ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex Review

Test Setup

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex
Intel i9 7900X
Corsair LPX 3200 - Stock Tests
G.Skill Trident-Z 3600 - OC Tests
Corsair LPX 4000 - Insane Limit Pushing Tests
Corsair RM1000i
Corsair MP500 512GB
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10


With everything in place to give us all the tools necessary to achieve high overclocks on our Core i9-7900X we were hopeful of the Rampage VI perhaps breaking the OC3D record for this CPU of 4.6 GHz, and it delivered in spades. 4.7 GHz.

Four point seven gigahertz.

From a 10 core/20 thread CPU. If that doesn't whet your appetite and have you searching down the back of the sofa for some loose twenties, then we don't know what will. Mental.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex Overclocking  

Great though 4.7 GHz is, and be in absolutely no doubt that it is amazing, our cooling just isn't enough to run it like that all the way through our benchmark suite without encountering thermal throttling. We were always aware that around 1.225v was the safe limit for our CPU and cooling combo, beyond that point temps go up far to fast, we knew we would need a delidded version at some point and the Apex was the board we needed it for. If we could keep our temps down then we would have had much bigger scores to show you later in the review. Thus for our tests we're running at a not-inconsiderable 4.5 GHz but for the first time ever on the processor with 3600 MHz DDR4 and the cache increased to 3200MHz.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex Overclock  

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Most Recent Comments

27-08-2017, 18:05:53

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

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

£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

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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