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A Review On: Asus Rampage IV Extreme

Asus Rampage IV Extreme

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Pros: Tons of BIOS settings, excellent overclocks

Cons: Pricey, E-ATX

My first foray into the Rampage series has been a positive one. The red and black theme goes great with the board and everything feels high quality. This is an awesome board, there are a ton of BIOS settings regarding timings, voltages, etc. These help fine-tune your overclock. I was able to get i7 3820 to 5.0Ghz without even breaking a sweat on the board. You can also use the OC profiles which get you to a respectable speed. There's also the OC key to help you change your settings in Windows and the ROG connect allows you to do so on a different computer. You can also the AI Suite to monitor and change you settings in Windows.

The Start and Reset buttons on the board are very useful when you don't have your board in a case. LEDs on the board are informative, like the ones that light up to let you know if the board is on and how many GPUs you got plugged in. Error codes are displayed on an LCD on the board and help make troubleshooting easy.

There's a bunch of connectivity on this board which I won't name here :rolleyes.gif, but things I liked include Bluetooth and the USB 3.0. Though for a board of this price they should also give you a WI-fi adapter and a sound card. thumb.gif People have said the the PCH fan is loud, but you can turn it down in the BIOS.

I highly recommend this board if you want to overclock like mad, or do LN2 biggrin.gif.

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