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    New RAMPAGE motherboard on the line?

    There are rumours stating, that Asus will soon announce a new Rampage VII motherboard for Intel's Skylake-X refresh 2066 processors based on the new Z399 chipset. Does anybody have detailed information about this? Is it worth waiting another 1-2 months before building a new rig to find out?

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    I would wait before I spent a considerable amount of cash for such a platform to see what the new SKUs have to offer. They are not far...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abaidor View Post
    I would wait before I spent a considerable amount of cash for such a platform to see what the new SKUs have to offer. They are not far...
    Interesting thing is, that however Skylake-X refresh CPUs are shown as "launched" on Intel's webpage, there are nor availability dates, neither benchmarks on the new CPUs nowhere, not to mention Z399 mptherboards, of which there are literally zero information to be found... I remember, about 3 months earlier the Z370 chipset was launched, we already knew the names and features of the upcoming motherboards... I wonder, does this mean, that we have to wait even more months to find out anything specific about Z399 boards...

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    Some reviews are out (google it or check Anandtech) and the new 9980XE does not look good.

    I mean the thermals are not great and it does not seem to overclock any better. Yet, it is harder and riskier to delid. They only offer better stock clocks in other words.

    I made up my mind and will proceed to delid my 7940X and go direct die cooling.

    Wait a little bit and see if you can get any of the "older SKUS" at a discount.

    Regarding Z399 I really don't know what is going on....there is probably no point in it and I don't expect any exciting news unless manufacturers want to "correct" some flaws of existing lines and make the update. Other than that I don't expect any notable improvements either. If you are buying now though just wait a bit longer to see what they may come up with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abaidor View Post
    Some reviews are out (google it or check Anandtech) and the new 9980XE does not look good.

    I mean the thermals are not great and it does not seem to overclock any better. Yet, it is harder and riskier to delid. They only offer better stock clocks in other words.

    I made up my mind and will proceed to delid my 7940X and go direct die cooling.

    Wait a little bit and see if you can get any of the "older SKUS" at a discount.

    Regarding Z399 I really don't know what is going on....there is probably no point in it and I don't expect any exciting news unless manufacturers want to "correct" some flaws of existing lines and make the update. Other than that I don't expect any notable improvements either. If you are buying now though just wait a bit longer to see what they may come up with.
    Hi! Yes, I saw the articles. Since I plan to build a rig, that is top efficient in gaming as well, I still would like to stick to 2066. Formerly I was seriously thinking about a 9900K+Maximus XI Formula combo, but I would like to use four NVMe M.2 drives too, so I would need those 44 PCIe lanes instead of 16 that Z390 could offer. What I'm waiting for now, are benchmarks of 9800X and 9900X. In my thinking, perhaps with fewer cores overcloking could be done closer to 5 Ghz (?). As for new Z399 boards: I'm quite surprised Asus haven't announced a Rampage VII yet. I mean, for the new Skylake-X refresh it would be more elegant, than simply telling customers to update their BIOS on existing X299 boards if they want to use the new Intel parts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PsiEmitter View Post
    There are rumours stating, that Asus will soon announce a new Rampage VII motherboard for Intel's Skylake-X refresh 2066 processors based on the new Z399 chipset. Does anybody have detailed information about this? Is it worth waiting another 1-2 months before building a new rig to find out?
    Personally I think Z399 platform may release after Cascade lake X CPU annouce. Q3 2019 may the time.
    According from Intel Roadmap here.

    Our Skylake X has longlife performance across the times 2017-2020.



    Intel Chipset Line Up X299 still main HEDT platform


    Z399 featuring Native USB 3.1 Gen2 (10Gbps) / Built in Wi-Fi AC class ( same as Z390 feature over Z270 ).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abaidor View Post
    Some reviews are out (google it or check Anandtech) and the new 9980XE does not look good.

    I mean the thermals are not great and it does not seem to overclock any better. Yet, it is harder and riskier to delid. They only offer better stock clocks in other words.

    I made up my mind and will proceed to delid my 7940X and go direct die cooling.

    Wait a little bit and see if you can get any of the "older SKUS" at a discount.

    Regarding Z399 I really don't know what is going on....there is probably no point in it and I don't expect any exciting news unless manufacturers want to "correct" some flaws of existing lines and make the update. Other than that I don't expect any notable improvements either. If you are buying now though just wait a bit longer to see what they may come up with.
    From what I understand the refresh gets a soldered IHS so no more delidding as its not necessary. The higher core counts have never been fantastic at OCs. Even the 7980s that were binned by silicon lottery didnt hit any crazy clocks. If you dont need the crazy core count better off with a 9900X that will should see near 100% hitting 5GHz.

    Im just thrilled to see soldered IHS again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustinThyme View Post
    From what I understand the refresh gets a soldered IHS so no more delidding as its not necessary. The higher core counts have never been fantastic at OCs. Even the 7980s that were binned by silicon lottery didnt hit any crazy clocks. If you dont need the crazy core count better off with a 9900X that will should see near 100% hitting 5GHz.

    Im just thrilled to see soldered IHS again.
    The thing is that it is not the same solder it used to be and it is worse thermally than Deliding & Liquid Metal. In my case I am going direct die cooling so that is even better and deliding the new SKUs will be riskier.

    Even the 9900K has thermal issues if you try to push it to the max all cores. How far each one is willing to and whether it is worth it, is another story.

    See here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3PJ7prehVQ
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    I haven't had the honor yet, so can't comment on absolutes, but 42 Celcius water temps are high. If wanting to overclock the 18 core part I would at least use a custom loop with a 360mm, or ideally more.

    Bottom line, I wouldn't base your purchasing decision on those results alone.

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    I have to second Silents comments here. Early days lads, I can recall hearing gloom doom about many CPU releases before the day. Hell I recall articles being punted on some very credible review sites about the death of Overclocking and similar stuff concerning Intel CPUs. Well that did not happen did it.

    Lets just wait and see what the retail samples can actually do. ES benchmarks this early in the game are pointless in my view. So much stuff will change during the final few weeks of development in any case.
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