ASUS' Republic of Gamers line of products has proven its worth through years of being pushed to the limit. Another addition to the lineup has now been unveiled. Called the Rampage IV Black Edition, it is a thing of subtle beauty with a minimalistic and clean, all black design using only a tiny amount of red to highlight a Republic of Gamers logo, and to separate the SupremeFX Formula audio from the rest of the motherboard. Looking at the features, it appears that ASUS spared no expense. The motherboard will have 12 SATA ports, with eight of them being SATA 6 Gbps, eight USB 3.0 ports, built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi, an optimized design for Ivy Bridge-E, Extreme Engine DIGI+ III (VRM design), and ASUS' own SupremeFX Formula audio. The SupremeFX Formula includes WIMA and ELNA capacitors, an OpAmp headphone amplifier, and 120 dB SNR, all of which is separated from the rest of the motherboard to avoid interference from other components.
To provide a sense of how good this board will be, ASUS stated that " the ROG team went through 5 full layout designs to find the best possible 8 DIMM memory layout topology, and where the ROG team was working on the five new Z87 boards in the first half on this year, that whole team has focused efforts on just the Black Edition this time around!"
This board is not to be confused with the Rampage IV Extreme Black that ASUS showed off in April. Of those there were only three produced and none were sold.
There is currently no word on pricing or availability yet, but I will keep you updated.