR3 1800(O.C)/1600(O.C)/1333 up to 12GB maximum
  • Audio Chipset: SupremeFX X-Fi
  • Audio: 7.1 HD Audio surround sound
  • LAN: 2 gigabit LAN ports
  • Supports ATI CrossfireX & NVIDA SLI technology (2 or 3-way)
  • 3 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (dual x16 or x16x8x8), 1 PCIe x1, 1 PCI slot
  • 6 USB 2.0 Ports, 1 eSATA port, 1 FireWire port
  • 6 SATA 3GB/s connectors
  • ATX Form Factor
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