ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Intel X79 Motherboard Review

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ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Retail Packaging

ASUS has always done well with their retail packaging, the Rampage IV Black Edition is no exception. The front of the package is subtle and doesn’t feature the flashy colors of some, but catches the eye well. Aside from the Rampage IV name, we can see some of the technologies integrated into the board. Did I forget to mention a full copy of Assassins Creed IV Black Flag is included as well.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Retail Packaging

Not unlike many of the high end ASUS boards that we have come across, the front of the Rampage IV Black Edition packaging opens up to reveal the board and the OC Panel.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Retail Packaging

The inside of the front panel goes into detail about several features on the board. The panel goes into details about the OC  Panel, SupremeFX Black, Extreme Engine Digi+, and the Wi-Fi Go!

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Retail Packaging

Much of the marketing text was left on the inside of the front panel, the back of the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition has a few photos of the features mentioned in the front panel, but most of the back is dedicated to the specifications of the Rampage IV Black Edition.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Retail Packaging

As we start pulling apart the packaging for the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition X79 motherboard, it is divided into two separate boxes within the outer shell. This helps protect the PCB from moving around to much as well as keeping the bundle away from it and potentially damaging it.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Retail Packaging

The ASUS OC Panel is kept right out in the open, this makes sure that it’s seen as soon as you pick up the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition packaging and open it up!

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Retail Packaging

Given our first unobscured look at the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition, it’s clear that ASUS took the Black to the extreme. Just about everything that can be blacked out is, and if it’s not black it’s at least shaded.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Retail Bundle

The box containing the retail bundle certainly isn’t exciting, but it keeps everything inside of it nice and secure.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Retail Bundle

Opening up the box for the bundle it’s nice to see that everything with the exception of the Assassins Creed Black Flag card is in place right where it was to begin with.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Retail Bundle

This is one of the perks to high end motherboards, plenty of accessories come with it. The ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition comes with 10 SATA cables (six SATA III & four SATA II), I/O Shield, CrossFire Bridge, 2-Way, 3-Way, and 4-Way SLI Bridges, adapter plate to use with LGA1366 CPU coolers, ROG Connect Cable, Wi-Fi Go! antenna, Case Badge, manuals, a key for a full copy of Assassins Creed Black Flag, and an 5.25″ bay adapter for the OC Panel.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition OC Panel

The ASUS OC Panel has a couple of different modes that you can use. The simplest is the ‘Normal Mode’ . The Normal mode is used when the OC Panel is mounted in the 5.25″ bay adapter above and uses the buttons next to the display. From there while in normal mode you can monitor temperatures, ratios, base clock, fan speeds and adjust the fan speeds between Turbo, standard and silent modes. The normal mode also allows us to use the CPU Level Up feature for two stage overclocking. The second is for the more extreme, hence why they call it Extreme Mode.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition OC Panel

The Expert Mode truly is for the guys looking for some extreme overclocking. From the OC Panel you can do nearly everything that you can from the ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard for extreme overclocking. The OC Panel features four 4pin fan headers, Subzero Sense, VGA SMB, VGA Hotwire, power and reset buttons, as well as a slow mode and pause switch. When it comes to adjustments, there’s almost no reason to head into the BIOS, we can tweak the voltages, frequencies, and ratios right from  the OC Panel!

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition OC Panel

Flipping the OC Panel over we can see the screw holes for mounting it inside the 5.25″ bay adapter we saw above.

ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition OC Panel

The back of the OC Panel will pop out and work as a stand if you’re looking to set it up on a table or workbench while overclocking.

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  • 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.