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When you see the Republic of Gamers (ROG) tag on an Asus product, you know the company has it done it up right, and that's certainly true of the division's first ever AMD FM2+ motherboard. Asus ROG makes it debut into FM2+ territory with the Crossblade Ranger, a high end motherboard packed with features and technologies designed to give gamers an edge on the virtual battlefield.
Even the LAN port is beefed up. Asus opted for a "state-of-the-art" Intel GbE LAN port with better throughput and lower power consumption than competing solutions, which is further aided by GameFirst III, an exclusive ROG technology that assigns top priority to game data packets. The cherry on top is LANGuard Ethernet socket technology, which is comprised of advanced filtering components with low impedance capacitors to reduce noise and improve throughput. It also includes ESD and surge protection.
On the audio front, the board boasts SupremeFX 2014 with PCB isolation techniques to minimize electromagetic interference (EMI) and premium ELNA audio capacitors for precise 7.1-channel audio that's on par with the best soundcards, Asus says.
There are four DIMM slots that support up to 64GB of DDR3-2666 memory, two PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, a single PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot, two PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots, two standard PCI slots, 8 SATA 6Gbps ports, 6 USB 3.0 ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, and lots more.
The Crossblade Ranger will be available this month for $160.