ASUS RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION (Intel SKT 2011)

ASUS RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION (Intel SKT 2011)

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Introduction


It has been several months since Intel's IvyBridge-E CPUs launched, but there has not been a lot of fanfare about the chips themselves since then, except for the general interest users already headed down that upgrade path expressed. There are many of us who simply cannot ignore the Intel X79 Express platform's additional CPU cores and PCIe connectivity, and those of us who cannot also like to clock the crap out of such chips to get as much performance as possible out of today's commercially available hardware. With that in mind, we need the ultimate board to be able to do so truly effectively, and ASUS has answered that need with the ASUS RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION.

The ASUS RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION draws its heritage from the ASUS RAMPAGE III BLACK EDITION motherboard, a product so favored by many that it still commands top dollars on the used market place – that is, if you can find one. Previously launched in limited numbers, the ASUS RAMPAGE III BLACK EDITION has been held in high regard by those that like to push their hardware to the absolute limit since it features a highly tweaked twist to overclocking on the X58 Express platform. Providing the same super-optimized twist with the Intel X79 Express platform, ASUS decided not to limit production numbers of this gal dressed in black, instead providing the ultimate IVB-E overclocking experience to anyone who wants to pony up their hard-earned dollars for the high $500 entry-fee. The ASUS RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION has big shoes to fill, and having missed out on the last one, I have been pretty eager to get my hands on this one myself. I expect a lot. Can the ASUS RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION live up to the hype?



Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:2nd & 3rd Gen Intel Core i7 processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 11 Phases (8 CPU + 3 VCCSA)
Memory Power: 4 Phases (2+2)
CHIPSET:Intel X79 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:None
MEMORY:8 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB, DDR3 1333 to DDR3 3100+(OC)
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS with 2x 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (x16 or dual x16 or x16/x8/x16 or x16/x8/x8/x8)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
HDD CONNECTVIITY:2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s + 4 x SATA 3 Gb/s @ Intel X79,
4x SATA 6 Gb/s + 2x eSATA 6 Gb/s @ ASMedia ASM1061)
NETWORKING:1 x Intel 82579V Gigabit LAN
PORTS:8 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at front panel, 6 at rear panel)
10 x USB 2.0 ports (6 at front panel, 4 at rear panel)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio block with 5 audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF port
2 x eSATA port
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch
AUDIO:ASUS ROG SupremeFX Audio (Realtek ALC 1150)
FAN HEADERS:8 x 4-pin PWM
FORM FACTOR:E-ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 272 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • Extreme Engine Digi+ III:
  • 8 + 3 phase power design
  • 3 - phase VCCSA power design
  • 2 + 2 phase DRAM power design
  • NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
  • 60A Chokes
  • 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
  • ROG Extreme OC kit
  • Slow Mode
  • LN2 Mode
  • PCIe x16 Lane Switch
  • EZ Plug
  • ProbeIt
  • ROG BIOS Print
  • GPU.DIMM Post
  • Tweakers' Paradise
  • ROG SSD Secure Erase
  • ROG RAMDisk
  • Extreme Tweaker
  • ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization
  • CPU Level Up
  • ROG SupremeFX Black 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
  • Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming
  • SupremeFX Shielding Technology
  • Cirrus Logic® CS4398 DAC: 120 dB SNR, -107 dB THD+N (Max. 192 kHz/ 24 -bit)
  • TI 6120A2 high fidelity headphone amplifier
  • WIMA® film capacitors
  • ELNA® premium audio capacitors
  • High-fidelity audio OP AMP(s)
  • Differential circuit design
  • NEC TOKIN UC2 audio relay
  • USB BIOS Flashback
  • MemOK!
  • AI Suite 3
  • Ai Charger+
  • USB Charger+
  • USB 3.0 Boost
  • Disk Unlocker
  • ASUS EZ DIY
  • ASUS O.C. Profile
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • ASUS EZ Flash 2
  • ASUS Q-Design
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • ASUS Q-Code
  • ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
  • ASUS Q-Slot
  • ASUS Q-DIMM
  • ASUS Q-Connector
  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
  • ROG Connect
  • RC TweakIt
  • RC Diagram
  • RC Remote
  • RC Poster
  • ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
  • ROG OC Panel:
  • EXTREME/NORMAL mode switch
  • EXTREME Mode for subzero OC benching
  • VGA Hotwire
  • Subzero Sense
  • Slow Mode
  • Pause Switch
  • VGA SMB header
  • ProbeIt
  • 4 x 4-pin extra fan connectors
  • NORMAL Mode for in-chassis usage
  • CPU Level Up OC button
  • FanSpeed control button
  • LCM backlight on/off button
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