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ASUS Rampage VI Extreme Omega Motherboard Review (Page 2)

By Steven Bassiri from Apr 12, 2019 @ 10:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASUS

Packaging and Overview

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ASUS's box and packaging are top notch.

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, two weaved SATA 6Gbps cables, three thermistor cables, RGB extension cable, addressable RGB LED extension cable, ROG logo stickers, WIFI antenna, Q-Connector, M.2 screws, ROG thank you card, ROG coaster, SLI HB Bridge, dual function screwdriver, DIMM.2 with heat sink, ROG NODE, NODE power cable, NODE connector, NODE screw kit, USB with drivers, and manuals.

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ASUS put nine fan headers on the motherboard, all of them are hybrid DC/PWM mode fans, one is occupied by the heat sink fans. The red and blue fan headers are all rated 1A, but the red share controls. The orange and yellow headers offer 3A, but the yellow headers run full speed by default.

The purple header is for the NODE which extends fan control and offers more temperature input as well as RGB support. The two thermal probe input headers are circled in green. The motherboard has RGB accents, and all of the heat sinks and covers are metal, even over the audio section and the PCI-E area. The back of the motherboard has a heat sink for the back of the VRM and a shield on the right side of the motherboard.

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The IO shield offers a clear CMOS button, a BIOS FlashBack button, WIFI antenna, 10 USB 3.0 ports, 10G LAN, 1G LAN, USB 3.1 typeA, USB 3.1 type-C, and gold plated audio with S/PDIF out.

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With a 44-lane CPU the PCI-E will be x16/x0/x0, x16/x16/x0, or x16/x8/x8. With a 28-lane CPU, the PCI-E will be x16/x0/x0, x16/x8/x0, or x8/x8/x8. The x4 PCI-E slot looks to be wired to the PCH. One of the M.2 slots is routed to the PCH and the other to the CPU, but switches with the U.2 port. Two more M.2 slots can be had with the DIMM.2 card, which is included and they both get bandwidth from the CPU, but with a 28-lane CPU, you will only get one M.2 slot on the DIMM.2 card.

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There are six SATA6Gb/s ports on the motherboard along with a right-angled USB 3.0 internal header. There is a USB 3.1 (10Gbps) type-C internal header under the 24-pin power connector.

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At the top right corner of the motherboard we have a Water Block header (for a monoblock), an RGB LED header, a slow mode switch (takes CPU to x8), a RSVD switch (probably cold boot avoidance) and voltage read points. At the bottom of the motherboard to the left of two USB 2.0 internal headers we find a safe boot button, a retry button, a reset button, a power button, and an LN2 mode jumper.

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In the bottom right corner of the motherboard we have another RSVD switch (probably cold boot again), a system pause switch, a BIOS switch button, our VROC header, an RGB LED header, an addressable RGB LED header, water flow header, water temperature in/out headers, and a NODE header. At the back of the motherboard, we find there is a hole in the PCB to put a temperature sensor, and it might be positioned for the mod to overclock the Kabylake X299 CPUs further.

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The VRM heat sink has two fans in it, much like the Dominus, which has more. The heat sinks are very heavy and loaded with quality.

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