X299 overclocking monsters: ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex vs. MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

Who offers the best overclocking motherboard for Intel's high-end processors?

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Conclusion

What is the ultimate overclocking motherboard for Intel’s X299-platform? We are considering giving the preference to the Rampage VI Apex; in terms of specific overclocking features ASUS takes an extra step and possibilities that usually only limit overclockers are not included. This limits the use of the Apex in other situations, but it does mean it is best suited for this specific target audience. Essential things like the power supply and problem diagnosis are excellent on both models.

If you enjoy overclocking or find it very important, but also want to use your system as regular workstation or gaming-pc, the MSI XPower comes into play. MSI offers twice as many memory slots, more SATA-connectors and dual Ethernet, which makes the X299 XPower Gaming AC a lot more reliable for other purposes other than overclocking. The free Corsair water cooler that is included makes it an attractive deal.

In short, the ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex receives an Ultimate Product-award for being an excellent overclocking motherboard. While the MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC might be less suited for extreme overclocking, it does offer more other possibilities and comes with an included water cooler. This means it offers a lot of bang-for-your-buck, which means that the XPower is worthy of an Excellent Choice award in our opinion.


ASUS ROG Rampage VI Apex


MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC


Compare

two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

ASUS RoG Rampage VI Apex

Extended ATX, Socket 2066, Intel X299, DDR4

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£382.37

Avg. £382.52
6 shops, 3x stock

MSI X299 XPower Gaming AC

Extended ATX, Socket 2066, Intel X299, DDR4

Specifications Test results Reviews Prices

£324.99

Avg. £324.99
1 shop, no stock

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