At the Gamescom trade show in Cologne in Germany, ASUS has unveiled its new high-end premium HEDT motherboard, the ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore. Built on Intel's X299 chipset and for the anticipated arrival of the their Cascade Lake-X processors, some of the main features include support for up to four PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 drives, Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless connectivity, and an Aquantia AQC107 10 G NIC.

Slotting in just below the ROG Rampage VI Extreme Omega motherboard in its current X299 product stack, ASUS has made some notable improvements to some of the core design aspects for the upcoming Intel 14 nm Cascade Lake-X processors. The extra lanes on the impending Cascade Lake-X processors have led ASUS to include four PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots which feature support for VROC, meaning users can run high-performance NVMe drives in RAID for better performance and parity. Other improved aspects include a tweaked 16-phase CPU power delivery designed to optimize overclocking performance, support for up to 256 GB of DDR4-4266 memory across eight RAM slots, and dual NICs with an Aquantia AQC107 10 G NIC which has been paired up with the commonly used Intel I219-V Gigabit NIC.

Looking at the aesthetics, ASUS has included a 1.77-inch LiveDash OLED display which can be customized with images, display POST codes and system information. There's also plenty of integrated RGB LEDs as well as additional headers so users can light their system up like a Christmas tree, or the LiveDash and LEDs can be switched off completely for a stealthier look. The ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore features ASUS SafeSlot metal reinforcement on the four full-length PCIe 3.0 slots which operate at x16, x16/x16, x16/x16/x4 which disables the ROG DIMM.2 slot, or x16/x8/x4 with the DIMM.2 slot in use. The bottom full-length PCIe 3.0 slot is locked down to PCIe 3.0 x4.

Overclockers are also catered for with a ROG Extreme OC kit with notable inclusions such as switches for LN2 mode, slow mode, and also includes a start, reset, safe boot, and OC retry button. On the rear panel is also packed with one USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, and eight USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports Also included is a clear CMOS button, five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output powered by a SupremeFX S1220 HD audio codec, and two Ethernet ports controlled by an Aquantia AQC107 10 G NIC, with the other port powered by an Intel I219-V Gigabit NIC. There are two antenna ports for the Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface which also offers users BT 5.0 connectivity.

The ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore is set to cost $650 and should be available at retail in the coming months.

Source: ASUS

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  • shoek - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    What can the Omega do that this new board cannot? Seems like it is superior to the Omega, especially if it has been designed with Cascade Lake-X in mind
  • Orange_Swan - Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - link

    looks like the omega has slightly better storage options with a u.2 port, curiously according to Asus UK site the Encore can support 256GB RAM vs the Omegas 128GB RAM.
  • airdrifting - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    LOL 3 slot spacing = fail.
  • Valantar - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Not considering the current trend of having every single GPU on the market be more than two slots thick.
  • jeremyshaw - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    Agreed. Even the ones which aren't, are usually axial fans, too. Blowers are fading from the market, and they are the only ones that really benefit from a 2 slot spacing. Axial coolers benefit strongly from wider spacing between slots.

    Watercooling could go either way, though I would rather not.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    I'm pretty sure the 2.5 and 3 slot card resurgence is (partially) in response to Nvidia moving to a stock "open air" heatsink design 2-slots thick with 2 axial fans. This basic design was used by board partners, and in a bid to come to market with "better" coolers, you either go three fans (card is extra long and incompatible in most cases) or go thicker/taller with 2 larger fans.

    Most aftermarket PC builders only use one PCI-e device, a GPU, and may sometimes also get an M.2 NVMe SSD as well. At that point GPU thickness going over 2 slots isn't really an issue since most users are buying 7-slot ATX motherboards and cases.
  • DanNeely - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    even with 2 slot cards, an empty slot of space improves air flow and temps for the top card.
  • Alistair - Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - link

    I don't get it, 3 slot spacing is preferred.
  • mazicato - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    so I agree three or potentially four slots speaking of the future (4 slots) is like one exhaust or four exhaust a honda or corvette the more air flow the less sluggish over heat
  • Andy Chow - Friday, August 23, 2019 - link

    Yes. 3 slot spacing, last PCIe slot is locked at 4x, for $650. Hard fail.

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