A flagship A88X board for well under $200, remember the ASUS Crossblade Ranger

Subject: Motherboards | February 12, 2015 - 03:01 PM |
Tagged: motherboard, Kaveri, Intel Gig-E, FM2+, DDR-3 2133, crossblade ranger, audio, asus, A88X

It has been a while since Josh reviewed the ASUS Crossblade Ranger so it seems appropriate to put up a reminder that there are some impressive AMD boards out there with The Tech Report's review of the board.  This board has just about everything except an M.2 port, from the Asus SupremeFX 2014 with high end caps and EMI shielding to HDMI, DVI, and VGA display outputs to a BIOS button on the backplate which allows you to update the upgrade the motherboard's firmware without a CPU or RAM installed.  Check out the full review to get a list of the other features as well as a glimpse into the personality traits the board displayed during testing.

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"Asus' Crossblade Ranger is a tweaker-friendly, top-of-the-line motherboard for AMD's Socket FM2+ processors. We kicked the tires and turned up the clocks to see whether the Ranger lives up to its top billing."

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February 13, 2015 | 12:31 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

$160 for an FM2+ motherboard is outrageous and stupid. FM2 CPUs are pretty awful for gaming AND computation, so having a premium board for that series seems....

Daft.

February 13, 2015 | 04:49 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Premium mobo for bargain bin cpus that don't make sense outside of $70 price range - truly great choice.

February 13, 2015 | 04:55 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I agree with this statement, though I would say a 1:1 CPU/GPU ratio would be more effective.

February 13, 2015 | 05:04 AM - Posted by Oblyviousg (not verified)

Why is this thing an ATX? I feel that most People who have a FM2/+ board are using at most a micro-ATX. I personally would have liked to see it as a ITX. Than I would have been interested.

But yeah, I see this being a pointless board.

February 13, 2015 | 05:34 AM - Posted by collie

I wana be a crossblade ranger, live the life of guts and danger.

February 17, 2015 | 02:44 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

For those saying the fm2+ is garbage.... This board was mainly meant for the Athlon fm2+, which is by no means a garbage series... And can game very well. As well as use more high end gpu. So stop crying people...

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