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On the backpanel we can find 12 USB ports (10 x USB 3.0 and 2 x USB 2.0), a PS/2 port for keyboard / mouse, one RJ45 port (Intel i217-V), the connectors for the onboard WiFi 802.11ac and also for the SupremeFX sound board. The IO panel is completed by the CMOS Reset button and also by ROG Connect, both of which are illuminated.

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Processor’s VRM is easy and solid, built with 8 phases controlled by a possibly IR3580 renamed controller. With Rampage V Extreme, ASUS completes the transition from NexFET to the more compact (with drivers included) PowIRstage built by International Rectifier (IR3555M) with a maximum amperage of 60A. The cooling system for the PowIRstage ICs is based on the DirectCU technology, which in my opinion is the only good application of this technology since we’ve already noticed it doesn’t work that great for video cards 🙂 The Microfine Allow Chokes coils are also something new for Rampage V Extreme, and they too are cooled.

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