Conclusion: We've always been pretty impressed by ASUS' Republic of Gamers motherboards here at Elite Bastards, but I have to confess that when I first heard and saw about the company releasing a micro-ATX, Intel X58 chipset motherboard as part of that range a shiver of anticipation ran down my spine. To be fair, we must mention that ASUS aren't the only company to launch a micro-ATX X58 part (DFI also have their own offering on the market) but that still hasn't dimmed my...
Excerpt: So far Intel's Core i7 platform has managed to acquire quite a few participants. In fact, all of the major players out there have X58 based boards out now and even more coming out in droves. It seems that while high in price, X58 and Core i7 has a following for being the fastest in desktop computing.
Conclusion: ASUS has another winner on their hands with the Rampage II Gene. The motherboard defies your expectations when it comes to micro-ATX motherboards. Historically micro-ATX motherboards have shipped with weak BIOS implementations that skimp on bus speeds, voltages, and other settings that are critical to successful CPU OC’ing. As a result, enthusiasts can’t wring every last MHz out of their processor.
Conclusion: Even I have to admit I am rather surprised at the performance this little ASUS Rampage II GENE motherboard had to offer me, especially considering that this “is” a micro ATX design motherboard. I did not have much hope for this motherboard to perform as well or even as good, for that matter, as the other much larger X58 variants offered.