Inside the Box
Now we get into the package that ASUS provides with its Republic of Gamers board. The box itself is identical in colour scheme to the Crosshair and Striker boards we looked at, only the name is different on the front.
The back contains a full list of the specs of the board as well as a few pictures that you can have a look at. This box doesn't contain a full colour photo, a bit of a disappointment considering the rest of the ROG boards do.
As always, ASUS provides some of the best documentation with its motherboards. Not only does it give you installation advice but all of the features are explained in straight forward English for you to understand - even if you're not an expert, you will feel like it when ASUS explains things to you.
The driver CD contains all the necessary drivers to get Windows XP and XP64 up and running. Windows 98, NT and ME drivers aren't included as this chipset does not support these OS's - as always though, go online first and download the most recent drivers for added performance and stability. Added to this is the ASUS Intervideo software bundle that has been included for nearly six months thanks to ASUS and Intervideo teaming up. Ghost Recon Full Retail version game is included to get you up and going on the gamers track. There is even a copy of 3DMark06 Advanced Edition included, too.
One of the most important things that ASUS doesn't skimp on is the cable bundles. Most of the boards we get either come with half of the supported cables or even less. ASUS has really done a number by including all of the supported cables. That being 6 Serial ATA data cables and 3 Molex power splitters with 2 SATA power ports per splitter, a total of 6.
ASUS also does well on the Parallel cable bundle. A Single IDE 80 conductor cable supporting 2 drives and a FDD cable that supports a single Floppy drive are included. Along with this is an I/O shield for the board. Unlike the Striker or Crosshair, this I/O shield doesn't contain the EL lighting system which makes it easier to plug in cables at the back off your system in the dark.
Our last expansion feature is the break out brackets. A single Firewire port bracket takes up one PCI Expansion port and a 2 port USB 2.0 bracket takes up a second expansion slot.
Water cooling has become a big hit on the enthusiast market now. With companies like Gigabyte, Corsair and Asetek now making water coolers, companies like ASUS are taking note. A single blower fan is included that sits a top of the Mosfet heatsinks in the event water cooling is used, since there is no air being received from the CPU fan (as it gets removed from the equation). ASUS makes sure you get cool air to the important parts of the board and shows great forethought on their part.
Lastly is the ASUS break away audio module. DFI were the first to start with the break away audio modules for their boards known as KARAJAN. ASUS has done it differently with a full daughter board that plugs into a PCI Express x1 like slot at the top of the expansion slots. This module also includes the Codec chip onboard, where the KARAJAN doesn't; it only has the audio ports on the breakaway module.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications]
- Page 3 [Package]
- Page 4 [Motherboard]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Test System Setup and Everest]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - PCMark]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - WorldBench]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Adobe Premiere Elements]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - 3DMark06]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - PREY]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - Far Cry]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts ]
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