That's some pretty crazy stuff. This was the smallest motherboard we tested, yet it was the fastest in terms of performance. The overall baseline performance trumps all other Z77 boards we tested as ASUS applies a little trick with the ROG motherboard, likely slightly higher turbo's for the low bin threads. That doesn't matter as it will benefit you the end-user.
We already tested the SaberTooth Z77 and that is a scrumptious motherboard. The GENE however ups it a notch. The overall design and the features kill anything in its path ... for this small form factor.
Being on mATX and then still have two x16 PCIe 3.0 ports absolutely rocks. Overclocking and tweaking with this motherboard is a breeze as well, if you go for a manual tweak you may go as complex as you desire, that's what ROG motherboards are about. However for the not so PC savvy tweakers, you could just enabled one of the several CPU level up modes and let the motherboard overclock itself with a variety of choices.
Speaking about overclocking, Ivy bridge processors run hotter when overclocked opposed to Sandy Bridge once you pass 1.35~1.4 Volts on the CPU. Reaching 4.5~5.0 GHz is fairly easy to accomplish with the motherboard but you'll find yourself needing juice in the 1.40 Volts range of the processor. So be prepared for processor heat, proper liquid cooling definitely deserves a recommendation as heatpipe cooling will not be sufficient at those speeds, even our dual fan Noctua D12 was not able to pass that test.
As shown we popped in G.Skill's new Trident X 2666 MHz memory as well, and in the BIOS we simply flicked the XMP profile to on and boom, the memory was running at a rather amazing clock frequency of 2666 MHz. Astonishing really, though that alone will not bring you heaps of extra performance.
Currently the price point of the ASUS Maximus V Gene is set at the sub 170 EUR market. For that amount of money you'll receive a complete motherboard with a wide variety in terms of connectivity, design and features. Out of all the Z77 motherboards we have had in our hands this one was the easiest to overclock with. Fiddle around with the multiplier and voltages alone is enough to reach 5 GHz on heatpipe based cooling.
We feel the Maximus V GENE is priced fair. Now due to its size sure, it does come with slightly less features like extra SATA ports, heaps of USB ports and more PCIe slots. But realistically, everything you need is there and more ... The keywords 4x DDR3, mini-PCIe, 2x PCI-e x16, Crossfire, SLi, 2x SATA-300, 4x SATA-600, eSATA, 8x USB 2.0, 6x USB 3.0, DP, HDMI, should sum it all up.
In addition you'll get features like improved audio with SupremeFX III, USB Flashback, the updated FanExpert features and the most dandy UEFI BIOS with extended tweaking options and CPU level up. It's just a very solid offering and a feast to work with. We very much like the ASUS Maximus V Gene and have every reason to recommend it, as such we'll do just that.
ASUS Maximus VI HERO motherboard review We review the ASUS Maximus VI HERO motherboard review motherboard. The Z87 ROG themed mainboard is intended for Intel's 22nm Haswell processors on Socket LGA1150.
ASUS Maximus VI Extreme Z87 motherboard review We review, test and benchmark the ASUS Maximus VI Extreme Z87 series motherboard. The Z87 ROG mainboard is intended for Intel's 22nm Haswell processors on Socket LGA1150. It is the high-end to enthusiast and pro-overclockers segmented product amongst the ASUS ROG series that comes with some nice features and decent overclock potential.
ASUS Maximus V Extreme review We review the ASUS Maximus V Extreme. There is a kind of people that feel enough is not enough, they want moar' and for exactly that kind of enthusiast end user ASUS creates ROG EXTREME products. This is a ROG (Republic of Gamers) motherboard, and that means extra enthusiast features alright, as for overclockers, here's where things start to get serious, the board is designed with a 12-phase Digi+ VRM, Subzero Sense, has voltage-measurement points and the ROG Connect technology (overclock the board via Bluetooth from their phone). And yes there's still more, ASUS throws in the OC Key as well, which creates an overlay on the active DVI monitor to adjust overclock settings in real-time without using additional software or hardware (it connects to the graphics card DVI port). The ASUS Maximus V Extreme just breathes overclock potential.
ASUS Maximus V Formula review We review the ASUS Maximus V Formula.The Formula series equals style, features and highly tweakable motherboards -- all made with the ROG (Replublic of Gamers) backing it up. What defines the Formula the best however is that the heat sinks are in fact waterblocks, the Maximus V Formula can be used on both air and water as the Maximus V Formula eliminates heat with a unique aluminum-finned heatsink that combines an all-copper water channel and heatpipe in one.