The board, stripped of all its heatpipe coolers

Thoughtfully designed and minimalist heatsinks – we still would advocate active cooling of the mosfet area especially during heavy overclocking

 

A thermal pad is used to ensure good contact

 

The LOTES CPU socket is actually the same as the ones on the R4F and R4E, but no X-Socket (LGA1366 backplate) was bundled with the board

 

Plenty of power phases for heavy overclocking on this board. The usual 8-pin EPS connector is also included to provide enough juice

 

Voltage reading points are still present, and the PORT-80 debug LED is moved to this side of the board

 

4 x 6GB/s (2 from an ASMedia controller) + 2 x 3GB/s SATA Ports

 

Power/Reset buttons – the placement is a little disappointing as it is going to be hard to reach when the PCIe slots above them are filled

 

SupremeFX III audio solution, which is actually a Realtek hardware codec with Creative EAX enhancements. ASUS has enhanced it by using a big "Power Cap" and dedicated gold circuitry to keep the audio SNR ratio high

 

The PCIe slot configuration allows for triple-slot graphic cards (although the mATX casing will need 5 expansion cutouts instead of 4)

 

Stay tuned for our full review of the ASUS ROG Rampage IV GENE!

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