ASUS ROG Maximus VII Ranger Review – ASUS’ line of ROG motherboards are often the object of envy for many enthusiast gamers, mostly due to the quality, multitude of features and components that these motherboards offer.
One factor many have to take into consideration however is the pricing, as more often than not the ROG motherboards are quite expensive. ASUS aims to fix that by introducing the ASUS Maximus VII Ranger. The ROG look and feel is certainly there with the Maximus VII Ranger as it is clad in the classic ROG matte black PCB.
It features a standard fare of internal ports, including four DDR3 DIMM slots, capable of supporting up to 32GB of memory, six SATA III 6.0Gbps ports, as well as an M.2 SATA port and two PCIe 3.0 slots, capable of supporting multi-GPU configurations. At the back, the Maximus VII Ranger is furnished with six USB ports, four of which are USB 3.0, with the other two being USB 2.0, one VGA, DVI and HDMI port for video output, and six audio ports for surround sound system support. The motherboard also has an Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN port for internet connectivity.
One of which in particular is the KeyBot. The KeyBot serves an ingenious function to basic keyboards. Alongside a utility software, it allows you to map extra functions, macros and shortcuts to your keyboard. These not only include multimedia functions and shortcuts, but also access motherboard features such as Intel XMP and the UEFI BIOS. As far as overclocking is concerned, we managed to get a stable clock speed of 4.1GHz for our Intel Core i7-4770K from the Extreme Tweaker menu. Those who are less adventurous can instead opt to use the EZ Tuning Wizard. If we had any nitpicks about the Ranger, it would be that some of the sockets, such as the CPU fan and 4+4 pin ATX power ports are somewhat oddly placed. Be sure to properly install the CPU fan and plug in the ATX power cables before installing other components to save time on installation.
What the ASUS ROG Maximus VII Ranger lacks in terms of components, it makes up for it in terms of features and performance. The Maximus VII Ranger may not be ideal for digital data hoarders and those who insist on having more USB ports than they know what to do with, but initiates to the circle may like what it has to offer.
- Great performance
- Introduces cool new features
- Lack of USB and SATA ports
- Ports are placed awkwardly
ASUS ROG Maximus VII Ranger Specifications
- CPU Support: Intel Core Processor
- CPU Socket: LGA 1150
- Chipset: Intel Z87 Chipset, Intel Z97 Chipset
- Memory Type: Dual Channel Memory