Asus Republic of Gamers Rampage III Gene review

So just how much can you fit onto a micro-ATX motherboard?

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  • Excellent performance
  • Comprehensive BIOS and tools


  • Expensive
  • A little too cramped

If, in some perverted alternate reality, Watty Piper had been more interested in PCs than trains, ASUS' latest piece of Republic of Gamers rolling stock, the Rampage III Gene would be the The Little Board That Could.

The Rampage III Gene has more features per square inch of PCB than almost any other we can think of, nearly matching its stablemate, the Rampage III Extreme, for extras, put packing it into a micro-ATX format.

Of course, there's an argument that says if you're the kind of person who wants to cram a high end Core i7 CPU into a small form factor case suitable for LAN gaming, and then try to overclock the hell out of it, then your reality must be slightly skewed anyway.

Stick a Core i7 980X in – and we did – and you have six core/16 thread performance in a shoe box case. Madness.

If that's your thing, though, you're well catered for. The Rampage III Gene goes up against the similarly small and well-specced likes of MSI's X58M and DFI's LANParty JR X58-T3H6.

To differentiate itself, it comes armed with USB 3.0, 6Gbps SATA and some clever on-board proprietary technology for maximising the Turbo features of a Core i7 chip.

The problem is that it's also the most expensive of the bunch. MSI's X58M can be had for less than half the price, so here's the question: is the Rampage III Gene twice as good?


Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX58 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorMicro ATX
Processor SupportedCore i7, Core i7 Extreme Edition
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory24 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots6
Number of PCI Slots1
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SAS Interfaces8
QuickPath Interconnect6.40 GT/s
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots4
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports9
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports2
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
Total Number of PCI Express Slots3
Processor TechnologyEnhanced SpeedStep Technology
Width243.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product NameRAMPAGE III GENE Republic of Gamers Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600, Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part Number90-MIBDC0-G0EAY00Z
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Republic of Gamers consists only the best of the best. We offer the best hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and we welcome the best gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. We believe in making statements and we excel in competitions. If your character matches our trait, then join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers.

Limited Warranty3 Year