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ASUS Rampage III Gene (X58 Express) Motherboard - Test System Setup and Comments

After trying out the Rampage III Extreme a short while back, today we see if its little brother is worthy of the name.

| Socket LGA 1366 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 23, 2010 6:49 am
TweakTown Rating: 87%Manufacturer: ASUS

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Setting up the Rampage III Gene was as easy as the other ROG boards. That is up until we started looking for the TurboV software. Looking through the drivers and utilities DVD-ROM, we could not find where it was; at first.

 

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Of course, as we told you, we did finally find it in the AI Suite II, but there was no indication that it was there. After we sorted this out we got down to playing with some of the other items in the utilities list.

 

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We tried out the GameFirst utility and found that it was a passable piece of software that while not the most efficient, was also not the worst I have seen. We did notice that while it was able to balance data coming into and out of the PC, it was not able to deal with our firewall's QoS and actually caused a few drop outs during gaming.

 

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The VIA audio CODEC combined with the THX software was outstanding, Even with the software installed we saw no decrease in performance in gaming or other applications.

 

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I would caution you that this was with a six core, twelve thread CPU, so it is possible that on a lower end CPU you could have some performance lag, but it would be minimal.

 

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