AMD’s FM2+ platform for Kaveri APUs hasn’t received much attention from the gaming motherboard front but ASUS is aiming to change that with the upcoming ROG Crossblade Ranger.
When enthusiasts think of the optimal platform for gaming, overclocking and benchmarking, few tend to lean towards AMD’s APU offerings these days. There’s good reason for that: even with the introduction of Kaveri, there’s not much which will appeal to folks willing to drop serious bucks on a high end rig. However, the Crossblade Ranger’s feature set could be just the thing to change around some opinions and once again consider AMD’s APUs adequate and affordable alternatives.
While it has absolutely no hope of matching the features offered by high end Intel boards (SATA Express, M.2 support, etc.) the Crossblade Ranger will still incorporate the full stable of ASUS’ RoG features. For example, it includes the new optimized SupremeFX 2014 audio with SenseAmp and Sonic Studio technology, an ultra-fast Intel Gigabit Ethernet and GameFirst III network-optimization software for no-lag gameplay, as well as KeyBot, an instant keyboard-upgrade utility. These are items rarely seen on an APU-friendly board but they’re nonetheless quite welcome.
We’ll have more coverage of the Crossblade as its July launch date draws nearer.