ASUS Crossblade Ranger (FM2+) Motherboard Review

by - 6 years ago


Networking Performance

For our networking tests we connect the test system up to our Intel Gigabit enabled ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79 motherboard test system through the ASUS RT-AC68U router and run our tests. We opted for this over a direct point-to-point connection because we wanted to simulate real world performance. For our WiFi tests we do the same except we connect the test system to the ASUS RT-AC68U router via WiFi at a distance of 2 metres from the router.

LAN Speed Test Lite

LAN Speed Test was designed from the ground up to be a simple but powerful tool for measuring file transfer, hard drive, USB Drive, and Local Area Network (LAN) speeds (wired & wireless).  It does this by building a file in memory, then transfers it both ways (without effects of windows file caching) while keeping track of the time. Download the free Lan Speed Test Lite utility from here.


The Intel I211-AT controller isn’t something I’ve seen before. From some brief specification checking I believe ASUS opted for this Intel Gigabit controller as it is the best Intel Gigabit chip they can use on a non-Intel motherboard. The Intel I218V is certified for Intel’s motherboards. Performance is nearly identical to the I218V although upload speeds seem to have taken a bit of a hit.

Passmark Performance Test 8

The PassMark Advanced Network Test (which is part of PerformanceTest) is designed to test the data transfer rate between two computers both of which must be running PerformanceTest. One of the computers must act as the server and will sit waiting for a connection. The other computer acts as a client. It connects to the server machine and sends data to it for the duration of the test. You can download a trial version of PerformanceTest from here.


In Passmark we see slightly higher throughput that is more in-line with the Killer solutions. Those CPU usage figures below are impressive too: less CPU usage than the Killer chips using a more powerful CPU platform!


Article Index

  1. Introduction and Closer Look
  2. The Test System and Test Software
  3. BIOS and Overclocking
  4. Software Overview
  5. CPU Performance
  6. GPU Performance
  7. Memory Performance
  8. SATA, M.2 and USB Performance
  9. Networking Performance
  10. Audio Performance
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Final Thoughts
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