The launch of the Asus Rampage II Gene provided renaissance for the unfocused brand which started out as a young and enthusiastic brand, doing wonders in the Motherboard department. Later on though, success and market pressure became too much and the boards lost direction. The rebirth is with Rampage II’s performance and enormous potential in a tight and organized, micro-ATX format and price.

With baited breath

This has caused a heightened sense of anticipation as the market is waiting for the follow-up. After months of pestering, finally, ASUS III Gene (R3G) is here with us. Similar to the previous Rampage board, its structure revolves around the LGA 1366, theX58 platform and the Core i7 processors, which were released back in the November 3rd 2008. . There are high hopes that it would prove to be as desirable as the previous versions.

Market pricing

The Core i7 is currently the most powerful processor that you can buy. It should not be a surprise that it is also the most expensive. With current prices starting from $200, they are anything but cheap and in real sense, a worthy X58 motherboard will cost your wallet no less than $250. Still there is the DDR3 memory. Its value has improved immensely in the course of time. 6GB kit will go for $100-150. Online retailers are already listing the mother board with a price tag of 250 Euros.

New features expected

As its predecessors the R3G comes with its fair share of goodies. Included are eight SATA cables, two of which are labeled as specifically for use with the SATA 6GBps ports, a USB extension cable, an SLI bridge and the RoG (Republic of gamers) Q-Shield, ASUS’s useful Q-connectors for front panel wiring, some cable ties and some RoG sticker sheets. Basically, the platform will keep up with the competition in technology for quite a while. The Rampage III makers give all the required I/O and connectivity options, including Gigabit Ethernet, Firewall, Clear CMOS buttons and an integrated 7.1 channel audio.

Similarities and Differences.

There are a number of noticeable and unnoticeable differences between the R3G and the formers. The first and the easiest is the color scheme. The Rampage Gene II with its white, red, black and blue looked a little ‘schizophrenic’ ASUS has acquired the R3G in line with other RoG boards, dressed in purely red and black through out.

The overall layout is fundamentally the same as the GENE II. The heat pipe-linked heat sinks which cover the chipset and VRMs look primarily good. Their firm clamp and black finish and angular styling give an impression of quality aggressiveness.

The on-board sound has also seen an improvement, with the new SupremeFX-Fi 2 audio built in. It offers the EAX support and the X-Fi crystallizer. Nevertheless, the new codec is not likely to greatly change the way your music or games sound, but is an enhanced standard Intel HD audio.

The other significant changes are the addition of two USB 3.0 ports and two SATA 6 GBps ports. Despite having not seen many peripherals and SSDs that can take advantage of these new connections, these additions are slowly becoming typical in almost all new boards.