ASUS X99 Rampage V Edition 10 Motherboard Review
Model: X99 Rampage V Edition 10
UK Price: £516.17 @ Amazon UK (At time of review)
US Price: $599.00 @ Amazon US (At time of review)
Is the ASUS X99 Rampage V Edition 10 the best motherboard money can buy? The answer to that is simply yes! Of course, it all boils down to individual needs and what you want/expect for your money, but for around £500-520, you will be hard pushed to find a motherboard that offers so much. Yes the price is expensive, but you need to consider that the processors this motherboard supports cost more than that; would you buy a Ferrari engine and put it into a Vauxhall Corsa? Of course not!
Once you overlook the price, you can clearly see that ASUS haven’t only put the best they can into the motherboard, but they have done it so very well! The RGB lighting on the Rampage V Edition 10 is second to none and I will go out on a limb and say this is the best implementation of RGB into a motherboard there has been…ever! From the super high-end audio via the ESS ES9018K2M SABRE DAC all the way to the dual Intel I218-V LAN which is controlled by no less than the Intel I211-AT controller, you can start to appreciate the cost involved in producing and manufacturing this motherboard. If you strip them away, you can see where the money has been spent and why this board is simply amazing all-around.
Touching on the overclocking side, the X99 Rampage V Edition 10 really shows why it’s the 10th year anniversary Republic of Gamers motherboard; it is everything ROG has been built up to be. For 10 years, ROG has been at the forefront of overclocking and with all the features included such as the toggle switches to turn the memory DIMM slots on and off individually and the PCI-E x16 slots, it gives a varied approach to extreme overclocking. No longer do you need to constantly install and uninstall graphics cards or memory when using LN2 or DICE; you can simply turn off the slots you don’t require to save bandwidth on the CPU thus increasing performance all around. I would have liked to have seen the brilliant ROG panel, but I guess given the heavy feature set included, something had to make way. That being said, the ASUS UEFI BIOS isn’t just legendary, but it’s highly functional and clean to use. This makes overclocking through the BIOS incredibly less frustrating than some other boards we have seen in the past which lag; lag = LN2 being wasted.
Overall it’s easy to see why the ASUS X99 Rampage V Edition 10 is considered the best motherboard in the world today, but it’s also easy to see why people would go for a cheaper option such as the X99 STRIX Gaming board; strip all the included features off and you essentially have the STRIX model anyway. Even down to the 8pin 12v + extra 4pin 12v power adapters and memory support of up to 3333MHz quad channel (128GB). My thought process here is very simple, if you want the absolute best you can get and want your £1000+ processor to have a place to stretch its legs, then the Rampage V Edition 10 is the perfect companion.
Big thanks to ASUS for sending the X99 Rampage V Edition 10 & Intel Core i7 6950x in for us to take a look at!
+ A massive amount of features for ANY motherboard to have
+ RGB implementation is superb; certainly the best out there as of writing this!
+ Caters to the demands of users who demand the best from their hardware
+ High-performance audio thanks to the ESS ES9018K2M SABRE DAC
+ Support for both M.2 and U.2 storage devices (1 port each)
+ The USB ASUS provide pre-installed with drivers/utilities should be the industry standard
– Priced out of the reach of many, but X99 is an enthusiast level platform which has never been good value
– When a graphics card is installed into the top slot, access to the release clip is slightly obstructed
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