Asus Rampage II GENE ReviewGeekspeak411 -
Wow! Asus has entered the fledgling uATX gaming industry with a bang. At $250 it isn't cheap compared to older chipsets that can be gotten for as low as $70, but you get what you pay for. The pricing is right in line with the other X58 boards, but that doesn't mean it's a bargain. Coming with a stunning accessory bundle and software to boot, the Asus Rampage II GENE is very deserving of it's RoG status among its peers. The BIOS blew me away and Overclocking was almost boring only having to set up the RAM and punch in a clock speed, as the board did the rest. It is very easy to see if your OC is effective or not as well due to the inclusion of an advanced key for 3DMark 06. The cooling is well thought out and temperature remained very reasonable throughout testing, if you ever go to the point where it isn't enough just pop an a water block! The performance scaled strangely yet linearly as the resolution went up.
Even above the excellent quality and thoughtful inclusions however is the sheer fact that all of these features fit onto such a tiny board. Integrated X-Fi is extremely nice, and being able to run SLI or Crossfire on such a small board is a huge boon to gamers on the go. I am extremely impressed with the Asus Rampage II GENE and recommend it without reservation to anyone looking for a uATX board. I also recommend it to people just looking to get into overclocking, because with the temp monitors you can OC on auto, see what the board sets, and then work from there! Asus has out-done themselves with the Rampage II GENE, which holds to its Republic of Gamers branding to the roots.