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The R.O.G. Thunderbolt... what does it do exactly? It says you can hear your enemies footsteps easier when playing online. Is this just a gimmick to buy the motherboard or does it actually work?
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It has a X58 chipset and the main novelty is ThunderBolt, a new expansion card from ASUS that integrates Xonar sound as well as BigFoot's Killer NPU

in this bored you arent geting realteks onbored audio soultion asus is puting a higher end sound card and nic card in to one, it is gimmicky but you will have wayy better sound so yes you should be able to hear footsteps better
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Gotta admit... That's a beautiful motherfrakingboard...

I see... upgrades...
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I just want the thunderbolt to replace my pci x-fi...

Anyone know if its works on its own without a rog motherboard?
and can you get them on their own anywhere?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by revlimiter;13170919 
http://www.kitguru.net/components/motherboard/carl/asus-rog-rampage-iii-black-edition-motherboard/

The R.O.G. Thunderbolt... what does it do exactly? It says you can hear your enemies footsteps easier when playing online. Is this just a gimmick to buy the motherboard or does it actually work?
It is a sound card and a network card combo.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Ren-dog;13181717 
I just want the thunderbolt to replace my pci x-fi...

Anyone know if its works on its own without a rog motherboard?
and can you get them on their own anywhere?

Same question here...
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i just got the R3E Black Edition and it says that it only needs one of the pci e x1 slots to function. but if i put it in a pci e x8 slot will there be any performance boost? if so, will it be noticeable at all?
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For a sound/networking card, I highly doubt it.

Even when it comes to video cards, getting 8x or 16x bandwidth on the pci-e slots don't yield much of a difference in performance. The slightest performance you'll see when using higher bandwidth pci-e slot is with dual gpu cards, and even then the difference is very minimal and near unnoticeable.
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i see, so i got this mobo and started setting it up. downloaded the drivers for the killer 2100 directly from the bigfoot website. it worked perfectly at first but then i downloaded all the drivers off of the asus cd rom excluding the e2100 dirvers. and i cant get it to work at all anymore. im using the regular onboard lan for now. anyone got any advice?
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I believe the Killer 2100 and e2100 are different drivers.

The Killer e2100 are only currently available exclusively on certain premium otherboards or add-on cards such as the Thunderbolt on the R3E Black.

Try cleaning out the drivers and then reinstalling the e2100 drivers only.

I can't seem to find the e2100 drivers from bigfoot's website but they are available on Asus' website.

Go to: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1366/Rampage_III_Black_Edition/#download

Select your OS and everything then go under the "LAN" section and download the "THUNDERBOLT Card LAN Driver V6.0.1.144" driver to see if this is it.

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