BIOS and Overclocking
The Crossblade Ranger inherits the same style of BIOS from Z97 ROG motherboards, which is a good thing. We jumped straight into the overclocking to see what the Crossblade Ranger is capable of.
To help with your overclocking it makes sense to boost the CPU’s current capability setting to the maximum, if you’re cooling can deal with it of course.
The option to turn off the LEDs on the audio section and chipset heatsink is a nice touch: most motherboard vendors do not offer such customisation.
We settled on a final overclock of 4.6GHz, a respectable figure. Sadly we couldn’t get 4.7GHz stable in the limited time we had but the system was bootable into Windows all the way up to 4.8GHz so there’s probably scope to attain more if you have the patience to sit around and tweak. We went straight in with a 1.5 core voltage (CPU-Z seems to report double the used voltage) but you can run 4.6GHz with a lot less voltage, 1.45 volts worked fine at this frequency also.