Crossblade Ranger AMD A88X (Socket FM2+) DDR3 ATX Motherboard

  • AMD A88X Chipset
  • x4 DDR3
  • x3 PCI-E x16
  • x2 PCI-E x1
  • x2 PCI
  • x8 SATA 6GB/s
  • x1 Gigabit LAN
  • x6 USB 3.0
  • Realtek Audio
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Stock Code: MB-624-AS

EAN: 4716659812968


Manufacturer: Asus

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Crossblade Ranger AMD A88X (Socket FM2+) DDR3 ATX Motherboard

Crossblade Ranger’s core benefits deliver the best gaming networking, with Intel® Gigabit Ethernet, GameFirst III and LANGuard, the best gaming audio from SupremeFX 2014, the best gaming interface with KeyBot and the best gaming performance with exclusive Auto Tuning technology to unleash the true power of AMD accelerated-processing units (APUs). And as a welcome, you get a plush ROG mouse mat — completely FREE.

Best Gaming Networking

Intel Gigabit Ethernet

Crossblade Ranger is fitted with state-of-the-art Intel Gigabit Ethernet that delivers better throughput with lower processing power for superior speed and increased efficiency

GameFirst III

The new motherboard’s networking capabilities additionally benefit from ROG-exclusive GameFirst III technology for no-delay gameplay. This advanced network-optimization software assigns top priority to game-data packets, allocating them more bandwidth to ensure the best online-gaming experience and clear, stutter-free online team-chat — all controlled with ROG’s usual intuitive flair.

LANGuard – RJ45 Socket

ROG has even reinvented the RJ45 socket, with LANGuard technology. Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors improve throughput, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) protect against lightning strikes and static-electricity discharges.

Best Gaming Audio

SupremeFX 2014

Flawless audio is essential for immersive gaming, so Crossblade Ranger is engineered with SupremeFX 2014. Cutting-edge isolation technologies minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI), while premium ELNA® audio capacitors and eight-channel gold-plated audio outputs provide precision-engineered audio that’s as great as a dedicated soundcard.

Sonic SenseAmp

Sonic SenseAmp automatically detects analog-audio front-panel (AAFP) headphone impedance and adjusts the built-in amp accordingly.

Sonic SoundStage

Sonic SoundStage applies the best audio settings for popular game genres — just one click is all it takes to generate the perfect sound for first-person shooter (FPS), racing, combat and sports games.

Sonic Radar II

Designed for first-person shooters (FPS), Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to. Players see the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs, enabling them to hone enemy-pinpointing skills. Exclusive audio enhancement further improves in-game sound for superb hearing awareness, and the all-new Sonic Radar II includes a redesigned control panel with customizable game list.

Best Gaming Interface


A clever tool that lets users instantly ‘upgrade’ an existing keyboard simply by attaching it to the dedicated USB socket. Once connected, the KeyBot microprocessor is activated and the user is able to use their current keyboard to control multimedia playback, launch favorite applications or assign macros to specific keys — just perfect for automating complicated in-game key sequences.

Best Gaming Performance

Auto Tuning

ROG’s Auto Tuning technology enables Crossblade Ranger to unleash the true power of AMD APUs with just few clicks. Enabled by the TurboV Processing Unit (TPU), Auto Tuning adjusts the CPU frequencies and ratios to offer precise voltage control and advanced CPU-performance monitoring, efficiently enhancing system performance with the most stable overclocking profile — so gamers enjoy superb stability and high speeds while playing.

ROG Mouse Mat

Crossblade Ranger even comes with a ROG mouse mat completely free of charge. The plush feel and stylish design enables gamers to flaunt the awesome power of Crossblade Ranger.

Compatible With Front Base

Crossblade Ranger is also compatible with ROG’s brilliant Front Base dual-bay gaming panel. When added to Crossblade Ranger, Front Base enables one-click performance boosting and real-time system monitoring to make gaming experiences even more enjoyable.


CPU Support AMD® FM2+ Socket for AMD®A-series/AthlonTMSeries processors
AMD®Turbo Core Technology 3.0 Support
Supports CPU up to 4 cores
* Refer to for CPU support list
Chipset AMD® A88X FCH(Bolton-D4)
Memory 4xDDR3 DIMM, max.64GB, DDR3 2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2250(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133/1866/1600/1333MHz, non-ECC un-buffered memory
Dual Channel memory architecture
Support AMD Memory Profile(AMP) memory
* The Max. 64GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 16GB (or above). ASUS will update QVL once the DIMMs are available on the market.
**Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
*** Refer to or user manual for Memory QVL (Qualify Vendor List)
Graphics Integrated AMD Radeon™ R/HD8000/HD7000 Series Graphics in the A-Series APU
Multi-VGA output support: HDMI/DVI/RGB port
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DVI-D (DVI) with max. resolution 2560x1600@60Hz
- Supports RGB (VGA) with max. resolution 1920x1600@60Hz
- Maximum shared memory of 2G
- Supports AMD®Dual Graphics technology
*Only FM2+ APU can support up to 4096 x 2160 resolution display via HDMI port
**Refer to for the discrete GPUs which support Dual Graphics technology
Multi-GPU Support Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
Expansion Slots 2 x PCI Express 3.0*/2.0 x16 slots (red, Single@x16 or dual@x8/x8 mode)
1x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (black, max.@x4 mode)
2x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
2x PCI slots
*Only FM2+ processors can support PCIe 3.0
Storage AMD® A88X FCH:
- 8 x Serial ATA 6Gb/s connectors with RAID 0, RAID 1,RAID 5,RAID 10 and JBOD support
Networking Intel® Gigabit LAN controller
Anti-surge LANGuard
ROG GameFirst III
Audio ROG SupremeFX Audio 8-Channel High Definition Audio
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
- ELNA® Premium Audio Capacitors
- Content Protection for Full Rate lossless DVD Audio, Blu-ray DVD, and HD-DVD audio content playback
- Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
- Optical S/PDIF out port at back panel
Audio Feature:
- Sonic SoundStage
- Sonic SenseAmp
- Sonic Studio
- Sonic Radar II
- DTS Connect
USB Ports ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller:
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at rear, blue)
- 4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at rear, blue, 2 at mid-board, red)
- 8 x USB2.0 ports (2 ports at rear, 6 ports at mid-board)
Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
1 x HDMI port
1 x RGB (VGA) port
1 x DVI-D (DVI) port
1 x USB BIOS Flashback button
4 x USB 3.0 ports [blue]
1 x Anti-surge LAN (RJ45) port
8-channel golden plated audio jacks
ROG Exclusive Features Extreme Engine Digi+ III:
- Full Digital CPU/DRAM Power
- NexFETTM Power Block MOSFET
- New Alloy Chokes
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
- CPU Level Up
- DirectKey
ROG Extreme OC kit:
- LN2 mode
- Slow mode
UEFI BIOS features:
- Extreme Tweaker
- Tweakers' Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase
- O.C. Profile
- Graphics Card Information Preview
Asus Exclusive Features ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5
- 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
ASUS Exclusive Features
- AI Suite 3
- MemOK!
- USB 3.0 Boost
- USB Charger+
- AI Charger +
- HomeCloud
- Push Notice
- Disk Unlocker
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
- ASUS Fanless Design: Stylish Heatpipe & MOS Heatsink Solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert3
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-Design
- ASUS Q-Slot, Q-Shield, Q-Connector, Q-Code, Q-LED, Q-DIMM

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All Time (3)

Great Motherboard, well worth the price

Easy overclock, great looks and very compatible, I recommend it for anyone working on an APU build

Gregory Uren 2016-05-13

Brilliant Motherboard

First of all id like to mention that the motherboard I received originally was faulty (VRMs overheating) but i sent the motherboard back and got a new one with no hassle at all (and the next day). Over-clockers showing me they are a brilliant company.

I paired this up with 2666mhz RAM and a kaveri 7850K.

The bios is the easiest system i have ever used, you can manually overclock the cpu/gpu or the system can optimize with a click of a button. (The optimization is loosely based on what cooling system is put in). The RAM is just as easy to overclock and individual timings can be made to optimize the MHZ.

I would recommend choosing the fastest RAM possible as it makes a massive difference in FPS in games, can be the difference from low-> medium graphics.

The ROG software that can be installed is brilliant, I can fine tune(overclock) the processor and gpu in windows, this allows more precise overclocking. I can also edit my fan speeds from here as well.

I put an after market heatsink and fan system working in a pull push format (Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler), it was very easy to install on this motherboard as well but still be cautious from static electricity.

I have overclocked this system to 4.5Ghz CPU and 960Mhz GPU i can probably push this more if i wanted to but i havnt got around to it but this config runs stable in the 2 months i have been running it.

If you are asking your self why have I built an APU config? This is mainly because i enjoy older games where texture packages resolution just doesnt bother me, i played mass effect 1/2 max res and max textures at 60fps. This type of RIG isnt designed for 1080p ultra in new games. The Kaveri APU can crossfire with 240/250 ONLY.

Overall very happy with this Motherboard sure i paid more than other Motherboards, but its a small price to pay for simplicity and quality.

The only downside is there is only 1hdmi port.


great board

Overclocker or someone who just likes quality, then this mobo ticks all boxes

I have tried every a88x mobo and none could help with overclocking my 7850k apu. After trying many cheaper boards I bit the bullet and brought this and I'm now running @ 4.6ghz stable with 1.45v and turned my tame apu into a fire breathing monster lol

Has loads of features and its a rock solid board forget all other a88x boards pay that little bit more and you wont regret

If your a overclocker this board is the only one I found capable of doing the job


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  • eTeknix - Gamer's Choice

    “The Crossblade Ranger brings the ROG treatment to the AMD A-Series platform in style. A beautiful design matched with some great gaming features should make anyone take a second look at AMD’s FM2+ for a budget gaming system.”

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