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ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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The Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard is the latest revision of ASUS' award winning Rampage V board, bring a new level of awesome of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) product line. The board features a fully enclosed rear panel, armor plating covering the lower half of the board back, upgraded audio components, and integrated RGB LEDs throughout the board's surface. The board supports all Intel LGA2011-3 based processors paired with DDR4 memory in up to a quad channel configuration via its Intel X99 chipset. The Rampage V Edition 10 comes with a hefty MSRP of $599.99, in-line with other high-end Intel X99-based offering but in the higher tier of components nonetheless.

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ASUS integrated the following features into the Rampage V Edition 10 board: 10 SATA 3 ports; one U.2 32Gbps port; one M.2 PCIe x4 capable port; dual GigE controllers - an Intel I218-V Gigabit NIC and an Intel I210 Gigabit NIC; 3x3 802.11ac WiFI adapter; four PCI-Express x16 slots; two PCI-Express x1 slots; on-board power, reset, MemOK!, Retry, BIOS Switch, Safe Boot, Clear CMOS, and USB BIOS Flashback buttons; Slow Mode and Multi GPU mode switches; PCIe and DIMM lane switch blocks; LN2 Mode jumper; Aura LED 12V power header; 2-digit Q-Code LED diagnostic display; ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel audio subsystem with SupremeFX Hi-Fi adapter; and USB 3.0 and 3.1 Type-A and Type-C port support. ASUS also included their Fan Extension controller card with the board.

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To better protect the critical components on the back of the board PCB, ASUS integrated an armored back plate covering the lower half of the PCB's back. the backplate covers the lower DIMM slot set traces and extends to cover the chipset area on teh left side of the board.

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The Rampage V Edition 10 features an eight phase digital power system, providing more than enough power to the CPU for whatever you choose to throw at it. The power delivery system itself consists of Infineon PowIRStage IR3555 MOSFETs, MicroFine alloy chokes, and 10k-rated Japanese-sourced black-metallic capacitors.

Continue reading our preview of the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard!

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For board aesthetic configurability, ASUS integrated RGB LEDs throughout the upper surface of the board, including into the chipset heat sink, the PCIe slots and armor overlay areas, the rear panel cover, and strips along the front edge of the board. These LEDs can be configured to display any color desired as well as operating in one of nine modes: Static, Breathing, Strobing, Color Cycle, Music Effect, CPU temperature, Rainbow, Comet, and Flash and Dash. LED operation can be easily configured using the LED settings located on the Onboard Device Configuration page under the Advanced tab in the UEFI or via the Windows-based AURA control applet.

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ASUS upped the ante with the audio subsystem integrated into the Rampage V Edition 10. They included the standard high-quality, gaming-centric audio components common to their SupremeFX audio line. In addition, they included a Hi-Fi audio panel that fits into one of you cases 5.25" device bays, offering easy access to volume and audio input/output ports.

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Technical Specifications (taken from the ASUS website)

CPU Intel® Socket 2011-v3 Core™ i7 X-Series Processors
Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 3.0

* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

Chipset Intel® X99
Memory 8 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4 3333(O.C.) / 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Quad Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

** Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.

Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™ Technology *1
Supports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology *1
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
Supports AMD 2-Way CrossFireX Technology

*1 28-LANE CPUs can only support up to 3-Way SLI™/ 3-Way CrossFireX™

Expansion Slots 4 x PCIe 3.0 / 2.0 x16 (x16, x16 / x16, x16 / x8 / x8, x16 / x8 / x8 / x8 or x8 / x8 / x8 / x8 mode with 40-LANE CPU; x16, x16 / x8 or x8 / x8 / x8 mode with 28-LANE CPU) *2
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 *3
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1

*2 The PCIEx8_4 slot shares bandwidth with M.2 and U.2.
*3 The PCIEx4_1 slot shares bandwidth with front USB3_34 ports and back USB3.1_EC1_EA2 ports. If a X2 device is connected to the PCIEx4_1 slot, the front USB3_34 ports will be disabled. If a X4 or higher device is connected to the PCIEx4_1 slot, both front USB3_34 and back USB3.1_EC1_EA2 ports will be disabled.

Storage New Intel® Core™ i7 X-Series Processors :
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2260 / 2280 / 22110 storage devices support ( Supports PCIE SSDs only)*4
1 x U.2 port, support PCIe 3.0 x4 NVM Express storage*4
*4 These ports share bandwidth with PCIEx8_4 slot.

Intel® X99 chipset :
10 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s),
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology*5
*5 These functions will work depending on the CPU installed.

LAN Intel® I218V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Intel® I211-AT, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Dual Gigabit LAN controllers- 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) appliance
Anti-surge LANGuard
ROG GameFirst Technology
Wireless Data Network Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
Support ASUS Wi-Fi Go! Utility
Up to 1300Mbps transfer speed
Bluetooth Bluetooth V4.0
Audio ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
- Audio amplifier: Provides the highest-quality sound for headphone and speakers
- Premium Japanese-made audio capacitors: Provide warm, natural and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
- Sonic Studio II
- Sonic Radar II
USB Ports Intel® X99 chipset : *3
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at mid-board)

Intel® X99 chipset : *6
6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)
*6 2 x USB2.0 port at mid-board shares with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port.

ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller :
2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, black, Type-C)

ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller : *3
2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, red, Type-A)

ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue)

*3 The PCIEx4_1 slot shares bandwidth with front USB3_34 ports and back USB3.1_EC1_EA2 ports. If a X2 device is connected to the PCIEx4_1 slot, the front USB3_34 ports will be disabled. If a X4 or higher device is connected to the PCIEx4_1 slot, both front USB3_34 and back USB3.1_EC1_EA2 ports will be disabled.

ROG Exclusive Features 1 x DRAM channel switch
ROG RAMCache
ROG Aura
- Aura Lighting Control
- Aura RGB Strip Headers
Extreme Engine Digi+ :
- IR3555 PoweIRstage®
- MicroFine Alloy Chokes
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
ROG Extreme OC kit :
- ReTry button
- Safe Boot button
- Start button
- Reset button
- Slow Mode
- LN2 Mode
- PCIe x16 Lane Switch
ProbeIt
KeyBot II
- One-click Overclocking
- X.M.P.
- DirectKey
- ClrCMOS
- Power On
UEFI BIOS features :
- O.C. Profile
- GPU.DIMM Post
- Tweakers' Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase
- Graphic Card Information Preview
ROG RAMDisk
Extreme Tweaker
Special Features 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
- 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Xpert 4, and Turbo Core App
ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
- Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- MemOK!
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger+
- Anti-Surge
- USB 3.1 Boost
Remote Entertainment
- Media Streamer
- HyStream
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Fan Xpert 4
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS
- ASUS EZ Flash 3
- ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
- Multi-language BIOS
- Push Notice
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector
Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Turbo App
Operating System Support Windows® 10, 64bit
Windows® 8.1, 32bit / 64bit
Windows® 7, 32bit / 64bit
Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
2 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.1 (black)Type-C
2 x USB 3.1 (red)Type-A
4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
2 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
3 x Wi-Fi antenna port(s)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
Internal I/O Ports 1 x Aura RGB Strip Header
2 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2260/2280/22110 storage devices support ( Support PCIE SSD only)
1 x TPM header
10 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x Power Fan connector(s)
1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x SLI/CFX switch (2/3-WAY adjustments)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x MemOK! button(s)
1 x Slow Mode switch(es)
9 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x EZ Plug connector(s) (4-pin Molex power connector)
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x BIOS Switch button(s)
1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
1 x Water Pump header (4-pin)
1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
1 x Safe Boot button
1 x ReTry button
1 x U.2 connector
1 x System panel connector
1 x DRAM channel switch
1 x PCIe x16 lane switch
Accessories User's manual
SupremeFX Hi-Fi Kit:
- 1 x SupremeFX Hi-Fi
- 1 x SupremeFX Hi-Fi cable
1 x 2-Way SLI bridge(s)
10 x SATA power cable
1 x M.2 Screw Package
2 x CPU installation tool
1 x ASUS 3T3R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
1 x Fan Extension Card (3 x 4-pin fan out)
1 x Fan Extension card screw pack
1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
1 x 4-Way SLI bridge(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (1 in 1)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
ROG Fan Label
1 x 5-pin to 5-pin cable
1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
3 x Thermistor cable(s)
1 x USB drive with utilities and drivers
1 x I/O frame
2 x ROG coasters
BIOS 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
Manageability WfM 2.0, WOL by PME, PXE
Form Factor Extended ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 10.7 inch ( 30.5 cm x 27.2 cm )

September 26, 2016 | 03:47 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The Spec sheet indicates Z170 chipset. I believe this is for the wrong board.

September 26, 2016 | 03:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Now it shows X99 chipset. Go figure???

September 27, 2016 | 09:04 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Yeah, fixed it quick.  A case of mixed up tables....

September 27, 2016 | 12:28 PM - Posted by RazrLeaf

Also, on page 2:
"The Intel Z170 chipset is cooled by a low-profile black heat sink..."

The NH-D15 really looks like it's touching the GPU in the first PCIe slot in the cooler fit test. Is it just too close for the gap to show in the photo?

Detailed and thorough review. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll ever be able to justify a ~$600 motherboard.

September 28, 2016 | 10:22 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Thanks for the heads up on page 2, fixed.

As for the cooler to GPU proximity, its a trick of the shadows.  There is a bit of a gap in between it and the card back.  However, in that type of config, you'd be a fool not to run with a backplate on your video card...

September 27, 2016 | 12:17 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

What this MB needs is glasspacks

October 25, 2016 | 09:33 PM - Posted by Romey Moore (not verified)

Would you say this review suited Pro rampage V ED10 vs other x99 2011 boards, vs z170 boards or it stands on its own. Asking because the charts seem to say this board is very much in line with the performance of other good to better x99 boards. What features make this board a gold award winner? thx.

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