Great power in small size.
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.