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ASUS Rampage IV GENE - Windows 8 Ready??

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When I bought ASUS Rampage IV GENE last week, the mobo box does not state it is Wins 8 ready..

Will Asus release a bios update for me?

Hello,
My name is Gn.

I've just recently bought the following hardwares:

AcBel iPower85H (750W)

Corsair Vengence 4GB DDR3 1333mhz

Sapphire HD Radeon 7950 OC

Intel I7-3930K

Kindly advise the best motherboard to accompany them, thank you. :D
Feel free to recommend any mobo other than Asus.

I will buy Corsair H100 as the CPU's cooler.
Opinion?
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  1. Welcome to Tom's Forum Gn! :)

    Any of the ASUS X79's would be fine, I like both the ASUS Sabertooth X79 (great warranty and active cooling for VRM & Chipset), ASUS Rampage IV Formula (Great gaming MOBO with SupremeFX III onboard sound), and ASUS P9X79 PRO.

    I'd also get 4x4GB of RAM, you'll need at least 8GB for optimal gaming.
  2. Thanks jaquith. Hello to you too.

    I'm thinking about getting MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) Frio ADV since it comes with cpu cooler.



    Is this mobo worth the price? :pt1cable:
  3. Best answer
    Only get ASUS for LGA 2011 and then with a Corsair H80 or H100. There have been so many issues with other X79's that ASUS is it. The problems oddly enough have been temperature issues mostly on MSI and Gigabyte.

    The 'bundle' is a screwing 248.49 + 54.99 = 303.48 vs 311.12 ; the bundle costs you more.
  4. ASUS gets my vote wouldn't waste my money on "fisher price" water cooling though just get one of these heat sinks instead CPU Cooler:Noctua NH-D14 CPU Cooler - 140x140x25mm, i5, i7, 775, AM2 $79.99
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5592441&Sku=N126-1024

    :
    PHANTEKS PH-TC14PE_BL 5 x?8mm Dual Heat-Pipes Dual 140mm Premium Fans and Quiet CPU Cooler with Patented P.A.T.S Coating
    by Phanteks $99.99
    http://www.amazon.com/PHANTEKS-PH-TC14PE_BL-Heat-Pipes-Premium-Patented/dp/B005OQJVP0/ref=pd_cp_pc_1/178-7594657-4819959
  5. Hmm...I assume you're also putting XSPC in the "fisher price" water cooling category. Products like Koolance or EK sure, great quality, expensive but very nice. The H100 will take you through 5GHz just fine.

    Huge HSF "Lawnmower engines" = no thanks
  6. You assume wrong i am talking about closed loops "fisher price" water cooling category.XSPC is considered entry level water cooling.The NH-D14 will take you through 5GHZ as well and at $30.00 cheaper than the H-100.
  7. I've taken the efforts more than once to debate just this: H100 vs XSPC vs NH-D14. I don't have the energy again -- here.

    Simply cleaning and maintenance puts the H100 far ahead. $30 is absolutely nothing in the cost of an LGA 2011 build.

    Keep in mind I build and have a full loop system myself (blocked: CPU, 3 GPUs, MOBO; reservoir, pump, multiple exchanges, etc) -- it's a PITA to clean and maintain. The closed loop systems like the H100 require a few sucks from a vacuum and blow off the fans -- the simplest is to clean is a pull configuration.

    In contrast, the XSPC still is a 240 but the added burden of fouled coolant and the NH-D14 is a nightmare to fully clean -- I end up yanking the HSF assembly to properly clean the fins.
  8. is Asus Rampage 4 Gene a good motherboard? Will my Sapphire HD 7950 OC damage the mobo since the mobo seems small and the gc is heavy..

    besides that, I am using this casing http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/cases-cooling/cases/sharkoon-scorpio-2000-956724/review, will the mobo fit? :pt1cable:
  9. The Sharkoon Scorpio 2000 is a an ATX Case and the ASUS Rampage IV GENE is a uATX (mATX) MOBO so it will fit, and the Sharkoon Scorpio 2000 pictured has the top drive cage removed so pretty much any GPU will fit.

    As far as the HD 7950 being too 'heavy' then no it's not.
  10. I finally bought ASUS Rampage IV GENE.

    Any good recommendation for desktop monitors? My budget is only $200 ~ $350..

    I have a Sapphire 7950 which supports HDMI (with 3D) and DisplayPort 1.2.

    Is this a good buy? http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&sku=320-2807

    Dell UltraSharpTM U2312HM 23" Monitor with LED :pt1cable:

    or http://www.aocmonitorap.com/malaysia/monitor_293.php

    AOC E2351FH
  11. Best answer selected by newb88.
  12. I have no complaints about Dell UltraSharp monitors especially their LED/IPS panel displays, but if you want 3D on AMD then Samsung is probably your best bet example the Samsung S23A700D (no DisplayPort) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001537 For AMD HD3D you don't need a DisplayPort; DVI, HDMI v1.4a or later, or DisplayPort 1.1 or later and it's best to have a monitor with a vertical refresh rate of 120Hz.

    AMD HD3D Guide - http://www.amd.com/us/Documents/AMD_HD3D_Setup_Guide.pdf

    Tested displays - http://www.amd.com/us/Documents/3D-displays-compatible.pdf
    Acer HS244HQ Panel n/a Included Gold
    LG Cinema 3D (D2342P) Panel LG Included Gold
    Samsung S23A750D Panel DDD Included Gold
    Samsung S27A750D Panel DDD Included Gold
    Samsung S23A950D Panel DDD Included Gold
    Samsung S27A950D Panel DDD Included Gold
    Samsung T23A750 3D TV DDD Included Gold
    Samsung T27A750 3D TV DDD Included Gold
    Optoma GT720 Projector n/a n/a Gold

    ref - http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/amd-hd3d/Pages/3d-desktop-graphics.aspx#3
  13. jaquith said:
    I have no complaints about Dell UltraSharp monitors especially their LED/IPS panel displays, but if you want 3D on AMD then Samsung is probably your best bet example the Samsung S23A700D (no DisplayPort) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001537 For AMD HD3D you don't need a DisplayPort; DVI, HDMI v1.4a or later, or DisplayPort 1.1 or later and it's best to have a monitor with a vertical refresh rate of 120Hz.

    AMD HD3D Guide - http://www.amd.com/us/Documents/AMD_HD3D_Setup_Guide.pdf

    Tested displays - http://www.amd.com/us/Documents/3D-displays-compatible.pdf
    Acer HS244HQ Panel n/a Included Gold
    LG Cinema 3D (D2342P) Panel LG Included Gold
    Samsung S23A750D Panel DDD Included Gold
    Samsung S27A750D Panel DDD Included Gold
    Samsung S23A950D Panel DDD Included Gold
    Samsung S27A950D Panel DDD Included Gold
    Samsung T23A750 3D TV DDD Included Gold
    Samsung T27A750 3D TV DDD Included Gold
    Optoma GT720 Projector n/a n/a Gold

    ref - http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/amd-hd3d/Pages/3d-desktop-graphics.aspx#3


    Is this monitor good?

    Zalman 3D Full HD LCD

    Model: ZM-M215WGD ?

    or

    Alienware AW2310 3d monitor

    http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-8846
  14. Don't know but Don wrote a good Article late last year that I'd read - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tridef-stereoscopic-3d-gaming,3019-2.html All of the (few) AMD HD3D that I've built I only used AMD listed and tested components.
  15. jaquith, i'm curious, what monitor that you've used for your AMD HD3D build?
  16. All used three Samsung 27" S27A950D - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001472 I am a hobby system builder and the vast majority especially with 3D are on the more matured and tightly controlled nVidia platform i.e. 3D Vision.
  17. jaquith, i am thinking of getting a 2nd hand Samsung 3D monitor, thoughts?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/65011-3-test-hand-monitors#t406028

    Samsung S23A950D

    Edited:

    I am planning to get a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable.


    Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable

    How do you connect your monitor to your gpu? Please recommend to me.

    Samsung provides a dual-link DVI cable. Could it connect the monitor to Sapphire Radeon 7950 dual-link DVI-I?


    Samsung's I/O Port


    Sapphire 7950's I/O Port
  18. For gaming either 1 or 3, 2 does you no good with the bezel's in the middle of your face ;)
  19. jaquith said:
    For gaming either 1 or 3, 2 does you no good with the bezel's in the middle of your face ;)


    :??: Sorry, I don't understand your sentence here. Are you commenting on what monitor to get?
  20. 1 or 3 Monitors = Good, 2 = Bad for gaming. You need an odd number so the bezel is not square in your face. In general the 120 Hz Samsung 3D are your safest bet for AMD GPU's.


  21. When I bought ASUS Rampage IV GENE last week, the mobo box does not state it is Wins 8 ready..

    Will Asus release a bios update for me?
  22. Yes, ASUS posted all of the Windows 8 drivers on their website and are currently available for download - http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_2011/Rampage_IV_GENE/#download

    Currently, they're all Beta and by the time Windows 8 is officially released the WHQL (Windows Hardware Quality Labs) versions for Windows 8 will be available for all currently selling MOBO's.
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