First Look at ROG Rampage IV Gene M-ATX LGA2011 Motherboard from ASUS

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Jan 9, 2012
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VR-Zone has posted a complete set of pictures of ASUS’s Upcoming ROG (Republic of Gamers) Series Motherboard – The X79 Chipset based ROG Rampage IV Gene which features a Micro-ATX Form Factor while retaining Overclocking features of the High End ROG Motherboards.

The ROG Rampage IV Gene features the LGA 2011 Socket which allows support for Intel’s Enthusiast Sandy Bridge-E Processors. Four DDR3 Memory slots allow for Quad Channel Memory Support, Additional DIMM Slots were not included due to form factor.

A total of 11 Power Phases are used to allow for heavy overclocking which are provided juice through an  8-pin EPS connector. Voltage reading points are located near the 24-Pin Connector Plug, A PORT-80 debug LED is also allocated at the top right side of the board. Power/Reset buttons have been placed near the PCI-e slots which would make them a bit hard to access when the slots are populated. The Power Phases, Mosfet’s and X79 PCH is cooled by two separate heatsinks linked together through heatpipes to transfer heat during high loads.

4 PCI-e slots are included on the board out of which only two allow for full x16 bandwidth, The last slot has x8 while the second comes with x4 bandwidth. SLI/CrossfireX Multi GPU configurations are supported by the motherboard. Storage allows for 4 x 6GB/s (2 from an ASMedia controller) + 2 x 3GB/s SATA Ports,I/O Includes ROG Connect Port, Reset Switch, SPDIF port, 7 USB 2.0 ports/2 USB 3.0 ports, e-Sata @ 3Gbps port and a 7.1 Channel Audio Jack controlled by ASUS’s SupremeFX III audio solution which uses Creative EAX enhancements.

That’s all there is to know about the motherboard, Check out the detailed article over at VR-Zone. The Rampage IV Gene is expected to launch at CES 2012 event.

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