The guys from Bit Tech published a preview of the upcoming Asus Rampage II Extreme. This motherboard was designed for hardcore enthusiasts and may be one of the most expensive X58 motherboards on the market. I heard rumours that this board may have a price tag of around 400EUR.
Off board, the LCD Poster is still present and will continue to show POST information, then either Voltage, temperature or fan speeds, but without a nose around the BIOS we're not sure of the exact extent yet. We're also yet to confirm whether the OC Palm hardware will make an appearance too - this is not to be confused with the "OC Palm" you give yourself after breaking a world-record.
The former will actually make use of the SideShow device originally conceived for the "Vista Edition" products launched early last year. Having used one originally (and found it entirely useless) and then using one now, it's finally got the massive positive potential Asus should have given it in the first place.
The OC Palm feature is a combination of the TweakIT and LCD Poster hardware, except with its own full colour 320x240 pixel LCD screen so it's easy to read and easy to use, although at the time of writing needs a little work to optimise the software. For example, you can keep an eye on your voltages, fan speeds and temperatures, and when you need that bit extra performance just use it to OC on the fly. That's all without even opening your case, rebooting or leaving the OS.
Frankly, this seems like a bit of an Evolution rather than Revolution that the Maximus II and original Rampage were - that's not a bad thing though since those were great boards and Asus has simply, yet again tweaked the hardware and thrown more bits into the package. But with all the word of £300+ Core i7 X58 motherboards these days - how many will Asus sell and how exactly will it balance the books? That said, there are enough of us that shell out £300+ on one or more graphics cards so is it any different?