Tuesday, September 10th 2013

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition: The Ultimate LGA2011 Motherboard

Dear Oxford English Dictionary, instead of wasting time adding 'twerking', once you see this you'll want to redefine epic instead! Check the spec and engineering pride below and you'll understand that the new Rampage IV Black Edition is the ultimate LGA2011 motherboard, and the ideal companion for a new Ivy Bridge-E (4th Generation LGA2011) CPU.

Though not to be confused with the previous (non-real product) Rampage IV Extreme in black, the official Rampage IV Black Edition is a whole new product you can buy with a full stack of 2013 ROG innovations. The ROG team went through 5 full layout designs to find the best possible 8 DIMM memory layout topology, and where the ROG team was working on the five new Z87 boards in the first half on this year, that whole team has focused efforts on just the Black Edition this time around!

General features:
  • Ivy Bridge-E optimized design
  • The only ROG with an all-black color-scheme.
  • SupremeFX Formula [2013] with WIMA and ELNA capacitors, OpAmp headphone amplifier and 120dB SNR.
  • Sonic Radar software
  • Extreme Engine DIGI+ III (VRM design)
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 12 SATA [8 SATA 6Gbps]
  • 8 USB 3.0
  • USB BIOS Flashback
  • 2013 UEFI updates, including Secure Erase, Last Modified Log, Quick Note and ROG Pulse (see more on our innovations page)
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20 Comments on ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition: The Ultimate LGA2011 Motherboard

#2
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Oh my, that is sexy as hell.
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#3
lilhasselhoffer
"This is a one off. Well, there are three.

It’s the ultimate in tech exclusivity as they will never go on sale.

While it’s NOT an official Black Edition, we’ve affectionately dubbed it the Rampage IV Extreme – Black."

Wish it was something they actually sold, but that would be asking too much from the socket 2011 line. Sigh.



Edit:
WTF? Linked to a magic board that is rarer than unicorn horns? I stand corrected. I want the one that actually exists. I feel a $600 street price coming on though... Especially digging that passively cooled PCH.
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#4
Jorge
According to Asus... everything they make or sell is the "ultimate" but more often then not that is just meritless hype.

BTW when did black on block on black become sexy, expecially on a piece of PC hardware? It's a mobo ferchrissakes. :wtf:
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#5
buildzoid
I hope it's compatible with the same VRM water block as the Rampage IV Extreme
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#7
BorisDG
Yes! My new mobo for the future 4930K!
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#9
micropage7
black with red light accent i nice
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#10
Aleksander
by: Sin
Dear Oxford English Dictionary
That is exactly in front of me every day :toast:
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#11
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
I really like the layout and color scheme of this mobo:toast:
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#12
progste
i'm so tempted to jump on the x79 platform just to get this motherboard XD
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#13
badtaylorx
WOW!!!

this would look somn' sweet with an Aries II sitt'n up in one of those pcie slots...

:rockout:
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#14
GC_PaNzerFIN
I wish Intel had updated X79 with IB-E launch. But nope. Waiting for Haswell-E then...
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#15
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
Eh, I think I'll stick with my Extreme. It seems this is to fall in between the Formula and Extreme and is focused more toward gamers than overclockers.
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#16
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: Jorge
According to Asus... everything they make or sell is the "ultimate" but more often then not that is just meritless hype.

BTW when did black on block on black become sexy, expecially on a piece of PC hardware? It's a mobo ferchrissakes. :wtf:
Since the day everybody preferred it but you, you may find that it's a widely used colour on PC everythings nowadays, compared to say, cream, bright blue or PCB green.
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#17
progste
by: Jorge
According to Asus... everything they make or sell is the "ultimate" but more often then not that is just meritless hype.

BTW when did black on block on black become sexy, expecially on a piece of PC hardware? It's a mobo ferchrissakes. :wtf:
I much prefer this color over the usual rog red :wtf:
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#18
ensabrenoir
by: Jorge
According to Asus... everything they make or sell is the "ultimate" but more often then not that is just meritless hype.

BTW when did black on block on black become sexy, expecially on a piece of PC hardware? It's a mobo ferchrissakes. :wtf:
....seriously?..... who are you and how did u get in here....:roll:
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#19
toecutter
almost looks like ASRock...

that would be nice if Asus went back to their own creation and in house manufacturing Pegatron.

the other Deluxe board Asus announced looks like an ASRock too.

I don't like the idea of ECS (you know that company? who sells $29.95 motherboards) making Asus boards.

I own a Rampage IV Gene none the less... and didn't learn of the separation from Taiwanese Pegatron in the name of the almighty dollar until after purchase.

ASRock has become Asus' main competitor in such a short time... I am curious where they will be at by Skylake.
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#20
The Von Matrices
by: RCoon
Since the day everybody preferred it but you, you may find that it's a widely used colour on PC everythings nowadays, compared to say, cream, bright blue or PCB green.
I agree with him; I don't like the black on black. If you were using the motherboard outside of a case, it might make sense. But most people will put it into a sparsely lit black case and even with a window it will be hard to see unless you have a bright case light shining on it.

I prefer a component's aesthetic to be eye-catching (albeit tastefully) rather than monochrome. I own an ASRock Z87 motherboard which is black with some gold and while I like the features I don't like the color scheme. I liked ASUS's previous blue/aqua/white combination because it was eye-catching it was still tasteful, but that got abandoned in order to make newer products look different from the previous generation (not better, just different).

by: lilhasselhoffer
I feel a $600 street price coming on though... Especially digging that passively cooled PCH.
They don't use "extreme" in the model name for nothing, but I'd bet the price is even higher than that. However, I doubt the PCH is passively cooled. Look at the pictures more closely and it looks like there is an integrated fan with a removable cover over it.
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