First look at ASUS Rampage IV Extreme Intel X79 Express mainboard

First look at ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
bluetooth 26 Oct 2011

ASUS Singapore held an event last week, showing off it’s latest Intel X79 boards to the members of the media. We were invited to witness the new product line up for Intel X79 Socket LGA 2011 motherboards.

3 series of boards were announced and they are the Rampage IV Extreme, TUF series – SABERTOOTH X79 and the standard P9X79 series.

We will first take a look a the Rampage IV Extreme. Ramage IV Extreme, being in the top of the ROG series targets the Extreme overclockers, power users and probably the rich kids who is willing to spend more than to do soldering work themselves.

From the board layout, we can see the familiar black red colour scheme. 

The Rampage IV Extreme is based on INTEL X79 Express chipset that sports the LGA2011 socket type. From the screen shot, we can see that it supports up to 8 x DDR3 DIMMs of up to DDR3-2400 (OC).

There are also 5 PCIe full length slots that allows you to pair up to 4 cards in either Quad CrossFireX or QUad SLI.

On the right rear of the board is the OC Zone where the Overclocking features can be found. They include ProbeIT, Onboard buttons, PCIe x16 switch, LN2 mode, Slow mode, voltminder 2 LED, Go button.

For the front connectors, there are 4 SATA 3Gbps and 4 SATA 6 Gbps ports. There are 4 USb 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 external connectors on board. (Detail pictures are on next page).

At the rear of the motherboard is the PS/2, Clear CMOS, 2 USB 2.0 (1 for ROG connect), 1 Bluetooth v2.1+EDR, 4 USB 3.0, 2 eSATA 6Gbps, 1 Intel GbE Lan, 7.1 ch audio and 1 SPDIF out.