ASUS X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme Review

Introduction

We're not sure if it's a deliberate ploy by ASUS to only use the Rampage brand for the very top of the line Intel products, or whether Intel have been refreshing their 'second in line' products way too often, or perhaps even a combination of the two, but three years ago the Rampage IV and Maximus IV were released. The Maximus is now up to the Maximus VII, and we've only just got our hands on the Rampage V. 

But having seen how incredible the performance of the new Haswell E Intel Core i7-5960X is, it seems fitting that we have a new flagship ASUS Republic of Gamers motherboard to go alongside it. Bringing all the latest revisions and tools to the party, this is going to be a long one.

So you, dear reader, know exactly what to expect, and we have much to do, so let us dispense with the preamble and get down to the nitty gritty of the ASUS X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme.

Technical Specifications

If you've read our Intel Core i7-5960X review you'll know many of the new elements to the X99 chipset, but for any newcomers we'll go over them again. 

It starts with the LGA2011v3 socket, although quite what happened to the v2 will remain a mystery. On the ASUS motherboards this is actually a LGA2011v3 OC socket, as ASUS have a few, patented, tricks up their sleeve we'll get to shortly. After that there is finally support for DDR4 memory, which we saw on the Intel review doubled the bandwidth of the standard Z97 Haswell motherboards. 

ASUS themselves have gone all out too, with 12 SATA 6Gb/s ports - or eight if you wish to utilise SATA Express - an M2 socket, 14 USB 3.0 ports for all of your current peripherals and smart devices, 5GHz WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, the excellent Intel I218-V LAN and their own SupremeFX 2014. It's a monster set of features that truly indicates where the Rampage V Extreme is in the ASUS pecking order. We'll give you a clue, it's right at the top.

Should you doubt how much time has passed between the release of the still excellent Rampage IV Extreme, and today's Rampage V Extreme, then this handy table on the right gives the clearest demonstration. The Rampage V makes the IV look like a pauper.

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29-08-2014, 11:56:52

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...122852962l.jpg

With a new flagship chipset we get a new flagship ASUS motherboard. Welcome to the OC3D Rampage V Extreme review.


ASUS X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme Review

29-08-2014, 13:06:16

overclocker
What is the latency when overclocked in AIDA?

29-08-2014, 15:48:42

Kibeloko
Great review as always, what a wonderful motherboard. I'm a proud Rampage Extremer.

Quote:
"EPIC!" - Tom, 2014

29-08-2014, 18:23:56

Lonestar166
Tommy Tommy Tommy, if you were here and now, I would kiss you.
Thank you for this review, this is what I have been waiting for. And I assure you, the wait was worth it. From across the pond, and from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

30-08-2014, 02:05:27

lol
I wonder what the motherboard heatsink mounting holes are like for this one compared to other asus X99 motherboards. Wouldn't it be nice and convenient if it turns out they are in the same places meaning you could use something like say a motherboard/cpu combo waterblock that is made for the R5E on all asus X99 motherboards.

If only someone could check to confirm and perhaps even make a video on it?

30-08-2014, 07:21:54

MiNo
Strange: If you fancy a SLI setup - and would like full bandwith to both your cards (PEIe 3.0 x16) - then you are left with zero PCIe slots.

As I understand it, we are on the verge of seeing lots PCie connected storage as new standards have been finalized (NVMe). These require PCIe 3.0 x4 interfaces and that will not be possible on this board if you run SLI.

I doubt storage on the M2 interface will work for desktop users. Firstly, is was designed for laptops/tables in mind - and it does not seem line more than one connector is available on the boards who does have this interface.

So what we we supposed to use, if the SATA 3.0 max of 600 MB/Sec is not enough. PICe storage - that is what.

30-08-2014, 16:23:35

Bartacus
I made it to the end, so where's my cookie?!?! Great video for such a short time frame Tom, but you missed a lot of slides in several places (the long stretch from 22 minutes to 24 minutes was most noticeable). Not a complaint Guv, just a heads up. Great work as usual, especially considering the sleep deprivation you had to endure for it.

30-08-2014, 17:01:14

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by MiNo View Post
Strange: If you fancy a SLI setup - and would like full bandwith to both your cards (PEIe 3.0 x16) - then you are left with zero PCIe slots.

As I understand it, we are on the verge of seeing lots PCie connected storage as new standards have been finalized (NVMe). These require PCIe 3.0 x4 interfaces and that will not be possible on this board if you run SLI.

I doubt storage on the M2 interface will work for desktop users. Firstly, is was designed for laptops/tables in mind - and it does not seem line more than one connector is available on the boards who does have this interface.

So what we we supposed to use, if the SATA 3.0 max of 600 MB/Sec is not enough. PICe storage - that is what.
Good thing PCIe 3.0 x4 interfaces don't exist yet. Only in 2.0. Sata Express is enough for the time being. NVMe won't come out for probably a couple years or more. Standards being finalized is a long way off from designing/manufacturing/testing/back to design/etc..

30-08-2014, 18:53:53

MiNo
Funny you should say that, as I was reading up on Intel Solid-State Drive DC P3500 Series earlier today!

Granted, they are aimed at Data centers, but ofter we see that kinds of tech for desktops soon after. It mentions use of PCIe Gen3 X4 (so what is that, if it does not exist?) and also the new Non-Volatile Memory Express* (NVMe*) storage interface standard.

Check it out at http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/...-for-pcie.html

31-08-2014, 01:45:45

Xrqute
Shut up and take my money!

31-08-2014, 03:58:14

Kaapstad
Quote:
Originally Posted by MiNo View Post
Funny you should say that, as I was reading up on Intel Solid-State Drive DC P3500 Series earlier today!

Granted, they are aimed at Data centers, but ofter we see that kinds of tech for desktops soon after. It mentions use of PCIe Gen3 X4 (so what is that, if it does not exist?) and also the new Non-Volatile Memory Express* (NVMe*) storage interface standard.

Check it out at http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/...-for-pcie.html
This may sound a bit odd but if you used one in your PC you may think it is a bit slow.

They fit in the PCI-E slots but the problem is they have to initialise when booting just like any other card and so take much longer than a normal SSD to get to the desktop.

Once up and running they absolutely fly but for normal use you don't notice the extra speed.

I use RevoDrives (a similar sort of drive) in a couple of my older PCs but these days I prefer to use normal SSDs.

31-08-2014, 12:58:30

MiNo
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kaapstad View Post
This may sound a bit odd but if you used one in your PC you may think it is a bit slow.

They fit in the PCI-E slots but the problem is they have to initialise when booting just like any other card and so take much longer than a normal SSD to get to the desktop.

Once up and running they absolutely fly but for normal use you don't notice the extra speed.

I use RevoDrives (a similar sort of drive) in a couple of my older PCs but these days I prefer to use normal SSDs.
With UEFI BIOS, there really should be no delay (or at least no good reason) as all cards initialize at the same time.

What I'm looking for, is a way to bypass any remnants from the days of mechanical harddrives - and as I understand today SSD's and the controllers, then we're still emulating these old spinning drives. On top of that, the interface used cannot keep up with the drives.

I know there is the M2, and especially the Pro variant, it just seems like a really bad solution if you look beyond one drive.

31-08-2014, 17:20:06

Kaapstad
Quote:
Originally Posted by MiNo View Post
With UEFI BIOS, there really should be no delay (or at least no good reason) as all cards initialize at the same time.

What I'm looking for, is a way to bypass any remnants from the days of mechanical harddrives - and as I understand today SSD's and the controllers, then we're still emulating these old spinning drives. On top of that, the interface used cannot keep up with the drives.

I know there is the M2, and especially the Pro variant, it just seems like a really bad solution if you look beyond one drive.
Proper SSDs are still faster than card drives if you are booting off of them.

31-08-2014, 21:14:53

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by Kaapstad View Post
Proper SSDs are still faster than card drives if you are booting off of them.
Are you going to get a 5960X ?

Would yield some nice performance for your tripple Titans and 290X's

01-09-2014, 01:15:12

eljohnsy
yeah, seems like it'will more hardcore than Rampage 4 B.E

01-09-2014, 02:07:13

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Are you going to get a 5960X ?

Would yield some nice performance for your tripple Titans and 290X's
Well thats a dumb question.. we all already know he's gotten another 5 coming and threw the previous batch away because they weren't fast enough. I mean honestly get with the times Dice

In all seriousness.. how many have you already bought? lol

01-09-2014, 03:45:08

Xrqute
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Well thats a dumb question.. we all already know he's gotten another 5 coming and threw the previous batch away because they weren't fast enough. I mean honestly get with the times Dice

In all seriousness.. how many have you already bought? lol
he said earlier in another thread that he isn't going X99 till after Xmas i think....

01-09-2014, 05:51:13

Dicehunter
Myself I shall stick to the "Z" platform for the foreseeable future, I never have more than 1 GPU and I don't need a gazillion gigs of ram

01-09-2014, 06:01:04

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Myself I shall stick to the "Z" platform for the foreseeable future, I never have more than 1 GPU and I don't need a gazillion gigs of ram
Its not about the amount - its about dat bandwiffff

01-09-2014, 06:03:45

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Its not about the amount - its about dat bandwiffff
I know but if I went the X99 route I would have to get the 5960X *Yes HAVE to*

And then I would want to get 32GB of 3000MHZ ram for the luscious bandwidth and I would end up going broke for a month haha

Ergo why I stick to the "Z" platform

Maybe X109, I'll see how the land lies with the next "Z" iteration

Plus as others have said games *which is what I mainly do on my rig* don't really make use of HOOGE amounts of bandwidth, There was a test done on I think it was Jazy2cents on YouTube and the difference between 1600 and 2900 was 1 fps.

01-09-2014, 09:21:42

Vicey
The Rampage IV Extreme is the best motherboard I've ever owned. I've used it since March 2012 and the amount of support Asus has given this board since its release has been far and above expectation. They have released 1 to 2 BIOS updates every month since it came out and have completely redesigned the EFI interface on it midway through its life span.

The Rampage V Extreme looks to be a worthy successor from my point of view. The EFI is even more improved, the overall aesthetic of the board has been improved. They removed the useless chipset fan that the RIVE had and gave us three band AC Wifi built in. That's incredible.

I think if I was building a new system today I'd buy this board. I know a lot of people when buying motherboards don't consider the after sales support or the EFI but I've used three LGA 2011 boards by three different manufacturers (Asus, Asrock and MSI) and in my opinion Asus is in a league of their own when it comes to just that one aspect and it really makes a big difference to your experience using the product and lets be honest when all these boards are sat side by side the features are 95% identical so great software and non-standard extras like AC WiFi start to stand out more.

Great review

01-09-2014, 11:47:36

Xrqute

01-09-2014, 11:53:16

RizeAllard
Nice performace, with full of extras. I need to see how the others compette before chose.

It would be good to see how it performs with 5930X

01-09-2014, 17:44:53

RamboOC
awesome video review

01-09-2014, 20:28:03

Kong
Any word yet if there may be a possibility of unlocking the extra cores?

01-09-2014, 20:36:24

Wraithguard
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kong View Post
Any word yet if there may be a possibility of unlocking the extra cores?
Is that even still a thing... I know it was a possibility in the old Phenom/Athlon days.. but chips these days are fused off at a hardware level.

01-09-2014, 20:38:24

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
Is that even still a thing... I know it was a possibility in the old Phenom/Athlon days.. but chips these days are fused off at a hardware level.
Imagine being able to unlock the 4 extra cores and it be fully stable ? That would be immense

01-09-2014, 20:42:42

Wraithguard
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Imagine being able to unlock the 4 extra cores and it be fully stable ? That would be immense
It'd be a nice surprise and added bonus, but like TTL said in the "4 brew & a packet of hobnobs" video they were speed binning a lot so I'd say from that, that there fused cores. It'd be awesome if they aren't, and just the nudge AMD needs to do it again.

01-09-2014, 23:31:28

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraithguard View Post
It'd be a nice surprise and added bonus, but like TTL said in the "4 brew & a packet of hobnobs" video they were speed binning a lot so I'd say from that, that there fused cores. It'd be awesome if they aren't, and just the nudge AMD needs to do it again.
No AMD should not do that.. one the marketing team would screw it up and two with the amount of heat they put off with 8 cores i wouldn't want to deal with 12

02-09-2014, 02:13:04

Kaapstad
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xrqute View Post
We really need to see W/Rs done with a 5930k as this will be 6 core performance and show how much better the new platform is compared to the old.

You could beat a lot of the records above if you were crazy enough to use a multi CPU Xeon setup to whack up the Physics scores.

02-09-2014, 18:24:44

Bartacus
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
No AMD should not do that.. one the marketing team would screw it up and two with the amount of heat they put off with 8 cores i wouldn't want to deal with 12
They've have to come up with a CPU cooler that could double as an egg McMuffin maker of some kind!
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