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.
Excerpt: The latest addition to Asus’ ‘Republic of Gamers’ series of ultra high-end motherboards isn’t something that an enthusiast or a hardcore gamer would expect—a micro-ATX motherboard. This time around, Asus has something to enthrall LAN party goers who prefer carrying a mini tower case instead of a bulky mid tower one. The last product we saw from the ROG series was the X58-based Rampage II Extreme for the new Intel Core i7 processors.
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.
Summary: Well, what I say about the Asus Rampage II Gene (X58) Motherboard. If you look at the results from our tests, I have to say ... it's surprisingly good and in my opinion, one of the best micro ATX motherboard I've tested to date. It produced excellent scores during our benchmarks, and came out on top against some of the X58 based motherboards we've tested.
Pros: - Excellent performance, - Excellent overclocking ability, - Intel X58 chipset, - Support all socket-1336 Core i7 processors, - Support Triple Channel DDR3 memory, - Supreme FX X-Fi HD audio, - Asus EPU 6-Engine, CPU level up, MemOK! and iROG, - Supports BOTH CrossfireX and SLI, - Comes with FREE software