P1010912 First Looks: ASUS ROG Rampage IV Extreme (Intel X79)   Hardcore is back!

In the first of a three part Asus X79 Motherboard series, we introduce to our readers the flagship ASUS Republic of Gamers Rampage IV Extreme. Built and tuned by a world-class team of perfectionist engineers and megahertz thirsty overclockers from the ROG team, this new Rampage could turn out to be one of the all-time greats in the history of enthusiast tech.

Meet the Rampage IV Extreme, the flagship offering of the ASUS X79 lineup

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Back view with Socket 2011 backplate

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I/O Panel (Intel Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth V2.1+EDR, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 2 ESATA 6gbps ports and 2 buttons to activate ROG Connect and reset CMOS)

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2 SATA 6Gbps ports (red) and 4 SATA 3Gbps ports (grey) from the Intel X79 chipset, and 2 more SATA 6Gbps ports (red) provided by an ASMedia controller. You can also plug a K-type thermocouple to the "Subzero Sense" (black block on the right) to get the readings from the motherboard's temperature diodes during extreme LN2 sessions

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Audio is handled by a Realtek ALC898 CODEC and NCT6776F for LPC I/O. The board is also filled with high quality Japanese-made 10K Black metallic capacitors and mature customized digital VRMs.

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Four Asmedia ASM1042 controllers takes care of USB 3.0

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PCI-e 3.0 compliant Asmedia ASW1480 switches

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Socket 2011 Area

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Some of the power circuitry – chokes rated up to 50A

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Socket 2011 in the flesh

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Diagnostic LEDs carried over from the previous ROG boards – these are very useful for troubleshooting

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"GO" Button to trigger MEMOK! before POST or O/C Profiles after POST,

a DIP switch to enable/disable PCIe slots,

Power/Reset Buttons, a PORT 80 display, 

LN2 "slow boot" switch

and LEDs next to each voltage measurement point for easy troubleshooting of OC failures due to incorrect adjustment of key voltages.

P1010947 First Looks: ASUS ROG Rampage IV Extreme (Intel X79)   Hardcore is back!