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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
The Overclocking DNA - ASUS Rampage II Gene (Intel X58)
14 June 2011
Conclusion: Someone must have unleashed a whole new wave of high-end enthusiast oriented microATX boards onto the market. While we can't say for sure the origins of this trend (though we have our suspicions), it's obvious that vendors are treating this segment seriously.