ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Review

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ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Review

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We've spoken at length about the importance of good MOSFET cooling on the X299 motherboards and the Rampage VI Extreme follows the perceived wisdom of utilising a heatpipe to increase the surface area and keep things under control. Every motherboard we've looked at that used this particular solution has been successful and the Rampage VI Apex was particularly frosty so we have high hopes for the Extreme. The most obvious change - silver flashes aside - between the Extreme and the Apex is the changes in the DIMM area where the Extreme has eight DIMM slots and a single DIMM.2 M.2 drive connector, rather than the Apex four DIMM slots and two M.2 slots. Naturally more DIMM slots might have a tiny difference to the pure memory bandwidth capabilities when compared to the Apex but we think that more people own RAM than multiple M.2 drives, so perhaps it's for the best.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Review  
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Review  

If you're the type of person who is constantly bemoaning the lack of USB, RGB and Fan headers and connection points then you'll be delighted with the Rampage VI Extreme. Wherever you look there is either a button to press for the MemOK! or BIOS Switch, a header for everything from AURA Sync RGB LED Strips to fans to 12V water pumps, front panel USB 3.1 even pump flow monitors. If you can plug it into a PCB then you can bet your bottom dollar that the Rampage VI has a hole for it somewhere. Speaking of the RGB LED Strips you don't just get one header for 12 inches of limp lighting, but instead the Rampage VI Extreme has enough to double as a Christmas display worthy of Oxford Street should the mood take you.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Review  
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Review
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Review  
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Review  

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Most Recent Comments

08-09-2017, 15:21:12

Eddie long
What an epic board , i,m dreaming already ,, thanks for the great review TTLQuote

08-09-2017, 15:52:39

and what will be disabled without a 1000$ cpu...

but ok to be fair... someone who buys a 650 euro mainboard will probably buy at least the 7900x.Quote

08-09-2017, 18:36:38

I am gobbling on my keyboard. This is masterpiece.

I am bit disappointed that we didn't get uber review like we had on Rampage V Ed10. I really enjoy proper TTL reviews. And i really like your shirt Tom.Quote

09-09-2017, 03:25:04

OK, TTL while I was lurking on OC3D page for ages this review finally encouraged me to create an account.

I was so set on Apex after your review. Waiting for delidded 7900X from Caseking, have memory, most storage. Just not the board.

Apex has much appeal to me (despite all weird/bonkers cut-outs on the PCB ) with only 4 DIMM slots and possibility of connecting 4 NVMe drives using both DIMM.2 AICs (even ordered another 960 1TB just for that reason). Plus on top of that, OCUK have plenty of Apex boards in stock. I was so ready to order Apex by Monday and now this...

You dropped this R6E bombshell last night and I have to get it. I was drooling so much I've downloaded and replayed video 5 times on the bounce and twice today... I really hate to wait another month, but I have to get R6E, not the Apex. For now nobody has it in stock anywhere in Europe. Whoever is first gets my money.Quote

09-09-2017, 15:55:37

All the connectors at the bottom are covered by a 4th card. As this board is aimed at people using 4 way mGPU setups this is very poor design and would be very easy to correct by turning the connectors through 90 degrees.Quote

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