Intel Core i9 10980XE and ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore Review

Up Close - Overview

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore Review

Up Close - Overview

The black with red accents packaging that now is the default option on Republic of Gamers products always looks the part and, if anything, has become almost as familiar as the red original. It certainly lets the model name stand out more, and is a closer match to the monochrome aesthetic that has taken over the market in these RGB heavy days.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore Packaging  
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore Review  

We would dare anyone in a blind test to spot the difference between the aesthetics of the Rampage VI Extreme Encore and the Zenith II Extreme. We're not entirely sure how we feel about this. We like the fact that AMD motherboards are no longer the less attractive option, and yet we're slightly disappointed ASUS have gone with a standard design on the Rampage. That name alone has major cachet and perhaps deserves a bit more than "that other motherboard we designed, but with a different chipset". Still, if it isn't broken there is no need to fix it and the Rampage VI Extreme Encore certainly is bristling with ASUS latest technologies, including a full colour OLED display.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore Overview  

Around the back we have the all-important backplate which helps to spread the thermal loading evenly across the PCB whilst also increasing the surface area and thus lowering average temperatures. There is a massive cut-out so that even the most extreme cooling options should be able to fit without modifications.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore Backplate  

At the top end we find the IO section/heatsink combination which also has the large, full colour OLED LiveDash. We'll look at each part in more detail as we go along, but the designers have done a good job in fitting eight DIMM slots, the ASUS-specific DIMM.2 slot as well as all the power components necessary to keep the Intel CPU fed with all the amps it could ever request.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore CPU Socket  

The lower side is one of the few places where the Extreme Encore noticably differs from the Zenith II. Instead of four PCI Express 4.0 slots we find 3 x16 ones alongside a short one for those of you who have capture cards or dedicated sound cards. The slots are, of course, braced as you would expect from a ROG product, and with the Thermal Armor there is also a clean look to the areas that won't be covered by your graphics card.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore PCI Express  

Around the back we find the full range of high-bandwidth connectivity options befitting of a motherboard with the famous Rampage name. Eight USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, 2 Gen2 in both Type-A and Type-C flavours, as well as the USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port that has a monstrous 20 Gb/s bandwidth. If you've got the home networking setup that supports it you'll appreciate the 10G LAN connection, whilst the Intel I219-V is there for those of us with more normal network requirements. Lastly the ASUS SupremeFX, based around the S1220 and Sabre 9018 DAC, supplies all your audio needs.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore IO Section  

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Most Recent Comments

25-11-2019, 14:38:09

Oh my, these HEDT releases are like the local busses, nothing for ages then a load appear all at once, looking forward to digging into these articles soonQuote

25-11-2019, 14:46:42

Its funny that intel brought the embargo forward 6 hours to avoid the AMD launch.Quote

25-11-2019, 14:53:32

Can it be delidded ?Quote

25-11-2019, 23:09:04

Originally Posted by FTLN View Post
Can it be delidded ?
Theoretically yes if it is like 9980XE. It is really tricky. But you really need to know what you are doing and be very, very careful. And also i wouldn't recommend it on a regular chip. Only on pre-binned ones, with direct die mount, and ballsy water cooling setup.Quote

25-11-2019, 23:21:55

Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
Its funny that intel brought the embargo forward 6 hours to avoid the AMD launch.
We can see why now.Quote

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