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ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 Review - Armchair Empire

ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 Review

  • 10/10
    Overclocking - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Compatibility - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Performance - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Stability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Expansion - 9/10
9.4/10

Our Rating

We Recommend the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 For

Money is not a concern for you. The only thing you are after is raw performance. You are ready to splurge on the best graphics cards, the best processor and the maximum memory money can buy. You need the best and most capable motherboard to handle all the serious hardware. The ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 is that kind of a motherboard – extreme in every aspect right down to the design.

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ASUS LGA2011 5 Way Optimization SafeSlot X99 EATX Motherboard (Rampage V Edition 10)
  • Next-gen connectivity - Includes extensive upgrades including onboard U.2 / M.2 slots that tap into 32Gbps of PCIe bandwidth, 3x3 802.11ac Wi-Fi, dual Intel LAN, and USB 3.1 Type C
  • ASUS Aura - Features controllable RGB onboard lighting and 4-pin strip header that can be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware
  • Patent-pending SafeSlot  - Reinvented, strengthened PCIe slot utilizes a new insert-molding process to bind the slot to fortifying metal for superior retention and shearing resistance

Introduction

Built like a tank, the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 defines build quality in motherboards. This ROG product has a ton of features that you won’t find elsewhere and to accommodate all the goodies it actually has to stretch a bit in size. Yes, this is an Extended ATX motherboard with the ability to SLI or Crossfire four cards at once! If that just dropped your jaws, then wait till you hear of its other features.

The all-black design with heavy orange accents, RGB color scheme, and lighting profiles lend it the gamer appeal that it deserves. However, turn the motherboard around, and you see metal casing on the rear side protecting the board from all directions. This truly is a high-end board with loads of possibilities. Make no mistake, this motherboard is not for the weak-hearted or the frugal minded.

Specifications

Where do we start? It should suffice to say that this motherboard has it all. If there is a technology currently available in the market, then the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 has it. Next generation connectivity is evident just looking at the back panel. It boasts of four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 3.1 A type and two USB 3.1 C type, two LAN GIGABIT ports, two wireless receivers and one Bluetooth receiver. Additionally, it has two separate USB ports, one of which can be used to flash the BIOS with newer or older versions without even fixing a CPU first!

The Supreme FX audio module has the standard layout of five 3.5mm jacks with one SPDIF but what separates this motherboard is the included op-amps to drive external high impedance headphones with its own dedicated controls.

The motherboard uses AURA lighting features with RGB onboard lights, a 4-pin strip header to sync with other ASUS Aura capable hardware. The four PCIe slots use a brand new SafeSlot technology that involves new insert-molding with fortified metal for higher shearing resistance and retention. Best of all, ASUS provides 5-way optimization for this beast that handles everything with a simple click – starting with the cooling to the overclocking.

Our Review

Our first impression unboxing the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 was that it is whopping big. For an extended ATX form factor, this motherboard pushes it to the limit. By our calculations, even the most spacious E-ATX chassis will barely accommodate this motherboard. Naturally, this means a lot of slots and connections to play with. We counted them all.

4 PCIe x 16 slots capable of handling four-way SLI or Crossfire, depending on your choice of technology. It comes with two SLI bridges, one supporting two-way SLI and the other for three-way SLI. A total of 8 DDR4 DIMM slots, four on either side of the CPU. Need we say more?

As if the number of slots and ports wasn’t astounding enough, this motherboard packs in plenty of enthusiast level switches and buttons. Let’s begin with the most obvious one. The BIOS Flashback button on the rear panel works in tandem with the BIOS Flashback USB port. Simply format your USB drive, copy the latest BIOS firmware and plug it into this particular port. With your system turned off, and without a CPU, you can flash the BIOS! We haven’t yet heard of any other motherboard capable of upgrading its BIOS without first installing a CPU.

Next are the PCIe x16 Lane and DIMM switches. You know how with time, PCIe slots and DIMM slots tend to die? The problem with any motherboard is that a single non-functional slot with a module connected to it can brick the entire motherboard. Troubleshooting is an absolute pain and not easy for someone who hasn’t assembled a PC before. The ASUS Rampage V though offers manual switches to activate or deactivate each DIMM socket and PCIe x16 slot. Now you can leave your cards and memory sticks connected and only flip the switches to find out the most stable configuration.

Next up is the safe boot, retry and MemOK buttons. The Safe Boot button is perfect when you want to enter troubleshooting Safe Mode quickly. It launches retaining your last used setting so you can safely tweak it for better performance without impacting the actual life of the motherboard. The ReTry button, on the other hand, forces a hard reboot instantly when your system bricks or hangs. And finally, the MemOK buttons is perfect when upgrading your memory or just adding new modules. Press it once, and the system recovery tool quickly configures the DIMMs to ensure full compatibility.

Just like the switches and buttons, the included software with this motherboard is top notch. Overclocking on this beast is such a breeze. When you spend on the most expensive Intel processors available today, you want to push them to their limits, post the highest benchmarks and boast to your friends. This motherboard does it all with an intuitive graphical interface. One click and it optimizes your CPU, memory as well as other components to boost performance. And if you feel in the mood to do a little manual overclocking, the award winning ASUS UEFI BIOS will allow you to do just that.

This being a top notch motherboard, comes with several cooling features. First and foremost are the various temperature gauges. We counted a total of five sources, and you can display any three at a time. There is a dedicated water pump header to fully control a PWM/DC water pump as well as handle custom loops. The same goes for all the PWM/DC fan 4-pins on the motherboard that auto detects the kind of fan plugged in. If all these headers are not enough, you have an additional external fan header for smaller unintelligent but useful chassis fans.

To be honest, we can go on and on about the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10. There are competing X99 chipset motherboards in the market, but the reason we picked ASUS is for their reliability and dedication to software and hardware. They have the best applications and invest into quality checks. When you spend over $400, you want a device that POSTS to the screen every single time.

Pros

  • The sheer number of ports and connections available on the Rampage V Edition 10 is just staggering. USB 3.1, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, PS/2, Dual LAN and Dual Wi-Fi – there isn’t a single motherboard offering more regarding connectivity than this one.
  • The motherboard easily handles four-way SLI or Crossfire with the ability to manually short any of the PCIe x16 slots for stability management.
  • A total of 8 DIMM Slots and maximum 64GB DDR4 support does not paint the real You can run all eight slots simultaneously overclocked to over 3200MHz without batting an eyelid. You can also disable any of the slots without removing the memory stick.
  • Self-diagnostic and quick reset buttons help in troubleshooting the motherboard as time rolls on.
  • Dedicated SupremeFX audio with high quality 10 DAC channels, independent 2.0 channel, 7.1 channel playback, multi-stream stereo, EMI cover and signal processing components for superior sound quality.
  • Well-designed applications help manage overclocking and other aspects of the motherboard.
  • Plenty of internal headers for fans, AIO, and Custom loop coolers as well as additional RGB LED strips.

Cons

  • Maybe just one – it is expensive and not meant for the casual enthusiast. You have to be mad to buy an ASUS Rampage V Edition 10.

Conclusion

When money does not factor into your decision making, the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 becomes your only choice. We recommend this motherboard to one and all, as long as you can afford it and all the additional PC parts you need for a truly amazing custom build. We estimated the total cost of a machine running on an ASUS Rampage V, and it came to approximately $1500, which isn’t bad when you consider the cutting edge parts you invest in. Nevertheless, this motherboard is overkill even for the most enthusiastic gamer or designer.