ASUS Rampage III Gene Review
Let me digress.
The importance of genetics upon all of our lives cannot possibly be overstated. It's the reason that we look how we do, have the colour eyes we do, roughly our body shape and type, even our likelihood of early baldness.
In the animal kingdom it plays an large role with the survival of entire species thanks to their genetics and the evolutionary process.
This evolutionary process is evident in PC hardware too. From the humble glide-based Voodoo and Rendition cards we now see the latest mighty Direct 3D graphics systems. Of course almost nothing can trace its lineage quite as far as the x86 processors.
So being able to "trace your roots" is vital whether it's your family tree and knowing why Uncle George has got big ears, or being able to look at your hardware and see the evolution from a previous product you know and love.
We're very fond of the Rampage III Extreme here at OC3D and consider it one of the premium motherboards on the planet. So much so we keep badgering Asus to give us enough so the whole team can have one. Of course with any premium product it has a price tag to match and so isn't for everyone. If you, like us, lust after owning one then what you need is something that has the genetics of the Rampage III Extreme, without the price-tag.
Enter the Rampage III Gene. Genetically linked to the Rampage III Extreme, but in a compact form.
See, I was going somewhere with that genetics waffle after all.
|Chipset||Intel X58 with ICH10R|
|System Bus||6.4GT/s with QPI|
6xDIMM, max 24GB
Supports 2200, 2133, 2000, 1800, 1600, 1333, 1066
|Expansion Slots||2x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 and x16)|
1x PCIe x4
1x PCI 2.2
|Multi-GPU Support||NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX|
|Storage||6xSATA 3.0 (grey)|
Intel Matrix Storage Technology supports RAID 0,1,5 and 10
2x Marvell PCIe 9128 SATA 6Gb/s (red)
|LAN||Gigabit Intel LAN|
|Audio||SupremeFX X-Fi 2 Built-in|
|IEEE 1394a||2 ports. 1 rear, 1 internal|
|USB||2x USB 3.0 (NEC Controller)|
11x USB 2.0 (4 internal, 6 rear, 1 for ROG Connect)
Let's get a good look at the board then.