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Nov
10
2013

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79 Black Edition Unboxing & Review

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme X79 Black Edition Unboxing & Overview

The long awaited ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition has finally landed. Considered to be the perfect balance between gaming and overclocking, the Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition aims to deliver the best experience possible on the X79 platform with its updated support for Ivybridge-E.

Specifications

Form Factor     Extented ATX 12" x 10.7"
CPU     Intel LGA2011
Chipset     Intel X79
Memory     Quad Channel 8x. 64GB Max up to 2800MHz
Expansion Slots
  • 4x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • 2x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots
  • Multi-GPU
  • 4x NVIDIA SLI
  • 4x AMD CrossFireX
  • SATA
  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s
  • 4x SATA 3Gb/s
  • 2x eSATA 6Gb/s
  • USB
  • 8x USB 3.0 ports (2 midboard, 6 rear panel)
  • 10x USB 2.0 ports (4 front panel, 4 rear panel
  • Audio     ROG SupremeFX Black
    LAN     Intel Gigabit Ethernet
    Wireless     Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac & Bluetooth 4.0

    Accessories

    Accessories
  • User's manual
  • I/O Shield
  • OC Panel Kit
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi moving antennas
  • ROG Magnet
  • ROG Connect cable
  • 3x & 4x SLI Bridge
  • 1x SLI and CrossfireX cable
  • 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
  • 2-in-1 SATA 3Gb/s signal cables
  • 2-in-1 SATA 6Gb/s signal cables
  • X-Socket pad
  • Top

    The motherboard supports Quad SLI and Crossfire configurations on its PCIe 3.0 slotsand up to 64GB of memory in its DIMM slots.

    CPU Socket

    The ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition utilizes Black Metallic capacitors, chokes, and MOSFETs that are put through rigorous tests ensuring their reliabilty even under the toughest conditions. These high-quality components offer 5x longer life-spans than compared to regular components.

    The DIGI+ Power Control system allows users to precisely tune their memory and CPU voltages in order to get the best and most stable overclocks.

    Side

    Back IO Ports

    USB     6x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0
    Audio     Optical, 5.1 surround
    SATA     2x eSATA 6.Gb/s
    Other     Bios flashback, WiFi, Ethernet, PS2

    SupremeFX Black Audio

    With a built on op-amp, DAC and headphone amp, the SupremeFX Black adds an extraordinary audio solution to the Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition. The headphone amp delivers 120dB SNR and 600 load impedance that ensures top-level quality when using headphones. The included ROG Sonic Radar software also allows you to easily determine where sounds are coming from via a on-screen radar.

    OC Panel

    The overclocking command panel gives you easy access to real-time information regarding the system. The 2.6" display and buttons allow you to easily tweak the majority of settings. The panel can function as either an external piece or it can be installed in a 5.25" bay on the chassis.

    UEFI Bios

    The Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition features a new black-themed UEFI bios with improved EZ and Advanced modes. ASUS' UEFI bios are considered to be one of the smoothest mouse-controlled bios out there on the market.

    ROG RAMDISK allows the motherboard to create ultra-fast virtual drives for temporary storage. It can be utilized for caching or to store slow-loading maps onto the memory.

    The SATA port renaming feature allows you to easily change the name of hard disk drives and solid state drives for better convenience and ease of access.

    Conclusion

    Overall, the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition is a welcome addition to the X79 motherboard family. With optimizations made for Ivybridge-E CPUs, power users will surely benefit from the extra features provided on the board. With high quality components and a equally well-built software suite, the Rampage IV Extreme Black Edition is easily the best motherboard available out on the market today.

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