We thought we knew all of ASUS’s Republic of Gamers motherboards for Haswell, but it looks like ASUS had a very special one hiding. Announced today at Computex was the ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VI Impact motherboard and yes it is a mini-ITX motherboard! Read on as we have all of the details!
ASUS has had some pretty cool video card designs over the past couple of years. These include the ARES line and the GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. The same team that was behind the DirectCU Mini card has a new card that they are showing off at Computex this week. It is the Republic of Gamers GeForce GTX 770 Poseidon, which features a very unique hybrid cooling design.
ASUS has always been a leader in innovation when it comes to their motherboards and the SupremeFX audio chips and “Redline” are a perfect example of that. ASUS was the first to put a dedicated audio chip on a motherboard that gave you gaming-class audio quality, while keeping the audio components isolated from the rest of the motherboard. Now they are teasing us with the upcoming SupremeFX audio that will be coming on the Maximus VI Formula Z87 motherboard.
It looks like its Z87 reveal day today! We just showed you MSI’s Z87 MPower overclocking motherboards and now we have the scoop on ASUS’s upcoming Z87 Republic of Gamers Motherboard Series. If you remember we already revealed ASUS’s Z87 Motherboards, but now it is official. These boards are part of the Overclocking line and include the Maximus VI Extreme, Maximus VI Hero and Maximus VI GeneZ.
ASUS is readying their first enthusiast solid state drive, the ROG RAIDR. The RAIDR is a PCI-Express solid state drive that uses two SandForce SF2281 driven SSD drives stripped in a RAID 0 configuration. Each solid state drive uses 19 nm MLC flash NAND chips. A few photos of the drive and spec sheets were posted on SweClockers. The drives both sport a pretty cool EMI shield and backplate.
It seems ASUS is working on a variant of their Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Extreme motherboard. This board is made for people who may be tired of the red / black scheme on Republic of Gamers boards. The Rampage IV Extreme Black as you can guess has all an all black appearance, with a few grey accents here and there. Besides the color changes it is pretty much identical to the original board.
It seemed like everyone was showing Z87 prototype motherboards at CeBIT this past week, but ASUS was not one of them. They did not even have a motherboard booth at the show. They do want you to know that they are working on Z87 so they have released a few teaser images. These images include a Z87-Deluxe, Gryphon Z87, and some type of Republic of Gamers (ROG) accessory.
ASUS’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) line of motherboards has been going strong for a few years now. ROG boards are made for the gamer and enthusiast having the features that these users would want. The board we are taking a look at today is no different. The Rampage IV Formula features 4-way SLI / CrossFireX support, ASUS’s own SupremeFX III audio, Intel Ethernet, ASUS’s ROG connect technology, support for quad channel memory up to 2400 MHz, and so much more. The Rampage IV Formula is positioned between the Rampage IV Extreme at the high-end and the Rampage IV Gene which is ASUS’s mATX version of this board. Read on to see if this is the perfect board for your gaming setup.
ASUS’s top tier line of products is the Republic of Gamers line of products otherwise known as ROG. If you are purchasing an ROG product you know you are getting the best of the best and something that is going to last you a long time. With any line it is broken up into segments, Extreme being the highest, Formula being in the middle and Gene at the lower end. Today we will be taking a look at the Rampage III Formula board and from the name we know it sits in the middle. This is an Intel X58 board that has many of the features of its more expensive brother the Rampage III Extreme for a more reasonable price. Let’s take a look and see if this board is perfect for your next build!
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