ASUS Rampage III Gene

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1 TweakTown
This time on the bench is the Rampage III Gene. The RIIIG (as we will call it moving forward) is the little brother to the Rampage III Extreme. It is an X58 based Micro ATX board with some of the same features of the much larger RIIIE. You also get a few extras that are not found on the RIIIE; these extras seem geared exactly towards the LAN party crowd.
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2 Tech Report
Gulftown's arrival ushered in a renaissance of sorts for Intel's LGA1366 platform, which includes the X58 Express core-logic chipset. As the original launch vehicle for the first Nehalem-based CPUs, the X58 has been around for just about two years now. Intel's flagship chipset is still a competent competitor, but with Sandy Bridge lurking just over the horizon, rumors of a six-core derivative swirling, and motherboards based on new 6-series chipsets on display at IDF, the X58 is destined to be deprecated... eventually.
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3 Guru3D
The end results is is, the ASUS Rampage III Gene ROG edition. You know, it is hard to believe that the first Core i7 processors and this chipset were released ages ago. I mean, the Core i7 965 Extreme and X58 chipset were released in 2008, November the 3rd 2008 to be precise.
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4 PureOC
As we've seen time and again, the ASUS Republic of Gamer lineup continues to offer powerhouse motherboards designed and marketed to those who wants some of the best performance, features, and quality on the market. It is indeed an exclusive club, but the Rampage III Gene is one of the best micro-ATX boards we've ever seen. Is it overkill? Sure it is. And that's part of its appeal to the enthusiast in all of us.
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