ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme LGA2066 X299 EATX Motherboard Review: Page 2 of 9

Posted by Damon Bailey on Monday, September 25, 2017 - 9:00am

Features & Specifications

Features

  • Designed for 7th generation Intel® Core™ X-Series processors to maximize connectivity and speed with U.2 port, up to three M.2 drives, USB 3.1 Gen2, Intel® VROC and Intel® Optane™ Memory compatibility
  • Built for High-Performance Networking featuring onboard 10G LAN, 802.11AD WiGig Wifi for future wireless VR, and Intel Gigabit LAN with LAN Guard and GameFirst technology
  • 5-Way Optimization featuring Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 delivers automatic overclocking profiles for maximum OC performance while thermal sensor and watercooling headers provide dynamic system cooling
  • Four Patent-pending SafeSlots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for stronger, firmly anchored PCIe slots built for heavyweight GPUs
  • Unmatched Personalization with AURA Sync RGB lighting including two additional RGB headers, one addressable header, LiveDash OLED, and customizable backlit nameplate
  • Industry-leading 8-channel HD audio with the ROG exclusive SupremeFX S1220 and ESS® SABRE9018Q2C for enthusiast-grade audio performance driven by Japanese capacitors
  • Integrated I/O shield reduces installation time and increases contact with ports for improved connectivity

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Outshine the competition

A well-tuned enthusiast system deserves a matching aesthetic. ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the built-in RGB LEDs as well as strips connected to the onboard RGB headers. And it can all be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware.

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RGB Headers - RGB Lighting Perfected

Rampage VI Extreme features a duo of onboard 5050 RGB headers and an addressable header that can be connected to compatible lighting strips, fans, coolers, and PC cases, creating a new world of illumination possibilities.

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LiveDash OLED

Rampage VI Extreme motherboards are now equipped with all-new LiveDash — a built-in OLED panel that displays useful information and customizable graphics. During the power-on, self-test (POST) phase, LiveDash shows key progress stats, in simple language and via traditional POST codes. Then, during normal operation, the vibrant panel shows a choice of CPU frequency, device temperatures, fan speeds or information from the Water Cooling Zone. You're also able to customize the default LiveDash GIF, so it'll display your own image or animation.

Next-Gen Connectivity

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Triple M.2

The Rampage VI Extreme has provision for three M.2 drives to make the most of Intel's IRST and VROC options. Two M.2’s  ride our DIMM.2 module next to the memory slots, while one slots under the ROG Armor. A VROC array can be configured by pairing the DIMM.2 slots, and IRST RAID can be configured by pairing one DIMM.2 slot with the onboard M.2 slot.

VROC - Upgrade your RAID

Unleash the Rampage VI Extreme Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) with the addition of an ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Card*, which allows you to attach up to four PCIe® 3.0 x16 M.2 drives — for a total bandwidth of up to 128Gbps. PCH-based RAID arrays are bottlenecked by the 32Gbps limit of the DMI bus. VROC obliterates that limit by allowing you to utilize CPU PCIe lanes to configure a bootable RAID array that can transfer data at insane speeds.

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BEST GAMING AUDIO – SupremeFX

ROG has elevated onboard audio once again on the flagship Rampage VI Extreme. The front panel headphone output features a SABRE9018Q2C integrated DAC/AMP capable of reaching -115dB THD+N to provide playback that conveys all the subtlety and nuances of the audio track. The improved resolution derived from the ESS Hyperstream™ DAC architecture expands the soundstage to give a better sense of positioning. Beyond resolution, the 121dB DNR provides an extremely low noise-floor, further accentuating dynamics and punch. And, when you want to shift priority to musicality, our Sonic Studio software provides an array of EQ options, allowing the sound signature to be tweaked to suit your cans.

DIY FRIENDLY DESIGN

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ASUS ROG Rampage Vi Extreme

CPU Intel® Socket 2066 Core™ X-Series Processor 79xx, 78xx Series Processors 
Supports Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC)
Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 
Chipset Build in Intel® X299
Memory 8 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4 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 Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory 
Quad Channel Memory Architecture 
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™ Technology *
Supports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ Technology 
Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology 
Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology *
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology 
Supports AMD 2-Way CrossFireX Technology 
* 28-LANE CPUs can only support up to 3-Way SLI™/ 3-Way CrossFireX™
Expansion Slots 4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16, x16/x16, x16/x0/x16/x8, or x16/x8/x8/x8 mode with 44-LANE CPU; x16, x16/x8 orx8/x8/x8 mode with 28-LANE CPU) *
1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 
* When M.2_2(DIMM.2) is populated, PCIEx8_4 runs at x4 mode
* The PCIE_X8_4 slot shares bandwidth with M.2_2(DIMM.2)
Storage Intel® Core™ X-series Processors (6-core above) : 
1 x ROG DIMM.2 Module support(CPU_DIMM.2), M.2 X4 with M Key design, type 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Support PCIE SSD only)*1
1 x ROG DIMM.2 Module support(PCH_DIMM.2), M.2 X4 with M Key design, type 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Support PCIE SSD only)*2
1 x U.2 port, , support PCIe 3.0 x4 NVM Express storage
Intel® X299 Chipset : 
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), 
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 15 support
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
LAN Aquantia AQC-107 10G
Intel® I219V, Dual interconnect between the Integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)
Anti-surge LANGuard
ROG GameFirst Technology
Wireless Data Network Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac+ WiGig 802.11ad
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
Supports MU-MIMO
Up to 4600Mbps transfer speed
Bluetooth Bluetooth V4.1
Audio ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
- High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
- ESS®SABRE9018Q2C DAC/AMP
Audio Feature :
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
- LED-illuminated design - Brighten up your build with the gorgeous illuminated audio trace path.
- Sonic Radar III
- Sonic Studio III
USB Ports Intel® X299 Chipset : 
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (4 at mid-board)
Intel® X299 Chipset : *3
2 x USB 2.0 port(s) 
ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller : 
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector port(s) 
ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller : 
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s) (2 at back panel, )
ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 1 controller : 
8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) ( at back panel, )
ROG Exclusive Features Clear CMOS button
ROG RAMCache II
ROG CPU-Z
ROG CloneDrive
Pre-mounted I/O Shield
MemOK! Button
Overwolf
ReTry Button
Safe Boot Button
Start Button
Reset Button
LN2 Mode
GameFirst IV
ROG Aura
- Aura Lighting Control
- Aura RGB Strip Headers
Extreme Engine Digi+ :
- MicroFine Alloy Chokes
- NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
ProbeIt
KeyBot II
- One-click Overclocking
- X.M.P.
- DirectKey
- ClrCMOS
- Power On
UEFI BIOS features :
- GPU.DIMM Post
- Tweakers' Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase
- Graphic Card Information Preview
Special Features OC Design - ASUS PRO Clock II Technology
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 :
- 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Expert 4, and Turbo App
Gamer's Guardian:
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
- Stainless Steel Back I/O
- SafeSlot
LiveDash OLED
SafeDIMM slot
ASUS Wi-Fi GO!

ASUS Exclusive Features :
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger 
- USB 3.1 Boost
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Fan Xpert 4
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM 
- ASUS Q-Connector
Performance Optimization :
- DIGI + VRM
- GPU Boost
- Fan Xpert 4 featuring Fan Auto Tuning function and multiple thermistors selection for optimized system cooling control
- AI Suite 3
Digi+VRM
Turbo App

Back I/O Ports 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 
8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac+ WiGig 802.11ad and Bluetooth v4.1)
5 x LED-illuminated audio jacks
Internal I/O Ports 1 x W_PUMP+ 1
1 x W_PUMP+ 2
1 x WB_SENSOR
1 x Aura Addressable Strip Header(s)
1 x U.2 port
1 x Aura RGB Strip Headers
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) 
1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)
1 x TPM connector(s) 
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x VROC_HW_Key
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) 
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) 
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) 
1 x H_AMP fan connector 
1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
1 x 8-pin EATX 12 V Power connector
1 x 4-pin EATX 12 V_1 Power connector(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
1 x Slow Mode switch(es)
1 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
1 x BIOS Switch button(s)
1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
1 x Safe Boot button
1 x ReTry button
1 x System panel connector
1 x PCIe x16 lane switch
2 x T_Sensor Connector
1 x W_IN header
1 x W_OUT header
1 x W_FLOW header
1 x Start button
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector
Accessories User's manual
1 x ROG logo plate sticker
6 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
3 x M.2 Screw Package
1 x ASUS WiGig 802.11ad moving antenna *4
1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
1 x MOS fan bracket kit
1 x ROG VGA Holder
1 x ROG DIMM.2 Fan Stand Pack (s)
1 x Fan Extension Card (3 x 4-pin fan out)
1 x Fan Extension card screw pack
1 x Fan Extension card cable
1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
1 x 4-Way SLI bridge(s)
1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-L)
1 x ROG big sticker
1 x Q-Connector
1 x 10-in-1 ROG cable label
3 x Thermistor cable(s)
1 x ROG coaster(s)
BIOS 2 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.0, Multi-language BIOS, 
ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, 
F12 PrintScreen, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.
Manageability WfM 2.0, WOL by PME, PXE
Operating System Windows® 10 64-bit
Form Factor Extended ATX Form Factor 
12 inch x 10.9 inch ( 30.5 cm x 27.7 cm )
Note *1 When M.2_1(DIMM.2) comes from CPU, it will be shared with U.2
*2 When M.2_1(DIMM.2) comes from PCH, It will be shared withPCIex4slot.
*3 1 x USB 2.0 header support additional 2 x USB 2.0 ports [one connector via ROG_EXT header]
*4 Wi-Fi 802.11ad(WiGig) is only available in certified countries

 

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