With motherboard manufacturers producing colour schemes of motherboards that they have never before, and being generally more experimental than in the past, it should come as no surprise that ASUS is planning a release of a colour-altered Republic of Gamers motherboard.
The motherboard which has got the redesign is the ASUS ROG Rampage IV Extreme for LGA 2011 and X79. What ASUS have done is taken the traditional red and black colour scheme and made it all black with the exception to the ROG logo itself and a few other components which are always red – such as the start button.
You can see the comparison between the all black (directly below the image) and normal (second below image) Rampage IV Extreme motherboards below.
The use of black is not total, with dark grey being used to alternate between DIMM and PCI Express slots.
This motherboard is expected to be ASUS’ competitor to EVGAs black X79 motherboards, namely the Dark and SLI variants. The Rampage IV Extreme is ASUS’ highest end consumer motherboard, supporting Intel LGA 2011 Core i7 processors, 4 Way SLI and CrossFireX and 64GB of RAM.
ASUS have not released any pricing or availability details, it is possible that this motherboard may not even make it to the shelves. However, the current normal ASUS Rampage IV Extreme costs about £325 so we should probably expect the Black variant to cost slightly more if it does reach the market since it is almost definitely going to be available in limited quantities.
What are your thoughts on the new colour scheme? Would it make you more inclined to buy it? Would you pay more for it over the normal model?