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Review: Asus ROG Rampage V Extreme X99 Motherboard

Asus RVE OC Socket

The Rampage V Extreme is finally upon us. The latest and greatest offerings from Asus launches along side the latest X99 chipset and Haswell-E processors from Intel. The Rampage V Extreme or RVE offers some insane specs, features, tweaks, and even a custom socket that differs from Intel’s 2011v3 socket (Interested right?). There is a lot to cover with the new Rampage V Extreme and a lot of images, benchmarks, screenshots to enjoy. So let’s kick off the review with a quick look at the advertised specs.

ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme

Processor/CPU socket LGA 2011-v3 socket for new Intel® Core i7 processors
Chipset Intel X99 Express
Memory Quad-channel memory architecture; 8 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB, DDR4 3300MHz (OC)Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) supported
Expansion slots 4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (supports x16, x16/x16, x16/x8/x8 or x16/x8/x8/x8 mode with 40-lane CPU; x16, x16/x8, x8/x8/x8 mode with 28-lane CPU)1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (maximum x4 mode)1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
Multi-GPU support 4-way, 3-way and 2-way NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD® CrossFireX™
Storage 2 x SATA Express ports8 x SATA 6Gbit/s ports1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (PCI Express SSDs only)
Networking/LAN Intel® I218-V Gigabit LAN with GameFirst III and ASUS LANGuard
USB 14 x USB 3.0 ports (10 on back panel, 4 mid-board)6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 on back panel, 4 mid-board)
Audio ROG SupremeFX 2014 8-channel high-definition audio- SupremeFX shielding technology- ELNA® premium audio capacitors- Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front-panel mic jack-retasking- Optical S/PDIF out port at back panelSonic SoundStage / Sonic SenseAmp / Sonic Studio / Sonic Radar II /DTS Connect
Dimensions / form factor EATX, 12-inch x 10.7-inch (30.5cm x 27.2cm)

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The above specs and image are a great way to get a quick look at what the new board has to offer. A few things that stand out already are the included DirectCU for the VRM’s, SupremeFX 2014 audio, 3×3 WiFi AC with up to 1,300Mbps speed. There is a lot more features to note, but we will detail them in our motherboard breakdown next.

 

1. Introduction and Specifications

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Asus Intel X99 Motherboard Lineup

Asus featured

Asus are easily known for their outstanding motherboards and the launch of Intel’s X99 chipset is no different. Asus are bringing 3 new boards to start with, including the new Rampage V Extreme. Below is a break-down of the new boards and their features/specs.


 

Asus X99-E WS

Asus X99 WS E 3

 

  • X99-E WS, a new Compact Electronics Bay (CEB) workstation motherboard based on the Intel® X99 chipset and with support for four-way multi-GPU setups at full PCI Express 3.0 x16 speed for extreme graphics power.
  • X99-E WS is engineered with premium components for premium efficiency, including an integrated Driver-MOSFET (Dr. MOS ), exclusive Beat Thermal Chokes II, ultra-durable 12K capacitors and ProCool power connector.

  • CPU
    Build in Intel® Socket 2011-v3 Processors
    Intel® Core™ i7 Processors for LGA 2011 Socket
    Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
    Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    * The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
  • Chipset
    Intel® X99
  • Memory
    8 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
    Quad Channel Memory Architecture
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
    * Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
  • Multi-GPU Support
    Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™ Technology
    Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology
  • Expansion Slots
    7 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (single x16 or dual x16/x16 or triple x16/x16/x16 or quad x16/x16/x16/x16 or seven x16/x8/x8/x8/x16/x8/x8)
  • Storage
    Intel® X99 chipset : *1
    1 x SATA Express port, gray, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    1 x M.2 x4 Socket 3, gray, , with M Key, type 2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode)
    8 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray, *2
    Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports*3
    ASMedia® SATA Express controller : *4
    1 x SATA Express port, gray, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    ASMedia® SATA Express controller : 
    1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
  • LAN
    Intel® I210-AT, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
    Intel® I218LM, 1 x Gigabit LAN, Dual interconnect between the Integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)
  • Audio
    – Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking, Front Panel MIC Jack-retasking
    – High quality 109 dB SNR stereo playback output (Line-out at rear) and 104 dB SNR stereo playback input (Line-in)
    – High-fidelity audio OP AMP(s)
    Audio Feature :
    – DTS Ultra PC II
    – DTS Connect
    – Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
    – BD Audio Layer Content Protection
    – Audio Shielding: Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference
    – Dedicated audio PCB layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals
    – Audio amplifier: Provides the highest-quality sound for headphone and speakers
    – Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provide warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
    – Absolute Pitch 192khz/24bit true BD lossless sound
  • USB Ports
    Intel® X99 chipset :
    4 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, , 4 at mid-board)
    Intel® X99 chipset :
    4 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) (4 at mid-board)
    ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : *5
    2 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)
    ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : *6
    8 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, , 4 at mid-board)
  • Workstation Feature
    7 x PCIe x 16 slot(s)
    ASUS Dr. Power
    12K hours Capacitors
    ProCool Power Connector
    Q-Code Logger
  • Special Features
    5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    – Whole system optimization with a single click! 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App together, providing better CPU performance, efficient power saving, precise digital power control, whole system cooling and even tailor your own app usages.
    ASUS TPU :
    – Auto Tuning
    – GPU Boost
    – TPU switch
    ASUS EPU :
    – EPU
    – EPU switch
    ASUS Digital Power Design :
    – Industry leading Digital 8 Phase Power Design
    – Industry leading Digital 4 Phase DRAM Power Design
    – CPU Power Utility
    – DRAM Power Utility
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    – MemOK!
    – AI Suite 3
    – Ai Charger+
    – USB Charger+
    – M.2 & SATA Express
    – ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
    – USB 3.0 Boost
    – Disk Unlocker
    – Turbo LAN
    – Crystal Sound 2
    Interactive HomeCloud
    – Media Streamer
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    – Precision Tweaker 2
    – ASUS O.C. Tuner
    – ASUS CrashFree BIOS
    – ASUS EZ Flash
    – ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
    – ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
    – Push Notice
    ASUS Q-Design :
    – ASUS Q-Shield
    – ASUS Q-Code
    – ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    – ASUS Q-Slot
    – ASUS Q-DIMM
    – ASUS Q-Connector
    Media Streamer
    Special Memory O.C. Design
    Turbo App
    Fan Xpert 3
  • Operating System Support
    Windows® 8.1
    Windows® 8
    Windows® 7
  • Back I/O Ports
    2 x eSATA
    2 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    10 x USB 3.0 (blue)
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    8 x Audio jack(s)
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
    1 x Q-Code Logger button
  • Internal I/O Ports
    2 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)
    2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
    2 x SATA Express connector: gray, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2260/2280 devices
    1 x TPM connector(s)
    8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 x -pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
    1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
    2 x 8-pin EATX 12 V Power connector
    1 x 6-pin EATX 12 V_1 Power connector(s)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x EZ XMP switch
    1 x Front panel connector(s)
    1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
    1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
    1 x DRCT header(s)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
    1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
    1 x TPU switch(es)
    1 x EPU switch(es)
    1 x CPU/DRAM overvoltage jumper(s)
    1 x Power-on button(s)
    1 x Reset button(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
    1 x Dr.Power switch(es)
  • Accessories
    User’s manual
    ASUS Q-Shield
    8 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    1 x ASUS 3T3R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
    1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
    1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
  • BIOS
    128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS,
    ASUS EZ Flash 2, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log,
    F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
  • Manageability
    WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
  • Support Disc
    Drivers、ASUS Utilities、EZ Update 、Anti-virus software (OEM version)
  • Operating System
    Windows® 8.1 32/64-bit
    Windows® 8 32/64-bit
    Windows® 7 32/64-bit
  • Form Factor
    CEB Form Factor
    12 inch x 10.5 inch ( 30.5 cm x 26.7 cm )
  • Note
    *1 Intel® X99 Express Chipset with RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and Intel Rapid Storage Technology 13 support
    *2 8 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports* (4 x gray from controller 1, 4 x black from controller 2)
    *3 These functions will work depending on the CPU installed
    *4 These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported
    *5 ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller- supports ASUS USB 3.0 Boost
    *6 ASMedia® USB 3.0 Hubs- supports ASUS USB 3.0 Boost


 

Asus X99 Deluxe

Asus X99 Deluxe

 

  • Patent Pending OC Socket – Drive CPU and DDR4 performance beyond all expectations!
  • 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 – One click overclock and cooling, done!
  • 3×3(3T3R) 802.11ac Wi-Fi – Fastest onboard Wi-Fi up to 1300Mb/s
  • Fan Extension Card – Powerful cooling with flexible installation & detailed control
  • Dual 32Gb/s ultrafast M.2 x4 (onboard and PCIE add-in card)

  • CPU
    Intel® Socket 2011-v3 Core™ i7 Processors
    Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
    Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
    * The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
  • Chipset
    Intel® X99
  • Memory
    8 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
    Quad Channel Memory Architecture
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
    * Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
  • Multi-GPU Support
    Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
    Supports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ Technology
    Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
    Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
  • Expansion Slots
    40-Lane CPU-
    5 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16, x16/x16, x16/x16/x8, x8/x8/x16/x8, x8/x8/x8/x8/x8 mode) *1
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 (max at x4 mode) *2
    28-Lane CPU-
    3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16, x16/x8, x8/x8/x8)
    2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x1 mode)
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 (max at x4 mode) *2
  • Storage
    New Intel® Core™ i7 Processors : 
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, , with vertical M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (Support PCIE SSD only)
    Intel® X99 chipset : 
    1 x SATA Express port, , compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    8 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), *3,
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Recovery Technology*4
    ASMedia® SATA Express controller : *5
    1 x SATA Express port, , compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
  • LAN
    Intel® I218V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
    Intel® I211-AT, 1 x Gigabit LAN
    Dual Gigabit LAN controllers- 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) appliance
    Support Teaming Technology
    ASUS Turbo LAN Utility
  • Wireless Data Network
    Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
    Support ASUS Wi-Fi Go! Utility
    Up to 1300Mbps transfer speed
  • Bluetooth
    Bluetooth V4.0
  • Audio
    Realtek® ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC featuring Crystal Sound 2
    – Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    – High quality 112 dB SNR stereo playback output (Line-out at rear) and 104 dB SNR stereo playback input (Line-in)
    – High-fidelity audio OP AMP(s)
    Audio Feature :
    – DTS Ultra PC II
    – DTS Connect
    – Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
    – BD Audio Layer Content Protection
    – Audio Shielding: Ensures precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced multi-lateral interference
    – Dedicated audio PCB layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals
    – Audio amplifier: Provides the highest-quality sound for headphone and speakers
    – Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provide warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
    – Unique de-pop circuit: Reduces start-up popping noise to audio outputs
    – Top notch audio sensation delivers according to the audio configuration
    – EMI protection cover to prevent electrical noise to affect the amplifier quality
  • USB Ports
    Intel® X99 chipset :
    4 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (4 at mid-board)
    Intel® X99 chipset :
    6 x USB 2.0/1.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, , 4 at mid-board)
    ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
    10 x USB 3.0/2.0 port(s) (10 at back panel, blue)
  • Special Features
    5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    – Whole system optimization with a single click! 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App together, providing better CPU performance, efficient power saving, precise digital power control, whole system cooling and even tailor your own app usages.
    ASUS 5X Protection :
    – ASUS DIGI+ VRM – 8 Phase digital power design
    – ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection – Short circuit damage prevention
    – ASUS ESD Guards – Enhanced ESD protection
    – ASUS High-Quality 5K-Hour Solid Capacitors – 2.5x long lifespan with excellent durability
    – ASUS Stainless Steel Back I/O – 3x more durable corrosion-resistant coating
    ASUS TPU :
    – Auto Tuning
    – GPU Boost
    – TPU switch
    ASUS EPU :
    – EPU switch
    ASUS Digital Power Design :
    – Industry leading Digital 8 Phase Power Design
    – Industry leading Digital 4 Phase DRAM Power Design
    – CPU Power Utility
    – DRAM Power Utility
    ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
    – Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer
    – Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote app for portable smartphone/tablet, supporting iOS 7 & Android 4.0 systems
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    – MemOK!
    – AI Suite 3
    – Ai Charger+
    – USB Charger+
    – M.2 & SATA Express
    – Anti-Surge
    – Onboard Button : Power/Reset
    – ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
    – USB 3.0 Boost
    – Disk Unlocker
    – Turbo LAN
    – Crystal Sound 2
    Interactive HomeCloud
    – Media Streamer
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    – Precision Tweaker 2
    – ASUS O.C. Tuner
    – ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    – ASUS EZ Flash 2
    – ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
    – Push Notice
    ASUS Q-Design :
    – ASUS Q-Shield
    – ASUS Q-Code
    – ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    – ASUS Q-Slot
    – ASUS Q-DIMM
    – ASUS Q-Connector
    Special Memory O.C. Design
    Turbo App
    Fan Xpert 3
  • Back I/O Ports
    2 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    10 x USB 3.0 (blue)
    2 x USB 2.0
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    5 x Audio jack(s)
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
    1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.0
  • Internal I/O
    1 x AAFP connector
    2 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s) (19-pin)
    2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
    2 x SATA Express connector: gray,
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 with vertical M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (Support PCIE SSD only)
    1 x TPM connector(s)
    8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 x 4 -pin)
    1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
    1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x EZ XMP switch
    1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
    1 x Chassis Intrusion connector(s)
    1 x DRCT header(s)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
    1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
    1 x TPU switch(es)
    1 x EPU switch(es)
    1 x CPU/DRAM overvoltage jumper(s)
    1 x Power-on button(s)
    1 x Reset button(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
    1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
    1 x SLI/CFX switch (2/3-WAY adjustments)
  • Accessories
    User’s manual
    ASUS Q-Shield
    8 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    1 x ASUS 2-Way/3-Way SLI bridge
    1 x M.2 X4 bracket
    1 x ASUS 3T3R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
    1 x Fan Extension Card (3 x 4-pin fan out)
    1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
    1 x 5-pin to 5-pin cable
    – 1 x Thermistor cable(s)
  • BIOS
    128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS,
    ASUS EZ Flash 2, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log,
    F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
  • Manageability
    WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
  • Support Disc
    Drivers、ASUS Utilities、EZ Update 、Anti-virus software (OEM version)
  • Operating System
  • Form Factor
    ATX Form Factor
    12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )
  • Note
    *1: The PCIe x16_5 shares bandwidth with M.2 x4. Triple PCIe 3.0/2.0 configuration is default set at x8/x8/x8. Adjust PCIEX16_5 Slot Bandwidth in BIOS.
    *2: The PCIex4_1, USB3_E12 and SATAEXPRESS_E1 connectors share the same bandwidth. The SATAEXPRESS_E1 will be disabled when there is a device installed on PCIEX4_1 slot. Set this option to X2 Mode or X4 Mode when the installed PCIe device is higher than X4 interface.
    *3: Due to chipset behavior, The SATA6G_78, SATA6G_910 ports (black) do not support IRST including RAID configuration.
    *4: These functions will work depending on the CPU installed.
    *5: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported.


 

Asus Rampage V Extreme

Asus X99 Rampage V Extreme spec

  • Intel® Core™ i7 processors on LGA 2011-v3 socket
  • Intel X99 Express chipset
  • OC Socket, OC Panel, Safe Boot and ReTry buttons – Powerful tuning kit for breaking records
  • Extreme Engine Digi+ IV – Primo components for rock-steady power
  • DirectCU, X-Socket II, multiple thermal sensors and Fan Xpert 3 – Stay even cooler
  • PCI Express 3.0 x4 M.2, dual SATA Express, 3T3R 802.11ac Wi-Fi – Unparalleled connectivity with blistering-fast transfer speeds
  • SupremeFX 2014, Sonic Radar II, Intel Ethernet, LANGuard, GameFirst III, KeyBot, RAMDisk – Hear more, banish lag, accelerate loading and control

  • CPU
    Intel® Socket 2011-v3 Core™ i7 Processors 
    Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
    Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 
    * The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
    * Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list
  • Chipset
    Intel® X99
  • Memory
    8 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3300(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory 
    Quad Channel Memory Architecture 
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. 
    * Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
  • Multi-GPU Support
    Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™ Technology *1
    Supports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ Technology
    Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
    Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology
    Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
    Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology
  • Expansion Slots
    4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16, x16/x16, x16/x8/x8 or x16/x8/x8/x8 mode with 40-LANE CPU; x16, x16/x8, x8/x8/x8 mode with 28-LANE CPU) *2
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode) *3
    1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 *3
  • Storage
    New Intel® Core™ i7 Processors : 
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, gray, , with M Key, type 2260/2280/22110 storage devices support ( Supports PCIE SSDs only)
    Intel® X99 chipset : 
    1 x SATA Express port, red, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    8 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red, *4, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Recovery Technology*5
    ASMedia® SATA Express controller : *6
    1 x SATA Express port, red, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
  • LAN
    Intel® I218V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s), featuring GAMEFIRST III
    Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
    Anti-surge LANGuard
  • Wireless Data Network
    Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
    Up to 1300Mbps transfer speed
  • Bluetooth
    Bluetooth V4.0
  • Audio
    ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC 
    – Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    – SupremeFX Shielding Technology
    – ELNA® premium audio capacitors
    Audio Feature :
    – Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection 
    – DTS Connect
    – Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
    – Sonic SoundStage
    – Sonic SenseAmp
    – Sonic Studio
    – Sonic Radar II
  • USB Ports
    Intel® X99 chipset : 
    4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at mid-board)
    Intel® X99 chipset : *7
    6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)
    ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : *8
    10 x USB 3.0 port(s) (10 at back panel, blue)
  • OC Panel
    2.6 ” LCM display
    EXTREME/NORMAL mode switch
    EXTREME Mode for subzero OC benching:*9
    – VGA Hotwire
    – Subzero Sense
    – Slow Mode
    – Pause Switch
    – VGA SMB header
    – ProbeIt
    – 4 x 4-pin extra fan connectors 
    NORMAL Mode for in-chassis usage:*10
    – CPU Level Up OC button
    – FanSpeed control button
    – LCM backlight on/off button
    I/O Ports:
    – POWER:1 x SATA power connector
    – ROG_EXT port:1 x 18-1 pin data connection port
  • ROG Exclusive Features
    DirectCU thermal design
    ROG Connect :
    – RC Diagram
    – RC Remote
    – RC Poster
    Extreme Engine Digi+ IV :
    – IR3555 PoweIRstage®
    – MicroFine Alloy Chokes
    – 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
    ROG Extreme OC kit :
    – ReTry button
    – Safe Boot button
    – Start button
    – Reset button
    – Slow Mode
    – LN2 Mode 
    – PCIe x16 Lane Switch
    – Debug LED
    ProbeIt
    KeyBot
    – CPU Level Up
    – XMP
    – Direct Key
    UEFI BIOS features :
    – ROG BIOS Print
    – GPU.DIMM Post
    – Tweakers’ Paradise
    – ROG SSD Secure Erase
    – Graphic Card Information Preview
    ROG RAMDisk
    GameFirst III
    iROG
    Extreme Tweaker
    USB BIOS Flashback
    Overclocking Protection :
    – COP EX (Component Overheat Protection – EX)
    – Voltiminder LED II
  • Special Features
    5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    – 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
    Gamer’s Guardian:
    – ESD Guards on LAN, Audio, KBMS and USB3.0/2.0 ports
    – DRAM Overcurrent Protection
    – 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
    – Stainless Steel Back I/O
    ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
    – Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer
    – Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote app for portable smartphone/tablet, supporting iOS 7 & Android 4.0 systems
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    – MemOK!
    – AI Suite 3
    – Ai Charger+
    – USB Charger+ 
    – USB 3.0 Boost
    – Disk Unlocker
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    – ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 
    – ASUS EZ Flash 2 
    – Push Notice
    ASUS Q-Design :
    – ASUS Q-Shield
    – ASUS Q-Code
    – ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    – ASUS Q-Slot
    – ASUS Q-DIMM 
    – ASUS Q-Connector
    Overclocking Protection :
    – ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
    Media Streamer
    Turbo App
    Fan Xpert 3
  • Operating System Support
    Windows® 8.1 
    Windows® 8 
    Windows® 7
  • Back I/O Ports
    1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    10 x USB 3.0 (blue) 
    2 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to ROG Connect) 
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    5 x Audio jack(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
    1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)
    1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.0
  • Internal I/O Ports
    2 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s) 
    2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
    2 x SATA Express connector: red, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2260/2280/22110 storage devices support ( Support PCIE SSD only)
    1 x TPM header
    8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    6 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (6 x 4 -pin)
    1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
    1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
    1 x Slow Mode switch(es)
    9 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
    3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
    1 x EZ Plug connector(s) (4-pin Molex power connector)
    1 x Power-on button(s)
    1 x Reset button(s)
    1 x BIOS Switch button(s)
    1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
    1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
    1 x KeyBot Button
    1 x Sonic SoundStage Button
    1 x Safe Boot button
    1 x ReTry button
  • Accessories
    User’s manual
    I/O Shield
    10 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    1 x ASUS 3T3R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
    1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
    1 x 4-Way SLI bridge(s)
    1 x SLI bridge(s)
    1 x CrossFire cable(s)
    1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1) 
    3 x Thermal sensor cable pack(s)
    1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
    1 x X-Socket 2 kit
    1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)
    OC Panel Kit:
    – 1 x OC Panel(s) 
    – 1 x OC Panel 5.25-inch bay metal case
    – 1 x OC Panel Cable(s)
    – 1 x OC Panel screw pack(s)
  • BIOS
    2 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.8, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
  • Manageability
    WfM2.0, DMI2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
  • Support Disc
    Drivers
    ROG GameFirst III
    ROG RAMDisk
    ROG CPU-Z
    ROG Mem TweakIt
    Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
    DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
    ASUS WebStorage
    HomeCloud
    ASUS Utilities
  • Form Factor
    Extended ATX Form Factor 
    12 inch x 10.7 inch ( 30.5 cm x 27.2 cm )
  • Note
    1. 28-LANE CPUs can only support up to 3-Way SLI™/ 3-Way CrossFireX™
    2. The PCIE_X8_4 slot shares bandwidth with M.2 x 4. 
    40-LANE CPU: The PCIeX8_4 slot can only be used in x4 mode or lower when used simultaneously with the M.2 connector. If x8 mode is used, the two connectors will be mutually exclusive.
    28-LANE CPU: The PCIE_X8_4 slot will be disabled and the M.2 connector will always be enabled.
    3. The PCIE_X4_1 (gray) slot shares bandwidth with the PCIE_X1_1 slot, USB3_E910 and SATAExpress_E1 connector. When the PCIE_X4_1 slot is occupied by an X1 or X2 device, the SATAEXPRESS_E1 will be disabled. When the PCIE_X4_1 slot is occupied by X4 device, the SATAEXPRESS_E1, USB3_E910 ports, and the PCIE_X1_1 slot will be disabled. 
    4. Due to chipset behavior, the SATA6G_78, SATA6G_910 ports do not support IRST including RAID configuration.
    5. These functions will work depending on the CPU installed.
    6. These SATA ports share bandwidth with the PCIE_X4_1 slot, and when the PCIE_X4_1 slot is ocuupied, the SATA ports will be disabled. These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported.
    7. 2 x USB2.0 port at mid-board shares with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port.
    8. USB3_E910 ports at back panel will be disabled when the PCIE_X4_1 slot is occupied by an X4 bandwidth device.
    9. Extreme Mode capabilities, including V1, V2, DRAM and other voltage definitions, vary by chipset. Please refer to your motherboard manual for details.
    10. One 5.25″ drive bay is required for NORMAL Mode installation.

 

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Asus officially announce VivoTab Note 8 tablet running Windows 8.1

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Asus are brining their own 8-inch tablet running full Windows 8.1 to the market. The new VivoTab Note 8 joins the series of tablets from Asus and is running the fill version of Windows 8.1 and does not come with Windows RT as seems to be a bigger trend nowadays. The 8-inch table has a IPS display with 1,280 x 800 resolution and stylus support. The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z3740 processor with 2GB of RAM. It has up to 64GB storage options and supports a MicroSD card. The VivoTab also has a 5MP rear facing camera and 1080p front facing camera.

Finally the dimensions and weight come in at 220.9 x 133.8 x 10.95mm and 380g. Availability and pricing have yet to be announced. check out the source link or press release below for more information.

  • Windows 8.1
  • 8-inch HD (1280 x 800) IPS display
  • Intel Atom Z3740 processor
  • Integrated Professional Wacom Digitizer Stylus
  • 2GB memory
  • 5MP rear camera and HD front-facing camera
  • Up to 64GB internal storage, up to 64GB microSD card slot and bundled unlimited ASUS WebStorage (1 year)
  • 15.5Whr battery
  • 220.9 x 133.8 x 10.95mm
  • 380g

Source: Asus

 

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iFixit get their hands on the new Nexus 7 and tear it apart

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The new Nexus 7 has been announced and with most new phones and tablets iFixit will always have our backs with tear downs to not only show us the guts of the device, but how easy it will be to fix it. The new Nexus 7 shows similar attributes when it comes to assembly with the battery glued down and display and front panel glued together. This was the expected out and iFixit gave it a 7 out of 10 rating for repair with 10 be the easiest. So jump over to iFixit to see the tear down guide.

Source: iFixit.com

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Asus MeMo Pad HD 7 announced: 7-inch 1,280 x 800 display, Quad-Core ARM CPU

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The 7 inch companion to the FHD 10 was also announced at Computex today. The smaller device goes a different direction in terms of specs and is aimed as a budget tablet, but that shouldn’t sway anyone’s choices as the specs are pretty decent. Sporting a Quad-Core ARM Cortex A7. The display is a decent 7-inch with 1,280 x 800 resolution.

The tablet also includes MicroSD slot for added storage. It will come with two storage options the 8GB and 16GB with the 8GB only available in certain markets. The 16GB priced at $149 will be hitting the US this July and hopefully other places after that soon.

Update

Asus have released details on the the launch of the Memo Pad Hd 7 and specifically when it will be arriving in the UK and the price. Well it’s set for some time in August with a price tag of £149.

ASUS Announces MeMO Pad HD 7 and MeMO Pad FHD 10 Tablets
New 7-inch and 10-inch tablets with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean feature high-definition displays and incredible ASUS SonicMaster audio

Computex Taipei, Taiwan (3 June, 2013) – ASUS today announced the new MeMO Pad™ HD 7 and MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 Android tablets. With an MSRP of just £149 for the 16GB model, MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is a 7-inch tablet that offers incredible value, with a quad-core processor, 1280 x 800 IPS display, and 1.2-megapixel front and optional 5-megapixel rear cameras. MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 is a 10-inch tablet with the new Intel® Atom™ Z2560 processor, 1920 x 1200 Full HD IPS display and ASUS SonicMaster audio technology.

ASUS MeMO Pad™ HD 7 – the value tablet for mobile entertainment
ASUS MeMO Pad™ HD 7 has a quad-core processor and 1GB RAM for smooth and responsive performance with apps of all kinds. The 7-inch display has a 1280 x 800 native resolution for crisp text and images, and IPS technology for accurate, vibrant colors with 170-degree wide viewing angles. MeMO Pad™ HD 7 also features high-quality stereo speakers with enhanced sound, courtesy of ASUS SonicMaster audio technology.
MeMO Pad™ HD 7 has a 1.2-megapixel front-facing HD camera that can capture 720p HD videos and models are also available with a rear 5-megapixel camera. Just 10.8mm thick and 302g, the feature-packed MeMO Pad™ HD 7 has a lithium polymer battery that lasts for up to 10 hours with 720p video playback. Models are available in four colors – black, pink and green.
MeMO Pad™ HD 7 has 16GB of storage and a MicroSD card slot, plus 16GB ASUS WebStorage free for one year. Together with the ASUS WebStorage Office, users can view, create, edit and share Microsoft Office documents online.

ASUS MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 – the multimedia tablet of choice

ASUS MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 features the latest Intel® Atom™ Z2560 1.6GHz processor and a 1920 x 1200 Full HD IPS display for deliver vivid visuals with 178-degree wide viewing angles. MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 has stereo speakers with SonicMaster audio technology and its 10-inch screen makes it ideal for entertainment, 1080p video playback and handheld gaming.
MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 features Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology for improved graphics performance and increased energy efficiency. The slim design has a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus for impressive photos and 1080p video recording.
MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 is just 9.5mm thick and 580g light, and its lithium polymer battery lasts for up to 10 hours with 720p video playback. The ‘micro-weave finish’ is available in Royal Blue, Silk White, and Vivid Pink.
MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 has full connectivity options, including 802.11a/b/g/n, GPS and GLONASS navigation. ASUS Miracast wirelessly connects the tablet to a Wi-Fi enabled TV or projector to share movies, photos and presentations. MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 is available with 16GB or 32GB storage and both capacities also feature a microSD card slot. 5GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage is also included.

MeMO Pad™ Accessories
Both ASUS MeMO Pad™ HD 7 and MeMO Pad™ FHD 10 come include a protective TransCover with microfiber interior. TransCover folds into a stand to prop up the tablet at the perfect angles for watching video and typing with the on-screen keyboard. TransCover is available in blue, pink, white and black for MeMO Pad™ HD 7; and black, pink and green for MeMO Pad™ FHD 10.
The Persona Cover for MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is also available. Available in black, pink and green, this is a snug-fit case that protects the tablet from everyday bumps and scrapes.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS MeMO Pad™ HD 7 has an MSRP of £149 for the 16GB model and will be available in August 2013. MeMO Pad™ HD 10 pricing and availability will be confirmed later in the year.

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Asus announce MeMo Pad FHD 10: 10-inch 1,920 x 1,200 display and Intel Atom Dual-Core CPU

nexusae0_ASUS-MeMO-Pad-FHD10_3Another tablet from Asus is hitting the market, this time it’s the new Memo Pad FHD 10. If the name suggest a 10-inch display than you would be right, the new tablet also comes in at just 9.5mm thick. Packing an Intel Atom Dual-Core (Z2560)  processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM. The FHD name should also scream Full HD and again that’s right with the MeMo pad sporting a nice full HD display at 1,920 x 1,200.

The new tablet includes Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi a/B/G/N and GPS. Including a 5MP rear facing camera and 1.2MP front facing camera. It will come in two sizes and colors with the former being 16GB/32GB and the latter being Dark Blue or White.

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Asus unveil Transformer Pad Infinity: Nvidia Tegra 4, 10-inch 2,560 x 1,600 IPS display

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Asus announced anther device at Computex with the new Transformer Pad Infinity be released later this fall. The new tablet will include the new Nvidia Tegra 4 clocked at 1.9GHz with 2GB of RAM. A 10-inch IPS display with 2,560 x 1,600 IPS display. The device also sports the usual connectivity such as USB 3.0, Bluetooth 3.0 and of course WiFi. The  surprising addition is the HDMI out that support UHD output (4K anyone).

The dock will include an extra battery and SD Card slot in increase the storage of the device which at stock comes with 32GB. Since the device won’t be out until later this year in the fall, details on specific availability and price aren’t ready, but when Asus are ready to share we will get them out.

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Asus announce FonePad Note: 6-inch 1080p display with Atom Dual-Core CPU and 2GB of RAM

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Computex is lighting up and Asus are straight in with the announcement of the FonePad Note. The main specs of the device include a Super IPS+ 6-inch 1080p display, a Dual-Core 1.6GHz Atom Z2560 CPU with 2GB of RAM and an 8MP rear facing camera with a 1.2MP frton facing camera. There is no word on availability or pricing.

The device does some with a stylus(the name) and we cane tell from the images that it will not have any physical buttons on the front but rather use on screen buttons. We will update we any new information when we get it.

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Review: Asus 3GB 7970 DirectCUII graphics card


The art of the PC Gaming world always involves a great graphics card and the simple fact more performance from your graphics card means, better FPS and better looking games. This is of course assuming you don’t have anything else that would cause some form of a bottleneck, but it still comes that to the fact that your graphics card will determine the performance of your games.

So as the title says, we are here to take a look at the Asus 3G 7970 DirectCUII and find out the performance the graphics card will get you. So let’s not waste time and take a look at the specs of the card itself.

Specifications

Graphics Engine AMD Radeon HD 7970
Bus Standard PCI Express 3.0
Video Memory GDDR5 3GB
Engine Clock 1000 MHz
Memory Clock 5600 MHz ( 1400 MHz GDDR5 )
RAMDAC 400 MHz
Memory Interface 384-bit
Resolution D-Sub Max Resolution : 2048×1536 DVI Max Resolution : 2560×1600
Interface DVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-I), Yes x 1 (DVI-D) HDMI Output : Yes x 1 (via DVI to HDMI adaptor x 1 ) Display Port : Yes x 4 (Regular DP) HDCP Support : Yes
Accessories 1 x CrossFire cable 1 x Power cable 1 x DVI to HDMI adaptor
Software ASUS Utilities & Driver
ASUS Features DirectCU Series TOP Series Super Alloy Power
Dimensions 11 ” x 5.1 ” x 2.1 ” Inch
Note *To have the best cooling performance, ASUS HD7970-DC2T-3GD5 extends the fansink to 2.5 slots. Please double check you Chassis and Motherboard dimension prior to purchase to make sure it fits in your system! *Support for six simultaneous displays may require complementary products compatible with DisplayPort.

The above specs are directly from Asus.com. Here we can see that the clock speed is set @ 1000MHz which is 75MHz above the reference cards and the memory clock speed is set at 5500MHz. This is a triple slot card and has a massive heat sink and two fans and most of the card is covered in aluminum to also help with heat transfer. The main purpose of the massive heat sink is to get some decent over clocking ability and still have a very quiet graphics card.

Asus have their own GPU Tweak software, or you can use AMD in the Catalyst control centre which has its own software built-in for overclocking, there is also the choise of other third-party software that you can use to overclock the card, but before we talk about the overclocking more, let’s take a look at the card itself.

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SqaureTrade drop and water tests of Nexus 7 vs iPad


SquareTrade have gotten the newly release Nexus 7  tablet which is made by Asus and Google and have put it through the typical drop tests and a nice water journey to see how well the new tablet performs in what should be called tech torture.. This time they have taken a new iPad to put up against the Nexus 7 in all the same tests to see a comparison of each test. So check out the video below to see the cruel but necessary behaviour that takes place.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKaPmrXKfO0

The Nexus 7 is one shockingly well-built device and it pretty much survived nearly unscathed. This is probably going to be a great selling point for the new tablet as people always tend to drop their expensive toys. The iPad on the other hand pretty much sucked to put it bluntly, with terrible damage on every test. This is why it is always wise to have a decent case protecting your device. A simple €5-10 rubber case might have absorbed enough shock to prevent the screen from  damaging so much.

That being said, the iPad had a troubling fall by landing on its corner each time. Corner drops will almost always results in screen damage due to a small impact area and perhaps the nexus 7 was lucky, but to be honest. The weight is normally the deciding factor of how a device will hit the ground. At the end of the protect your device with a case and if you can insurance as well.

Source: ElectronicsBreak(Youtube)

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