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

Up Close - Detail

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore Review

Up Close - Detail

Keeping such a beefy power section cool brings a multitude of benefits from stability of overclock through to simple longevity of components. Vital when you've made such a big investment. Like the Zenith the Rampage Extreme Encore has two active fans to push cool air across the MOSFETs and reduce the possibility of your overclocking efforts becoming thermally limited.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore Power Section  

We never grow tired of the movement of the CPU power inputs to the right hand edge of the PCB. It not only makes cable management easier, but if you're stuck with a case that requires you to build the motherboard inside it rather than on a separate tray then the reduction in skinned knuckles is worth the price of admission. 

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore CPU Input  

For most of us we'll only use the ATX24 pin here, the connection of which always makes us turn into Frankenstein; "IT LIVES!!!". But if you're a heavy overclocker or have the accessories on hand you'll appreciate both the voltage monitoring points as well as the RGB and Addressable headers.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore Voltage monitoring  

Considering that cases are probably the part of our setup that we change the least, maybe even less than our PSU, most people will find the USB 3.2 Gen2 front panel connectors left empty. The extra bandwidth and ease of connectivity that they bring means you owe it to yourself to put the Rampage VI Extreme Encore into something which can make full use of its connection options.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore Front USB  

Whilst the Extreme Encore might be stuffed with the latest technologies there is always room for some old favourites and to this end we find a USB 3.0 front panel header sitting alongside eight SATA 6Gb/s ports for all your storage needs. You can also see the finish applied to the chipset heatsink.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore SATA Ports  

Such has been the increase in the features that modern motherboards are expected to have the bottom right corner of your motherboard is no longer host to nothing but the case connectors. With this being a ROG board there are even more options, so we have dedicated pump and fan headers alongside water flow monitoring points, RGB and addressable headers and even the ASUS proprietary node header.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore Front panel  

Lastly on the lower edge we find the onboard controls for power and sorting out BIOS issues if you've pushed the board a little too far, alongisde those switches that are dedicated for those of you with copious supplies of liquid nitrogen.

ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore OC Buttons  

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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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