Tuesday, January 17th 2012

ASUS Launches ROG Rampage IV GENE X79 mATX Gaming Board

Rampage IV GENE continues the legacy of Republic of Gamers motherboards by delivering gamers with enhanced performance that places a premium on fidelity and speed. SupremeFX III EMI-shielded audio guarantees better in-game sound, Intel Ethernet LAN and ROG GameFirst technology boost online multiplayer performance, while ROG Extreme Engine Digi+ II digital voltage regulation promotes improved overclocking.

The board further uses Black Metallic capacitors and NexFET Power Block MOSFETs for added durability and heat resistance. Unlike budget micro ATX boards, it supports 2-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX.


SupremeFX III audio

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) remains a detriment to quality sound, causing distortion and loss unless properly mitigated. Rampage IV GENE uses a custom PCB "red line" layout which physically isolates SupremeFX III hardware from the rest of the motherboard to eliminate interference and generate clearer, more precise, and deeper audio. Better sound helps competitive gamers with improved positioning and spatial awareness, in addition to promoting greater immersion. SupremeFX III comes with its own steel shield, a 1500uF capacitor for stable audio power delivery, plus gold-plated audio jacks. The setup has been tested to 110 dB SNR, ensuring lossless performance. EAX Advanced HD 5.0, Creative Alchemy, and THX TruStudio PRO are all fully supported. Rampage IV GENE comes bundled with a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB2 suite, providing the finest game audio of any micro ATX board, with realistic sound effect reproduction, lifelike music, and theater-grade movie sound.

Lag-resistant online gaming and multi-GPU support

Intel Ethernet reduces CPU utilization by as much as 35% when processing online activity compared to systems using standard LAN, which combats latency and boosts packet transmission. Better network performance presents an edge for gamers, with the overwhelming importance of global online multiplayer gaming requiring faster connections for a smooth and competitive experience. ROG-exclusive GameFirst contributes to achieving this goal, working as a connection supervisor to prioritize bandwidth availability and ensure games receive sufficient resources, even when downloading occurs in the background. To further accommodate gamers, Rampage IV GENE supports PCI Express 3.0 and 2-way SLI/CrossFireX for increased future proofing and flexibility.

Greater overclocking through improved endurance and stability

Rampage IV GENE ships with the exclusive ROG Extreme Engine Digi+ II design, consisting of digital voltage regulators for refined tuning and higher power efficiency. Gamers can adjust voltages in more precise increments, which aids in overclocking. Supporting this, Black Metallic capacitors and NexFET Power Block MOSFETs easily surpass the capabilities of generic parts. They resist heat better, last up to five times longer, and can take up to 20% higher temperatures than generic components, culminating in a highly durable and long lasting board that reduces the likelihood of instability even when running high intensity applications.

First X79 board officially certified by the USB-IF

In addition to its many advantages, the Rampage IV GENE has also secured the honor of being the first Intel X79-based motherboard formally authorized and certified USB 3.0-ready by the USB Implementers Forum. Certification speaks of the extensive testing and compatibility assurance ASUS puts into every board from early development to shipping. Always committed to advancing technology and giving consumers the best performance possible, ASUS has gone further and self-developed USB 3.0 Boost to accelerate data speeds beyond reference requirements. The multi-mode design of USB 3.0 Boost increases device connectivity for both the traditional BOT protocol and the newer UASP, and its inclusion on ROG boards offers gamers even better value than before.

Complete range of X79 gaming boards

The release of Rampage IV GENE follows the previous launch of Rampage IV Extreme and Rampage IV Formula Intel Socket LGA 2011/X79 Express Chipset-based models. The three maintain ROG leadership in the gaming and overclocking motherboard segments, providing consumers with superior performance and the finest quality in a vibrant PC gaming scene where technical excellence is critical.
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19 Comments on ASUS Launches ROG Rampage IV GENE X79 mATX Gaming Board

#1
Initialised
Step up ASUS, where's the RoG m-ITX X79?
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#2
gumpty
Good to see them continuing with the Genes.

[sits back and waits patiently for the ROG Ivy Bridge Gene]
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#3
RejZoR
Theys finally ditched the stupid PCI slot. It was about freakin time. If you ask me they could do it with the first Gene boards on X58. If you had that kind of money to go the X58 way, you also had enough to replace old PCI soundcard with PCIe one. Anyway, good to see it's gone.

I always liked the Gene series. Too bad AMD support isn't exactly great for Gene series.
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#4
rpsgc
Why isn't the PCI-E x4 slot at the very top? Talk about stupid decisions.
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#5
tigger
I'm the only one
Were's the 8 pin cpu power socket? Edit got it.

Very nice board indeed, i like asus's Matx Gene series boards.
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#6
THE_EGG
by: RejZoR
Theys finally ditched the stupid PCI slot. It was about freakin time. If you ask me they could do it with the first Gene boards on X58. If you had that kind of money to go the X58 way, you also had enough to replace old PCI soundcard with PCIe one. Anyway, good to see it's gone.

I always liked the Gene series. Too bad AMD support isn't exactly great for Gene series.
D: I'm sad about this because my sound card is PCI - being an ASUS Essence ST.


by: rpsgc
Why isn't the PCI-E x4 slot at the very top? Talk about stupid decisions.
So that way SLI/Crossfire can work on this board using dual slot video cards.
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#7
THE_EGG
by: Initialised
Step up ASUS, where's the RoG m-ITX X79?
I think having 4 memory bays on a m-itx board would be extremely challenging for ASUS to design, although if they tried really hard I'm sure it would be possible.
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#8
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
I'd love to be able to build a new rig around this board.
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#9
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: THE_EGG
I think having 4 memory bays on a m-itx board would be extremely challenging for ASUS to design, although if they tried really hard I'm sure it would be possible.
You realize that he's asking for the product that this thread is about, right?


:wtf:

"O hai? where's my board?"


"Oh Johnny, it's right here, look at these beautiful images"


"Images, bah, WHY NO CAN BUY!!!?!!!"
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#10
THE_EGG
by: cadaveca
You realize that he's asking for the product that this thread is about, right?


:wtf:

"O hai? where's my board?"


"Oh Johnny, it's right here, look at these beautiful images"


"Images, bah, WHY NO CAN BUY!!!?!!!"
? He asked about an m-itx board, this thread is about an m-atx board. :wtf:
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#11
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: THE_EGG
? He asked about an m-itx board, this thread is about an m-atx board. :wtf:
I know. And the m-atx is as close to m-itx is as close as it's gonna get. Impossible to make a decent OC board in such a small form factor.


Non-RoG...yeah, maybe that.
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#12
Initialised
Gigabyte H55N was great for OC'ing the i5 750. Who says a small board can't OC?
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#13
cadaveca
My name is Dave
by: Initialised
Gigabyte H55N was great for OC'ing the i5 750. Who says a small board can't OC?
X79 is not H55. Twice the power consumption when OC'd. :rolleyes:

My Zotac ZS68-WiFi clocks pretty good too. But it's not X79 either.

You will give up too much, IMHO, in m-itx and X79, for decent clocks. Get an X79 board, and you'll underrstand why I say that.
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#14
johnnyfiive
Nice. I know what board I'm using with the next build now. ;)
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#15
Jizzler
Nice. Good looking, great slotage.

As for an ITX X79 board? Hot! (and very possible) Though probably not all that practical compared to other chipsets/cpus.
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#16
Initialised
by: cadaveca
X79 is not H55. Twice the power consumption when OC'd. :rolleyes:

My Zotac ZS68-WiFi clocks pretty good too. But it's not X79 either.

You will give up too much, IMHO, in m-itx and X79, for decent clocks. Get an X79 board, and you'll underrstand why I say that.
I know, I've been playing with X79's for a while.

200W with a hefty overclock:

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#17
cadaveca
My name is Dave
I'm pulling 300W @ 4.6 GHz with my 3960X.

:shadedshu

I'd love your chip. :laugh:
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#18
dlpatague
As an owner of a 2 gene and 3 gene, I may as well pick this one up as well. Love these boards.
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#19
THE_EGG
by: cadaveca
I know. And the m-atx is as close to m-itx is as close as it's gonna get. Impossible to make a decent OC board in such a small form factor.


Non-RoG...yeah, maybe that.
So basically what I already said =.=
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