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ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme (Intel X99) Motherboard Review
We're checking out our first ROG-based X99 board. If looks are anything to go by, the RAMPAGE V EXTREME could be the board to own. Here is Shawn's review.
By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 1:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: ASUS

Introduction of the ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme


If there was ever a motherboard in the new X99 platform to get excited about, it would probably be the ASUS Republic of Gamers Rampage V Extreme that is in our hot little hands today. Before we started with the surge of X99 boards, I recently had the chance to check out the ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula, and found myself extremely impressed with what ASUS offered. Although, it wasn't a huge surprise, as ROG motherboards from ASUS have impressed us time and time again.


For that reason, I find myself a bit wiggly and giggly to see what is happening with the company's latest ROG based board using the X99 chipset. We've been extremely impressed with the X99 chipset so far, and we can't deny the simple fact that if you're looking to build a true beast of a computer, it should be based around this chipset. Also, if the past has told us anything, it's that the ROG boards are some of the best money can buy.


Considering this is our 6th X99 based motherboard since launch, there's really not a whole lot that we need to say about the chipset, or anything else that surrounds it. We've got a massive package and a bunch of features to cover today. So, without further delay, let's get a good look at the ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme, and see exactly what this impressive looking board has to offer.



Package - What comes inside the box






Starting off with the front of the box, you can see the box design is pretty standard and simple. We've got the ROG logo across the top, along with the Rampage V Extreme name in the middle. Below the product name, we see mention that the OC panel is included in the bundle. Across the bottom there are a couple of logos, including the ASUS, Intel NVIDIA, and AMD logos.


You can see some of the main features highlighted on the left side. Starting from the top left, we have some gadgets, including the OC panel. The OC panel gives you real-time monitoring on a 2.6" display, helping you stay informed about your board while also giving you full control of your system via the included buttons.


Along with the OC panel, we also have the new OC socket, which is designed to improve performance. While we would normally put this down to a bit of marketing hype, the new OC socket does seem to be working well. So far, the ASUS X99 Deluxe with the OC socket has proven to be one of the strongest memory overclockers. ASUS has said that thanks to the OC socket, you don't need an internal memory controller that is as strong on the CPU to get the highest clock. From what we've seen so far, there seems to be some real truth to this.


Moving on, we've also got the power and cooling solutions to consider, which brings Extreme Engine Digi+ IV, and a DirectCU thermal design. The interface section brings KeyBot, which opens your keyboard right up, and gives you the ability to instantly upgrade your system on-the-fly by simply pushing keys on your keyboard. Finally, we finish off with the audio features, which brings SurpremeFX, along with Sonic Studio, SenseAmp, and SoundStage; all of the audio features are designed to make sure you get the most out of your onboard audio.






Moving onto the other side of the box, we get our first look at the motherboard, along with a look at the OC panel that we just mentioned. Turning over to the back of the box, you can see ASUS again mentions some of the main features. The OC panel and OC socket where both mentioned previously. This is the first mention of the M.2 and SATA Express ports, along with the 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The main specifications of the board are also found here, and you get look at the I/O ports that are being offered.




After opening the box and diving into the bundle, we're greeted with the normal array of extras that you'd expect to see. Starting from the top, first we've got the standard user guide, along with a few extra pieces of paperwork. We also have our cable labels, driver CD, and door lanyard. Across the bottom, you can see we round off here with ten SATA III cables.






Continuing into the bundle, you can see we've got our rear I/O backplate, three thermal monitoring cables, a pair of EZ Connectors, Wi-Fi antenna, and a CPU backplate. Along with those, we've also got a single longer CrossFire cable, and three SLI bridges, which include setups for two, three, or four video cards.






Finishing off the bundle, we have the ASUS OC panel, and a bracket so it can be installed in your case if you don't want to have it sitting on the outside. The 2.5" screen is able to offer you easy and quick access to some key information like temperature, fan speed, clock speed, and basic overclock information. With the buttons offered, you can start the system, adjust your fan speeds, and tend to basic overclocking function.




By sliding the bottom open, you can go use Extreme Mode, which brings a couple of extra connectors, and access to exclusive ROG features like Subzero Sense and VGA Hotwire. The OC panel is a cool feature; however, I can't deny that it seems like the kind of device that you're going to use a ton the first few days, and after that you will just forget about it. At least as a daily device. Your PC setup will determine if it's easy to see the readings on the device.



PRICING: You can find the ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme X99 Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: The ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme retails for $540.40 at Amazon.

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