Asus today revealed its new high-end motherboard which is the latest entry in its premium ROG “Republic of Gamers” line. The board is a micro-ATX form factor which is known by its “Gene” identifier. Rampage III comes with the latest LGA 1366 socket to support Intel’s latest Core i7 processors and is based on the X58 chipset. The Rampage III offers many new technologies over its predecessor Rampage II like support for USB 3.0, Sata 6 Gb/s and Asus ROG connect etc. The CPU is powered by an 8-phase PWM circuit, 2-phase for the six DDR3 DIMM slots for triple-channel memory support.
The expansion slots on the board consist of 2 Full Bandwidth Pci-e x 16 2.0 Slots, one open ended pci-e x4 slot and a legacy PCI slot. Both Nvidia SLI and ATI Crossfire x are supported. The ICH10R southbridge drives six SATA 3 Gb/s ports, while an additional Marvell-made controller drives two SATA 6 Gb/s ports. The audio connectivity includes 8-channel audio (probably SupremeFX X-fi), 2 USB 3.0 ports and a couple of USB 2.0 ports including one which holds Bluetooth module, Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire. A new ROG exclusive feature include ROG connect which allows user to control Over clocking through any Bluetooth enabled phone or similar device with power , reset and Clear CMOS buttons at convenient locations.
The price and availability of the motherboard are yet to be known.