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ASUS Rampage V Extreme Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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The Rampage V Extreme is ASUS' premier product for their ROG (Republic of Gamers) line of Intel X99-based motherboards. The board offers support for all Intel LGA2011-3 based processors paired with DDR4 memory operating in up to a quad channel configuration. Given the feature-packed nature and premium ROG board-branding, the board's $499.99 MSRP does not come at that much of a surprise.

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ASUS designed the Rampage V Extreme to handle anything an enthusiast could throw its way, integrating an 8-phase digital power system into is Extreme Engine Digi+ IV to power the board. Extreme Engine Digi+ IV combines ASUS' custom designed Digi+ EPU chipset, IR (International Rectifier) PowIRStage MOSFETs, MicroFine Alloy chokes, and 10k Black Metallic capacitors for unrivaled power delivery capabilities. ASUS also bundles their OC Panel device for on-the-fly overclocking and board monitoring, as well as SupremeFX 2014 audio solution for flawless audio.

Continue reading our review of the ASUS Rampage V Extreme motherboard!

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ASUS integrated the following features into the Rampage V Extreme board: eight SATA 3 ports; two SATA-Express ports; one M.2 PCIe x4 capable port; Intel I218-V Gigabit NIC; 3x3 capable 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ports; five PCI-Express x16 slot; one PCI-Express x1 slot; 2-digit diagnostic LED display; on-board power, reset, CMOS clear, BIOS Switch, ReTry, Safe Boot, Keybot, MemOK!, BIOS Flashback, ROG Connect, LN2 Mode, and SoundStage buttons; PCIe x16 Lane and Slow Mode switches; Probelt voltage measurement points; OC Panel support; OC Panel device; SupremeFX 2014 audio solution; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support.

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Technical Specifications (taken from the ASUS website)

CPU Intel® Socket 2011-v3 Core™ i7 Processors
Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

Chipset Intel® X99
Memory 8 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3300(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Quad Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

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

Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™ Technology *1
Supports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
Supports AMD 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 *2
x16, x16 / x16, x16 / x8 / x8, or x16 / x8 / x8 / x8 mode with 40-LANE CPU
x16, x16 / x8, x8 / x8 / x8 mode with 28-LANE CPU
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode) *3
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 *3

2. The PCIE_X8_4 slot shares bandwidth with M.2 x 4.
40-LANE CPU: The PCIeX8_4 slot can only be used in x4 mode or lower when used simultaneously with the M.2 connector. If x8 mode is used, the two connectors will be mutually exclusive.
28-LANE CPU: The PCIE_X8_4 slot will be disabled and the M.2 connector will always be enabled.
3. The PCIE_X4_1 (gray) slot shares bandwidth with the PCIE_X1_1 slot, USB3_E910 and SATAExpress_E1 connector. When the PCIE_X4_1 slot is occupied by an X1 or X2 device, the SATAEXPRESS_E1 will be disabled. When the PCIE_X4_1 slot is occupied by X4 device, the SATAEXPRESS_E1, USB3_E910 ports, and the PCIE_X1_1 slot will be disabled.

Storage New Intel® Core™ i7 Processors :
1 x M.2 Socket 3, gray, , with M Key, type 2260/2280/22110 storage devices support ( Supports PCIE SSDs only)

Intel® X99 chipset :
1 x SATA Express port, red, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
8 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red, *4, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Recovery Technology*5
4. Due to chipset behavior, the SATA6G_78, SATA6G_910 ports do not support IRST including RAID configuration.
5. These functions will work depending on the CPU installed.

ASMedia® SATA Express controller : *6
1 x SATA Express port, red, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
6. These SATA ports share bandwidth with the PCIE_X4_1 slot, and when the PCIE_X4_1 slot is occupied, the SATA ports will be disabled. These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported.

LAN Intel® I218V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s), featuring GAMEFIRST III
Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Anti-surge LANGuard
Wireless Data Network Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
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
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
- ELNA® premium audio capacitors
Audio Feature :
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
- Sonic SoundStage
- Sonic SenseAmp
- Sonic Studio
- Sonic Radar II
USB Ports Intel® X99 chipset :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at mid-board)

Intel® X99 chipset : *7
6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)
7. 2 x USB2.0 port at mid-board shares with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port.

ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : *8
10 x USB 3.0 port(s) (10 at back panel, blue)
8. USB3_E910 ports at back panel will be disabled when the PCIE_X4_1 slot is occupied by an X4 bandwidth device.

OC Panel 2.6 " LCM display
EXTREME/NORMAL mode switch
EXTREME Mode for subzero OC benching:*9
- VGA Hotwire
- Subzero Sense
- Slow Mode
- Pause Switch
- VGA SMB header
- ProbeIt
- 4 x 4-pin extra fan connectors
NORMAL Mode for in-chassis usage:*10
- CPU Level Up OC button
- FanSpeed control button
- LCM backlight on/off button
I/O Ports:
- POWER:1 x SATA power connector
- ROG_EXT port:1 x 18-1 pin data connection port

9. Extreme Mode capabilities, including V1, V2, DRAM and other voltage definitions, vary by chipset. Please refer to your motherboard manual for details.
10. One 5.25" drive bay is required for NORMAL Mode installation.

ROG Exclusive Features DirectCU thermal design
ROG Connect :
- RC Diagram
- RC Remote
- RC Poster
Extreme Engine Digi+ IV :
- 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
- Debug LED
ProbeIt
KeyBot
- CPU Level Up
- XMP
- Direct Key
UEFI BIOS features :
- ROG BIOS Print
- GPU.DIMM Post
- Tweakers' Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase
- Graphic Card Information Preview
ROG RAMDisk
GameFirst III
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
USB BIOS Flashback
Overclocking Protection :
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- Voltiminder LED II
Special Features 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
- 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
Gamer's Guardian:
- ESD Guards on LAN, Audio, KBMS and USB3.0/2.0 ports
- DRAM Overcurrent Protection
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
- Stainless Steel Back I/O
ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
- Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer
- Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote app for portable smartphone/tablet, supporting iOS 7 & Android 4.0 systems
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- MemOK!
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger+
- USB Charger+
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Disk Unlocker
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- Push Notice
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector
Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Media Streamer
Turbo App
Fan Xpert 3
Operating System Support Windows® 8.1 x86 / x64
Windows® 8 x86 / x64
Windows® 7 x86 / x64
Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
10 x USB 3.0 (blue)
2 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to ROG Connect)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.0
Internal I/O Ports 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)
2 x SATA Express connector: red, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 for M Key, type 2260/2280/22110 storage devices support ( Support PCIE SSD only)
1 x TPM header
8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
6 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (6 x 4 -pin)
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 Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
1 x MemOK! button(s)
1 x Slow Mode switch(es)
9 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 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 LN2 Mode jumper(s)
1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
1 x KeyBot Button
1 x Sonic SoundStage Button
1 x Safe Boot button
1 x ReTry button
Accessories User's manual
I/O Shield
10 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x ASUS 3T3R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
1 x 4-Way SLI bridge(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x CrossFire cable(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
3 x Thermal sensor cable pack(s)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
1 x X-Socket 2 kit
1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)
OC Panel Kit:
- 1 x OC Panel(s)
- 1 x OC Panel 5.25-inch bay metal case
- 1 x OC Panel Cable(s)
- 1 x OC Panel screw pack(s)
BIOS 2 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.8, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
Manageability WfM2.0, DMI2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
Support Disc Drivers
ROG GameFirst III
ROG RAMDisk
ROG CPU-Z
ROG Mem TweakIt
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ASUS WebStorage
HomeCloud
ASUS Utilities
Form Factor Extended ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 10.7 inch ( 30.5 cm x 27.2 cm )

 

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January 19, 2015 | 11:04 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You appear to have "Courtesy of Gigabyte" dotted around on this article; perhaps you mean "Courtesy of Asus"

January 19, 2015 | 02:37 PM - Posted by Rustknuckle (not verified)

You know its Morry that has written this right? We all love him and his work, but he is quite like that grandparent we all have that sometimes puts their shoe in the oven and the milk in the washer.

January 20, 2015 | 11:08 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Thanks for the heads up, its fixed now...

February 5, 2015 | 01:04 AM - Posted by Earnest Bunbury

Morry! You magnificent bastard, I read your article! ~ Derivative quote taken from "Patton" starring Geo. C Scott. ;-)

January 19, 2015 | 01:39 PM - Posted by Mnemonicman

Looks like a good board. Especially now that EK posted a picture of a full coverage monoblock for the Rampage V. Might look into it for an upgrade from an X79 Sabertooth.

Anyone by any chance have an idea why the 2nd card in a crossfire setup would stop being detected in windows after installing Gskill 3333MHz ram?

January 21, 2015 | 09:55 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

it *might* be a PCIe voltage issue.  Try bumping up your chipset related voltages a bit and see if that helps.  What speed are you attempting to run the memory at?  Could also be that that board cannot maintain stability at spec'd memory speeds with the new DIMMs

January 21, 2015 | 12:13 PM - Posted by Mnemonicman

It was a client's PC so I don't have it available anymore. The ram in question had an XMP profile of 3333MHz 1.35V CL16-16-16-36. Wouldn't always boot at 3333MHz. 3200MHz would work so it was set to that. But I hadn't thought to check the PCI-E voltage. If I come across the board again I'll definitely look into that.

The guy was dead set on returning the PC anyways and brought it to me to see if I could get it going. I think the board was just set on making a fool of me.

February 5, 2015 | 01:06 AM - Posted by Earnest Bunbury

Better that board than any of us! :-)

January 21, 2015 | 10:33 PM - Posted by Jeff Armstrong (not verified)

Weird, you list "weakness" as lacking a clear CMOS jumper, but it has a clear CMOS button on the back panel. See your own photo:
http://www.pcper.com/image/view/51285?return=node%2F62100

Lower left corner just above the ROG connect/USB BIOS Flashback button. It is labeled CLR CMOS

January 22, 2015 | 11:04 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

clear CMOS button and clear CMOS jumper are different.  Jumper can be used to clear all BIOS settings in conjuction with removing the CMOS battery reliably.  CMOS button is not as reliable at doing this in practice.  The jumper just gives a bit more control over the operation...

January 22, 2015 | 09:02 PM - Posted by Jeff Armstrong (not verified)

I have this board and the clear CMOS button does exactly as the clear CMOS jumper does on all the other boards I own. It clears the CMOS and resets to default values.

A jumper is nothing more than two pins that when jumpered shorts a circuit, this is what clears the CMOS, it shorts the power to ground.

If you like you can put a DVM on it and test it yourself. They are indeed on in the same.

January 22, 2015 | 09:02 PM - Posted by Jeff Armstrong (not verified)

I have this board and the clear CMOS button does exactly as the clear CMOS jumper does on all the other boards I own. It clears the CMOS and resets to default values.

A jumper is nothing more than two pins that when jumpered shorts a circuit, this is what clears the CMOS, it shorts the power to ground.

If you like you can put a DVM on it and test it yourself. They are indeed on in the same.

January 22, 2015 | 01:26 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Noctua NH-D15 cooler seems to be very close to the graphics card PCB. What non-conductive material would you use inbetween? Or, in your experience, does it even matter?

January 22, 2015 | 04:48 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

If you're concerned when using a cooler like that, you could use one of the following (most of which I have used in my many liquid cooled and force-refrigeration-cooled systems):

- duct-tape

- neoprene pad (thin with adhesive on one side)

- conformal coating -> have to be careful with this, not to get any on conductive surfaces as it will insulate them very well

- backplate for the video card

January 23, 2015 | 07:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Thank you so much for the reply

I'll definitely go with the Neoprene pad and GPU backplate solutions

I always wanted a 140mm kinda Noctua CPU cooler because I simply don't trust even the 1 in a million chance that there'd be a leakage from CPU water cooling, and that that would be my CPU water cooler purchase

January 26, 2015 | 06:20 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Will be this mobo compatible with the next 2016-2017 HMC as replacement for DDR memories ? THKS

January 26, 2015 | 10:27 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

unknown, but unlikely based on previous Intel release cycles...

February 22, 2015 | 02:50 PM - Posted by DarkMan (not verified)

I own this mobo an its been nothing but a nightmare for me. It resets on its own. Locks up. BSOD I have changed power supplies done everything I can think of best advise stay away.

March 21, 2015 | 05:03 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

please dont tell ppl to stay away from a board that i have and totally love, you just had a bad board which can happen with any board out there, so no dont stay away from thus board as a novice ocer this board is a beauty.

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