Already at a first glance the ASUS Rampge V Edition 10 is a great looking motherboard, with a simple yet attractive color scheme. Most of the board is black and there are some elements gray and some silver. Apart from that there is the RGB lighting we already mentioned, which allows you to make the board shine in your preferred color. The
layout itself is well thought and since ASUS is always taking Intel's reference
specifications regarding socket clearance into account, there is enough space to
install large aircoolers. The fact that there
are SATA connectors which have been angled by 90 degrees
allows an easy installation of oversized graphics cards.
A closer look at the power design reveals that the solution ASUS used on this board is very similar to the one of its predecessor, the Rampage V Extreme. The CPU is backed up by eight phases, which are most likely controlled by a PWM chip from International Rectifier. Apart from that there are IR3553 power stages, which have been specified at 60A. Every single power stage can rely on a MOSFET on its high- as well as on its low side. In general ASUS is using very high-end components for the power design and the so called micro-fine alloy chokes make no exception. Furthermore there are 10K polymer and tantalum capacitors taking care of output filtering.
There are eight DIMM-slots on the
Rampage V Edition 10. Officially supported is DDR4 with up to 3333 MHz. There is enough space between the DIMM-slots and the CPU socket which
means that you won't run into any compatibility problems with large coolers even when you choose to install RAM with big heatspreaders.
Also supported are Xtreme Memory Profiles (XMP) in version 2.0.
The heatsinks of today’s motherboards,
especially when it comes to the high-end motherbaords, greatly add to the overall
looks of a product. What ASUS is doing usually when it comes to their ROG
motherboards is changing the shape of the individual blocks by a little bit in
order to freshen up the looks in general. A great idea, which emerged during the
past year was to make the VRM cooler next to the DIMM slots on the left side
cover the I/O connectors. This way the design appears to be cleaner and less
crowded. A closer look reveals, that there is a heatpipe for even
heat distribution between memory and CPU power design. There are two more heatsinks
on this motherboard. The one between CPU socket and first PCIe slot features backlight, which makes the writing glow in the dark. Last but
not least there is another aluminum block covering the PCH, which also receive lighting.