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ASUS Rampage IV Formula (BF 3 Edition) Review

By on December 7, 2011
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X79 ROG goodness for the masses.

Good: Great out-of-the-box performance; Easy overclocks; Ceramic heatsinks; 4-way SLI or CFX; SupremeFX III soundcard
Bad: Only supports up to 32GB; No DVD for Battlefield 3 (only code)
Price: AED 1,900
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

For testing the ASUS Rampage IV Formula, I have used the Intel Core i7-3960X with Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 heatsink, G.Skill 16GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM, Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition GPU, Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD and Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold PSU.

For comparisons I have used the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe motherboard and the MSI X79A-GD65 motherboards. A little disclaimer before you look at the graphs below: even though in the BIOS the BCLK is rated at 100MHz, using CPUz I could see that it was actually 100.30MHz. I didn’t bring it down because the idea of this review is to show you out-of-the-box experience (with updated BIOS).

As you can see, the Rampage IV Formula is the fastest X79 motherboard we have tested to date, running very cool and quiet.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

Comments
  • Crashburn202

    Where can you find all the High End and new parts in Dubai? I tried AlAin Center but nothing would come before Jan… anywhere else?

  • Riyad

    i can’t see to find this board om dubai

  • Ryansc375

    Hi, which profile “booted easily at 4.4 ghz”?  Was that the normal or gamer setting?  Thanks!

    Ryan 

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      It was the Gamer profile, if memory serves correct, that led to the 4.4GHz overclock. 

      • Ryansc375

        Thanks, I appreciate the quick response and your review.  

        Ryan

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