ASUS Rampage IV Gene Review

By on February 7, 2012
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Unleashing X79 power in a small package.

Good: Decent stock performance, Easy and stable overclock, AI Suite II software provide a rich overclocking and system management experience
Bad: Stock performance slower than competitors, Only place for 2-way SLI/CFX setup
Price: AED 900
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The BIOS is the same UEFI version we have seen in the Rampage IV series before, so nothing new to discover here. The layout may not be the most intuitive at first glance, but it’s very easy to dig deep and find the values you want to change.

The best part is, of course, how easy it is to change values given the helpful description ASUS has provided for pretty much every setting. While it’s easy to auto-overclock the system by choosing the presets provided by ASUS, the maximum value only goes up to 4.50GHz. It’s far easier to just change the Turbo Ratio for all cores to 47, and bump up the CPU Vcore to 1.45v to get the overclock I have always achieved on the Core i7-3960X.

And if BIOS is not your thing, overclocking the system from within Windows is also child’s play thanks to the very easy AI Suite II software.  There are other tools as well, to help you beyond just the overclocking bit, as you’ll have complete control fan and power management, in addition to their USB 3.0 boost algorithm and faster charging of USB devices via the Ai Charger+. While running benchmarks, the temperature and voltage monitoring system also comes in very handy as it will not only show real-time results, but also record the readings for analysis.

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