Tuesday, October 25th 2011

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Cometh

Here is ASUS' top of the line LGA2011 motherboard targeting the gamer-overclocker market, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Rampage IV Extreme. This board offers all the expansion room and connectivity you'll ever need, plus a wealth of nifty features that help overclockers and ease incremental upgrades. To begin with, the Rampage IV Extreme employs a strong digital PWM circuitry that supports heavy voltage-assisted overclocking with Vdroop control.

The LGA2011 socket is wired to eight DDR3 DIMM slots (two per channel). CPU and memory VRM areas are located along three sides of the socket, all cooled by heatsinks that are connected by heat pipes. These VRM heatsinks share heat with the one over the X79 PCH, which is actively cooled by a fan.

Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (red), of which two are x16-capable, and all are x8 capable, one PCI-Express 2.0 x4 (black, wired to the PCH), and an x1 slot. Storage connectivity includes four each of SATA 6 Gb/s (red) and SATA 3 Gb/s (black), and one eSATA, and a power-eSATA (unknown datarate). There are eight USB 3.0 ports (four each on the rear panel and front-panel headers). Surprisingly, there's only one gigabit Ethernet connection, the other connectivity option is Bluetooth, which plays a key role in some of the ROG-exclusive features such as ROG Connect. For once, ASUS did away with the Creative X-Fi soft-layer for its audio and the solution is pure Realtek ALC898 8+2 channel HDA codec (with Realtek driver).

Where do I even start with the toys overclockers get with this board? OK, first, the LGA2011 socket is designed in such a way that its Intel-spec retention bracket can be replaced by a custom ASUS-designed one, that modifies the cooler mount holes to make the socket compatible with LGA1366-ready coolers, so you can carry on with your expensive LGA1366-ready water-block. Second, there is a strong VRM that's backed by diagnostic phase and temperature LEDs, voltage direct-measurement points, and a EPU chip that marshals the power phases. There is redundant BIOS (in separate socketed serial EEPROM chips), with ASUS ROG-exclusive UEFI firmware. Thirdly, power is drawn, apart from the 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS, by a 4-pin ATX (CPU power) and a 6-pin PCIe, so electrical stability is maintained. The ROG connect feature lets you monitor and overclock your board from Bluetooth-enabled smartphones (hence the Bluetooth controller).

To top it off, every Rampage IV Extreme packs a free copy of Battlefield 3 Special Edition (bundles Physical Warfare and/or Return to Karkhand DLC(s)).Source: VR-Zone
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56 Comments on ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Cometh

#1
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
WOW! damn I hope SB-E kills us with a knife to the face :)
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#3
DOM
wish i wasnt poor :cry:
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#4
..'Ant'..
WoW 8 slots of memory that's sick.
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#5
KieranD
Oooooooooh maaaaaaaaaan!
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#6
D4S4
noisy little buggers, we meet again.
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#7
sunil
At this point, I'd wait for Ivy Bridge.
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#8
Neuromancer
Sick, might have to sell my car so I can afford a CPU for it :)
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#9
Drone
Hm those things are made to icnrease the ozone hole. Lol.
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#10
Yellow&Nerdy?
Why not wait for Ivy? Not glad to see the small south-bridge fans making a return, I guess this means that the X79 chipset is even toastier than X58.
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#11
Maban
Pretty sure there's a 8-to-16 lane PCI-E switch under that sink (wonder what else is under there) providing 8 lanes to that black x16 slot. I count nine fan headers excluding the PCH sink fan and including CPU fan. DIPs to disable x16 slots.

This is going to be one beastly board. What are the chances of it being sub-$350?
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#12
Sasqui
This looks better than a stack of pancackes at 2:00 AM after barhopping.

That said, I'm still holding out for Ivy...
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#13
AsRock
TPU addict
Seemed really nice until started to look more at it.

1. Fan on the SB is a no go they don't last my required usage time.
2. BF3 i like the mobo but do i have to pay for shit that i would not want ot some one would not need.
3. Realtek, really on a such expensive mobo ( not as it would matter to me i use my video card but i don't want a possible crappy sounding mic output).
4. WTF were they thinking when they put the power button at the top right of the mobo but i guess it's excusable as there is less chance of a video card covering it up.
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#14
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
I speechless, I'm just wondering if there is room for anymore RAM slots...
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#16
mxjcmxjc
I want to see the MATX boards.
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#17
Neuromancer
by: Maban
Pretty sure there's a 8-to-16 lane PCI-E switch under that sink (wonder what else is under there) providing 8 lanes to that black x16 slot.
Just a demux switch I would guess as the board will need it.

40X PCIE laners = 5 PCIE 8x slots... should not need any extra HW for the 5th black slot
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#19
popswala
Why can't we get longer boards so the pcix1 can be used. Running 4 gpus take out the pci's. Why even bother puttin them on there. You'd have to sacrifice a gpu to used one of the pci lane. I like the idea of 4 gpus but i'd like to be able to run a pcix1/8 for a addon card or audio card.
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#20
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Looks like a found the replacement for my Rampage III Extreme!!!

by: AsRock
Seemed really nice until started to look more at it.

1. Fan on the SB is a no go they don't last my required usage time.
2. BF3 i like the mobo but do i have to pay for shit that i would not want ot some one would not need.
3. Realtek, really on a such expensive mobo ( not as it would matter to me i use my video card but i don't want a possible crappy sounding mic output).
4. WTF were they thinking when they put the power button at the top right of the mobo but i guess it's excusable as there is less chance of a video card covering it up.
The location of the power button on my Rampage III Extreme is in the same spot and comes in very handy on my techstation.
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#22
AsRock
TPU addict
by: HammerON
Looks like a found the replacement for my Rampage III Extreme!!!



The location of the power button on my Rampage III Extreme is in the same spot and comes in very handy on my techstation.
hehe, i guess it's some thing to watch out for as i bet some are setup to how mine is on my 775 setup..

Makes no difference to me i just use a try from a old Cheming case with rubber feet on it lol.
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#25
(FIH) The Don
try watching that video from Teaktown with CC to transcribe the sound, ROFL
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