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The Asus Rampage V Extreme is the company’s highest-end flagship motherboard for the high-end desktop segment. It features Intel X99 Express Chipset supporting Intel Haswell-E and other 22nm Intel processors designed for socket LGA-2011-3. This is the best and topmost motherboard that the company has to offer, not to mention quite expensive as well. This motherboard isn’t really geared towards gamers, but it is geared toward enthusiasts, extreme overclockers and system builders who are looking for a heavy duty motherboard. Are you on the market looking for the state-of-the-art motherboard loaded with tons of features that the currently technology has to offer? Check out our Asus Rampage V Extreme review below.

Asus Rampage V Extreme X99 Motherboard Review

Asus Rampage V Extreme Review

The Asus Rampage V Extreme motherboard is currently the company’s flagship motherboard for the high-end desktop category. It’s based on the Intel X99 Express chipset (launched last year) designed for 22nm Intel processor, Haswell-E and Xeon processors for Socket LGA2011-3. This motherboard is built for extreme overclockers and enthusiasts who are looking for a really robust and powerful motherboard that can push their components to their limits. It features Extreme Engine Digi+ IV and overclocking features such as: OC Socket, OC Panel, Safe Boot and ReTry buttons. It also features an OC Socket bundled with X-Socket II kit for LN2 cooling. The OC socket has more pins compared to the regular LGA2011-3 socket, which is supposed to help improve performance and stability when overclocking. It also features multiple sensors and Fan Xpert 3, making sure that your system stays cool and quite.

The Asus Rampage V Extreme is also loaded with lots of storage options. It has a surprising number of SATA III ports, it supports M.2 PCIE SSD and dual SATA Express connectivity. It fully supports various multiple-GPU configuration, up to 4-WAY SLI/CrossFire X in 16x/8x/8x/8x speeds. It doesn’t come short when it comes to network connectivity options, as it features both an Intel Gigabit Ethernet port (with LANGuard) and a 3T3R (3×3 dual band) 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity. Asus hasn’t forgotten the audio department as well. It features SupremeFX 2014 to deliver clean and great sound quality. Then it also has Sonic Radar II, GameFirst III, KeyBot, RAMDisk and more.

It’s truly a fully loaded motherboard and almost all (if not all) the features you are looking for can be found in the Rampage V Extreme. By the way, the unit that was loaned to us is the first version of the Rampage V Extreme. Asus later released an update bundle that comes with a USB3.1 add-in card. You can check out the rest of the specifications of the motherboard below. If you are done browsing, let’s proceed to the next page and take a closer look at the motherboard.

Asus Rampage V Extreme Specifications

ProcessorIntel® 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
ChipsetIntel® X99
Memory8 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 SupportSupports 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
Expansion Slots4 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (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) *2
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode) *3
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 *3
StorageNew 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
ASMedia® SATA Express controller : *6
1 x SATA Express port, red, compatible with 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
LANIntel® 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 NetworkWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
Up to 1300Mbps transfer speed
BluetoothBluetooth V4.0
AudioROG 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 PortsIntel® 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)
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller : *8
10 x USB 3.0 port(s) (10 at back panel, blue)
OC Panel2.6 " 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
ROG Exclusive FeaturesDirectCU 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 Features5-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
OS SupportWindows® 8.1 x86 / x64
Windows® 8 x86 / x64
Windows® 7 x86 / x64
Rear I/O Ports1 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 Ports2 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
AccessoriesUser'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)
BIOS2 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.
ManageabilityWfM2.0, DMI2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
Support DiscDrivers
ROG GameFirst III
ROG RAMDisk
ROG CPU-Z
ROG Mem TweakIt
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ASUS WebStorage
HomeCloud
ASUS Utilities
Form FactorExtended ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 10.7 inch ( 30.5 cm x 27.2 cm )
Note1. 28-LANE CPUs can only support up to 3-Way SLI™/ 3-Way CrossFireX™
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.
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.
6. These SATA ports share bandwidth with the PCIE_X4_1 slot, and when the PCIE_X4_1 slot is ocuupied, the SATA ports will be disabled. These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported.
7. 2 x USB2.0 port at mid-board shares with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port.
8. USB3_E910 ports at back panel will be disabled when the PCIE_X4_1 slot is occupied by an X4 bandwidth device.
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.

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Peter Paul
I love computers since I was a kid. I’m always fascinated with new technology, especially in the PC world. Many years ago, I was curious if the reviews I read were true and real. So, why not test them myself and share my first-hand experience? And thus, here we are. Thanks for reading!

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