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  • JlHADJOE - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link

    Wait, so the Auto-OC actually beat your manual OC results? Impressive!

    The table says Auto-OC managed to get 47/47/46/46/45/45 stable where your manual OC maxed out at 45, and it also got 45x100 stable at less volts and lower temps than manual.
  • Razorbak86 - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link

    The PovRay score for the 45x100 manual OC was higher, the voltage was lower, and the OCCT temp was lower. I'd say the 4.5GHz manual OC beat the Auto-OC hands down. Reply
  • JlHADJOE - Monday, January 06, 2014 - link

    Auto OC: 45x100, 1.400V BIOS, 1.408V load, 77C
    Manual OC: 45x100, 1.425V BIOS, 1.440V load, 80C

    Slightly higher Povray is probably just variance, or down to something other than the CPU (perhaps XMP timings). I'd say the Auto-OC was better.
  • IanCutress - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link

    For the manual OC I only adjust the voltage, CPU multiplier and the CPU load line calibration, which is pretty much what most users will do when manually overclocking unless told otherwise (or there's another setting you must adjust). It's clear the Auto-OC does a bit more under the hood (VCCSA/VSSIO voltages most likely) - at the expense of a higher voltage (to catch more processors). In my test, I also only focus on all cores the same speed, and the stress test attacks all cores, rather than single cores that might be higher turboed. There is scope to go playing around with all the settings, which is what the ROG forums are there to do for users who have only one motherboard every couple of years to organise :) Reply
  • jasonelmore - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link

    I've found that disabling the C States of power saving features such as speed step has drastically improved my max overclock on the Rampage IV Extereme BE Reply
  • Samus - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link

    $500!? yeooow. Reply
  • Gen-An - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link


    Have you seen any noticeable difference in memory OC using the Black Edition vs the original RIVE with the same CPU and RAM? People on various forums are saying the BE is more optimized for IB-E and memory OC, but I haven't been able to find anything definitive to support that statement.
  • jigglywiggly - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link

    why's the first picture skewed lol?

    great review as always ;D
  • IanCutress - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link

    I haven't stressed the RIVE with Ivy-E and high (2800+) memory yet, although this motherboard was designed with Ivy Bridge-E as the focus after ASUS finished the Maximus VI range. So if there are optimisations for Ivy-E above the RIVE that are more than just BIOS, the RIVBE should have them. So while I don't have any data, I expect that would be the case. Now whether faster memory is actually useful for a given workload is a different matter... Reply
  • Gen-An - Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - link

    Just interested for the OC fun factor, 24/7 I run DDR3-2400 C9. Reply
  • Origin64 - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link

    Thats some tasty pasta, my friend! Reply
  • bcg27 - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link

    After reading the article about smart phone audio analysis using the Audio Precision audio analyzer I was hoping to see some mobo audio results as well. Any chance of that happening? Reply
  • IanCutress - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link

    Top of page 5 for some basic audio tests using the board itself. I unfortunately do not have any AP hardware to do tests here. We're all scattered around the world, no big office to all draw on the same equipment. Reply
  • AssBall - Sunday, January 05, 2014 - link

    The Gisele Blumchen of ivy bridge boards. So sexy. So out of my league. I struggle to justify Asus Deluxe series, which mind you are excellent. This is so over the top though. Reply
  • cactusdog - Monday, January 06, 2014 - link

    Nice board but not for me. Intel should be shot for not upgrading the chipset. They expect you pay $1,000 for CPU and motherboard but the features are worse than 2 year old mainstream chipset.

    I always get the high end but sandy-e/ivy-e was a big letdown. Hopefully, Haswell-e will make the high end worthwhile again.
  • fluxtatic - Monday, January 06, 2014 - link

    As regards the comment about this board missing Thunderbolt - is it just me, or has TB support fallen off a cliff? I honestly can't remember the last motherboard review I saw where it was mentioned the board had TB ports. Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Monday, January 06, 2014 - link

    TYVM for adding sound analysis to your testing. :) Reply
  • toyotabedzrock - Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - link

    Dare I ask what AliWangWang is? On page 2 there is a list of processes for setting up network priority. Reply
  • doggghouse - Tuesday, February 04, 2014 - link

    I had to look it up... it's a chat program used for Taobao, which is sort of like eBay in China. Reply
  • sparkyuiop - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - link

    I bought 2 x AMD R9290 graphics cards for this but they don't clear the raised SATA ports or the north bridge chipset heatsink. Bummer!
    Don't try and mount the board in the corsair cases that have a rounded corner on the motherboard mounting panel, it don't go in! You can put 3 x double stand-offs at the SATA end 3 x single stand-offs at the I/O end and miss out screwing the middle fixings so as to slant the board but that's a bit shit when spending out the money for this hardware. So that's what I did!
  • ReneGQ - Thursday, March 13, 2014 - link

    I recently purchased an Asus Motherboard and the problems started from day 1. The drivers update never works, the same for AI Suite III (there´s a lot of updates for this model in Asus webpage). After 2 months I still can´t install BitDefender cause a clock watchdog error.
    Asus technical support is the worst, mails comes and goes with no solution.
    I will not recommend this brand to anyone. The brand has a very good Marketing but the product and the service are very disappointment.

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