ASUS ROG Rampage IV GENE Motherboard Review

gene ASUS' Republic of Gamers (ROG) series of products has been designed, built, and marketed from the ground-up to stand out from the crowd.  The aggressive red and black color scheme screams attention to detail and creates a notion that the ROG lineup isn't a product to get lost in the crowd.  The ROG lineup is meant to cater to a higher tier of enthusiasts with products in the lineup for the small form factor gamer (Gene), the gaming enthusiast (Formula), and the hardcore overclocker (Extreme).  ASUS has selectively chosen the genetics (pun intended) for the Rampage IV Gene so that it will earn the title as the "Super Badass mATX King," a small motherboard which will reign supreme(FXIII).  With the lame puns out of my system (for now), let's dig in!

Overview

The arrival of Intel® LGA 2011/X79 CPUs has been met with great joy among gamers, and ROG has the most powerful micro ATX X79 gaming board ready, designed to make the most of new Intel® tech while offering perfect features for your compact gaming PC. This is the board of choice for anyone wanting the power yet mindful of conserving space and weight.

 

SupremeFX III™ audio hardware comes standard on the new GENE, with a custom board layout that isolates it from the rest of the PCB to eliminate interference. The sound component’s power circuitry uses a 1500uF capacitor to reduce power ripple and guarantee stability for the clear and precise sound you demand in gaming, giving you the edge in every move.

 

Intel® Ethernet and ROG GameFirst technology reduce CPU latency for netcode processing and optimize bandwidth management with multiplayer gaming put in first priority. They assure you a faster, cleaner, less prone to latency, and far smoother connection.

 

Play on and overclock with superior confidence – Rampage IV GENE ships with exclusive ROG Extreme Engine Digi+ II digital power conversion for more efficient delivery and easier overvolting. It’s backed up by Black Metallic solid state capacitors capable of 10K-hour endurance (even when operating at 105°C), and NexFET™ Power Block MOSFETs, which can take five times more punishment than generic parts.

 

*Courtesy of ASUS

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Specifications


CPU Intel® Socket 2011 for 2nd Generation Core™ i7 Processors
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list
Chipset Intel® X79
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Quad Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Multi-GPU SUpport Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x16, red)
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode, red)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4
Storage Intel® X79 chipset :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
3 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
ASMedia® ASM1061 controller : *1
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
LAN Intel®, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Audio SupremeFX III built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
USB Ports ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® X79 chipset :
12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (8 at back panel, black+white, 4 at mid-board)
Overclocking Features ROG Connect
Extreme Engine Digi+ II :
Mem TweakIt
ProbeIt
UEFI BIOS
GameFirst
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
Loadline Calibration
USB BIOS Flashback
Overclocking Protection
Special Features ASUS TurboV EVO
ASUS EPU
ASUS Exclusive Features
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS Q-Design
Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.0
8 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to ROG Connect)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)
Internal I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
3 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)
2 x CPU Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
11 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x Go Button(s)
Accessories User's manual
I/O Shield
2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
1 x ROG Connect cable(s)
1 x ROG theme label(s)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)
BIOS 64Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS
Manageability WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Support Disc Support DVD:
- Drivers and applications
* ASUS AI Suite II
* ROG CPU-Z
* ROG GameFirst Utility
* Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 Utility
* ROG Mem TweakIt Utility
* ASUS AI Charger+
* WinZip
* ASUS USB 3.0 Boost
* ASUS Webstorage
* DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
* Kaspersky® Anti-Virus 1-year license
Form Factor uATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )
Note *1: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI device is not supported.

*Courtesy of ASUS

**More detailed specifications available at the ROG Rampage IV GENE product page

 

Unboxing and Included Accessories

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ASUS' ROG Rampage IV Gene's stark red box gives a bit of foreshadow into what's in store inside, as the box will no doubt stand out from the others on store shelves.  The box opens up to a fairly standard payload including a healthy 6 SATA cables, a USB header extension, the infinitely-useful case header extension, an SLI bridge, a ROG connect cable and manual, an in-depth user guide, and possilby the most important accessory, an "I'm Gaming DO NOT DISTURB" door knob placard, you know, so your mom/roommate/girlfriend/wife knows that you'll be out in "just a minute."

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