Still peerless micro champ

A Review On: Asus Rampage II GENE Core i7 / Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX & SLI/ A&2GbE/ MATX Motherboard

Asus Rampage II GENE Core i7 / Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX & SLI/ A&2GbE/ MATX Motherboard

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Pros: Overclocking features, Asus Fusion Northbridge Cooler

Cons: No USB3, SATA 6Gb/s Support.

While this board may have seen a successor in the form of the Asus Rampage III Gene, and a handful of 1156, and 1155 younger cousins, the Rampage II Gene is still the best 1366 Micro ATX motherboard available.

All of the features of full sized boards of similar vintage are available. There is support for six core processors, SLI, Crossfire, triple channel memory, ICH10R RAID, and a X-Fi branded integrated audio processor (not Creative silicon, but software).

The clear advantages the board offers over the Rampage III Gene are eSata support, the LCD poster and a Asus Fusion design- modular NB/Power phase cooling setup. The later allows the tiny NB heatsink to be removed, and replaced with either a proper HSF, or waterblock. The power regulation and the NB will remain connected via the heatpipe and will both be cooled by the replacement heatsink/block. With the popularity of tower style HSF and LCLC kits, the lack of cooling air flow across the NB heatsink in normal situations will cause the temperatures to skyrocket when attempting very high Bclk speeds. This feature was available on select Asus ATX boards, of the era, but has sadly fallen out of favor.

If you're looking for a phenomenal micro ATX 1366 board, and don't mind the missing USB3, and Sata 6Gb/s support, you owe it to yourself to source a Asus Rampage II Gene.

-Ronin de Beatrice


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