ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition First Look

Rampage IV Black Edition First Look

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition

Hands On

The Rampage IV Extreme has been part of our X79 test bench since its release. All of our graphics cards are run on it, so it's fair to say we've a lot of experience with the board. We adored the Rampage III Black, and it's great to see that ASUS have revisited their LGA2011 board and given it a makeover. 

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition     ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition  

In keeping with such a high-end motherboard there are tons of accessories, including one we really like that we'll get to in a minute. In one of the more obvious tie-ins in recent times, ASUS have teamed up with Ubisoft to include a full version of Assassin's Creed IV - Black Flag.

Here is the board in all it's glory. We love the all black look. It helps it blend into your case and frees up your colour choices. In September the Black Edition broke five new world records, including a nearly unbelievable 33704 in 3D Mark Fire Strike.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition     ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition  

Heat is always the big issue when overclocking, and ASUS have given the Rampage IV Black Edition a monster heatsink that covers the MOSFET and VRM, with a big heatpipe nestling in the IO area of the motherboard to give even better cooling performance than we saw from the regular Rampage IV Extreme.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition     ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition  

We've regularly talked about little things being the difference when it comes to products that are so closely matched in performance, and the case badge that comes with the ROG Rampage IV Black Edition is the best we've ever seen. It's magnetic, so you can move it between cases if you want, and looks far classier than the ordinary square sticker that comes with some offerings.

One of the big features ASUS are shouting about on the Rampage IV Black is the SupremeFX Black sound system, which is a combination of the Cirrus Logic CS4398 Digital Analogue Converter and the Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier, as well as plenty of high-end Caps. On the one hand this is a huge improvement upon the standard audio on the normal Rampage IV Extreme, but equally it is to be found on the Maximus VI Formula too, so it's not unique to the Rampage IV Black. The TI headphone amplifier is a very solid piece of hardware, with excellent performance and is the headphone amplifier found in the brilliant ASUS Phoebus soundcard.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition     ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition  

Memory bandwidth has long been the achilles heel of the X79 chipset, so it's great to see that the Rampage IV Black supports up to 2800MHz quad-channel RAM. Even better is the knowledge that G.Skill attained a mind blowing 4072MHz with some LN2 cooling.

We can't wait to get this on our test rig and see how much of an improvement the many tweaks and upgrades have made to the Rampage IV Black Edition when compared to the original Extreme. Let us know what you think in the OC3D Forums.

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21-10-2013, 18:57:57

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...114421771l.JPG

After the success of the Rampage III Black, ASUS are back with the X79 Rampage IV Black Edition, and we have our hands on 001.

Continue ReadingQuote

21-10-2013, 19:13:39

Bousatsu
my god it makes me want to upgrade my cpu just to be able to own this in my rig!Quote

21-10-2013, 19:20:07

Wraith
Looking forward to seeing how it performs on the bench. Quote

21-10-2013, 19:22:38

antihero
Dear Santa... Quote

21-10-2013, 19:56:01

Excalabur50
Looks like one of the best boards Asus have ever done very very niceQuote

21-10-2013, 19:57:26

MrKambo
looks like im getting one nextQuote

21-10-2013, 20:13:29

Bousatsu
Mr kambo u lucky man!! Quote

21-10-2013, 20:15:49

MrKambo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bousatsu View Post
Mr kambo u lucky man!!
i wish, havent even finished the Haswell build yet, and already planning then next one Quote

21-10-2013, 20:41:15

Bartacus
Did I see a molex connector on the bottom of the board? Or am I hallucinating without drugs?Quote

21-10-2013, 20:46:36

Bousatsu
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrKambo View Post
i wish, havent even finished the Haswell build yet, and already planning then next one
haha i havnt even finished my 2500k build yet (due to loosing my job so lack of funds) and im wanting an awesome haswel build =DQuote

22-10-2013, 02:41:55

Xrqute
TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

I can't find anywhere in Aus that will let me pre-order one..... kinda annoying since its ment to be out in the next couple of weeks >.<Quote

22-10-2013, 02:54:11

Kaapstad
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
Did I see a molex connector on the bottom of the board? Or am I hallucinating without drugs?
It is there to boost the PCI-E lanes when using multi GPU setups.

Having said that 8 Pack did not use it when he was benching four cards on the board.

I have one on order and hopefully I can get to try it out with the R9 290Xs.Quote

22-10-2013, 05:05:21

MrKambo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xrqute View Post
TAKE MY MONEY!!!!

I can't find anywhere in Aus that will let me pre-order one..... kinda annoying since its ment to be out in the next couple of weeks >.<
overclockers in the UK have them for pre-order, just done mine Quote

22-10-2013, 05:54:53

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrKambo View Post
overclockers in the UK have them for pre-order, just done mine
Shame on you using overshockers.Quote

22-10-2013, 06:04:12

MrKambo
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Shame on you using overshockers.
any reason why shouldnt use them?Quote

23-10-2013, 03:48:08

RizeAllard
I think this is the most beautifull design from ASUS. I would cannot chose if they give me the choise of ASUS Sabertooth TOF or Rampage Maximus IV Black Edition.Quote

25-10-2013, 02:28:48

dipzy
Can't to pre-order one of these. Got a week off in mid november, hope these are released by then Quote

27-10-2013, 07:23:15

Morgenmuffel
So....i must say that this lokks pretty good but i got one major problem with this Board layout.. The spacing between the RAM-Slots and the first PCIe Slot ... damn...why ASUS why?... Please do something....In my Rig i CANT use the First PCIe Slot cause the RAM is Watercooled and actually want to put 3-4 Graphics in the Rig but now i couldnt do that...even if i purchased the Blak edition...Quote

27-10-2013, 09:42:14

Kaapstad
Quote:
Originally Posted by Morgenmuffel View Post
So....i must say that this lokks pretty good but i got one major problem with this Board layout.. The spacing between the RAM-Slots and the first PCIe Slot ... damn...why ASUS why?... Please do something....In my Rig i CANT use the First PCIe Slot cause the RAM is Watercooled and actually want to put 3-4 Graphics in the Rig but now i couldnt do that...even if i purchased the Blak edition...

Why do you need to watercool the RAM, there is plenty of fast ram about that is quite happy using air cooling.Quote

27-10-2013, 09:54:46

barnsley
Wasn't overclockers bought out by caseking.de a while ago so you're now not funding the exploits of the former owner (who has a baad reputation)?

this is the only ROG thing I would buy due to it being a bit more stealth, I'm not a massive fan of it due to how over the top the ROG brand is as a whole . The same goes for the Fata1ity (or however you spell it) branded stuff. Its not my cup of tea .Quote

27-10-2013, 11:02:56

Morgenmuffel
Theres no need to do that but i wanted to do it so right now thats my main Problem on Rampage Boards. Anyway..why Watercoolinga System? Because it looks good...and feels fine Spending thousands of Bugs for no reason Quote

27-10-2013, 11:08:29

SparkleDJackson
Quote:
Originally Posted by Morgenmuffel View Post
So....i must say that this lokks pretty good but i got one major problem with this Board layout.. The spacing between the RAM-Slots and the first PCIe Slot ... damn...why ASUS why?... Please do something....In my Rig i CANT use the First PCIe Slot cause the RAM is Watercooled and actually want to put 3-4 Graphics in the Rig but now i couldnt do that...even if i purchased the Blak edition...
R4e does accept ram waterblocks. I used them on the last version on my current build. Everything was watercooled. No fitting issussQuote

27-10-2013, 11:46:01

Morgenmuffel
....picture? got mine from Koolance and these are waaaay to bigQuote

27-10-2013, 16:14:24

SparkleDJackson
http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/...112_012410.jpg

you can see here is a considerable bit of clearanceQuote

27-10-2013, 17:16:06

Morgenmuffel

27-10-2013, 23:08:28

Kaapstad
I think I would rather use a fast set of Corsair Dominator PlatinumsQuote
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