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  • Phartindust - Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - link

    Since APUs love fast memory, I was wondering what speeds does this board support? Reply
  • Medallish - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    2666MHz it appears. Reply
  • Medallish - Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - link

    Quick correction " This was ASUS’ ROG brand returning to AMD at the request of their users, ever since the last AMD ROG motherboard, the Crosshair IV Formula-Z." It was Crosshair V.

    Looks like a really nice board, although I would say AMD enthusiasts would probably be better off with an FX-8350 if they're getting dedicated videocards, my main Desktop runs a 8350, but I have a small ITX PC using an A10-7850k, no reason an APU can't be used for something like this, but I do like having the extra cores you get with the FX CPU.
  • scottjames_12 - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    I'd have to agree - I don't think this board makes much sense given what is on offer for the FM2+ socket currently. Why would you invest in a relatively expensive board like this when you are limited to a maximum of 2 steamroller modules? Makes me wonder if AMD will ever release an APU with 4 modules and scaled back iGPU... Reply
  • just4U - Thursday, August 07, 2014 - link

    It compares favorably with MSI's approach in their gaming series based upon looks/feature set. I am guessing Asus see's a opportunity here since A87600 is bound to be a popular processor. Reply
  • 'nar - Friday, August 08, 2014 - link

    As has been previously stated, and as such is known by many, once you add a dGPU, an APU becomes an inferior product. So, why does this board have multiple x16 slots? I would rather have a mATX, or better yet, an ITX board for SFF, or NUC-like form factors. I would only add an mSATA port, but I'd remove the expansion slots to fit this board into a smaller form factor. Reply
  • StrangerGuy - Friday, August 08, 2014 - link

    $70 Pentium AE OCed on $50 H81 mobo + $90 HD7770 = $210
    $200 i5 quad on $50 H81 mobo + $90 HD7770 = $340


    $160 mobo + $175 7850K = $335

    Man, what a utterly TOUGH decision this is. Or do Asus and AMD thinks we are born yesterday? But, but that paying for that *ZgamingZ* marketing and colors and multi-GPU on an clearly inferior CPU will certainly improve my h@rdc0rez g@m!ng sk!llz.
  • hojnikb - Friday, August 08, 2014 - link

    Yup, pretty much. Its really a pointless board, given how fm2+ is limited in term of performance (its really a budget platform). My guess is, that thing is pretty much aimed at novice buyers, that don't know better ("zomg zomg its a gaming board so it must be good!!!1!)

    I guess its only a matter of time before we see this kinds of boards for AM1 platform :)
  • StrangerGuy - Friday, August 08, 2014 - link

    Even with budget boards considered, they is simply NO combination of AMD APUs that makes sense at any given price point.

    Congratulations Asus, here's your medal for somehow making a board which is even more pointless than the already pointless AMD desktop CPU lineup.
  • duploxxx - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    NO AMD APU at any given pricepoint??
    just get lost, you must be reading the reviews only with very strange glasses or as a no brainer.

    the same reaason why you should never buy this board for an Intel is the same for an AMD.
  • Dodger02WS6 - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    MicroCenter will sell this for 159.99 for the board + 139.99 7850K CPU - 40.00 bundle savings = 259.98, not a bad deal, espically for casual gamer/multi purpose PC. Reply
  • chrome_slinky - Saturday, August 09, 2014 - link

    Everyone seems to be criticizing this board based upon released processors for FM2+. Has no one considered the possibility that ASUS KNOWS something you don't? I have seen rumors of a much more powerful APU in the works - this maybe designed for that processor and also for anyone wanting high end audio without a dedicated card, and a few slots for expansion. Reply
  • wintermute000 - Sunday, August 10, 2014 - link

    very true, we're yet to see the 120W+ codename 'facemelter' that will finally edge past an i3 in CPU performance. Reply
  • duploxxx - Monday, August 11, 2014 - link

    so then nopboy else needs to buy any i5 or i7 since then you are just also creating e-penis.... just buy SSD and drop Microsoft and any system will fly..

    avarage age of people posting here without any technology knowledge is getting worse day by day.
  • shorne21592159 - Saturday, August 23, 2014 - link

    will definitaley get this board i have 6800k in an 88xm which work great as i can overclock apu to well over 5 ghz on air and much higher with water cooling .but am waiting for more powerful apus as the kaveri 7850 for me cpu part is not fast enough yet but feel much better is on the way .my present board is great but i worry about cooling on the northbridge it can get very very hot if push overclock too far ,so i think with this new board the heatsinks and cooling look much better ie higher overclocks .i believe i could get to 7.ghz and watercooling .oh and a r9 graphics card Reply
  • Michel Maza - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - link

    I am very sad !
    I'm a huge fan of AMD.
    I bought 3 video card r9 380x to put on my Crossblade Ranger and I can not turn 3 way crossfirex. Only 2way. 0x6 or 0x12. No way, I've tried for many hours, even uninstalled drivers, formatted the computer, I tested with Windows 10, Windows 7 ... (64bit both) Unsuccessful ...
    I do not know what to do ... I'm tired of trying and wasting time trying ...

    ASUS crossblade RANGER
    A10 7870 CPU
    2x 8G 2600 @ 2133
    1200W PSU
    SSD Windows 10 64bit
    CPU Water Cooler Corsair
    3x R9 380x SAPPHIRE 4G NITRO
    Last tested driver: 16.4.1

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