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Written by Hank Tolman   
Monday, 26 March 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS Rampage IV Formula Gene Motherboard
Closer Look: ASUS Rampage IV Gene
Rampage IV Gene Detailed Features
Motherboard Features and Specifications
Motherboard Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Extreme Edition Tests
PCMark Vantage Tests
CINEBENCH R11.5 Benchmarks
CPU-Dependent 3D Gaming
PassMark PerformanceTest
Media Encoding Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Tests
SPECapc Lightwave
Blender and POV-Ray
ROG X79 Express Motherboard Final Thoughts
ASUS Rampage IV Gene Conclusion

Motherboard Features and Specifications

ASUS Rampage IV GENE Specifications

Specifications supplied by ASUS.

CPU

Intel Socket 2011 for 2nd Generation Cor i7 Processors
Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2
* Refer to http://www.asus.com/ for CPU support list

Chipset

Intel X79

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Quad Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
* Refer to http://www.asus.com/ or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA SLI Technology
Supports AMD CrossFireX Technology

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (dual x16, red)
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x8 mode, red)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4

Storage

Intel X79 chipset :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
3 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
ASMedia ASM1061 controller : *1
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red

LAN

Intel, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

Audio

SupremeFX III built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 110 dB
- Output THD+N at 1kHz: 95 dB
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
- 1500 uF Audio Power Capacitor
- Gold-plated jacks
- X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity
- EAX Advanced HD 5.0
- THX TruStudio PRO
- Creative ALchemy
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel

USB Ports

ASMedia USB 3.0 controller :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel X79 chipset :
12 x USB 2.0 port(s) (8 at back panel, black+white, 4 at mid-board)

Overclocking Features

ROG Connect
Extreme Engine Digi+ II :
- 8 -phase CPU power design
- 3 -phase VCCSA power design
- 2 + 2 phase DRAM power design
Mem TweakIt
ProbeIt
UEFI BIOS features :
- ROG BIOS Print
- GPU.DIMM Post
GameFirst
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
Loadline Calibration
USB BIOS Flashback
Overclocking Protection :
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Special Features

ASUS TurboV EVO :
- CPU Level Up
ASUS EPU :
- EPU
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- MemOK!
- Onboard Button : Power/Reset/Clr CMOS (at back IO)
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector

Back I/O Ports

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.0
8 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to ROG Connect)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)

Internal I/O Ports

1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
3 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)
2 x CPU Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
11 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x Go Button(s)

Accessories

User's manual
I/O Shield
2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
1 x ROG Connect cable(s)
1 x ROG theme label(s)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)

BIOS

64Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS

Manageability

WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE

Support Disc

Support DVD:
- Drivers and applications
* ASUS AI Suite II
* ROG CPU-Z
* ROG GameFirst Utility
* Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 Utility
* ROG Mem TweakIt Utility
* ASUS AI Charger+
* WinZip
* ASUS USB 3.0 Boost
* ASUS Webstorage
* DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
* Kaspersky Anti-Virus 1-year license

Form Factor

uATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )

Note

*1: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI device is not supported.



 

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