ASUS Rampage 4 Extreme Review

In Detail

ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Review

In Detail

When we first opened the Rampage we were fairly surprised to see the inclusion of a 40mm fan on the chipset heatsink. Especially as the reference Intel board doesn't have one, so it's not just a case of the X79 being a toasty chip. Turning it over we were even more surprised it's a Delta *cue half the readership shuddering*. So let's answer your questions straight away. Yes it is as loud as you remember 40mm fans being, but no it's not vital under standard load scenarios and unless you really are the kind of person who is going for world records, or you have four lengthy GPUs in situ reducing airflow, then you can unplug it without finding the X79 anywhere near hot enough to trigger the alarm.

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Beneath the cooling all is much as it was on the DX79SI with the X79 chip being modestly sized, and the top heatsink covering the vastly reduced power phase footprint when compared to its predecessors.

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Even the middle heatsink hasn't exactly got much to do, with just the ASmedia PCI Express switches to be found beneath.

The antithesis of the middle heatsink, the top right of the board is positively stuffed with things. We have the standard items such as the ProbeIt, diagnostic LED and start stop. But the black and red pins are where the GPU voltage adjustment cables we saw on page 2 are connected. The 'Slow Mode' dip switch is for booting the board as stably as possible for the LN2 guys in the audience to obtain those insane clocks.

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You certainly wont run out of USB ports on the Rampage IV Extreme. Although you need to be careful pressing the MemOk button without sticking a pin up your nail.

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Most Recent Comments

14-11-2011, 03:26:50

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

14-11-2011, 08:00:58

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

14-11-2011, 08:09:32

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

14-11-2011, 09:02:32

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.Quote

14-11-2011, 12:00:59

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.Quote

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