ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Review
Published: 8th September 2017 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
Take a moment. Take a deep breath. Try and recover from the serious amount of performance you've just witnessed.
Whilst you're doing that, perhaps you'd also take a moment to think of your humble review writer as he attempts to harness the power of his creativity to summarise the Rampage VI Extreme. Sometimes conclusion writing is difficult because the product speaks for itself and there isn't much to add. Sometimes it's hard because you need to compress the preceding 18 pages into a few paragraphs. Then there are products like this. This is hard for the simple fact that it is so mind-bending, so good, that anything we can say only dilutes the impact of the benchmark results.
Let's start with a minor quibble then, just to break up the endless congratulatory adjectives. We know some may not that keen on the big swathe of grey on the motherboard. We know why it is there. We know what it does. We accept it looks spectacular with the power on. But off. Just sat on a motherboard stand. It's ... not going to be for everyone. We actually think it gives a great option if you don't like RGB.
Phew. I think we made it through that massive list of negatives without the ASUS lawyers knocking on our door. Got away with it. Quick, let's focus on the positives before they notice.
The positives are : Everything else. The box has all the theatre you could hope to find this side of a Threadripper CPU or ASUS ROG Spatha package. There are plentiful treats lain there and you could spend the thick end of an afternoon just opening packets and enjoying the delights to be found therein. Moveable antennae for the WiFi, case badge, stickers, SATA cables, DIMM.2 bracket with 3 M.2 screw packets and a fan holder, a bracket for your GPU, SLI bridges of tri and quad SLI flavours, coaster, fan extension cables and bracket, the list goes on and on.
Once you've finally allowed yourself to handle the motherboard itself there is no looking back. It has everything you would hope to find not only on a X299 motherboard but on a PCB deserving of the famous Rampage branding. Whether you're seeking to try and break world records with LN2 or just want the satisfaction of knowing you have the best foundation upon which to build your system, you'll be delighted with your purchase. The BIOS is easy to navigate and the results are astonishing. Huge overclocks and relatively paltry voltages are the holy grail and the Rampage VI Extreme has them in spades. It isn't a product that looks great in CPUz screenshots but doesn't have the performance to back up those big numbers either.
Just look at our graphs. There isn't anything we can add. It has already been said by graph topping, competition crushing, sledgehammer levels of performance, bandwidth and capability. Sell your grandmother, rob a bank, take Bill Gates dog hostage, you need this in your life. Now let me get the 7980XE out of its box.....