Home / Tech News / Featured Announcement / Asus Rampage IV Black Edition (X79) Motherboard Review

Asus Rampage IV Black Edition (X79) Motherboard Review

Rating: 9.5.

How does a company make a multiple award-winning, enthusiast-grade motherboard even more ‘extreme’? By making it into a black edition version, of course. Asus has updated its critically-acclaimed Rampage IV Extreme X79 motherboard to ‘Black Edition’ status. Have the upgraded components and IVB-E tweaks resulted in yet another rampaging master class?

Respected the world over by overclockers and enthusiasts alike, Asus’ Rampage IV Extreme was one of the trend-setters for the point that an X79 motherboard has to reach before it is considered truly high-end. Twenty-four months later and here we are with Asus’ new-and-improved X79 flagship – the Rampage IV Black Edition.

Compared to the Rampage IV Extreme, the Black Edition’s layout is very similar; 4-card CrossFire and SLI configurations are supported, the power delivery system is squeezed between two pairs of 4-DIMM banks, and we still have a partial ‘bling’ factor from the LED-magnifying northbridge-style heatsink.

‘So, what’s new?’, you ask. As the name suggests, the colour is different, for starters. Audio and connectivity gets upgraded to the ‘high-end 2013′ standard, along with the storage interfaces. Asus’ unique OC Panel is included in the bundle. And the opinion-splitting chipset fan has been ditched in favour of a passive heat exchanger.

With its upgraded feature set and Ivy Bridge-E performance tweaks, can Asus’ Rampage IV Black Edition prove itself as a worthy heir to the company’s X79 throne?

main-image

Features:

  • OC Panel – Overclocking Command Center
  • Extreme Engine Digi+ III – Hardcore power delivery with premium components
  • Subzero Sense – Find out how cold your board is
  • VGA Hotwire – Hotwire your system
  • SupremeFX Black – Gaming supremacy through 120dB SNR calibre audio
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac/Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4-Way NIVDIA® SLI™ / AMD CrossFireX™ Support

Become a Patron!

Check Also

Rosie, Leo and the Golden Field Lucky Pink PC case

You may remember this Golden Field Lucky Pink PC chassis from Luke and Jasmine's recent build log. Here, Leo and Rosie set about building a system inside this case...