Asus Rampage II GENE microATX motherboard review

The Intel Core i7 is still the most powerful desktop processor money can buy and it should come as no surprise that it's also the most expensive. Yet it's possible to get together the guts of a basic Core i7 system for $600 if you choose the still very speedy Core i7 920.

This got me thinking about building a microATX gaming system around the Core i7 platform as it seemed like a feasible thing to do, except for the lack of X58 motherboards using this form factor.

And then the Asus Rampage II GENE arrived, which is one of only two microATX motherboards currently available that support the Core i7. While microATX motherboards usually lack the support and features of a standard ATX board, Asus has evidently worked against that establishment making sure that the Rampage II GENE includes everything today's gamer might need along with overclocking support.

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Asus P6T deluxe $651nzd say minus a 100 dollars for matx $551nzd
G.SKILL 6GB Tri-Channel kit DDR3-1600 PC12800 $254.40nz
Intel CORE I7 965 NEHALEM QUAD CORE OEM $2283.64nzd
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 295 1792MB GDDR3 $1006.88nzd
OCZ Elite X Stream Power Supply 800W $344.04
Seagate ST3500418AS Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm SATA 16MB cache $111.95nzd
TOTAL COST $4551.91

this is the same hardware bar the mobo coz i can't find a price for one here yet as was used in the review

Atlonite said,
Asus P6T deluxe $651nzd say minus a 100 dollars for matx $551nzd
G.SKILL 6GB Tri-Channel kit DDR3-1600 PC12800 $254.40nz
Intel CORE I7 965 NEHALEM QUAD CORE OEM $2283.64nzd
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 295 1792MB GDDR3 $1006.88nzd
OCZ Elite X Stream Power Supply 800W $344.04
Seagate ST3500418AS Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm SATA 16MB cache $111.95nzd
TOTAL COST $4551.91

this is the same hardware bar the mobo coz i can't find a price for one here yet as was used in the review


You've selected a 965 processor, what do you expect?

That's one sexy motherboard. I just can't see spending the money for i7 yet. I just built a Core 2 Duo E8400 system with 8Gb of ram and I cant imagine needing anything faster right now and I do quite a bit of gaming. Not to mention I built the system from the ground up for the price of an i7 CPU, board and memory.