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Pros: Tons of fan headers
2 usb 3.0 headers
IO Shroud pre-installed
Amplified Front headphone unit
Huge Improvement over last RoG board I purchased
Bios with tons of features
Built in WiFi and Bluetooth
2 gig lan ports
128 gig memory support!
Realtek has improved.
Cons: Overly complicated bios
Amplified front headphone unit uses USB 2.0 header
Not enough USB 2.0 headers
Poor design in pci slot placement particularly on PCI 1
USB driver stick was blank
PCI locks are cheap, gimmicky and easily damaged.
Price. The most expensive board I have ever purchased!
XmP profile 2 not available on my G.Skill memory despite it being on both the Asus and G.Skill compatibility list.
Manual not terribly clear.
Lack of speaker on the board.
Other Thoughts: This is review is for the Rampage V Edition 10. It's been a long time since I left Asus. I had a horrible experience with the 1st gen RoG boards and swore I'd never go back. Yet, here I am. For the price I expected perfection. While I'm not unhappy with the board I do feel less than bliss.
RoG has come a long way. My first RoG board was a nightmare. It just wouldn't post no matter what I tried -- even the hairdryer trick failed. I went to EVGA and was very happy with the x79 dark. I even initially went with the x99 Classified and was ok with it. But after a failure where I couldn't decide if it was the processor or MB I went and changed it out the MB to this since it had more options that I needed.
-Tons of fan headers and an expansion card to add even more. It handles all my fans without the header.
-2 USB 3.0 headers, I can now run my USB 3.0 multi-unit and front panel connectors.
-IO shroud was pre-installed. Made installing the board to the case much easier.
-The LED lights are stunning. Love it, but wish I could see them since the window is on the wrong side for how I have to sit my box.
-The BIOS is incredible. Tons of features, but see cons. Love the ability to download BIOS over the internet directly in BIOS.
-Built in WiFi. I haven't had this since my last Asus workhorse in the mid 00's.
-Supports up to 128 gig of memory but see cons.
-Amplified front headphone - but see cons. I still love it.
-2 gig lan ports. Awesome
-Front Panel LED/Switch header.
-The Bios is overly complicated. I love that it has all the features, but it can take some digging to find basic info like is a card running at gen 3 16x or not. And it's not terribly clear if you are going to factory defaults or not.
-The manual is not terribly clear. This happened when I went to setup the amp headphone unit. It's listed as RoG expansion and one would assume to use the RoG header, but no, you need to use a USB 2.0 header. -.25 eggs
-Not enough USB 2.0 headers. With the HP unit, you have only one USB 2.0 Header available, which if using a Corsair H115 unit you'd have none for front panel. Easily solved with an expansion card. -.25 eggs
-No speaker on the board. Come on, for 500$ they could have included a 1$ part.
-Like many others, my USB driver stick was blank. -.5 eggs
-It does support 128 gig, my G.Skill set can not use XmP 2 profile.
-My biggest issue is the design decisions. PCI 1 is way too close to the memory and cpu. That placement caused me to damage the PCI lock when I tried to install my card and it wasn't lined up correctly. Minus 1 egg.
-Software and drivers are not updated often enough. Asus is horrible with maintaining existing and legacy products. Nothing new there.
For 500$, I expected perfection. But I just can't give this even 4 eggs. I love all the features, but the PCI placement and cheap parts in some instances create unnecessarily difficulty and even damage in installing and using the board. I appreciate all the features in the BIOs but it could be easier to find what you are looking for. This pales in comparison to EVGA's bios. The little things like a USB Driver stick actually containing the drivers and a speaker on the motherboard are expected at this price point, but were lacking. If you are going all out with a 6950X cpu then by all means go with this board. It has all the ports and features you could wish for but at an extreme cost. I can't give bonus eggs to this board simply because it actually works and is stable compared to the last RoG board that I owned. After 4 or 5 generations this should be expected and shows how low my expectations of Asus were. Even so, this board should have been a 5 for the cost.
I don't regret this purchase. I don't think this board is worth the price paid. With it's great features it is marred by it's limited USB 2 headers. But more importantly, it's hurt by poor design choices by placing PCI 1 so close to the CPU. It's difficult to align large PCI cards to prevent damage to cheaply made PCI Slot locks. If you are going all the way with a 6950X, than hit buy. A lesser CPU look elsewhere.
Pros: 10 Cores!
Overclocks like a champ.
Considerable update from the 4930K
Other Thoughts: Upgraded from the 4930K. From Aida, I'm on par with, if not beating low-end Xeons! Windows 10 is much more snappier. And it's helping my NVidia 1070 graphic card a good bit. Air cooling this beast and I was able to meet my overclock of 4.2 on my 4930K. But the temps and voltage were a bit higher then I'd like. I have since dropped it down to 4.0. Please remember, the 6950 is clocked lower than the 4930. While most games don't use more than 4 cores, the games I have seem to like my new setup. If you have the money to burn, or you need to be the first kid on the block with this toy....I say go for it.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: x99 chipset supporting the latest cpu's.
SoundBlaster Recon 3DI built in.
10 SATAIII ports
8 DDR3 slots to support up to 128G of ram!
Huge improvement in the BIOS over the X79 Classified.
Cons: CPU Package is too close to PCI slot one. This causes issues with air cooling and a video card in slot 1.
Not enough USB2.0 headers on the board.
Other Thoughts: My expectations for this board were pretty high coming from the X79 Classified. This board met and exceeded those expectations. It overclocks like a champ. Took my 6970K to 4.2 with little fuss. I have a SoundBlaster ZXR2 installed, but the onboard Recon 3DI chip puts out just as good sound, at least over headphones using front connector. The BIOS is much improved. Memory compatibility is a bit of an issue -- that seems to be a problem with most EVGA board. The set I originally bought worked with the more recent board for the chipset but not officially with this board. Luckily I was able to do a quick swap through Newegg. The only really negative thing I can say is the memory and cpu socket is placed too close to the first PCI Slot. If you are doing liquid, it's not an issue. But if you are doing air, forget it. Any decent air setup with push the fans and or rads over the PCI slot. But since I only run 1 video card, it's not an issue.READ FULL REVIEW