Looking to build a bad ass system around Intel's Ivy Bridge-E architecture? You may want to consider the Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard from Asus. The Rampage IV Black Edition is based on Intel's X79 Express chipset and comes loaded with features aimed at gamers and overclockers alike, and from the pictures we've seen, it looks pretty sweet to boot. It's also a pricey piece of silicon at $500, though Asus softens the blow somewhat by including a free copy of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
As for the board, it features four PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, two PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots, and eight DIMM slots supporting up to 64GB of overclocked DDR3 DRAM. You'll also find a built-in SupremeFX Black sound chip and ELNA audio capacitors, German made WIMA film capacitors, high-fidelity operational amps, and a Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC capable of lossless audio and 120dB SNR.
When it comes time to overclock, the Rampage IV Black Edition helps things along by having high end components like an Extreme Engine DIGI+ III voltage regulator module (VRM), NexFET MOSFETs, 60A chokes, and high endurance Japanese made 10k black metallic capacitors.
On the software side, Asus includes an OC Panel for real-time system monitoring, tuning, and one-click CPU Level Up overclocking.
The Asus Rampage IV Black Edition motherboard is available to pre-order at Newegg in the U.S. and Canada Computers, Memory Express, and NCIX for Canadian customers.