|ASUS Rampage IV Formula X79 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Thursday, 15 March 2012|
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ASUS Rampage IV Formula Motherboard BF3 Edition Review
Manufacturer: ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
Model Number: Rampage IV Formula
Product Name: Intel X79 Express Motherboard
Price: $369.99 (Newegg) Battlefield 3 Edition - $420
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by ASUS.
Within the world of personal computing, there is a group of people referred to as enthusiasts. This generalization can be a little confusing, so let's explore it. An enthusiast is someone who uses their computer for much more than the average user. An enthusiast can usually be further categorized as one of two types of people; a gamer or a performance tuner. For enthusiasts, the middle-of-the road just doesn't cut it. They want the best that manufacturers can provide. It is with enthusiasts in mind that ASUS created the Republic of Gamers line of products. The ASUS Rampage IV Formula LGA 2011 motherboard is one of the latest releases in the Republic of Gamers line. Here at Benchmark Reviews, we've gotten our hands on an ASUS Rampage IV Fomula Battlefield 3 Edition motherboard and we are taking you piece by piece as we explore this enthusiast inspired piece of hardware.
The Republic of Gamers line was introduced back in 2006, when ASUS used it to begin emphasizing the most cutting-edge hardware for enthusiasts. ROG motherboards are available in both AMD and Intel varieties. The Maximus and Rampage series tout Intel chipsets and the Crosshair series is made for AMD processors. More specifically, the Rampage IV series of ROG motherboards houses the Intel X79 Chipset with the LGA 2011 socket for Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme processors. Within the Rampage IV series there are three flavors. The Rampage IV Gene represents the low of the high-end, followed up by the Rampage IV Formula and finally the Rampage IV Extreme. Both the Rampage IV Formula and Rampage IV Extreme motherboards also come in a Battlefield 3 edition, which bundles the motherboard with the full version of BF3 and some other BF3 gear.
The three different versions of the Rampage IV line differ slightly from one another and each of them, of course, differs somewhat from other X79 offerings from ASUS and other manufacturers. Follow us inside as we explore these differences and show you just what the ASUS Rampage IV Formula Battlefield 3 Edition motherboard has to offer.
You are probably already very familiar with the X79 chipset by now. If not, please check out our reviews of the ASUS Sabertooth X79 TUF Motherboard or the ASUS P9X79 Deluxe Motherboard for more information about the Intel Sandy Bridge Extreme Chipset. For this review, we are going to focus on the differences between the ASUS Rampage IV Formula and other X79 motherboards.