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ASUS ROG reveals two new X299 motherboards in preparation for new X-Series CPUs

ASUS is ready for Intel's next-generation chips

ASUS ROG reveals two new X299 motherboards in preparation for new X-Series CPUs

ASUS ROG reveals two new X299 motherboards in preparation for new X-Series CPUs

 Intel plans to release new X-series processors next month, with hopes to deliver more value for money than ever before with their new Cascade Lake-X series CPUs. 

Alongside Intel's next-generation X-series processors, motherboard makers plan to launch updated X299 motherboards, hoping to deliver new features and enhanced VRM designs over their predecessors. This is where ASUS' new ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore and ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II come into play. 

Both motherboards are listed with DDR4 memory support at speeds of up to 4266MT/s in OC mode and bother motherboards offer WiFi 6 and high-speed ethernet connectivity. Both boards also support multiple M.2 slots and can support three PCIe 16x connections in an x16, x16, x8 configuration. 

The ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore is ASUS' high-end X299 offering, supporting a total of four M.2 slots and eight SATA ports. The motherboard also ships with a 10Gb Aquantia AQC-107 ethernet port and support for WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5. 

On the board's rear I/O, the Rampage VI Extreme Encore supports USB 3.2 Gen 2 2x2, offering users 20 Gbps transfer speeds. The board also supports two USB 3.2 (10Gbps) connections (1x Type-A + 1x Type-C) and eight USB 3.1 Gen 1 connections. 

The Rampage VI Extreme Encore features a beefy 16-phase VRM, allowing the board to overclock Intel's highest-end X299 chips with ease. ASUS has designed this board to handle "absurd" amounts of power, while also packing a cooling solution which will keep their VRMs cool under load. Two compact fans are attached to this motherboard's heatsinks that will spin up to provide additional cooling when needed.  
  

ASUS ROG reveals two new X299 motherboards in preparation for new X-Series CPUs  

ASUS' ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II moves to a 12-phase VRM while rocking a two-piece cooling solution that's designed to handle heavy X299 overclocking. Like the Rampage VI Extreme Encore, this motherboard also comes with a small 40mm fan that will be used to help cool the motherboards VRMs when necessary.

Like the Encore, the Strix also features support for up to 256GB of DDR4 memory and can support memory DIMMs that are as fast as 4266MT/s. This motherboard also features WiFi 6 support and Bluetooth 5. 

Unlike the Encore, the X299 Strix only supports 2.5Gb ethernet alongside Intel's standard Gb ethernet In addition to this, this motherboard also supports three M.2 slots and u to eight SATA connections. This board also lacks support for USB 3.2 2x2, but it comes with four USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps ports (3x Type-A and 1x Type-C). 

The full specifications of the ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore and ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II are available to read here

ASUS ROG reveals two new X299 motherboards in preparation for new X-Series CPUs  

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