The Republic of Gamers press conference at Computex this year was entirely devoted to the tenth anniversary of the ASUS ROG series. To celebrate the company brought a special edition of the Rampage V Extreme, namely the ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10. If that is the ultimate X99 motherboard?
We have to make any event a special appearance. All conceivable places the board include features RGB lighting: the audio, the I / O panel, chipset, power supply, the locks on the PCI-Express slots and even along the side of the board. Which works the same as for the Formula which we tested earlier. The already assembled and black finished I / O panel is in the works. That is, furthermore, provided with a covering.
For audio device even comes with a separate module, which you can place in a 5.25 “-bay. Then sit including a DAC and headphone amplifier. So you have in front of your PC direct access to the headphone jacks, but it should also benefit the quality of the sound.
At the time of writing you pay average – not scare – 618 euros for the Rampage V Edition 10. It is therefore not just the most expensive X99 board for consumers as ASRock Extreme11 is fifty euros more expensive. However, no one will be with us disagree that this is a significant sum of money for a motherboard.
The Rampage V Edition 10 are four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots. With a 40-lane CPU can all run in x8 mode and the first even in x16, with a 28-lane CPU you can use only three simultaneously. Furthermore, ASUS has a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 slot and made a x1 slot.
As storage is concerned, we naturally see the full ten SATA600 ports on the chipset. In addition, both M.2 present as U.2, which also share their bandwidth with the fourth PCI Express slot.
As with the Maximus Extreme VIII for the Z170 chipset ASUS to choose not less than four USB 3.1 ports, which uses two ASMedia controllers. A third chip that operates also adds additional USB 3.0 ports to the feature set.
In terms of networking, we not only meet twice gigabit ethernet to, powered by Intel chips, but also an extensive WiFi facility. On the Riviera Wave card is a Broadcom chip that uses three antennas and thus has a theoretical maximum speed of 1300 Mbit / s. The card does, of course, also be Bluetooth 4.0.
ASUS has said as much time invested in the audio device. On the board itself is a ALC1150, but if you are going to connect, you can place the included 5.25 “device with headphones. It is an ESS Sabre 9018M2M digital-to-analog converter, supported by capacitors from Nichicon and Wima, two LM4562 op-amps and a TPA6120 headphone amplifier. a de-poprelais ensures that you do not hear a thud on your speakers if your computer turns on or off.
Where in cheap motherboards still is sometimes cut back on the number fanconnectors, that is clearly not the case here. There are seven 4-pin connectors on site, all of which support PWM. Also, overclockers will enjoy, with an 8-phase power supply, voltage measurement points and dual BIOS functionality. Naturally, problem diagnosis and on-board buttons for power, reset and clear CMOS also present.
You get delivered a full package if you order Rampage V Edition 10. Besides the SupremeFX module and its wiring, there are still a lot of accessories in the box. Thus, ten SATA cables are included, but you also get a fan-extension card with three 4-pin connectors. 2-way, 3-way and 4-way SLI bridges are included. Finally, there are three temperature cables, a USB stick with all drivers and two ROG coasters at – a nice extra.
All motherboards with USB 3.1 have one thing in common: because the chipsets from Intel and AMD currently do not offer built-in support, they use additional controllers like the ASMedia chip on this board. The performance of the USB 3.1 ports may thus be different, depending on the implementation chosen. The motherboards from MSI score a lot less good, but this is partly because we enable the C-states. This reduces the idle power consumption, but also leads to poorer USB 3.1 performance, especially at MSI.
We tested the USB 3.1 ports with an external SSD enclosure from ASUS, which we used in our first encounter with the new protocol. There are two Samsung 840 Evo SSD 500GB, working in a RAID 0 configuration. It should be clear: the bottleneck will absolutely not lie with the storage device.
ASUS has traditionally been strong in these tests and Rampage V Edition 10 also scored well. At Z170 motherboards we sometimes see higher scores, but for the X99 platform, these results are very good.
We can say that ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 anniversary of its popular Republic of Gamers series honors. This new version of the Rampage V actually has everything you could wish for as a gamer or overclocker. Compared to the original Rampage V Extreme is a pity that the OC Panel is not supplied any longer. Many of the features offered that device, however, are now controlled from the board itself: for the overclocker is within reach.
Truly an audience we can not find this motherboard. Who looks at all the overclocking features, think this is the ultimate board for overclockers. Audiophiles will see more in the enlarged headphone unit is included, while those who a lot of lighting can appreciate his PC, can indulge in the extensive RGB capabilities. For each of these groups is that you are also a lot to get where you might not necessarily are interested in. You have to actually fall in all target groups mentioned above to go to this board.
Even at the cheapest store you pay no less than 599 euros for the Rampage V Edition 10. ASUS shows, however, see Rampage V Edition 10 which is capable of – you’ve won the jackpot and make the price you nothing, then the ASUS Rampage V Edition 10 the ultimate X99 motherboard of the moment.