ASUS X99 ROG Rampage V Extreme Review
Opening the box and taking out all of the goodies is as much fun as actually using the board itself. The Rampage V Extreme definitely has plenty of accessories and additional features beyond just having the motherboard. The box is a typical ROG number although the bands of red are more obviously delineated than other ROG models we've seen. it refreshes the packaging without losing the brand identity.
It's not a hard and fast rule, but a general rule of thumb is that you can tell the quality of the motherboard by the amount of metal in the IO shield. Higher-end motherboards have more holes and thus less metal. If this holds true, and we think it does, then the Rampage V Extreme definitely tops the range with so little metal as a dust barrier. How long before a company produce a plexi one with LEDs? We hinted. And if you do, can we have our 10%.
The WiFi adaptor supports the newest 5GHz 802.11AC, and ASUS claim to have improved this still further to bring up to 1300Mbps speeds. Even if it only matches the AC speeds it will be good.
Finally the OC Panel is supported either via the stand up pod we're all used to or a 5 1/4" bay, which definitely is the more attractive of the two options.