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ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 5, 2016 1:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: ASUS

Packaging and Overview

 

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The Rampage V Edition 10's box is not your typical ROG-style box; the 10th-anniversary symbol is located dead center to showcase the significance of the product. Upon opening the box, the motherboard greets you.

 

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All accessories are packaged individually, and the motherboard sits in a large padded anti-static foam tray.

 

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Accessories include 5x SATA 6Gb/s cables, 4-way SLI bridge, 3-way SLI bridge, 2-way SLI bridge, 3-in-1 thermistor cables, wafer cable, cable for SupremeFX Hi-Fi, AURA cable, 3T3R WIFI antenna, fan extension card, Q-connector, 2x ROG coaster, ROG fan label, ROG cable label set, M.2 screw kit, bracket for FAN extension card, CPU installation tool (Haswell-E), CPU installation tool (Broadwell-E), IO frame, USB drive with utilities and drivers, and user guide and manuals.

 

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ASUS's X99 Rampage V Edition 10 has six normal 1A PWM/DC mode headers circled in red, one high amperage header circled in yellow that can provide upwards of 3A, a fan extension card header circled in blue, and a temperature sensor input header circled in purple. All fan headers automatically detect the fan type and set the header mode accordingly to PWM or DC operation. The motherboard has more fan headers than most people will need, especially with the included extension card.

 

The aesthetics of the motherboard look and feel pristine. The metal shielding and black/gray tinting on the heat sinks provide a consistent color theme. When paired with the RGB LED system on the motherboard, which provides independent RGB control for each section (IO, audio, PCI-E, Center ROG, PCB, and rear panel sections), users can change the color of the motherboard to something that matches their taste. The back shield on the motherboard does provide some reinforcement, but it's also there to hide fifteen RGB LEDs that are diffused by a strip of translucent plastic, creating a nice effect when turned on. The motherboard glows from the backside in a way I have not seen on any other motherboard.

 

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The IO panel on the Rampage V Edition 10 is unique; the IO shield is integrated on the motherboard, and there is just a frame you install on the case. ASUS is patenting this system, as there is no guess work and users can't screw up a build by installing the motherboard IO panel incorrectly into the case. The IO panel has a Clear CMOS button, a USB BIOS Flashback button, four USB 3.0 ports, two Intel RJ-45 LAN ports, two USB 3.1 type-A, two USB 3.1 type-C, 3T3R WIFI antenna jacks, two USB 2.0 ports, PS/2 keyboard or mouse, and 7.1 audio outputs with S/PDIF TOSLINK.

 

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Each of the four PCI-E 16x slots is reinforced through ASUS's SafeSlot, which provides x, y, and z-axis PCI-E slot reinforcement. The PCI-E layout is not simple, so ASUS has provided a switch for users to use for 2 and 3-way SLI/CrossFireX configurations that will illuminate which slots users should use. ASUS did provide us with a block diagram layout of the PCI-E lane allotment and feature sharing; you can see it on the next page. If you want to run 2-way, then you should use the first and middle slot. If you want to do 3-way, you should use the first three slots, and four-way has to be in all four slots. The motherboard also provides a 4-way mode that allows for users to use the U.2 and M.2 connections at the same time. There is also a PCI-E 4x and a PCI-E 1x slot.

 

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All the SATA6Gb/s ports are from the X99 PCH, and there is also a U.2 connector located just below the SATA port array. A 32Gb/s M.2 slot is located in front of the 24-pin power connector, and a USB 3.0 internal header is located below the 24-pin connector.

 

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The motherboard also has a wide variety of overclocking features. There is also an LN2 mode jumper located near the DIP switches to disable the memory DIMMs and PCI-E slots if required for troubleshooting. LEDs near these switches will illuminate if the slots are populated. The motherboard also carries a POST code display, power and reset buttons, a MemOK button, a Slow-Mode switch, a Retry button, a Safe boot button, voltage read points, and boot device LEDs for troubleshooting.

 

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The 2-way/3-way switch is located below the U.2 connector along with the fan extension card header and Thunderbolt header. A BIOS selector switch is located in the lower right-hand corner near the front case headers. An ROG Extension header bank is located to the left of the case headers, as is a USB 2.0 internal header. There is also a USB 3.0 internal header on the lower row alongside an RGB header, two 128Mbit BIOS ROMs in DIP sockets, a TPM header, and a MOLEX receptacle for extra power in multi-GPU scenarios.

 

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The audio section reveals the Nichicon Gold series audio capacitors and the PCB divide; there are LEDs on the topside that allows the audio section to glow. The PCH heat sink has a very interesting ROG cutout pattern which illuminates diffused light through a translucent mirror finish material.

 

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The motherboard package includes the SupremeFX Hi-Fi DAC, which has 3.5mm and 6.3mm audio outputs, a volume knob, and a microphone input. The device is powered by a 6-pin PCI-E power connector, and data is transferred through a USB 2.0 header.

 

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The 10th Anniversary shield has unique styling you will probably never see after you install the motherboard. However, you will see the light from the 15 LEDs that illuminate the edge of the motherboard. The LEDs are split into five sections, each section's RGBs can be individually controlled through ASUS's AURA application. The daughterboard has one of the two RGB LED controllers, and the cable in the image is for communication and power to the controller and LEDs.

 

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The Fan Extension Card features three extra fan headers and three extra temperature sensors.

 

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The heat sinks are all screwed into the motherboard, and all but the VRM heat sink have integrated RGB LEDs.

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