ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Motherboard Review

By on September 13, 2011
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Great power in small size.

Good: Great performance out of box; Easy overclocking; Simple UEFI BIOS; Good software utilities
Bad: Small spacing between PCIe slots; Only 2x SATA III slots
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.

For testing the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z the components used included an Intel Core i7-2600K, Kingston HyperX T1 4GB DDR3-2200MHz memory, WD VelociRaptor 300GB HDD with Windows 7 Ultimate running on it and a Zotac GTX 580 AMP! Edition graphics card; all of which is powered by a Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold PSU. For comparisons I have used the award winning MSI Z68A-GD80, Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD and ASUS P8Z68-V Pro motherboards.

Yes, those are full sized high-end ATX boards being left behind by this micro ATX motherboard; that’s the effectiveness of Extreme Engine DIGI+ digital VRM design which adjusts the CPU’s performance to match the demand of the application. The ROG brand name isn’t just for show.

Note: Ignore the PCMark 7 score on the Gigabyte Z68XP-UD3-iSSD as those results incorporate the built-in 20GB Intel SSD’s performance as well.

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