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Pros: I'm being generous with 4 eggs, but the hardware is just so good that I can't go down to 3, so here we are.
The board is exceptionally well-built. There's a reason I default to ASUS every time. It looks fantastic, too. I particularly like the heatsink extension around the I/O area. Knowing ASUS, there's probably a thin sheet of lead for EMI shielding or something in there too...
I'm going to criticize the board for this in the Cons section, but the flexibility offered by the UEFI is certainly impressive, and the little things like the list of changes you've made when saving BIOS settings are really cool.
Cons: The board is marketed for gamers, very clearly. If the G in ROG didn't make that obvious, the disgusting "Game On You Shall Not Pass" doorknob hanger thing will. That being said, the board is actually built for tweakers and extreme overclockers.
If this thing was a car, it would be a beast of a car, but only after all the tweaking is finished, and would drive like a three-legged pig until then. It wouldn't be the car I'd send my mother grocery shopping in.
The endless UEFI options are nice but to an extent, there may be too much going on. I picked this board because I wanted a board to make the most of a set of high-performance components working very hard 24/7, 2- or 3- way GPU expandability for (hopefully not too far into) the future, and waterblocks for aesthetics and active VRM cooling.
I would have preferred a more simplified experience. I can't quite pin down exactly what I didn't like, but I can say I wasn't completely satisfied at the end. The EZ mode on the UEFI isn't so much an Easy Mode as it is a summary page, so if you want to make any relevant changes you're forced to sift through a lot to go find what you're looking for.
My recommendation to ASUS would be to pre-populate the favourites page with the most basic set of options like Core Ratio and Voltage; Cache Ratio and Voltage; System Agent Voltage; DRAM Voltage, Frequency and Primary Timings; BCLK and Strap.
Other Thoughts: I don't want to come off as criticizing the board for being complicated because it IS meant for tweakers. It has a tough role, being the flagship of a brand-new platform and that's probably the reason for some of the bits I'm not so pleased with.
I'm happy with the motherboard, just not blown away, hence 4/5. If you're reading this because you're maybe interested in buying it, do yourself a favour and buy it.
The board thinks very highly of itself which is part of why I'm nitpicky. I've heard a lot of things like "It Has Balls" and "It's always the first to implement new features" but it makes an exception for the brand new M.2 form factor for SSD's. There are PCI-E based M.2 SSD's and SATA based M.2 SSD's. The Rampage V Extreme does NOT support SATA based M.2 SSD's.
There is nowhere near enough information about that so I'm saying it here: Quadruple-check that your new M.2 SSD is PCI-E based. I made that $150 mistake. After talking with an ASUS representative in an online tech community, I understand why there isn't support for the SATA variety; the SATA III interface is already saturated whereas the PCI-E interface is only getting started.
The SATA variety only exists because it doesn't slurp up PCI-E lanes which would be a problem if you want to use 4 GPU's. In keeping with the extreme performance mantra, the RVE only supports the faster PCI-E variety of M.2 drives. If you want to use the fourth PCI-E slot for a GPU, be advised that you can't use the M.2 slot because it shares PCI-E lanes with the fourth slot. You'll be forced to use the SATA slots for your drives.
Rampage V Extreme
i7-5930K @ 4.5 GHz Core (less than 1.3 V) and 4.5 GHz Cache (1.35V)
4 x 4GB G.Skill DDR4-3000 15-15-15-35.
Pros: Intel continues to make a good product. They have a solid lead on AMD but they still remember being in second place, and they don't look like they're going back there any time soon.
I give a solid 4 eggs. I would give 4.5 if that was possible. I don't really have any complains but I tend to leave 5 stars to the really exceptional products. I want at least one Wow moment for a 5-egg review and I didn't get one here.
An almost affordable true six-core which one can reasonably expect to bring to 4.5 GHz is good. A large and overclockable cache is pretty neat.
The question of this product's value over the 5820K is a good one. They're both six-core this time, but the 5820K loses you some PCI-E lanes and this part will be overall a more highly binned CPU, so my tendency is to say that it's worth the extra cost.
Cons: I would like to see these components come with a stock heatsink. It doesn't have to be anything spectacular. It can even come with a strong recommendation to get an aftermarket cooler. If it's going to increase the price for the consumer, then forget it, but depending on what the aftermarket cooler is or if a person gets their cooler around the same time as the rest of their computer, they might be unable to test their components.
I was fortunate enough to find a spare cooler that I kept the LGA 2011 mounting hardware for, but some may not be so lucky. Plan accordingly. This is of particular importance to anyone going custom watercooling.
Other Thoughts: Expect six powerful cores to generate a lot of heat. Most CPUs should be able to hit ~4.5 GHz easily enough provided good cooling. With mid-range air, not a chance.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fantastic power supply. If its connections and power are sufficient for you, look no further. I believe this item is being discontinued by Newegg but if you happen to be buying this from somewhere else, or its successor from Newegg, you're in for a good PSU.
A lot of power supplies these days have fans that are controlled by the loading condition, or better yet, the thermal condition. My Corsair PSU is definitely load-based and no amount of raising the case or adding an extra intake/exhaust fan is going to reduce the spin, even if the PSU is nowhere near overheating.
I believe this PSU is heat-based. I have it in a very circulated area and the room it is in is quite cool. With my overclocked i7-5930K and overclocked GPU (an old 660 Ti for the time being) both at 100% load, the PSU fan does not even spin.
300W for the computer at 75% efficiency means 400W from the wall, and 100W of waste is not only expensive, but it requires active cooling. At 85% efficiency, it's only 50W, which does not require active cooling.
Cables are sturdy and plenty long enough. PSU is nice and heavy, small and looks good.
Cons: Nothing at all.READ FULL REVIEW
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