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Asus Rampage II GENE review

Alan Lu
21 Sep 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
165
inc VAT

This Core i7 board has plenty of features including a Creative X-Fi sound processor, but it's expensive.

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Specifications

LGA1366, microATX, Intel X58 chipset, supports: Core i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition

Asus's Rampage II GENE is a stunning looking microATX Core i7 motherboard, and its black and red Republic of Gamers logo makes it quite clear who this board is aimed at. It even comes with an external LCD to help diagnose faults.

The board's twin PCI-E x16 graphics card slots support both CrossFireX and SLI, so you can link a pair of Nvidia or ATI graphics cards. Alongside these is a PCI-E x4 slot and a PCI slot for other expansion cards. Six memory slots are present and will accept up to 24GB of RAM. Six SATA ports and an IDE connector allow you to connect plenty of storage.

Most motherboards have integrated audio processors that don't really make the most of your sound. We were pleased to see that on-board audio is provided by a Creative X-Fi processor, with full hardware EAX support and decoding for a range of gaming and home theatre audio standards. On the back panel, you'll find six USB ports, eSATA and FireWire ports and analogue and optical S/PDIF audio outputs. There's also a PS/2 keyboard connector in case you want to free up USB port.

This isn't the best performing Core i7 motherboard we've reviewed - MSI's £124 X58M outperforms it a little at standard settings. However, the difference is negligible, and it's the difference in price that's considerably more significant. The Rampage II GENE does a lot, but it's an expensive way to build a Core i7 system.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
Processor socketLGA1366
Form factormicroATX
Size244x224mm
Processor supportCore i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition
Processor external bus400MHz (1,600MHz quad-pumped FSB)
Chipset north bridgeIntel X58
Chipset south bridgeIntel ICH10R
Passively-cooled north bridgeyes
Integrated graphicsNo
Supported memory typeDDR3 1066/1333
Memory slots6
Maximum memory24GB
Dual-channel supportyes

Buying Information

Price£165
Supplierhttp://www.ilgs.co.uk
Detailswww.asus.com

Internal Ports

Power connectors1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots2
Dual graphics architectureSLI, CrossFireX
PCI-E x4 slots1
PCI-E x1 slots0
PCI slots1
Fan headers5
Floppy ports0
IDE ports1
Serial ATA ports6
RAID chipset (max disks)Intel ICH10R (6x SATAII, RAID 0, 1, 5, 10)

Features

Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Sound (ports)Creative X-Fi (6x analogue out, optical S/PDIF out)
USB2 ports / headers6/3
Firewire ports / headers1/1
Legacy ports1x PS/2
Other portseSATA
Cables included2x SATA, 1x IDE, SLI connector
Brackets includednone
Software includednone

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustmentCPU/RAM/Chipset
CPU clock max adjustment500MHz

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