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ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 22, 2014 1:04 pm
TweakTown Rating: 98%Manufacturer: ASUS

Close up with the ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme

 

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Looking at the motherboard, we immediately notice that typical ROG design, which sees the black and red color combination. We can also see the heat sink setup that ASUS is using, and more importantly, we can see all the buttons and connectors that are present on the board.

 

What really stands out is the Extreme labeling on the top left corner of the board, which looks really cool. Let's move in a bit closer, and see exactly what we're dealing with here today.

 

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Taking a look at the expansion slots, you can see there's not much here other than the slots themselves. Looking above, you can see we've got a single PCIe x1 slot, and four PCIe x16 slots, which offer support for up to four-way SLI or CrossFireX.

 

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Instead of trying to explain how the PCIe lanes work depending on the CPU you're using, you can see exactly how everything works in the image above, which we've made with the help of the ASUS website. The top image shows the setup with a 40 lane processor, while the bottom shows the setup with a 28 lane processor.

 

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Looking at the bottom of the board, you can see we've got a four-pin Molex connector that can be used to provide more power to the board for people who opt for larger video card setups. We have a Firewire, USB 2.0 and 3.0 header, along with our main front panel header. The other main highlights here are the Soundstage and BIOS Select button located in the middle, and on the far right.

 

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Turning the corner, you can see we've got quite a few SATA ports offered. We have a total of ten SATA III ports, and a single SATA Express, which all run off the Intel X99 controller. Along with those, we have two additional SATA III ports and a second SATA Express port that run off the ASMedia SATA controller. Also, to the far left, you can see another button for the KeyBot function available on the board.

 

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Heading to the top half of the board, you can see our main 24-pin ATX power connector. To the left of that we have our M.2 Socket, and just below that we have our second USB 3.0 header. As for the right hand side, we've got a couple of smaller buttons, which include the Safe Boot, Retry, and MemOK! options.

 

Next to those we have our Slow Mode toggle, larger reset and power button, along with our LED debug reader, and a set of toggle switches that let us enable and disable the PCIe x16 slots. Turning the corner, you can see our main CPU power connectors, which include the standard eight-pin, along with a second connector which is one of the older four-pins.

 

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Looking at our CPU area, you can see it's very standard looking. The eight DIMM slots support up to 64GB of DDR4 at speeds ranging from 2133MHz DDR to 3300MHz DDR via overclocking. We also get a closer look at the heat sink design, and in typical ROG fashion, it's of extremely high quality.

 

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To finish up our look at the motherboard, we head on over to the I/O. Starting from the left, we have our BIOS Reset button along with the ROG Connect button. Moving on, we've got a combo PS/2 port, along with two USB 2.0 ports. Next up, we've got a total of ten USB 3.0 ports that run off the ASMedia USB 3.0 controller.

 

Gigabit networking is provided by the Intel I218V chip, and next to that we see three points for our wireless antenna, which offers Intel 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Wi-Fi along with Bluetooth 4.0. Finally, we finish with five auxiliary ports and an optical port, which runs off the ROG SupremeFX HD Audio Codec.

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