Friday, November 8th 2013

ASUS Launches the ROG Rampage IV Black Edition X79 Motherboard

ASUS today announced the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Rampage IV Black Edition, an E-ATX gaming and overclocking motherboard designed to unleash the full potential of Intel LGA 2011 Core i7 Ivy Bridge-E processors is available for pre-order at select sites.

Based on the Intel X79 Express chipset, the Rampage IV Black Edition includes all of the best ROG technologies and innovations for unrivaled gaming and overclocking performance. With its four PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, two PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots and eight DIMM slots supporting up to 64 GB of overclocked DDR3 DRAM, the Rampage IV Black Edition has near limitless expansion possibilities, including support for both 4-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX.

Every Rampage IV Black Edition includes a free copy of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, allowing gamers to take advantage of premium ROG hardware and software features right out of the box.

Born to push limits and break records
ASUS designed the Rampage IV Black Edition for those who demand the ultimate feature set. It includes the OC Panel, a real-time system-monitoring and tuning console that is great for gamers and a huge advantage for overclockers. It can be mounted internally for everyday monitoring of temperatures, base clock and fan speeds while also offering one-click CPU Level Up for an instant speed boost. Externally, it can be used to monitor and control multiple parameters in real-time via onboard buttons. Extreme overclocking has never been easier.

Prior to becoming widely available, world-class overclockers have already demonstrated the Rampage IV Black Edition's record-breaking capabilities as it currently holds chart-topping scores in top benchmarks and numerous other world records on the X79 platform.

Built for the most demanding games and gamers
In order to be able to push the limits, ROG engineers combined thoughtful design with superior quality components.

The Rampage IV Black Edition's Extreme Engine DIGI+ III voltage-regulator module (VRM) provides highly precise and stable power delivery by employing NexFET MOSFETs, 60A (amp) chokes and high-endurance Japanese-made 10K black metallic capacitors. The motherboard's black-themed heat-sink is exclusively and cleverly integrated with the MOSFET area to extend to the input/output (I/O) cover for even better cooling and stability.

Built-in SupremeFX Black technology provides sound quality that is on par with high-end dedicated sound cards. Premium components such as ELNA audio capacitors and German-made WIMA film capacitors deliver impeccable clarity, while high-fidelity op-amps (operational amplifiers) and a Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC (digital/analog converter) deliver lossless audio and a brilliant 120dB SNR (signal-to-noise ratio).

ROG's Sonic Radar on-screen overlay provides fans of first-person shooter (FPS) games with an ear to the ground, as it displays the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs - giving ROG gamers a leg-up when trying to pinpoint the enemy.

Ultra-fast Intel Gigabit Ethernet with ROG's GameFirst II utility optimizes network traffic to keep latency to a minimum and reduce all-important ping times. The ROG RAMDisk utility allows up to 80% of a computer's available RAM to be used as a high-speed virtual drive - lending a strong performance boost to many modern games that regularly read or write data during gameplay.

AVAILABILITY
The Rampage IV Black Edition is currently available for pre-order at Newegg.com for US Customers and Canada Computers, Memory Express and NCIX for Canadian customers. General availability is scheduled the week of November 18, 2013.
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17 Comments on ASUS Launches the ROG Rampage IV Black Edition X79 Motherboard

#1
Sasqui
Sexy... and should be at $499.99!!!
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#2
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
wow nice board but sure carries a hefty price tag :eek:
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#3
johnnyfiive
Terrible price for a really aged chipset... c'mon... that shouldn't be more than $399.
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#4
Octavean
by: johnnyfiive
Terrible price for a really aged chipset... c'mon... that shouldn't be more than $399.
I agree, but its not just the board they are selling since it seems to come with some widget.

The chipset is old though and making new boards based on the old chipset seems pointless IMO overall. They could have just made slight revisions to existing designs. Is it a money grab? Probably, yes.

Most people won't be buying an LGA2011 based system no matter what. That was true of the platform when it first came out and it is true now years later. If you're going to buy into a platform I find it advantageous to buy into it when it is first released rather then when its on its way out.

If Intel had bothered with a new chipset and feature set for the LGA2011 platform that might have swayed some more people. The platform is still priced out of many people's comfort zone though.

Haswell-E LGA2011-3 / X99 is probably the only thing that would get me to consider a new platform at the moment,....not this stale stuff,....
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#5
radrok
^^

Socket 2011 makes no sense for 99% of people, I bet a good part of who buys into 2011 6 cores doesn't even use more than 4 cores.
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#6
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: radrok
^^

Socket 2011 makes no sense for 99% of people, I bet a good part of who buys into 2011 6 cores doesn't even use more than 4 cores.
There are also a number of people who don't even use half of the PCI-E lanes that 2011 offers, forget utilizing all the memory, bandwidth, or cores.

I've said this time and time again, if I need the PCH to do more than X79 does, I wouldn't be using the PCH in the first place. The real question, is if you're complaining about lack of SATA or USB 3.0 ports, why aren't you using some of those PCI-E lanes?

I also think it's rediculous how people get bent out of shape over the chipset when the bulk of everything the computer does is integrated into the CPU, including all 40 PCI-E lanes plus DMI for the 8 PCI-E lanes off the PCH plus the PCH itself.

skt2011 offers the ability to expand your computer to fit very different needs than your average consumer and most people who really need fast, reliable, and consistance I/O performance are going to be buying a RAID card to use some of those lanes 2011 has anyways.

So, yes, X79 is aging, but it doesn't make a computer bad by any means.

by: Octavean
I agree, but its not just the board they are selling since it seems to come with some widget.

The chipset is old though and making new boards based on the old chipset seems pointless IMO overall. They could have just made slight revisions to existing designs. Is it a money grab? Probably, yes.

Most people won't be buying an LGA2011 based system no matter what. That was true of the platform when it first came out and it is true now years later. If you're going to buy into a platform I find it advantageous to buy into it when it is first released rather then when its on its way out.

If Intel had bothered with a new chipset and feature set for the LGA2011 platform that might have swayed some more people. The platform is still priced out of many people's comfort zone though.

Haswell-E LGA2011-3 / X99 is probably the only thing that would get me to consider a new platform at the moment,....not this stale stuff,....
Just because a platform isn't designed for what you need doesn't mean it's bad. It just means it's bad for you.
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#7
cadaveca
My name is Dave
My P9X79 Deluxe, 4.6 GHz with 3960X C0 = 1.475 V.


Rampage IV BE, same clocks...1.375 V.


Excellent board. Waiting for IVB-E to land on my doorstep before review will go live, already done testing with SB-E though. Worth the most, IMHO. Need to check with IVB-E first, but this might be my first 10/10 product, after having a week or so with it.
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#8
Eroticus
by: radrok
^^

Socket 2011 makes no sense for 99% of people, I bet a good part of who buys into 2011 6 cores doesn't even use more than 4 cores.
I Had chose to buy 4th gen Hasswell or 3930k 2th gen

and i'm really happy with 2th gen ! =)
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#9
buildzoid
If I find it here and has major improvements on the VRM over the RIVE (like not requiring a water block at 1.5-1.65V vcore and an LLC setting that neither drops or overshoots) I'm getting one of these. The on board audio comes handy when you run 3-4 way Crossfire or 2 way crossfire with really bizarre cooling (like 2 Prolimatech MK-26s which is what I plan to use with my future r9 290X crossfire). What would be really sweet is if this board could get a 4930K/60X to 5Ghz on some normal core voltage(that is only reason I don't want to get IVB-E).
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#10
Octavean
by: Aquinus

Just because a platform isn't designed for what you need doesn't mean it's bad. It just means it's bad for you.
That sounds like a fairly well rehearsed and canned response especially considering how inappropriate it is.

I really don't see the point of your post. I already own an ASUS P9X79 Deluxe (X79) motherboard and have for some time. Its been very Good to me. It's a great platform IMO albeit not without some shortcomings.

So again, while not specificly bashing the platform, it was released in late 2011 and we are rapidly approaching 2014. The LGA1155 platform Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge has moved from P67, Z68, and Z77 to name a few. Then moved on to Haswell LGA1150 Z87 ect with a growing feature set (on the lower end) while the higher-end platform remains fairly stagnant.

So yes, I said it,.......its stale. And as time goes on it gets even more so. That's not to say its bad or inherently flawed becaue of its vintage (it's still a powerful platform) but it does mean its due or almost due for succession.

One, two or a plethora of new X79 motherboards just seems like a flashback to late 2011 with or without the amenities they may or may not tack on.
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#11
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
That board is ridiculously nice! I would love to have one and a 4930k.

by: cadaveca
My P9X79 Deluxe, 4.6 GHz with 3960X C0 = 1.475 V.


Rampage IV BE, same clocks...1.375 V.


Excellent board. Waiting for IVB-E to land on my doorstep before review will go live, already done testing with SB-E though. Worth the most, IMHO. Need to check with IVB-E first, but this might be my first 10/10 product, after having a week or so with it.
:rockout: :cry: :twitch:
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#12
ensabrenoir
nice.....very nice. Wish intel took a reversed strategy with this line though. Haswell -e before haswell, ivy-e before ivy etc...but none the less an excellent product. Its true value lies Beyond the scope of the usual gamer though ( aimed at the uber system builders, epeen Illuminati and overclock/bench mark busters) ... it still has its place.
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#14
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: H82LUZ73
Nice board but where did you guys read $499 for it?
NCIX and Newegg has $499.99 pre-orders.

a pic:

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#17
buildzoid
by: ensabrenoir
nice.....very nice. Wish intel took a reversed strategy with this line though. Haswell -e before haswell, ivy-e before ivy etc...but none the less an excellent product. Its true value lies Beyond the scope of the usual gamer though ( aimed at the uber system builders, epeen Illuminati and overclock/bench mark busters) ... it still has its place.
Yeah but form engineering point of view it doesn't make sense because the e chips are up scaled version of the normal stuff with better IMCs so those get made once the manufacturing process has higher yields.
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