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Asus OC Station Review

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ry@n 6th August 2009, 09:11 Quote
At first it seems a lot of money but its pretty packed with features. Its a real shame it isn't universal.
lewchenko 6th August 2009, 09:18 Quote
Lets face it, if you are buying a Republic of Gamers motherboard and no doubt a high end CPU / memory combo to go with it then you are 'loaded & minted' in the first place. Another £110 for this on top is quite frankly... peanuts.

If I owned a ROG board, then I would consider this. For general overclockers though (like me).. once the overclock is done then it just gets left that way.... for ever ! I could potentially make use of a 'quiet mode' profile though...
perplekks45 6th August 2009, 10:08 Quote
But BIOS tweaking gives me back childhood memories! Why would I want to avoid that?
poldo 6th August 2009, 10:22 Quote
just tested this on Crosshair III Formula; it works pretty well. Its not just an OC station but a fan controller as well. The fan header with thermal sensor header on the motherboard works with this, too.

Btw, I'm also a reviewer from a local review site in the Philippines. :)
dolphin-promotions 6th August 2009, 10:39 Quote
It actually sounds quite decent.
They should bundle it with a ROG board at a discounted price. So maybe a Asus Rampage II Extreme + OC Station for £300.
ry@n 6th August 2009, 11:39 Quote
I wonder if it could be modded to work from an interal USB header with some custom software, if only to use it as a fanbus and to use the screen for displaying pictures and video (if fast enough).
The boy 4rm oz 6th August 2009, 12:07 Quote
I don't see the point.
tin can 6th August 2009, 12:48 Quote
I've not got started with overclocking yet (it'll happen soon, though!) Once I have, I think I would only be interested in something like this if it could be used on all future motherboards - or at least all the high-end ones - not just the one I had at the time. They might want to re-think the wording on that screenshot though, inviting you to locate an extra fan "at backside"! :p
edzieba 6th August 2009, 13:34 Quote
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Buck Rogers references have now been banned from the bit-tech and CPC lab.
That seems a little... draconian.
DraigUK 6th August 2009, 14:23 Quote
£100+ for this ....

......or 30 mins in the BIOS and less than a tenner on a fan controller.

.....hmmm
HandMadeAndroid 6th August 2009, 15:45 Quote
why would you want to fit something that looks like a 1980s hif-fi to the front of your PC?
dire_wolf 6th August 2009, 16:12 Quote
Pah, I have wire OCD so this would never make it into one of my systems lol
dire_wolf 6th August 2009, 16:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by HandMadeAndroid
why would you want to fit something that looks like a 1980s hif-fi to the front of your PC?

Because the 80s were the best!!
Thatguy119 6th August 2009, 16:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by lewchenko
Lets face it, if you are buying a Republic of Gamers motherboard and no doubt a high end CPU / memory combo to go with it then you are 'loaded & minted' in the first place. Another £110 for this on top is quite frankly... peanuts.

I just purchased a ROG board, the rampage II gene, does not mean I am laoded, I am far from it, a poor studant. THe product does seem pointless though, the whole point of ROG boards is they provide a excellent platform for bios overclocking, so you dont need somthing like this.
bogie170 6th August 2009, 16:26 Quote
"However, while BIOS overclocking is the best option (you can’t disable Spread Spectrum with the OC Station"

What difference does spread spectrum make?
wuyanxu 6th August 2009, 16:55 Quote
hum, it allows reading of temperature prob on the motherboard/CPU, and it allows to adjust fan speeds.......
does it allow to set automatic fan profiles, such that the fans connected to it will speed up when system temperature goes up?

i'd buy without heartbeat for a cheaper (£30 to 40 range) version with the above feature.
perplekks45 6th August 2009, 17:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by dire_wolf
Because the 80s were the best!!
There is a reason the 80's are dead.
HourBeforeDawn 6th August 2009, 19:24 Quote
Would have been nice to see the OCing part of this device in action compared to traditional bios tweaking and what not, versus just saying what you achieved.
Otto69 8th August 2009, 03:39 Quote
So what the heck does this thing actually DO?
Otto69 8th August 2009, 03:40 Quote
"There is a reason the 80's are dead."

At THIS moment a squadron of elite men and women, both with big hair and makeup, are making their way to your abode to show you what "dead" really means :)
HourBeforeDawn 8th August 2009, 03:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Otto69
So what the heck does this thing actually DO?

lol and I thought I was bad about not reading the reviews =p it explains what it does in the review by linking to the bios to make changes while in windows or while playing a game. I do wish they went into much more detail on that whole process then sorta acting like they did and give a few sentences about it.
perplekks45 8th August 2009, 13:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by Otto69
"There is a reason the 80's are dead."

At THIS moment a squadron of elite men and women, both with big hair and makeup, are making their way to your abode to show you what "dead" really means :)
And I'll just play them some of the music in the charts right now and kill them all this way because they'll recognize at least 1 sample in every song.

Or I'll just throw a lighter in their general direction and their hairspray will cause a gigantic explosion.
thehippoz 9th August 2009, 05:13 Quote
pricey.. maybe if they threw it in with the rog board as a special edition or something for a extra 50 bucks and lowered the price standalone to something more reasonable- adjusting bios on the fly.. sounds like ntune- and the guy who wrote that is a peckerhead :D it would be nice for a case mod though.. be really surprised if it worked well- but I trust your reviews
Otto69 9th August 2009, 18:39 Quote
Does it go to 11?
DeadMan 12th August 2009, 17:36 Quote
"Does it go to 11?" nope, but the spinal tap edition does :)
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