X79 ROG goodness for the masses.
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.