ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Intel X79 Motherboard Review

Jump To:

Overclocking

Overclocking greatly varies due to what hardware is being used and who is doing the overclocking. Always remember that no two pieces of hardware will perform the same, so our results will differ from what you might be able to get.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Overclocking

The Intel Core I7 4960X features a Bclk of 100MHz and uses a x36 multiplier to achieve the final processor speed of 3.6GHz. In the above CPUz 1.67.1 screen shot it also has a Turbo Mode. With all of the cores loaded it will increase the multiplier all the way up to x40 depending on the system load. The Intel Core i7 4960X is the latest in a long line of Extreme Edition processors. Being an Extreme Edition processor means that the i7 4960X has an unlocked multiplier. Unlike the previous LGA1155 Sandy Bridge processors, LGA2011 processors can also be overclocked by increasing the Bclk. Though we will be sticking to overclocking by increasing the multiplier of the Intel Core i7 4960X Extreme Edition Processor.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Overclocking

Our first go around with the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition and overclocking we wanted to try the autotune option from within the UEFI BIOS. Once we enabled this in the UEFI the system rebooted and after just a short time we were right back into Windows and everything was solid. Once we opened up CPUz 1.67.1 we found that the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition had brought the Intel Core i7-4960X to 4.5GHz.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Overclocking

After I ran the autotune above, I promptly reset the BIOS and gave Overclocking a go from a fresh start. I knew the system would handle 4.5GHz without an issue, so I used that as a starting point. It didn’t take much to get into Windows at 4.6GHz. Sadly, 4.6GHz wasn’t stable for benchmarking. I was able to run some applications and general usage was fine, but once I loaded up the CPU the system would crash. I increased the CPU vCore to as much as 1.45 Volts and didn’t have any more luck.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Overclocking

Since 4.6GHz wasn’t stable for me, I backed the vCore down as well as the multiplier back to x45. I toyed with the Bclk and brought it to 101 which was the highest stable frequency I could achieve today. Overall I am happy with an overclock of 4544MHzd that was rock solid!

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Overclocking

What overclocking session would be complete without a couple of benchmarks? First up is the new Cinebench R15, at stock speeds the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition has a single core performance of 145 points and a SMP (Symmetric Multiprocessing , all cores) score of 1080 points. Running the Intel Core i7 4960X at 4.544GHz the single core score increased to 164 points, a gain of 13.1% while the SMP score increased to 1225 points, a gain of 13.4%. Considering we achieved an overclock of 13.6%, it’s pretty consistent scaling.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Overclocking

Futuremark 3DMark Firestrike saw a gain of only 36 points in the overall score running at 4.544GHz, as nice of a card as the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DCU II is we are a bit GPU limited in 3DMark so we didn’t expect a huge jump in the overall. The Physics score which relies on the CPU jumped from 15148 points to 17077 points, if you took an educated guess that we will see a gain of ~13% grab yourself a cookie! The Physics score went up 12.7%, pretty close to the 13.6% overclock.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Overclocked Settings

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Overclocked Settings

The ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition UEFI BIOS shows us everything that we changed in the BIOS as we exit. Above you can see all of the settings that were changed to hit 4.544GHz. If you have this board and processor feel free to give these settings a try and be sure to let us know how it works out for you.

Print
Jump To:
  • intrepix

    It looks as though they didn’t think about the PCIe x1 slots or how the graphic cards would bury them which brings me to wonder why bother putting them there at all ?
    A few USB 3.0 ports would not have been out of order either instead of the USB 2.0 ports but then I’m beginning to wonder why Asus hasn’t made any attempts to offer up any off the board, graphic card slots as in a modular PC system that doesn’t require everything to be jammed onto one motherboard. Imagine a box with its own cooling system plugged into your PC from outside the box ! Now that would be something for these motherboard manufacturers to start thinking about considering the heat, the amount of room and the size of the cards. Time to think outside the box and forget about the eye candy and the all black board doesn’t impress me as much as logical thinking.

  • Calvin Summerlin

    Supposedly this board is better for DDR3 overclocking than the original Rampage IV Extreme when paired with IB-E, it’s too bad they didn’t test it any. Those Dominator 2133C9 probably have Samsung D-rev ICs that love the volts.

  • Serpent of Darkness

    Nice reviews. Originally, I was under the assumption that this was going to have two 8747 PLEX Chips on the mobo. It doesn’t. I think I will stick with my AsROCK X79 Extreme 11. Overall, the RIVBE is just RIVE2.0 with the ability to use Ivy-Bridge Extreme. Looks like it only pushing 4.6GHz Core naturally, but some tweaking would push it up to 5.0Ghz. That’s probably a 13% increase +/- another 5 to 10% for PC Games. Knowing Ivy Bridge Extreme at 1.4v core, will be hitting temperatures around 30 idle, 60 degs C on load at 4.60Ghz, water-cooled. At 5.0Ghz, you’re looking at 1.52v + c, and temperatures above 70 degs C. X79 is a dying market since z87 is only, really needed for PC-Gaming, and 4770k i7 has better single thread performance for a day in age which there isn’t a lot of multi-core utilization needed for Gaming. Only BF4, Crysis 3, Planetside 2, etc… Probably when Star Citizens and EQN comes out, you’ll see CPU multi-threading performance as a more viable solution… Overall, I think this is Asus’s way of dipping into the market of consumers who want upgrades from their old x79 mobos. Offering probably 10% more performance with new bells, whistles, and razzle dazzle. No point in investing when x99 is already making an appearance into the mainstream media with talks of 8 cores CPUs, DDR4 memory bandwidths, and possibly a better PCIe lane version.

    • Serpent of Darkness

      AsRock Extreme RAMDISK is a lot better. 50 GBs stable, and you don’t need to pay any additional license to use it. So long as you have the buffer size, and you’re not exceeding what’s already being used by the OS–other processes, you’re good to go… My setup is 65.6 GBs, and it’s stable at 666.67 MHz dram frequency (1333 MHZ). Rendering large videos with a 50 GB RAMDISK cuts down time by a lot… Now if R9-290x would actually work with GPU acceleration for Sony Vegas Pro 11.0, rendering times would be even smaller. 15 minute videos (AVI files looking at over 1 GB in size) would be rendered and done in 5 to 10 minutes…

  • Tequila_Mckngbrd

    I got my RIVE’s as Open Boxes for under $300, the only drawback is when you RMA, you’d have to ship the RMA board back first, whereas if you bought any RIVE new, they would ship a replacement to you, and then you ship the RMA’d board back. Just a thought for some future purchasers.

    RAMDisk is free up to 4GB, anything more is $15, although Dataram started limiting it up to 32GB for personal licenses, and $19 up to 64GB. I’m not sure why. When I got mine for $15, it had no limit, and I got a free T-shirt. A free T-shirt with the RIVBE would have been nice.

    Using the Samsung Wonder RAM, you can overclock it to 2400MHz speeds on a RIVE if you’re using only 4 slots. If you use all 8 slots, no such luck. I was limited by my CPU to 2133MHz. I doubt the RIVBE can change that, so overclocking to 2800MHz, you might still be limited by your CPU and/or memory. It would be interesting if using the same CPU and memory from a RIVE to RIVBE, if I can hit the 2400MHz overclock on all 8 memory slots.

    I do like the OC Panel and the Black PCB. I wonder how the VRM temperatures are with high overclocks. I had to put my RIVE’s under water so I could overclock to 4.8GHz and higher.

    • Calvin Summerlin

      It’s probably your CPU’s memory controller holding you back rather than the RIVE. I’m guessing you have a SB-E chip?

      • Tequila_Mckngbrd

        Yeah, that’s what I said, I didn’t say it was the RIVE holding me back, but did wonder if using the RIVBE would somehow get me different results (which I doubt).

        • Calvin Summerlin

          It might actually do worse, since RIVBE is optimized for Ivy Bridge-E. Some users of the RIVE still on SB-E that have updated to the newer IB-E compatible BIOS versions have been complaining of issues.