CES 2012 Asus X79 Boards, Transformer TF700T Action

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Of course, Asus had a number of motherboards and peripherals on display, as well. The main focus was on a few upcoming X79-based boards, namely the Rampage IV Formula, Extreme, and Gene, which are all members of Asus’ Republic of Gamers product family.

Here is a quick video of Asus’ own geek extraordinaire Jumpin’ J.J. Guerrero III chatting about a number of the Rampage IV’s main features, along with a couple of interesting peripherals...

For those unfamiliar with Asus’ naming convention, the Rampage IV Formula and Extreme are the full-sized ATX variants of the enthusiast-class RoG boards, while the Gene is a smaller, micro-ATX version that offers essentially the same feature set, minus a couple of expansion slots.



One of the standout features of both the Rampage IV Formula boards is their audio implementation. Asus broke out the audio circuity onto its own PCB layer to better isolate the signals. The result, although both boards still use the same Realtek HD audio codecs of older boards, is that the Rampage IVs offer 110db SNRs. To call out the feature, both boards have a lighted strip that runs from the audio connected to the Supreme FX III badge affixed to the audio chip.

Other features of the Rampage IV boards include Intel LAN controllers, and in the case of the Extreme and Formula, support for socket 1366 coolers.



Asus also had a dual-socket LGA2011 board on display running a pair of Intel 8-Core Sandy Bridge-E engineering samples. If you’re keeping count, a machine setup like this would offer 16 actual cores with support for 32 threads thanks to Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology. And in case you’re wondering, yes, I want one of these setups—bad.

Although they weren’t providing information on the board, I also spotted an Asus-branded mechanical gaming keyboard. This particular board sports the same enclosure (and presumably, the same controller) as some of X-Armor’s / iOne’s boards, it had LED backlighting, and was equipped with Cherry MX Black keyswitches.

There was also a high-end external WiFi controller on-display, which you’ll notice does not connect via USB. Instead, the controller connects directly to a wired Ethernet cable (and power). And the latest Eee Top nettop, powered Intel’s Cedar Trail platform, was also on display.

Be sure to check out all of the videos and pics, and stay tuned to HotHardware for more CES 2012 coverage over the next few days.

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Inspector 2 years ago

So the asus board it has a built in sound card? That looks pretty neat. Love the design.

And yes, i would love to have one of that dual -socket board tossed my way either :D. Maybe add 2 CPU with that throw O.o :P

KreepyK 2 years ago

That tablet performance and fluidity is very good considering the resolution it's boasting.

I was hopping to see some Z77 boards, so far the X79 is not worth the money or the performance it offers.

AKwyn 2 years ago

PadPhone sounds really, really interesting and useful; the best of a tablet and a phone, count me in! After I use the hell out of my HH-won tablet.

Glad to see more manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon of implementing their own sound hardware/Creative sound chips on the motherboards. Realtek and VIA audio is good but I've always wanted to see those audio chips on motherboard for years; now, that wish has been granted. Hope their solution sounds good...

Der Meister 2 years ago

That prime looks really nice. 

cowboyspace 2 years ago

I will like to have that tablet and all its released products lol sad im a lil poor

JZitting 2 years ago

This Asus motherboard would definetly improve my life. Not olny does it have plenty of RAM space for me, but if my pc had the sound capabilities on this motherboard, i would be able to hook up my woofer and sorround sound system in my house.

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