Product on Review: Crossblade Ranger
Manufacturer & Sponsor: ASUS
Street Price: £118 GBP
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) products are often extreme, and highly capable and their refined aesthetic has become recognised the world over. So stepping down into the relatively lowly realms of the APU, the FM2+ platform has become an ideal opportunity to take what is currently considered to be a mainstream platform more seriously. The latest Kaveri based APUs sport AMDs GCN GPU architecture as well as HSA features that are evolving rapidly. As the ROG want to support all gamers whatever their creed, we see a new branding for a relatively new platform for AMD. Even the naming, Crossblade, quite wittily resonates with its older brother, the Crosshair Series, while the new 'Ranger' suffix seems to represent 'entry level', so there may be concessions in regards to a more expensive ROG motherboard. Coming in at around £115-120 GBP, it is a fair bit more expensive than some already established A88X motherboards, but this series will always tend to hold a fair amount of prestige.
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R & D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.