ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex Review

Conclusion

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex Review

Conclusion

We've long held that one of the main reasons our results are so much more important than some other websites is our continuity of test hardware. Whilst other sites chop and change so you can never quite work out which bit is producing the higher scores, we've always used identical hardware so that any differences are purely the benefits - or otherwise - of the thing actually being reviewed. With the ROG Rampage VI Apex we've found the first item that really made us regret our insistence upon consistency, because clearly the H110i AIO CPU cooler just isn't good enough to let the Rampage VI unleash its full potential wit5hout a delidded processor. So often we came up against thermal throttling that you only caught glimpses of its real capabilities. This waqs 100% a CPU issue though and the cause being the bad thermal paste used between the IHS and the actual CPU die.

Such glimpses can be found in all of the memory tests, where the Rampage VI Apex was comfortably ahead of the competition. Equally the CPU tests which don't saturate the cooler showed insane results such as the Gears of War 4 CPU FPS which was 50 FPS+ higher than any other X299 motherboard we've reviewed.

What really takes home the prize is the overclock though. 4.7 GHz. When you're dealing with a twenty thread CPU any improvement at all takes a huge amount of underlying capability to attain, so the Rampage strolling 100 MHz past any other X299 we've looked at really emphasises how much potential there is. With a delidded CPU we are convinced that it would have happily gone still further. Dropping it down to our test overclock for purely thermal reasons you got the feeling that it spent the majority of its time twiddling its thumbs and awaiting a stern test.

Of course this is a premium product with a hefty price tag, but we know that many people like to go big on their motherboard just to futureproof themselves. Cast your eye over our test setup - a not insignificant set of hardware - and you'll see that the average user just wont be able to stretch the capabilities of the Rampage properly. If that's you, then the Strix-E has enough to keep you happy. If, however, you're looking to blow the budget on premium hardware everywhere including a custom water-cooling arrangement and de-lidded CPU then there is no doubt at all that the ASUS Rampage VI Apex will reward you more than any other motherboard on the market.

As long as you understand that you need a system which has no compromises anywhere, no weak links, then the ASUS Rampage VI Apex will take you to heights hitherto undreamed of and thus wins our OC3D Enthusiast Award.

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Most Recent Comments

27-08-2017, 18:05:53

Avet
This board is perfect to utilize that external water cooling kit you have Tom. But i think you wouldn't mind setting up some proper loop to test this bad boy. Too bad you can't test it with delidded CPU.

I like they consulted overclockers in designing this board. I am surprised you didn't give it ultimate reward like to the Maximus IX Apex.Quote

28-08-2017, 01:22:48

Kaapstad
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Originally Posted by Avet View Post
I like they consulted overclockers in designing this board.
I am still laughing at that !!!!

There is a bad fault with this board and all the Rampage boards for that matter if you are using 4 cards. All the connectors at the bottom of the board are covered by the 4th card which makes them useless. This could have been overcome by turning the connectors 90 degrees like they have done with the molex connector found on Rampage boards.

Also having the connectors turned 90 degrees would make cable management even easier.Quote

28-08-2017, 04:45:01

AlienALX
£419. Why does that sound like terrific value for money?

Stunning isn't it? Asus at the top of their game. They really are. I also like how they continue those looks all the way down to the bottom now too (B350 Strix).Quote

28-08-2017, 16:39:49

JLR
Great review, love the board. The way the bottom is off cut and the access to the SATA ports is great. As Tom said it looks like the board is capable of giving more if you have a de-lidded CPU.

28:07 in the video has buckled me, had a mouthful of Pepsi at the time and my Monitor / Keyboard nearly had it second hand .Quote
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