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Asus Rampage II GENE

The Asus Rampage II GENE is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1366/Socket B socket.

It has 24 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the Micro-ATX form factor standard.

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Asus Rampage II GENE

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1366/Socket Bhelp iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconSLI Support2 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel X58/ICH10R help iconCrossfire Support2 graphics cards
help iconRelease Date01 Mar 2009help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorMicro-ATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x4 v2.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM24 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.07
help iconMemory Channels3help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
  • DDR3 1866 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots6help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 5 x fan header
  • CD/DVD drive connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • System Panel Connection
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear6help iconBack Panel I/O
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector

Asus Rampage II GENE compatibility review

The Asus Rampage II GENE uses the Intel LGA 1366/Socket B CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1866 MHz, and 4 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 24 GB RAM.

Released on 01 Mar 2009, the Asus Rampage II GENE is now over 9 years old, which means it is extremely out of date and is based on very aged technologies. This motherboard will be dwarfed in performance by its modern counterparts, and will likely have very little support from Asus.

The Micro-ATX Asus Rampage II GENE should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.

The Asus Rampage II GENE has 7 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The Asus Rampage II GENE does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Asus Rampage II GENE's PCIe v2.x. The Asus Rampage II GENE supports up to 2 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards or up to 2 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

The Asus Rampage II GENE has 12 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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