ASUS Rampage III Gene X58 LGA1366 MicroATX ROG Motherboard Review
Hi Tech Legion
24 August 2011
Summary: At a price point of $229.00, the ASUS Rampage III GENE falls into the Enthusiast class of motherboards.
Performance of the ASUS Rampage III GENE was outstanding in every aspect. CPU and GPU performance were excellent, OC was easily achieved with excellent flexibility in the BIOS and temps stayed cool throughout the system. Drivers installed easily and worked flawlessly.
Pros: Excellent Quality Design and Construction, mATX Form Factor for Smaller Builds, SLI/Crossfire-X Ready With Excellent Scaling, Extremely Flexible BIOS, Excellent Preinstalled BIOS Profiles, ROG Connect For Real Time Hardware Tweaking, ProBelt for Hardware Voltage Monitoring for Absolute Accuracy, CMOS Reset on Rear Panel, Excellent X-Fi Audio, Excellent USB 3.0 Transfer Rates
Cons: Ai Suite Quirky, Provided Incorrect Voltage Readings
Conclusion: The original Rampage II Gene was a good micro-ATX board for those looking to build a compact system. Rather than make significant changes to the already successful product, ASUS has simply updated technology with the inclusion of the SATA 6 GB/s and USB 3.0 to create the Rampage III Gene.
Summary: The Gene series has always occupied a bit of a niche market as power and portability rarely go hand in hand when it comes to PC hardware. Nevertheless with the Rampage III Gene Asus has refined an already-impressive product and injected the features we all now expect in a 2010 motherboard. Whether you are looking for a portable X58 powerhouse or simply want ROG features at a much cheaper price than the Rampage III Extreme, this is a great little board.
Pros: - Full size performance, - Diminutive size, - Outstanding Layout, - Great BIOS, - Superb overclocking
Cons: - Digital Coaxial would be welcome, - No eSATA connectors, - Expensive for a MicroATX board
Summary: The Asus Rampage III GENE is a very solid motherboard providing strong performance, impressive overclocking abilities and up to date features. Without a doubt this is the most powerful MicroATX motherboard available and at $240 US it is also the most expensive. However price aside, the Rampage III GENE is a must have item for serious gamers looking to build a powerful mATX gaming system.
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Conclusion: Das ASUS Rampage 3 Gene hat in unserem Test gut abgeschnitten. Für Highend-HTPC Benutzer, die auch Wert auf Overclocking legen, gibt es derzeit wahrscheinlich kein besseres Board am Markt. Als besonders effektiv hat sich das Kühlungsprinzip erwiesen, denn bereits ein kleiner Luftzug reichte, um im Testdurchlauf die IOH-Temperatur unter 50°C zu halten. Trotz der geringen Abmessungen braucht man jedoch keine Abstriche im Bereich Features oder gar Ausstattung machen.
Pros: Overclocking, Features speziell für Übertaktung, Geeignet für HTPCs wegen mATX, Performance