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Asus Rampage II GENE Review

Geekspeak411    -   August 11, 2009


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Testing:

To see just what kind of performance the Asus Rampage II GENE is capable of I will take it through the OverclockersClub benchmarking suite. It includes synthetic and gaming benchmarks to show how it performs. I will compare the performance of the Rampage II GENE against previously tested motherboards based on the same chipset. All of the stock testing is run with the factory default settings in the BIOS, save for manually setting the memory clock speeds, voltage and processor voltage. Turbo mode has been disabled on the X58 boards to eliminate any variables due to changing clock speeds during single and multi threaded benchmarks. SMT was enabled during testing as well. To overclock the Asus Rampage II GENE I will push the limits and try to show results that should be easily duplicated based on the capabilities of your CPU and system memory.

 

Testing Setup i7:

 

Comparison Motherboards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 920 190x20 1.44 volts
  • System Memory: Mushkin 3x 2GB 7-7-7-20 1148 MHz 1.65 volts

Overclocking was very easy on the RIIG, as such, there is hardly anything to write about. I already knew the clock limit of my processor so all I did was boot into the BIOS, set the speeds and timings, set the DRAM voltage to 1.65v and leave everything else on auto. I wasn't expecting anything to come of it since no other board was able to reach the 3.8GHz ceiling without more voltage tweaking but lo and behold the RIIG booted and was even P95 stable. Unfortunately I couldn't go higher even with tweaking but that is my chips fault, not the boards. Overall the BIOS was very facilitating to every one of my decisions made on a whim, I would recommend this motherboard to anyone who is interested in overclocking!

 

 

Benchmarks:

  • Scientific & Data:
  1. Apophysis
  2. WinRAR
  3. SpecviewPerf 10
  4. PCMark Vantage Professional
  5. Sandra XII
  6. ScienceMark 2.02
  7. Cinebench 10
  8. HD Tune 2.55
  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. BioShock
  4. Call of Duty World At War
  5. Dead Space
  6. Fallout 3
  7. Left 4 Dead
  8. 3DMark 06 Professional
  9. 3DMark Vantage



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