Well, we are far enough past the original X299 launch that the refined and crazier motherboards are starting to come out. This isn’t anything new, Asus especially likes to take more time for their crazy boards, not just rushing everything out to make it to launch day. In this case, it also gives them the chance to tweak things, like work on the VRM cooling that was found to be an issue with a lot of the X299 boards after the launch. This works out timing wise as well given Intel finally launching their last few high-end Core-X CPUs. In fact, Asus sent this board over specifically to test with that launch. Well with that out of the way I can finally also take a closer look at the board itself. You know the Rampage VI Apex is something special when it stands out even when compared to the Prime X299 Deluxe. So let's check it out.

Product Name: Asus ROG Rampage VI Apex

Review sample Provided for testing by: Asus

Written by: Wes Compton

Pictures by: Wes Compton

Amazon Affiliate Link: HERE

 

Specifications

CPU

Intel® Socket 2066 Core™ X-Series Processors 
Supports Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC)
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

Chipset

Intel® X299

Memory

Intel® Core™ X-series Processors (6-core above)
4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 4133(O.C.)- 2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory 
Intel® Core™ X-series Processors (4-core)
2 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR4 4500(O.C-2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology

Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™ Technology

Supports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ Technology

Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology

Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology

Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology

Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology

Supports AMD 2-Way CrossFireX Technology

Expansion Slots

Intel® Core™ X-Series Processors Family
4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 *
Intel® X299 Chipset
1 x PCIe 3.0 x4

Storage

Intel® Core™ X-Series Processors Family : 
1 x ROG DIMM.2 Module support(CPU_DIMM.2)*, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
2 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
Intel® X299 Chipset : 
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
1 x ROG DIMM.2 Module support(PCH_DIMM.2)
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready

LAN

Intel® I219V

Anti-surge LANGuard

Dual interconnect between the integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and physical layer (PHY)

Wireless Data Network

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz

Supports MU-MIMO

Bluetooth

Bluetooth V4.2

Audio

ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A

- Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs

- Supports : Jack-detection

- SupremeFX Shielding Technology

- Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback

USB Ports

Intel® X299 Chipset : 
6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (4 at mid-board)
Intel® X299 Chipset : 
5 x USB 2.0 port(s) (3 at mid-board)
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) 
ASMedia® USB 3.1 Gen 1 controller : 
4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s)

ROG Exclusive Features

Clear CMOS button
ROG RAMCache II
ROG CPU-Z
ROG CloneDrive
MemOK! Button
Slow Mode
Overwolf
ReTry Button
Safe Boot Button
Start Button
Reset Button
LN2 Mode
ROG Aura
- Aura Lighting Control
- Aura RGB Strip Headers
Extreme Engine Digi+ :
- IR3555 PoweIRstage®
- MicroFine Alloy Chokes
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
Mem TweakIt
ROG Extreme OC kit :
- PCIe x16 Lane Switch
Double Power :
- Dual 8 -pin CPU
ProbeIt
UEFI BIOS features :
- O.C. Profile
- Tweakers' Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase
Extreme Tweaker
USB BIOS Flashback

Special Features

OC Design - ASUS PRO Clock II Technology
5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
TPU
ASUS 5X Protection III :
Gamer's Guardian:
- DRAM Overcurrent Protection
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
- SafeSlot
ASUS EPU :
ASUS Protect Technology :
- Anti-Surge Protection
AURA :
- Aura Lighting Control
- Aura RGB Strip Headers
- Aura Lighting Effects Synchronization with compatible ASUS ROG devices
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- AI Suite 3
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Fan Xpert 4
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS MyLogo 
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED, HDD LED)
- ASUS Q-Connector
Gaming Aesthetics :
- 3D printing friendly
- AURA-RGB Lighting

Operating System Support

Windows® 10 86x64

Internal I/O Ports

1 x VROC_HW_Key

Accessories

User's manual

Accessory Guide

I/O Shield

4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)

4 x M.2 screws

1 x Supporting DVD

1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)

1 x R6A MOS Fan bracket pack

2 x ROG DIMM.2 Fan Stand Pack (s)

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(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.

Operating System

Windows® 10 64-bit

Form Factor

Extended ATX Form Factor

12 inch x 10.7 inch ( 30.5 cm x 20.7 cm ) X-SHAPED PCB

 

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