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ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Review

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ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition Testing:

LAN performance will be tested via a utility to gauge the performance of the onboard network solutions. The motherboard being tested will be connected via a Gigabit switch to another system with an integrated Gigabit network solution on board.

iPerf is a small lightweight utility run from the command prompt and can be used to measure both TCP and UDP performance on a network. iPerf is cross platform software and open source. The test is configured to run for 20 seconds with a window size of 256 KB and four simultaneous streams that should be able to saturate the TCP link on a good NIC.














Rightmark Audio Analyzer 6.25 is used to test the sound solution on board each motherboard. Nothing beats a good set of ears and headphones but this is a graphic representation of the capabilities of the installed hardware. Sampling mode is 24-bit 44kHz.

Frequency Response dB
+0.66, -0.50
+0.04,+ 0.30
Noise Level dBA
Dynamic Range dBA
Total Harmonic distortion %
Intermodulation distortion +noise
Stereo Crosstalk,db
Intermodulation distortion + noise (Swept Freq) %


Both boards use an Intel-based NIC using ASUS GameFirst technology. Using iPerf the test results show consistency across the two boards. Using RMAA to measure sound quality, the boards deliver comparable results and both score Very Good in the test. However that's not where they end up as you really need a listen to see just how far ASUS' onboard Supreme FX solutions have come in such a relatively short time.

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