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Welcome to Asus Rampage III Formula Owners Club
Specifications:
  • Form factor: ATX
  • Dimension: 12.0" x 9.6" (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)
  • Socket Type: LGA1366 (Intel Core i7)
  • FSB: QPI 6.4GT/S
  • Chipsets: North Bridge - Intel X58, South Bridge - Intel ICH10R
  • RAM Slots: 6 x 240pin
  • RAM type: DDR3 2200(OC)/2133(OC)/2000(OC)/1800(OC)/1600(OC)/1333/1066
  • Max RAM: 24 GB
  • Expansion slots: PCI Express 2.0 x16 - 3 (supports x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8 config)
    PCI Express x1 - 2
    PCI Slots - 1
  • Storage: SATA 3 - 6, SATA 6 - 2, RAID (SATA 3) - 0,1,5,10
  • Onboard audio: SupremeFX X-Fi 2 (8 channels)
  • Onboard LAN: Intel Ethernet 82567V (10/100/1000Mbps)
  • Rear panel ports: PS/2 - 1 (Keyboard), USB 2.0 - 7, USB 3.0 - 2, IEEE 1394 - 1, eSATA - 2 (3Gb/s), S/PDIF Out - 1 x Optical



Included Accessories:
  • 1 I/O Shield
  • 1 Q connector Kit
  • 1 North Bridge fan (optional)
  • 1 ROG Connect cable
  • 1 3-Way SLI Bridge (black)
  • 1 SLI Cable (flexible)
  • 3 SATA 3.0 cables (black)
  • 1 SATA 6.0 cable (black)
  • 1 x 2-port USB2.0 + 1-port eSATA module
  • 1 pack of zip ties (white)
  • 1 sheet of labels (for SATA cables)
  • 1 CrossFire cable


Link to download manual


BIOS history:
  • 0702 (04/21/11) - Add Memory Recheck feature
  • 0701 (04/08/11) - Update Intel Raid Option ROM
  • 0505 (11/08/10) - Support new CPUs
  • 0404 (08/27/10) - First release BIOS
R3E BIOS template:

Code:

Asus Rampage III Formula - BIOS 0505

Sync Mode:
AI Overclock Tuner:
Overclock from CPU Level Up:
2D Performance Booster:
CPU Ratio Setting:
CPU Turbo Power Limit:

CPU Configuration
CPU Ratio Setting:
C1E Support:
Hardware Prefetcher:
Adjacent Cach Line Prefetch:
MPS and ACPI MADT Ordering:
Intel Virtualization Tech:
CPU TM Function:
Execute Disable Bit:
Intel HT Technology:
Active Processor Cores:
A20M:
Intel SpeedStep Tech:

BLCK Frequency:
PCIE Frequency:
DRAM Frequency:
ULCK Frequency:
QPI Link Data Rate:
Memory Configuration Protect:

CPU Differential Amplitude:
CPU Clock Skew:
IOH Clock Skew:

Digi+ PWR Mode:
PWM Volt. Control:
Load-Line Calibration:
CPU Voltage OCP:
CPU PWM Frequency:

Extreme OV:
Extreme OC:

CPU Voltage:
CPU PLL Voltage:
QPI/DRAM Voltage:
DRAM Bus Voltage:

IOH Voltage:
IOH PCIE Voltage:
ICH Voltage:
ICH PCIE Voltage:

CPU Spread Spectrum:
PCIE Spread Spectrum:

Reviews: And here is the XS thread for it:

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=257881


From Robilar (original thread's owner):

"What attracted me to it was the pci slot layout. For dual cards, you actually use pci-e slots 1 and 3 rather than 1 and 2 thus providing a significant amount of space between graphics cards. It also supports tri-sli/tri-fire within a 7 slot architecture, support for either a pci or pci-e sound card (the pci-e card could be used with 3 dual slot gpu's without interfering) and of course USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB.

Pretty nifty board for under $300..."


Some teaser pics
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Edited by reaper~ - 4/25/11 at 2:21pm
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Some more pics

FYI, you cannot install a TRUE vertically with a 38mm fan push. It interferes with ram slot 2 (see pic).

It does fit (albiet carefully) aligned horizontally though.


This is a crazy bios!

The spacing between the video cards is frankly amazing.
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So you ditch your P6TD for the RIIIF, looking forward to hear what you have to say about it, I´m interested in this board myself, it´s the layout that I like, awesome spacing for a SLI or Crossfire setup.

Much better layout then the RIIE that I have now, thinking of switch the RIIE for this RIIIF.
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And almost $100 cheaper...

I love the P6TD, so far my favorite board to date but the Formula had some features that I was looking for.
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more pics added
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i like the card spacing too, both of my cards idle and load at about the same temps (which i understand is usually not the case when having cards in SLI)
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I noted that too. I was running some Furmark and the two cards were very close in temperatures.

The bios is far more complex than any of the Asus P6T series of boards. There are literally more options here than most users would ever require.

Note in the pics, the ram slots only open from the top (to prevent bottom retention clips from banging into anything)

my lapped TRUE needs a bit of a buff
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Does anyone know if the Asus OC Station would work with this board?

The Rampage III Extreme apparently does.


Edit: NVM, just read the review on it at Bit-tech.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mot...ation-review/1
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Quote:
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Does anyone know if the Asus OC Station would work with this board?

The Rampage III Extreme apparently does.


Edit: NVM, just read the review on it at Bit-tech.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/mot...ation-review/1

Yeap, it should work, you have the connection panel for it at the bottom of the card, check out the pictures.






Should be nice to hear your opinion about how the onboard sound is compare to your Sonar DX2, I´ve heard that the onboard should be the same as the SupremeFX X-Fi discrete Audio Card that was bundle with the older ROG board.




Some people do complain about that the X58 IOH on the RIIIE run hot, any comments on that for the RIIIF?
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If I didn't get my R3E for $270 I'd definitely get this one
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