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ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2066 in Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASUS

Here are key points about the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme.

 

What's Hot

 

Super Strong Networking Capabilities: Networking on the Rampage VI Extreme is unlike any other X299 motherboard and that is because the motherboard merges the latest NBase-T technology with the latest in Wireless AD technology. The motherboard features the Aquantia NIC that supports speeds of 10GBit, 5Gbit, 2.5Gb, 1Gbit, and 100Mbit, making it extremely versatile. You also get a single 1Gbit Intel NIC. Adding to wired networking is a Wireless AD (up to 4.6Gb/s) and Wireless AC wave 2 networking card that supports the latest in typical wireless and use specific wireless (VR headsets) technologies.

 

 

Beautifully Unique: One of the most stunning parts of the Rampage VI Extreme is the topside shield that produces a very unique lighting effect. ASUS used a technology known as Non-Conductive Vacuum Metallization, which allows ASUS to deposit a thin layer of metal in the plastic to produce a reflective effect when off and a glowing effect when the lights are turned on. The lines ASUS has implemented make it look like the traces and data pathways are lit up. Combine that with the use of addressable RGB LEDs throughout the motherboard, and you get some crazy effects. The shield is not the only thing worth mentioning; the audio jacks light up different colors, and there is a built-in OLED display that gives you real-time statistics. You also get two RGB headers and an addressable RGB header to add your own lights.

 

Built for HCC CPUs: The Rampage VI Extreme is part of ASUS's second wave of X299 motherboards, and as such has improvements made that better support Intel's high core count (HCC) CPUs such as the 7980XE that can pull upwards of 550W, even on a water cooling setup. The motherboard has improved power circuitry to support overclocking, and a new heat sink designed to cool the VRMs better.

 

Excellent Quality: VRM quality is excellent on the X299 Rampage VI Extreme, as is the usage of different chips on the motherboard to support features. Special circuitry such as an enhanced DAC is used in the audio section, the higher quality controllers are used for USB 3.1, and we even find a PCI-E re-driver to make sure the U.2 port receives a solid signal. The shield on the back of the motherboard also reinforces the PCB's structure.

 

4-Way SLI: Not many X299 motherboards support 4-way SLI, but the Rampage VI Extreme is an exception and fully supports up to 4-way SLI.

 

What's Not

 

No Kaby Lake-X Support: ASUS decided to skip the supporting hardware for Kaby Lake-X CPUs, so the motherboard only supports Skylake-X CPUs.

 

Very Expensive: ASUS's Rampage VI Extreme is one of the most expensive X299 motherboards, at $649, there isn't a more expensive X299 motherboard.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

ASUS's Rampage VI Extreme follows in the footsteps of its predecessors and delivers the highest quality construction ASUS has to offer matched with a wide array of cutting-edge features. The aesthetics of the motherboard are one of my favorite things about the product; I love the way ASUS has used the shield to produce a really neat lighting effect. The motherboard is also designed for extreme overclocking; we get the RSVD switches used for avoiding cold boot issues, we get some of the extreme overclocking features we see on ASUS's Apex boards, and the VRM is designed to easily handle the 18-core Intel Skylake-X processors.

 

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The motherboard's feature set is extremely high-end, featuring a built-in 10Git NIC, Wireless AD, USB 3.1, U.2, triple M.2 slots, and 4-way SLI technology. The BIOS is well designed and implements profiles for overclockers, and fan control is excellent both physically and in the UEFI.

 

If you are looking for an extremely well built, feature packed, ultra-high-end X299 motherboard, the ROG Rampage VI Extreme could be just what you are looking for.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance96%
Quality94%
Features97%
Value85%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: The ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme is fully loaded with cutting-edge features, excellent hardware, and killer aesthetics, but just like other premium products, it could leave a dent in your wallet.

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