They have only just been released to the market, but the new Intel® Core™ i7 processor and ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) Rampage II Extreme have already proven to be a formidable pairing—one of world record-breaking proportions. This was demonstrated in empathic fashion at the recently-concluded DreamHack Winter 2008, where top Swedish overclockers Marcus "Kinc" Hultin and Robert "Crotale" Kihlberg—using the aforementioned hardware—stole the show with a record-setting score of X21996 (Extreme preset) in 3DMark Vantage, Futuremark’s authoritative graphics performance benchmark software. They also performed impressively in the Performance and Entry presets, garnering massive scores of P36302 and E69043 respectively. On a separate occasion—armed also with an ROG Rampage II Extreme—Vince "k|ngp|n" Lucido broke the single graphics card world record in the Vantage Performance preset, setting a score of P21607.
To attain their world record-setting scores, these overclockers relied in no small part on their factory overclocked ASUS graphics cards. Kinc and Crotale used three ASUS ENGTX280 TOP graphics cards in a 3-way SLI configuration, while k|ngp|n used a single ASUS EAH4870X2 TOP graphics card. Both world records were set with PhysX disabled.
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