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ASUS ROG Rampage II Gene mATX X58 Motherboard - The Box and What's Inside

X58 goes MicroATX with ASUS' new Rampage II Gene. It's small, but can it run with the big boys?

By: | Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: Apr 24, 2009 5:06 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: ASUS

Package and Contents


ASUS ROG Rampage II Gene mATX X58 Motherboard


First off, its package and contents. MicroATX means a small box and ASUS hasn't oversized the box despite their reputation of putting their top line boards into large boxes. Yes, it is an ROG board, but it's still a Micro board. On the front of the box there are the usual ROG logos and the board model mentioned. The box is the same colour that the Rampage II Extreme was packed in, being red.


ASUS ROG Rampage II Gene mATX X58 Motherboard


On the back of the box there is the full spec list that is also included on the website, so you will not get any additional info on the web. ASUS does a good job by giving you all the info that is available on the website about the board on the back of the box. However, there is no colour photo of the board which is a bit of a letdown.


ASUS ROG Rampage II Gene mATX X58 Motherboard


When it comes to ASUS the documentation is extremely helpful. There is only a single user manual, however, the included one incorporates all the board settings, BIOS setup and software information in this rather thick manual. The included DVD contains quite a few programs including 3DMark Vantage.


ASUS ROG Rampage II Gene mATX X58 Motherboard


ASUS has a reasonable cable bundle with its Rampage II Gene. There is a single IDE cable supporting two drives as well as six SATA data cables. There are no FDD or SATA power converters in this setup.


ASUS ROG Rampage II Gene mATX X58 Motherboard


Now, this looks interesting. While it may be MicroATX by design, the board comes with Crossfire and SLI cables which means this board comes with two PCIe x16 slots; so happy days for those who want SLI or CF. A LCD poster unit is also included that gives read outs on the post codes and other features of the board when in operation.


ASUS ROG Rampage II Gene mATX X58 Motherboard


Lastly, there is a PCI expansion cover bracket along with the breakout connectors for the USB, FireWire and Front panel connectors.


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