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    Question Intel Core i9-7980XE Motherboard Compatibility?

    Hey guys.

    I've not been on these forums for several years but I'm back!

    For a while now I've been speculating, waiting for benchmarks to appear on the various chip offerings from the likes of AMD ThreadRipper and the more extreme end of Intel's Core i9 line up. My current system is over five years old, even though it's still a very capable system for most things. It's becoming long in the tooth, especially when it comes to rendering high resolution content.. it does what I need but takes far too long compared to other systems - I can't stress how much of an upgrade it really needs.

    For me, my main system serves dual purpose. I like to play games but I use it for work and I work outta my home. So for this reason I'm interested in the extreme high-end of the range. My objective is to waste less time on work and have more fun!! And For the last few months, everyone been telling me to hold off for a while. Some have even been trying to sway me towards AMD's offerings and well the 1950X is nice, it's only really on par with a 7900X.

    Truth of the matter is, the processor I'm considering hasn't yet been announce yet, at least at the time of writing this post. So there's nothing I can do but wait.

    From my understanding, the forthcoming behemoth monster is meant to be using the same x299 platform as the current Core i9 processors? But I'm curious. How of those boards will actually be compatible? More importantly, which of the Asus boards is expected to be fully compatible with 18 cores/36 threads? Considering it's a processor that Intel didn't initially planned to produce when the original Skylake-E platform was announced. Do I wait for a conformation that xyz board will be completely compatible or do manufacturers believe that all x299 boards should work?

    What's your opinion?

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    From a firmware perspective, all ASUS X299 boards will be compatible. What you buy depends on how much overclocking you wish to do. The Rampage Apex and Rampage Extreme models are the best if you're looking at pushing the platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raja@ASUS View Post
    From a firmware perspective, all ASUS X299 boards will be compatible. What you buy depends on how much overclocking you wish to do. The Rampage Apex and Rampage Extreme models are the best if you're looking at pushing the platform.
    Thanks Raja.

    I'm happy to push the hardware as far as possible. Stability is key though.
    I'm planning to custom water-cool the system. Does EK make a block(s) for the APEX board?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UltraNEO* View Post
    Hey guys.

    I've not been on these forums for several years but I'm back!

    ...My objective is to waste less time on work and have more fun!! ...

    Welcome back. As for your objective, this is the best quote of the day. God I admire you.

    I'm also interested in the 7980XE, but will be waiting for all the unforseen issues to get sifted out of the new wave of great systems that will be built over the next year, and then for the solutions to be out there.
    Davemon50

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    Quote Originally Posted by UltraNEO* View Post
    Thanks Raja.

    I'm happy to push the hardware as far as possible. Stability is key though.
    I'm planning to custom water-cool the system. Does EK make a block(s) for the APEX board?
    Yes, EK have blocks ready to undergo validation - pending physical board samples from us.

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    It's only monoblock for EK (CPU and VRM)
    Sorry for my english


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    Quote Originally Posted by Raja@ASUS View Post
    Yes, EK have blocks ready to undergo validation - pending physical board samples from us.
    Thanks Raja.

    Do you know, will it be a Mono block or a traditional split, two part block?
    Are there any performance gains from using a combines mono block?
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    ROG Guru: Brown Belt Array tistou77 PC Specs
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    Quote Originally Posted by UltraNEO* View Post
    Thanks Raja.

    Do you know, will it be a Mono block or a traditional split, two part block?
    Are there any performance gains from using a combines mono block?
    Quote Originally Posted by tistou77 View Post
    It's only monoblock for EK (CPU and VRM)
    Sorry for my english


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    Soo.. There will still be two blocks with a mono block, assuming there's one for the CPH + CPU/VRM?
    Do they offer better performance or just cheaper to manufacture?
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    Just a monoblock (CPU + VRM) and that's all
    I have never tested monoblock so I do not know for performance, but I wonder if this is not less efficient compared to separate blocks
    Sorry for my english


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