- Socket: LGA 2066
- Chipset: Intel X299
- RAM Slots: 8
- Memory: 4200(O.C.)/4133(O.C.)/4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz DDR4
- Ports: 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1x LAN, 1x ASUS 2x2 WiFi Module, 1x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, 3x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, 4x USB 2.0, 5x Audio port, 1x Optical (SPDIF), 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 4x SATA 6Gb/s, 2x M.2
- RGB coverage
- Stable Overclocks
The last few months have been quieter on the motherboard side. But with the new year firmly underway, we can expect to see new ones soon enough. Before that happens, we get some more Intel X299 boards to wet our nerdy appetites. Specifically, we have the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme on hand this time.
The complete opposite of the mini-ITX boards that are slowly gaining popularity, ASUS’s latest edition of the Rampage series is an EATX motherboard equipped with Intel’s X299 chipset. It comes in a silver and black colour scheme and has enough RGB LEDs loaded all over it, making it look like a Christmas tree when powered on.
Being a X299 EATX motherboard, you get eight DDR4 RAM slots and four PCIe x16 slots. There’s also a slot that’s set aside just for PCIe form factor M.2 SSDs, enabling users to connect two M.2 SSDs to the system via a DDR4 interface by using a unique expansion card. For those who want more, there’s another standard M.2 slot near the bottom. It can be accessed by removing the screw there and has thermal pads to reduce running temperatures for M.2 SSDs. Other features include Intel Optane support, pre-mounted I/O shield with electrostatic protection, and a LiveDash OLED display that can be useful for diagnostics.
If having lots of RGB lights is important to you, this motherboard will give you that. Using strategically placed transparent plastic parts and the surface of the shield on the board, this motherboard is able to spread its RGB light through most of its body. And if that’s not enough, there are two additional RGB headers (one of which is addressable) that are Aura Sync compatible, allowing users to customise the lighting and effect to their liking.
For those who are looking to use the machine for not just gaming, but also for professional work like it’s meant for, you’ll find a stable motherboard that’s easy to overclock. We managed to push an Intel Core i9-7980XE to 4.46GHz using a good tower cooler and the 5-Way Optimisation feature. However, this required a high voltage level, pushing the operating temperature to uncomfortable levels. Using an AIO or custom liquid cooling solution is definitely recommended for this kind of setup.
(previously published in issue March)