ASUS Rampage 4 Extreme Review

Conclusion

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Review

Conclusion

So, the Rampage IV Extreme. It's alright I guess. Who are we kidding, it's amazing. There is so much crammed onto the board it's difficult to know where to begin to sum it all up in a pithy style. Even still, we're bound to miss something, which is why the preceding 21 pages are worth reading.

Let's draw a comparison. The last hardcore overclocking board we reviewed was the Gigabyte X58-OC. That was pared to the bone in the quest for sub-zero world record speeds. The Rampage IV Extreme has all of the adjustments and tweaks that any serious overclocker could ever desire, yet it hasn't forgotten that a few features would be nice. In fact we can't remember a board that came with quite so much.

The accessories package is plentiful. You get all the cables you need, including some that 99% of purchasers will never use. You get the OC Key, which we're a little divided upon. It's lovely to have such instant control over your system, and at the bleeding edge of overclocking running any software other than CPUz can have consequences, but it is just a little bit ostentatious and we could live with it being an option to help trim the price of the full package.

The motherboard itself is a fair looker. The Red and Black colour-scheme is a classic dating back to the 30s hot rods. It's slightly unfortunate that the sheer volume of stuff crammed on to the board, including those 8 DIMM slots, limit what can be done with the heat-sinks. It's perfectly fine, but a step back from the Rampage III Extreme. However whilst the looks might have suffered slightly, the technology and pure performance are a quantum leap ahead. Think of a technology you desire and it's here. Quad Channel RAM. Quad-GPU support. USB 3.0 aplenty. Bluetooth. Four SATA 6Gbp/s ports and four SATA 3 Gbp/s ports. RoG Connect. eSATA. Gigabit LAN. The list goes on and on.

A huge amount of effort has gone in to the overclocking side of things. So much so that it's almost a Republic of Overclockers board. For the LN2 crowd there is slow boot, sub-zero temperature monitoring and more amps than you can use. But that doesn't mean that it's incomprehensible to the standard user, or those who want a little bit of oomph without a degree in electronics. The BIOS is a work of art with all of the main stuff you need, including a robust one-click overclock, right there in front of you. Scratch the surface slightly and you discover everything is adjustable to the nth degree. You don't have to use it all, but it's nice to know it's there.

It's also quite a beast to those of you who just want to have the best, but not actually dare overclock it. The stock results are a fair bit ahead of the already good scores we saw from the DX79SI. But that's like owning a Ferrari and just going to the shops. Give your CPU a boost and this thing flies, breaking our benchmark records left, right and centre. You can't look at the results and not find yourself slack-jawed and reaching for your wallet.

That does bring us to the rather thorny issue of price. With a 'free' copy of BattleField 3 this is expect to retail for around £330. After getting used to the low pricing of the LGA1155 boards it's quite a shock to be back in £300+ territory, but this is a very premium product for those who demand nothing but the best. Like a tailored suit, or our aforementioned Ferrari. The only minor niggle we have is that Delta fan whining away. Even overclocked to 4.75GHz with a 125MHz BCLK the X79 chip reached 44°C, a long way below the alarm temperature of 60°C.

The ASUS Rampage IV Extreme is a Titan. We can't think of anything we'd like on a motherboard it hasn't got, apart from the 'Back to BIOS' button on the DX79SI. Performance is stunning in stock or overclocked trim. We're sure other boards will come close for in performance the average user, but if you want a motherboard that will take you to the stratosphere and beyond, the Rampage IV Extreme is the one, and a winner of our OC3D Performance award.

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Thanks to ASUS for supplying the Rampage IV Extreme for review. Discuss in our forums.

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14-11-2011, 03:05:10

tinytomlogan


It wouldn't be a new tech release without a new RoG motherboard to go with it. Welcome to the X79 Rampage IV Extreme review.

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14-11-2011, 03:26:50

Diablo
Thanks for the reviews fellas. Great looking board. I hope so, given I've just ordered one.

14-11-2011, 08:00:58

badtaylorx
cant say i wasnt expecting more but bravo asus!!!

14-11-2011, 08:09:32

Excalabur50
Smashing review loved every minute of it and it was a looong one LOL

14-11-2011, 09:02:32

SieB
Looks like a really good mobo, I thought Asus would have redesigned the BIOS for X79 though and not left it looking the same as the P67/Z68 one. Not that it looks bad or anything I just thought they would have made it look different.

14-11-2011, 12:00:59

cryptz
can you tell me the boards exact dimensions? is it e-atx? i need to see if i can cram it in my lvl10 case.

14-11-2011, 21:01:58

PCTwin
Greatv review Tom, as always

A question

"The small box to the right of the SATAII is for reading the temperature of the board"

These connectors look suspiciously like K type probe connectors, are they?

15-11-2011, 02:24:22

Malarky13
Very nice

15-11-2011, 02:26:13

Malarky13
Ouch I just saw the price on Aria it hurts Maybe next year

15-11-2011, 03:43:30

Diablo
I reckon that's about right for a top end motherboard. I think I paid a similar amount for the 790i on release (wasn't that worth it)

15-11-2011, 04:24:22

yassarikhan786
A monstrous fecking motherboard .

Brilliant review as always and the fan is a no-no for me as well .

15-11-2011, 04:27:14

Malarky13
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Maybe's I could convince the kids to have a selection box each for Christmas

15-11-2011, 04:33:12

yassarikhan786
Quote:
Originally Posted by Malarky13 View Post

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm Maybe's I could convince the kids to have a selection box each for Christmas
Maybe's you could , lol.

15-11-2011, 06:24:57

leejc73
The price is actually bloody good I thought. When you consider the 1155 extreme-z is still selling with some retailers at >300 that's missing PCI-e 3 with dual x16 off the chipset and the dongle. Think 1100ish for the latest gear is pretty reasonable. Well until/unless evga launch a dual socket.

15-11-2011, 07:15:03

Diablo
Even if EVGA offer their SR3, you need a new case, probably power supply, two processors, heatsinks, the board itself, enough memory for it etc. I reckon an SR3 board with ram, heatsinks and processors will run up about 2200+. Whereas even the most expensive X79 will be 330 + whatever for the chip, which will be unlocked and able to clock much better.

I can say that the board looks magnificent, although changing the backplate practically made me **** my britches...take off the cpu cover then remove it, then turn over the board for the backplate. Eeeep.

15-11-2011, 12:44:35

Luscious
Totally sexy mobo - can't wait to see this thing with a pair of mars2 cards!!!

About the chipset blower fan, wouldn't it be possible to make it run quieter with an inline resistor? Surely it can be rewired to spin slower if there's no manual BIOS adjustment...

24-11-2011, 12:26:53

MIDNIGHT EYE
i did not like the look of the x79 morthboards at the start but ones i see them with all 8 ram slots full i was like WTH that looks like crazy but the CPUs or not cheep and im not that crazy of a overclocker to buy one but can not what to see videos of it being overclocked to see how fast they can really move

03-02-2012, 15:27:12

kejser11
One thing missing: On-board WLAN!!! Almost all new oem-boards have this feature, so why not this 300+ monster?
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