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Much like the Rampage and Maximus series of yesteryears, ASUS has a microATX "GENE" variant for its Republic of Gamers X79 offerings, built for small form factor setups but yet offering similar overclocking abilities to its bigger Formula and Extreme brothers. We take an exclusive look at the new Socket 2011 motherboard…

Micro-sized box for the microATX motherboard – ASUS has some of the best packaging designers in the industry

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Rear View

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Included Accessories and Documentation

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The board – we see 4 DDR3 memory slots (which is excusable oweing to its size), 3 x PCIe x16 slots (more on the config later) and 1 PCIe x4 slot. Like its bigger Rampage IV Formula brother, passive heatpipe coolers take care of the cooling of the PCH and MOSFETs.

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Back of board – no chance of accidental electrical shots at the power circuitry area. Notice that the last PCIe x16 slot actually has 8 PCIe lanes of soldering points only.

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I/O Panel – Like all the other ASUS X79 boards, Bios Flashback (white USB port) makes it here as well. The eSATA is only 3GB/s and wired from the Intel PCH instead  of the usual ASMedia 6GB/s (probably due to limited board space). Gold plated audio connectors are used as well, which is a nice touch. Only 2 USB 3.0 ports are provided, although the 7 USB 2.0 ports should be enough for most users.

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