ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Review

Test Setup

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition
Intel Core i7-4960X
Club3D HD7970 Royal Ace
Corsair Dominator Platinum
Corsair AX1200i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 7 x64  


With the improved power delivery and endlessly refined BIOS options the Rampage IV Black makes for a great overclocker. Firstly we wanted to see how far we could push the BCLK, and obtained a superb 145MHz. Naturally this is too far to run with a multiplier, but it at least shows the potential of the Black. Popping a multiplier into the mix and our decent if unspectacular i7-4960X managed to reach 4.75GHz, which wasn't quite stable enough for all of our testing, but considering we're only cooling with an H100i, and we demand that our overclock is 24/7 stable rather than just for show, it's a very good result.

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Combining everything into a benchmark clock, we have 4.6GHz on the i7 and 2400MHz for our DDR3. This matches the 4.6GHz we obtained previously on the Rampage IV Extreme, so means that our graphs will really emphasise the difference in the motherboard itself, rather than pure clock speed differentials.

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Most Recent Comments

14-11-2013, 04:06:12

Good review Tom, definetly something I'll keep my eye on.Quote

14-11-2013, 05:07:10

nice review, Tom will you be replacing the bench rig with this and 4960X?Quote

14-11-2013, 05:11:04

Originally Posted by MrKambo View Post
nice review, Tom will you be replacing the bench rig with this and 4960X?
I cant really for GPU reviews, theres far too many in the graph to risk it being a bit out. Motherboard reviews wouldnt matter too much but probably not is the quick answer.Quote

14-11-2013, 05:13:16

Very nice looking board, £400 though. Ouch. But I guess if your getting built-in audio that is as good as the best of sound's not that bad.Quote

14-11-2013, 18:43:34

Thank you very much for this review Tom. Long awaited! You covered everything, also watched the video, what a beautiful creation this board is.

I think $500 (according to Newegg) is a bit excessive...but we all know you get what you pay for.

I have been waiting for a board before buying the 4930k, the wait is over.

Over the past 6 years that I have been using ASUS motherboards I have had plenty of ups and down with them, but in all honesty I really have become almost "dependent" (more like 100% comfortable) with them.

Thanks again for the review!Quote

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