Asus Rampage II GENE ReviewGeekspeak411 - August 11, 2009
As usual with the rest of Asus's other premium boards, the RIIG comes with a healthy complement of accessories to get even the most resource lacking techie on their feet and running straight out of the box. The Republic of Gamers branding counts for more than just a cool name as well adding even more toys to the chest. First and foremost is the consistently themed user guide that actually has some helpful information inside. Seen next to it is the ever important driver installation disk.
Next up is the SLI adapter, one of the enthusiast touches that is sure to be appreciated. The RIIG is one of the very few boards to offer such scalability and it is awesome that it is included in this package. One of the most stand-out features included in a RoG motherboard has to be the LCD Poster. In the time that I have spent with this little screen I have fallen in love. The poster is a must have tool when overclocking, allowing you to see exactly which component is causing the computer to hang during POST and then allows you to monitor exact temperatures or voltages straight from the motherboard, ensuring their accuracy. Asus also includes what they call Q-Connectors, these little pieces allow you to plug your case headers in to them and fasten to the motherboard in one fell swoop! With current graphics cards getting larger and larger, it becomes increasingly difficult to access the ports underneath the monsters. SATA ports always seem to be placed directly underneath the card's overhang and while side facing ports help, Asus has included cables with a 90 degree bend in them to make sure that you can connect no matter what the circumstances!
One-upping the competition once again, Asus has gone above and beyond to protect your system. Not only have they applied a rugged and readable skin to the outer side of the shield, they have even padded the back of the shield to prevent any short circuits or any other related catastrophe for that matter.
Finally, what RoG would be complete without proper bling for your gear? The RIIG comes with a large RoG flame motif for your case as well as a "Powered by Republic of Gamers" sticker for anywhere else such as a keyboard or a monitor.
Now, onto the motherboard!