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Asus RoG Maximus V Gene review

Showing off the true potential of a stock-clocked Z77 chipset

Our Verdict

For

  • Great stock performance
  • Impressive feature list on a micro board
  • Quality auto-overclocking

Against

  • Can't quite keep up with the Sabertooth Z77 in the overclocking stakes

A familiar name, the same old colour scheme and a layout that leaves you with a sense of deja vu. But don't go thinking you've seen it all before with the Asus Republic of Gamers (RoG) Maximus V Gene.

This time around Asus's pint-sized MicroATX RoG Maximus powerhouse gets Intel's all new Z77 chipset just in time for the imminent launch of the 3rd Generation revision of the Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors.

Those Ivy Bridge chips aren't quite out yet.

In the meantime, we can get a feel for how the Asus Maximus V Gene and its Z77 chipset handles with an existing Intel Core i7 processor thanks to the fact that Intel has, for once, decided to carry over the LGA1155 socket, ensuring backwards compatibility with Sandy Bridge-era Intel CPUs.

More to the point, we can also line the Maximus V Gene up against its shiny new Z77-based competition in the shape of the MSI Z77A-GD65 and sibling rival Asus Sabertooth Z77.

Vital stats
Chipset - Intel Z77
Socket - Intel LGA 1155
CPU support - Intel 2nd & 3rd Generation Core
Form factor - microATX
Graphics support - Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFire, Intel integrated
High speed interfaces - 4x USB 3.0, 2x SATA 6Gbps

Benchmarks

It's getting to know you time with Intel's new Z77 chipset.

The Asus RoG Maximus V Gene forms part of a Z77 launch trio along with the MSI Z77A-GD65 and Asus Sabertooth Z77.

It's certainly an interesting comparison. While the Sabertooth takes the spoils for outright overclocking, it's the RoG Maximus V Gene that delivers the best performance at default settings.

Intriguing.

Memory bandwidth performance

Asus RoG Maximus V Gene benchmarks

Video encoding performance

Asus RoG Maximus V Gene benchmarks

Overclocking

Asus RoG Maximus V Gene benchmarks

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelZ77 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX, CrossFire
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameROG
Form FactorMicro ATX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3, Pentium Dual-core, Celeron Dual-Core
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory32 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots4
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces6
QuickPath Interconnect5 GT/s
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots4
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
DisplayPortYes
Total Number of USB Ports8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports4
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports6
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports4
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 3.0, PCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots4
Memory Form FactorUDIMM
Number of eSATA Ports1
Processor TechnologyTurbo Boost Technology 2.0, Smart Response Technology
Width243.8 mm
Depth243.8 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelMaximus V GENE
Product NameMaximus V GENE Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part Number90-MIBI20-G0EAY0VZ
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

The Republic of Gamers consists only the best of the best. We offer the best hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and we welcome the best gamers to join in.

In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. We believe in making statements and we excel in competitions. If your character matches our trait, then join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers.

Package Contents
  • Maximus V GENE Desktop Motherboard
  • User's Manual
  • I/O Shield
  • 2 x SATA 3Gb/s Cable(s)
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s Cable(s)
  • 1 x SLI Bridge(s)
  • 1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
  • 1 x ROG Connect Cable(s)
  • 1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
  • 1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)