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ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel X79
  • Core i7 (LGA2011)
  • DDR3 2400(OC)/2200(OC)
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The Republic of Gamers consists only the best of the best. ASUS offers the best hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and welcomes the best gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. 

ASUS ROG Rampage IV Formula is formulated to provide the best gaming experience possible. This gaming board features the new Intel X79 chipset along with an exclusive audio and LAN gaming solution– the SupremeFX III and Intel Gigabit Ethernet with GameFirst technology, all designed to give you the fastest and most immersive gameplay ever. 4-way SLI and CrossFireX support in combination with the PCIe 3.0 capabilities boosts the graphics performance to a new level. 

Rampage IV Formula features the new Extreme Engine DIGI+ II with 10K Black Metallic Capacitors that enables you to push systems to their maximum, yet remains reliably stable to ensure you don’t miss any action when gaming. Another innovative feature is the X-Socket, which enables you to swap out the CPU bracket around a LGA2011 board with one that is designed for an LGA1366 cooler. Join in the Republic of Gamers and become the king in the battles.  

  • newegg PCIe 3.0 Ready PCI Express 3.0 (PCIe 3.0) is the latest PCI Express bus standard with improved encoding schemes that provide twice the performance of current PCIe 2.0. Total bandwidth for a x16 link reaches a maximum of 32GB/s, double the 16GB/s of PCIe 2.0 (in x16 mode). As such, PCIe 3.0 provides users unprecedented data speeds, combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility with PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0 devices. PCIe 3.0 will become a must-have feature for users who wish to improve and optimize graphic performance, as well as have the latest technology available to them. (Actual PCIe speed depends on installed CPU type.)
  • newegg SLI/CrossFire On-Demand ROG Rampage IV Formula features SLI/CrossFire on Demand technology, supporting up to four graphics cards in a 4-Way SLI or CrossFireX configuration. Whichever path you take, you can be assured of jaw-dropping graphics at a level previously unseen.
  • newegg Extreme Engine Digi+ II The Extreme Engine Digi+ II has been upgraded and equipped with the finest Japan-made 10K Black metallic capacitors, while the digital VRM design allows you to achieve ultimate performance with adjustable CPU and memory power management frequencies. Precise adjustments create greater efficiency, stability, five times longer lifespan than solid capacitors* and performance for total system control. (*At operating temperature of 105°C).
  • newegg Intel Gigabit LAN with GameFirst Low Internet latency allows you to frag more, and get fragged less. That's why ROG has introduced GameFirst, a feature that manages the flow of traffic according to your needs so that you can still listen to online music, download and upload files, and engage in Internet chats without sacrificing the low ping times you need to pwn your opponents.
  • newegg ROG Connect Monitor the status of your desktop PC and tweak its parameters in real-time via a notebook—just like a race car engineer—with ROG Connect. ROG Connect links your main system to a notebook through a USB cable, allowing you to view real-time POST code and hardware status readouts on your notebook, as well as make on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a purely hardware level.
  • newegg SupremeFX III The SupremeFX III onboard audio solution is an 8-channel HD audio equipped with a carefully selected 1500uF capacitor which provides clean, ripple-free audio power and – perfect for enveloping gaming environments. With a metallic EMI cover and special layout design on the PCB, advanced SupremeFX Shielding technology isolates analog audio signals from digital sources for exceptional clarity and high fidelity, while a gold-plated jack ensures rich notes reach your ears with minimal distortion. A bounty of industry standards are supported, including EAX 5.0 Advanced HD, Creative ALchemy and THX TruStudio PRO, so the same great audio experiences found in live performances, films and recording studios are reproduced faithfully right on the PC. When bundled with the Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 suite, the SupremeFX III is the perfect choice to provide an exceptional gaming experience with realistic sound effects.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Kenneth B.
  • 7/14/2014 7:24:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs3 RMA's for the same issues

Pros: BIOS options are an OC's dream.
Plenty of Connections

Cons: Price
had to RMA 3 times for inefficient Heat distribution of PCH. The combination northbridge southbridge architecture was very poorly designed and the PCH heat issues in a water cooled NZXT Phantom case with every fan location filled made an evening of fun and enjoyment a nightmare. I stayed a ball of nerves constantly monitoring the temperature settings of PCH, wich stayed consistently 15-30 deg Centigrade higher than the CPU, RAM and every other temperature reading I could take. ASUS apparently has run out of warranty replacements and on my 3rd motherboard failure required I ship my motherboard back and wait for it to be repaired by hand. So far, this repair has done the best... or perhaps it is because I have moved on and now do most of my graphics work and 3D rendering on my iMac.

Other Thoughts: Will be the last ROG board I purchase. Nothing but trouble with these designs. I've installed and maintained thousands of ASUS boards for clients and I've never had a problem like this before.

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  • Neal C.
  • 3/24/2014 10:01:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Board

Pros: Board has worked perfectly, no problems at all. The leds are nice.

Cons: I wish it taught me how to ride whales

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/22/2013 8:51:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid board if you know what your're doing

Pros: + Just about the best board available for a serious gamer looking to go to the X79 platform
+ Built-in X-Fi MB audio is fantastic (this is coming from someone who just upgraded from a system with a PCI X-Fi Titanium Fatality sound card)
+ Beefy heat sinks on all the VRMs and components surrounding the CPU socket
+ Expansion slot layout is pretty much ideal for a gamer using a single or dual GPU setup.
+ Enough OCing features to satisfy most non-competition over clocking enthusiasts.
+ There's an OPTIONAL molex 12v power input connection between the I/O block and the first PCIe slot. This is to help reduce the heat build-up around the 24 pin main power connector when using multiple high power draw graphics cards. Using it will increase stability, especially with overclocked (factory OCed too) graphics cards as well as increase board longevity by reducing stresses on the motherboard at the 24 pin power plug.

Cons: - The optional molex 12v power plug is located in about the WORST location possible. Good luck routing your molex cable there without it looking ghetto.
- RAM slots are very tight together. I used Mushkin Red Line 1866 RAM with the Frostbyte heatsink. The heat spreaders touch at the top due to the very slight bulge in their design. The Mushkin Ridgeback heat spreader would have been better choice. Not sure how many heatsinks are wider than the RAM slot itself but it's something to consider. The G.Skill Sniper series might also have clearance issues.
- BIOS version. I'm in the habit of updating to the latest BIOS when conducting a new build. The board shipped with BIOS version 1305 from April 2012. The most current BIOS version was 4004 from May 2013. The issue is that in July 2012 Asus changed the BIOS file type from a .ROM to a .CAP file and the updater tool will only recognize a .ROM. So you have to first download and flash the BIOS using the "Rampage-IV-Formula-CAP-Converter" found under BIOS Utilities on the support page. This will update you to BIOS version 2105 from August 2012, and THEN you can update to 4004. The hitch is that you have to use EZ Flash in BIOS to do all this. The BIOS update tool AI Suite II in Windows didn't work for me.

Other Thoughts: Some people diss in this board for having "only" 4 slots vs. the 8 slots that some X79 board sport. The truth is that ATX boards only have so much real estate. The board designers opted to use that real estate to include those beefy VRM heat sinks rather than on 4 extra RAM slots which 99% of gamers will never use. You can't have both unless you bump up to an eATX board.

With Haswell out now you might be wondering why anyone would build an X79 system rocking an OLD Sandy Bridge-E processor. Especially when considering the cost difference, Haswell is a better choice for most gamers. X79 offers a couple of things that Z87 boards can't.

~ More PCIe lanes. But even in dual GPU setups when Haswell drops to X8/X8 there is no perceptible performance difference. So only those folks using 3 or 4 GPUs need worry about this.

~ Quad channel RAM that supports up to 64GB of RAM. It'll take a benchmark to tell a difference between dual channel and quad channel RAM. Most gamers will likely be using 8GB of RAM. So only those people using specific high RAM usage programs like HUGE resolution Photoshop editing with multiple layers, or video editors and encoders might need 16GB + RAM.

~ Socket longevity. 2011 has already outlasted 1155 and will likely outlast 1150. Ivy Bridge-e will be out Q4 2013 or Q1 2014 and will drop right in, but that's *still* a generation behind 1150.

So which gamers should be buying X79? The answer is, realistically, not many. Haswell or even a great deal on an Ivy Bridge is probably the smarter buy. The advantages of X79 over Z87 are not tapped by most. That said, I'm rocking a 6 core, 12 thread, unlocked CPU and 16GB of quad channel RAM. I'm really happy with my excess!

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  • Brian B.
  • 7/11/2013 11:33:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDefective on arrival

Pros: Looks great, very good feature set, most connections well placed on the board.

Cons: DIMM socket A1 is defective. Board only shows 12Gb of the 16Gb installed. Board will not post with RAM installed only in A1. Tried flashing the BIOS, resetting the CMOS, checked every stick in every slot. Removed the processor, checked for bent pins and replaced.

In addition, although the BIOS recognized my WD data HDD, Windows 7 does not. Tried resetting all connections and no luck.

I read a lot of user reviews and forum posts of ASUS mobo's over the last few days. Seems the DIMM socket problem is fairly common. At least I didn't have the problem with the bent processor pins.

Personally, I have never had good luck with ASUS products and this is the first one I've bought in probably 12 years. Never again for me. I've never gotten a defective board from another manufacturer before.

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  • Travess L.
  • 6/18/2013 4:12:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2nd try's the charm

Pros: Looks awesome, great features and customization options.

Cons: First one was DOA (VGA fail light, Both bios died). Second board has 1 dead SATA3 plug, not bothering with an RMA, everything else works perfect. Debug codes work great.

Other Thoughts: Better quality checks maybe.

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  • Devon S.
  • 6/15/2013 12:20:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Board

Pros: I bought this board for my first build and I couldn't be happier with it. It booted and posted right off the bat. Absolutely no problems. The first thing I did after applying power was update the BIOS. You don't even have to turn the computer on. You can use the ROG USB port and the button beside it to update in seconds. The BIOS is user friendly and overclocking is so easy a 8 yr old could do it. The board looks great as well with the black and red theme I have. The troubleshooting lights are a great addition too, even though I've yet to use them. BUY THIS BOARD!

Cons: None thus far. I've only had it a week though.

Other Thoughts: I read a lot of the reviews on the board before I bought it. I was worried I would get a DOA or something else like you see in the reviews. Don't let those bad reviews scare you off. If you order this board and it survives shipping then It will more than likely work and well I might add. That being said I'm sure every once in a blue moon Asus lets a bad board get past them. Thats just a fact of life with any manufacturer.

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  • MICHAEL V.
  • 6/5/2013 8:30:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic, Get it

Pros: I love this board. I did a ton of research for the best board. Everyone says that, but I’m a professor and I actually did it.
1. This R4F board is basically the same as the Extreme version, but without the bells and whistles you can do without or will never use. That makes this the smartest choice for the money. It also has better sound.
2. You only need 4 memory slots. 16 GB of memory is more than what 99.999% of people need. Fill all four slots for quad channel. Get quality RAM. I’m using G Skill Z 1866 8-9-9-24 and at 1.5 V it is still overclockable. You will never use 16 GB, unless you RAM disk. But you cannot save files in RAM disk, only an ISO, so it’s not good for gaming or saving work. I loaded half a dozen memory hogging programs and video demos and did not use half of the RAM.
3. Fantastic ratings compared to any other high-end motherboard. Check various sites. And you have to figure that more people will return to complain rather than complement.
4. You get the benefit of the Asus ROG forum for great advice. Go there now, even before you build your system.
5. It overclocks easier than any board I’ve used in 20 years. In fact it’s too easy. It is all in the manual. Whether you’re noob or a pro – you have access to all controls or let it work automatically.
6. The board has nice LED posts on boot up so you can isolate problems. I wish my old boards had this. It also has a good looking red readout for debug numbers. This board is so fixable it’s unreal.
7. The UEFI bios is great. Watch some YouTubes on how to use it. Flash your bios before you do anything else on the system. Format a USB flash drive in FAT 32, download the latest bios version from the Asus website for this motherboard and your version of Windows and unzip it. Put nothing else on that flash drive ut the BIOS. Once you’re set up, use the Asus Easy Flash 2 method, it’s the best. Piece of cake. BTW you will not need to do the rename thing for old BIOS versons. I got my board in March and it was ready to flash.
8. Asus keeps great updates for drivers. Go get all of them, unzip them, and put them on a flash drive. As soon as you load Windows, install all your new drivers. Their AI Suite 2 is also great.
9. I love the great-looking red LED with the ROG logo. Looks great even though my system colors are blue.
10. The sound quality of this board is amazing! Do not buy a sound card, put your money in the board. I use a sound system and optical digital out. The same sound system sounds 10 times better than it did on my old board. I noticed it immediately.
11. Has a lot of great built-in features, like a start button, a built-in backplate for your cooler, and other cool things that make setting up and using the motherboard easier. First-class packaging too.
12. The Asus tech support team is great. I called them three times with specific questions for my build before I even ordered it.

Cons: This is a pro and a con.
Newegg was great to work with – as usual. I had to refuse shipment on my first order of this motherboard, which is both Newegg’s fault and that of UPS. Unfortunately, when they shipped it, it had very little packing material. UPS apparently drove the truck over at some point. I never even took it into the house. Newegg kindly refunded the money, and I reordered the board which was well packaged. Lesson – either order a motherboard by itself, or with a bunch of other stuff.

Other Thoughts: Asus – you do not need 4 PCI E slots. Free up some space here. Slot 1 is too close to the RAM. Come on now, what percentage of people who get this are using 4 video cards? <1%? Those people are buying the Extreme board, so cater to the rest of us, the 99%. Even tri-SLI is overkill. A sound card will not improve the sound of this motherboard.

– download and read the manual from Asus before you even build your rig. You will solve a lot of problems ahead of time. When you get the book read and highlight it.

– Read some PC magazines and watch some YouTube’s on how to build your rig - including Newegg's great video.

– Do not overclock for a few weeks, and when you do so, go S L O W L Y . this board is awesome, if you screw it up, don’t blame the manufacturer.

I’m using this board with an Intel i7 3820. It works fine with Windows 8 (even if you dislike Metro, like me, if you’re building a new rig I do recommend it. You can always use the free Classic Start Shell or one of the pay-for programs to bypass the Win 8 start screen and get the start button back.)

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  • Travess L.
  • 5/29/2013 8:10:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCPU and VGA Fails, won't Boot. RMA pending

Pros: Board looks great and has plenty of extra features you can utilize. (if the board worked) Hope my next one works.

Cons: Board was not DOA, but booted to Bios ONCE then never again. Constant CPU Fail Debug code (probably due to defective CPU also RMA'ed) VGA Fail LED illuminated no matter what card is installed or in which of the 4 SLI slots (with all slots or only the one in use enabled on board no difference). Will not boot to Bios 1 or 2, total Brick with pretty lights. Awaiting RMA and replacement.

Other Thoughts: Wish I didn't have such bad luck.

Will adjust Egg rating after replacement is obtained.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Sorry to hear that you received a board that didn't work right out of the box.

Did you try updating the bios to see if that will resolve your issue.

If you notice the VGA LED light on even though you have tried different brands, then I suggest to send the unit back to Newegg for an exchage.

Here is a link below on how to update the bios even if it won't post.

http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/usb_bios_flashback_guide/

If you have any questions or comments you can email me at cl-jeffrey@asus.com which I reside in the U.S

ASUS strives to meet and exceeds our customer expectations within our warranty policy.

Regards,

Jeffrey

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  • Abraham A.
  • 5/21/2013 10:30:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCouldn't Be Happier

Pros: Beautiful board, great, easy to use BIOS, and it just works!

Cons: It doesn't make me bacon?

Other Thoughts: I bought this board along with everything else I needed to build my gaming/video editing system, plugged everything in, installed Windows off of a USB stick, and everything worked. Had some user error related troubles with getting my RAM to work (I didn't know anything about loading XMPs)... but once I read up and learned what I was doing, everything worked beautifully. I have had ZERO problems with this board. Also, built in overclock profiles work great... the regular OC profile and the gaming OC profile have both proven completely stable.

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  • MIRO G.
  • 5/2/2013 12:42:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS is great

Pros: -Looks great (red lights especially)
-Worked right away out of box
-Ton of features (that I'm yet to learn how to use, I'm a novice to OC)
-Fast (loading games is much faster)
-ASUS Customer Service is great
-ASUS RMA process was silky smooth and delivered far more than I expected (can you argue against a brand new mobo as a replacement, free of charge?)
-ASUS Rebate Center let me submit the rebate without the UPC code (I sent my mobo for RMA in the original box with UPC code and was going to miss the rebate deadline but ASUS let me submit it w/o the UPC code as a one-time courtesy)

Cons: -Can't use it as a workout mat

Other Thoughts: I left a negative review a month ago since my mobo didn't work (bent CPU sockets, caused by me during the CPU installation) and Newegg refused to RMA since it was a customer induced damage, so I had to RMA it to ASUS. I read a whole bunch of negative reviews and experiences people had with ASUS customer service and especially RMA process, so I was expecting the RMA to take a long time and receive a refurbished mobo with thermal paste smeared all over it that may not even work. Guess what! I received a brand spanking new mobo with stickers on it as I've just received it from Newegg! ASUS told me initially when I asked for RMA that it would cost around $120 to fix the bent CPU socket pins and I was willing to pay it just to put the whole thing behind me, but they sent me a new mobo for free!

I also read that other people waited a long time to receive the replacement mobo, but my RMA turnaround time was exactly what ASUS told me, 10 business days plus shipping time. Very fast, if you ask me! Lesson learned, do not trust everything you read on the internet.

It cleary says in the RMA instructions not to send any accessories or original box to a servicing center for RMA cause they will not be sent back (unless requested and paid for shipping back). I didn't read the instructions carefully enough and packaged my mobo into the original box that still had the UPC code on it. I realized I made this mistake once I started filling out the rebate form. I contacted ASUS and they let me submit the rebate without the UPC code as a one-time courtesy! I was 100% sure that I was going to lose $30 rebate, but ASUS came through for me. And they shipped me back my original box free of charge too!

I took the replacement mobo out of box and couldn't believe my eyes, the mobo was brand spanking new with factory stickers on it. Everything installed the first time, CPU, memory and video card were all working fine with the mobo. I will have to go to ASUS website and download updates, but that will be a fun thing to do.

I'm overwhelmed with all the OC options, but that is part of the fan with this mobo. Read the mobo specs before you buy memory or other parts, this is very important cause this is a high end mobo that requires quality parts! Don’t expect the old memory or heatsink to work with this mobo, do your research before you buy it.

Thanks you ASUS!

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