Posts Tagged ‘black edition’

The phrase “top of the line” can often be a loosely used term when describing a product. In the case of the Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard, ASUS makes no bones about it being just that. There have been several improvements made to enhance this X79 based board since the the Rampage IV Extreme was released a little over a year ago. Most importantly perhaps is the optimized design to fully support the new Ivy Bridge-E socket 2011 processors. As is the case with anything ASUS slaps the ROG name on, you can expect an enormous amount of features and great aesthetics to top it off. Initial impressions tell a story of much more than a simple X79 refresh going on here, so let’s check it out!

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While APU’s (accelerated processing units) may not be as exciting as the top of the line speedsters put out by Intel, they do have their place in advancing processor technology. With the release of the first unlocked APU, the A8 3870K, AMD steps closer to making the APU a viable option for your every day computing and gaming needs.

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Just when you think they’re done, AMD ships another Deneb-based chip, saying “hey, we’re not abandoning you just because Bulldozer is coming!” Clocking in at 3.7 GHz, the Phenom II x4 980 Black Edition is a speed bump over the previous x4 975 Black Edition.

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Another Thuban graces us with its presence today – the Phenom II x6 1100T Black Edition, AMD’s new flagship processor. Come see how it performs at stock, overclocked and under extreme conditions!

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Processors with unlocked multipliers are sort of like the Holy Grail of overclocking. AMD’s Black Edition (BE) chips, similar to the Intel K series, offer this versatility to enthusiasts. Recently, AMD introduced several new processors and one of these is the Phenom II X2 560 BE. This is just a small increase in stock multiplier above the existing Phenom II X2 555 BE processor (16.5 vs. 16) and a small increase in price ($105 vs. $88), but the silicon should be stronger which should result in better overclocking and core unlocking.

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