Yesterday was the launch of Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors and X79 based motherboards. ASUS put out some amazing motherboards along with the daddy of all, the ROG Rampage IV Extreme. Today, they unleashed another ROG motherboards based on X79 chipset, its the Rampage IV Formula. Its targeted at same enthusiasts market as Rampage IV Extreme but it’ll be offered at a better price point.
To begin with it has same ‘Socket X’ LGA2011 socket as its bigger brother. The socket is surrounded by four DIMM slots which support quad channel memory up to DDR3-2400. CPU get its power from apparently what looks like an 8-phase power design with Extreme Engine Digi+ II technology which ensures optimum power efficiency with the help of high grade electrical components like Japanese made black metallic caps (Nichlon GT-Series).
Rampage IV Formula has four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots which can support 4-Way NVIDIA SLi or AMD CrossfireX in 16x/8x/8x/8x mode. It also has two PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots. Storage connectivity option include four SATA III 6Gbps ports (two are wired to X79 PCH while other two are wired to ASMedia Controller) and four SATA II 3Gbps ports wired to X79 PCH. Other on-board options include front panel USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 pin-headers along with ‘OC-Zone’ which include on-board buttons, PCIe x16 switches, Voltmeter II LED and Go Button.
Back I/O has a PS/2 port, a Clr-CMOS switch, six USB 2.0 ports (1 for ROG Connect), four USB 3.0 ports, two eSATA 6Gbps ports and an Intel gigabit Ethernet port. For sound needs, it has 7+1 channel HD Audio with gold plated jacks and a S/PDIF optical out. These are controlled by SupremeFX III audio solution with X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity, EAX HD 5.0 and THX TruStudio PRO. ASUS used ‘RED LINE’ for shielding the sound circuitry, it actually cuts the PCB into two parts and isolates audio area from any interference.
ASUS ROG Rampage IV Extreme is expected to hit market soon for 3190 SEK incl. VAT.