ASUS Crossblade Ranger Review
Backpanel & VRM
On the backpanel we can see six USB ports (four of them being USB 3.0), one RJ45 LAN port, the integrated soundcard 3.5″ jacks, TOSlink optical output, one PS/2 connector for keyboard or mouse and 3 display outputs (D-SUB, DVI-I and HDMI). If you connect your keyboard through the dedicated USB 2.0 port you can enable the KeyBot feature with which we can assign macros to the F1-F10 keys.
The VRMs are built with high quality components and pretty massive for the class that this motherboard belongs to. The CPU VRM has 8 phases (6 CPU + 2 iGPU / NB), each of them being composed of a alloy choke and TI NexFET PowerPak’s (one for each CPU phase and 2 for each iGPU / NB phase).
The memory subsystem is powered by a 2 phase VRM built with the same chokes but with classical MOSFETs this time (two per phase).