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ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 (Intel X99) Motherboard Review (Page 11)

Steven Bassiri | Jul 5, 2016 at 08:15 am CDT - 4 mins, 16 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: ASUS

Here are key points about the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10.

What's Hot

Aesthetics Worth Its Weight: I review a lot of motherboards, and I rarely come across products such as the Rampage V Edition 10. I get the feeling that ASUS couldn't have done better regarding looks and feel. The motherboard is so heavy, you almost feel like it is a shot-put ball, I am pretty sure you can use it as a weapon if you hurled it at someone. The motherboard's finish, from the integrated IO shield to the lettering on the heat sinks is very sharp and elegant; it provides a chic feeling. While the RGB LEDs could easily make it more toy-like, the way ASUS has implemented them allows you to use them elegantly to add to the appeal of your build.

4-Way SLI with M.2 and U.2: The way ASUS has routed bandwidth allows for the M.2 and U.2 slots to receive bandwidth from PCI-E lanes earmarked for either the first or the last PCI-E 16x slots. ASUS makes this work with all the re-drivers and PCI-E quick switches, allowing for flexibility.

Supreme HiFi: ASUS's SupremeFX HiFi provides many of the benefits of a dedicated DAC, such as EMI protection and off-board power, with the benefits of being inside a case. The parts that ASUS has used are quite impressive, including an ESS SABRE DAC and a Cirrus Logic ADC along with multiple amplifier stages for both the output and input. If you want a definite upgrade from onboard audio, the Rampage V Edition 10 has you covered and some more.

Four USB 3.1 Ports: The Rampage V Edition 10 is the first motherboard I have come across that has four USB 3.1 ports. Two USB 3.1 Type-A and two USB 3.1 Type-C ports provide more USB 3.1 than one can use at this point. You are definitely prepared for the future of USB connectivity with this motherboard.

A total of 3.3Gbps of Total Network Bandwidth: Dual Intel 1Gbit NICs provide wired network connectivity. The Broadcom based 3x3 Wireless AC controller offers up blazing fast 1.3Gbps wireless connectivity for those who just don't have wired network access or want fast WIFI.

ASUS's ROG Experience: From high-end fan control to the full on accessories package, the ROG package is high-end and really gives you those extras that people go crazy for. With the Rampage V Edition 10, ASUS included a snazzy USB drive instead of a driver disc, two ROG coasters, a fan extension card with thermistor cables, and ROG stickers to tag your rig.

What's Not

Breaking the Bank: The Rampage V Edition 10 is one of the most expensive X99 motherboards on the market. It might be the most expensive. The reason for the sky-high price of the Rampage V Edition 10 is the bundled SupremeFX HiFi.

If you already have a DAC: One major reason for the purchase of this motherboard is the DAC itself since it's one of the only ones that comes in a 5.25" bay. If you don't want this or have a better audio DAC, then the cost of this motherboard could be very prohibitive.

Lack of UEFI-Based RGB LED Control: There are settings in the UEFI to enable or disable the RGB LEDs, but I only saw precision RGB control through the AURA application. I should mention that after I had set the RGBs up through Windows, the settings stuck even outside of the OS.

Final Thoughts

The Rampage V Edition 10 is equipped with every high-end feature you could wish for; including fast 3x3 Wireless AC, more than enough USB 3.1, the ability to run four GPUs, M.2, and U.2 all at the same time. While there is a lot of switching going on, ASUS has done their due diligence with re-drivers to make sure signal integrity isn't affected. The only impactful mutually exclusive switching is going on between the PCI-E 4x slot and two internal USB 3.0 and two rear USB 3.1.

The audio from the external SupremeFX HiFi DAC is very good, and in my opinion, is worth it being bundled with this motherboard. While the original Rampage V Extreme/3.1 was bundled with the OC Panel II, you aren't losing that many features without it since ASUS has moved many of its unique features to the motherboard itself.

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I want to take a second and praise the way ASUS has executed RGB LEDs on this motherboard, well most of it at least. While I can still make out individual LEDs in the IO panel shield at full brightness, the glow from the center ROG heat sink, the PCH, the PCI-E locks, and the right side rear shield is simply glamorous. While the board costs and arm and a leg, it offers very premium internal and external features, elegant aesthetics, and top shelf component quality.

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Performance (including Overclocking)95%
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features98%
Bundle and Packaging95%
Value for Money90%
Overall Rating95%

The Bottom Line: ASUS's thorough attention to detail makes the Rampage V Edition 10 one of the best motherboards on the market. With an unexpectedly high number of innovative features, solid performance, and killer aesthetics, it's a motherboard that is sure to impress.

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Steven Bassiri

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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