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Asus Rampage IV Extreme Review

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Bindibadgi 12th December 2011, 13:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by fluxtatic
I love me some Asus, but I've got to agree with half the commenters - the Value score on this should have been about 12 or so. Or at least qualify it that it's a 19 only if you are in possession of a LN2 pot. There are some sites I could see it giving this score, but not bit. This isn't the typical extreme-overclocking crowd.

I get the idea behind ROG, but it seems like the brand has strayed - especially considering this is an X79 board, what sort of real gamer would want this? I suppose you would have a mastodonic peen when you whipped it out (that's right) at a LAN event, but this is just silly. Especially the "durp, I spent $500 on a motherboard that is not at all suited to my intended use!" factor.

I'm afraid you misunderstand.

ROG has evolved in its 5 years for gamers and overclockers. It used to be gamers and OCers used the same hardware, but not for a few years. The Extreme is aimed at being all and everything for benchmarkers/OCers/full Mem/full PCIe/full spec, while the Formula and Gene series are aimed at very high-end gamers and high-end LAN gamers respectively. That's why you get different sound on the Formula/Gene to the Extreme for example.
trig 12th December 2011, 15:33 Quote
exactly...a niche board...

someone needs to explain this to these writers at bit...there is a market and a place for these boards...asus wouldn't make them if they didn't make a profit...at the same time, and maybe bindi could give us specific numbers...this board probably doesn't make up 5% of their x79 board sales...so why on god's green earth does bit seem to think this and the sabertooth are such great values for the average user...
mars-bar-man 15th December 2011, 01:21 Quote
Only skimmed through the film, was trying to watch a film at the same time.

But, how how many power connectors does it need? 1 8pin EPS + a 4pin. And then there's what appears to be a PCI-E power connector just above the top PCI-E slot.

Any reason? Didn't see it picked up in the review?
lysaer 15th December 2011, 02:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by fluxtatic
I love me some Asus, but I've got to agree with half the commenters - the Value score on this should have been about 12 or so. Or at least qualify it that it's a 19 only if you are in possession of a LN2 pot. There are some sites I could see it giving this score, but not bit. This isn't the typical extreme-overclocking crowd.

I get the idea behind ROG, but it seems like the brand has strayed - especially considering this is an X79 board, what sort of real gamer would want this? I suppose you would have a mastodonic peen when you whipped it out (that's right) at a LAN event, but this is just silly. Especially the "durp, I spent $500 on a motherboard that is not at all suited to my intended use!" factor.

I consider myself a real gamer and I purchased one. What exactly is a "real gamer" by your definition?

To me it seems like ROG has got better and better, adding more advanced features for the more extreme of us.

Just because you do not utilise the additional features does not mean that others don't, I would be unable to use my 4 gtx 580s on the x79 platform if it wasn't for the R4E

Sent from my HTC Senseation Z710e using Tapatalk
trig 15th December 2011, 14:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by lysaer
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Originally Posted by fluxtatic
I love me some Asus, but I've got to agree with half the commenters - the Value score on this should have been about 12 or so. Or at least qualify it that it's a 19 only if you are in possession of a LN2 pot. There are some sites I could see it giving this score, but not bit. This isn't the typical extreme-overclocking crowd.

I get the idea behind ROG, but it seems like the brand has strayed - especially considering this is an X79 board, what sort of real gamer would want this? I suppose you would have a mastodonic peen when you whipped it out (that's right) at a LAN event, but this is just silly. Especially the "durp, I spent $500 on a motherboard that is not at all suited to my intended use!" factor.

I consider myself a real gamer and I purchased one. What exactly is a "real gamer" by your definition?

To me it seems like ROG has got better and better, adding more advanced features for the more extreme of us.

Just because you do not utilise the additional features does not mean that others don't, I would be unable to use my 4 gtx 580s on the x79 platform if it wasn't for the R4E

Sent from my HTC Senseation Z710e using Tapatalk

lol...well...you are definitely the target market...4 580's...christ...
abeeftec 20th December 2011, 22:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pookeyhead
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Also... what is your rationale for the 120MHz base clock?


Higher Base clocks offer higher graphic performance then straight Multiplier overclocks.

Said a different way,
You will acheive a higher FPS score in benchmarks with in overclock of 4.2Ghz Using (120 BLCK x 35)
Versus using (100Bclk x 42)

Another way 120x35 > 100x42

By the way, If anyone did not get that, Both settings produce 4.2Ghz on the CPU but the 120Bclk utilizes more Graphics then the 100Bclk

Cant get any more explanative then that! I failed if that is not understood!:D
socolate 25th December 2011, 13:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by littlepuppi
I have one but no CPU yet! Thats coming next month, cant wait, great review Lizard.
better than me, nothing, waiting for down price
kzinti1 26th December 2011, 01:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by debs3759
You can use any type of water chiller. The one I have just set up (see Project Black Ice) was previously used to cool an aquarium, and with my 2700K at 4.8 GHz it's approx 28 degrees cooler than on air (with the water chilled to 12C for now). The chiller isn't on constantly, so is obviously not struggling, and will be good down to 3C (it's minimum) when I insulate everything :) It's rated as being capable of removing 700W of heat from the water.

Thanks for the explanation. I've been quite intrigued over these water-chillers, but I've hesitated due to the fact that you still cannot run a high OC all the time. Just quick tests made just long enough for validation.
Since this article posted, I found that PerformancePC's has started selling the "Hailea" brand of water-chillers. http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=59_373&zenid=c803f14f7de99f747b01888c8cbb51ee
I'm still thinking about getting one of these since I have no access to LN, LHe or DICE. Funny thing about DICE is that I live right next to a commercial fishing port and there's none available.
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