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Dec 6, 2011

Asus Micro-ATX Rampage IV Gene LGA 2011 Motherboard Pictured

Asus is preparing to bring yet another addition to its impressive Republic of Gamers series of LGA 2011 motherboards with the Rampage IV Gene, a high-end solution that comes in the Micro-ATX form factor and targets LAN party goers.

Despite its small size, the Asus board includes pretty much all the features that one would expect from a top of the line ATX, or even much larger board, such as SLI/CrossFireX compatibility, a high-end VRM, Intel Gigabit LAN, SupremeFX III sound and out of the box DDR3-2400 support.

Furthermore, all the three PCI Express x16 slots included are PCIe 3.0 compliant, while the fourth black slot supports x4 speeds using the PCIe Gen 2 standard.

The expansion possibilities of the Rampage IV Gene are completed by three SATA 3 Gbps connectors and by another four SATA 6 Gbps ports, two of the latter being driven by a third party ASMedia controller.

One more SATA 3Gbps port was routed to the back of the motherboard as an eSATA connector, where users will also find two USB 3.0 ports, the now usual ROG connect and CMOS Clear switches, a BIOS flashback button, and a series of gold-plated jacks for 8-cahnnel audio with S/PDIF out.

These are driven by a new Asus SupremeFX III audio solution that promises to deliver audiophile-grade sound thanks to a high-fidelity HD Audio CODEC which is paired with an active circuit to eliminate EMI noise.

Furthermore, the CODEC chip is covered with an EMI shield and the area where this is located is electrically isolated from the rest of the board.

Sadly, no info regarding the pricing of the Rampage IV Gene is available right now. However this should be available soon enough as SweClockers reports that the Asus motherboard will become available early next year.


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