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Asus RoG Maximus V Gene review

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

As tightly, neatly and expertly packaged as the Gene is, it can't quite match its in-house rival the Asus Sabertooth Z77 for sheer visual polish or indeed cooling management.

But never mind, the pint-sized RoG is all about squeezing enthusiast class performance and features into a compact MicroATX form factor.

Asus has certainly done a good job of keeping everything as low profile as possible given the overall compactness with little to no MOSFET cooling intrusion into the socket area, even if the memory DIMM slots are a little close for comfort.

We've already covered the features that come with all Z77 motherboards in our MSI Z77A-GD65 review, but suffice to say you'll make very few compromises in return for the smaller dimensions.

Two PCI Express x16 slots and support for both SLI and Crossfire is all almost anyone will need on the graphics side.

You also get Lucid Virtu GPU virtualisation technology in newly revised MVP trim.

This allows you to have a discrete graphics card, or cards, installed and still use the QuickSync transcode engine embedded in Intel's integrated graphics core, as found in all Intel LGA1155 processors.

Not only that, via a technology known as Virtual Vsync, it also has new features that let you set graphics modes on a per-application basis and prevent screen tearing without kyboshing frame rates.

Then there are the usual RoG Maximus frills, including the RoG connect port and LED debug display along with high end components shared with Rampage boards and designed to cope with the extreme cooling used by pro overclockers.

That may sound irrelevant to most users, but it should make for good long-term stability with more moderate real-world overclocking.

The Asus board also has shielded routing for the sound adapter to improve audio quality.

Small in stature, the Maximus V Gene packs a very hefty punch.

It delivers great performance with default settings and its auto-overclocking feature is the most effective we've yet seen for an LGA1155 motherboard.

At around £150, the Gene isn't exactly a bargain. It also can't quite match its Sabertooth sibling when it comes to outright overclocking headroom or aesthetic panache and cooling management.

We liked

You cannot argue with the RoG Maximus V Gene and the way it's managed to squeeze desktop-class performance into such a small, feature-rich motherboard.

It also manages stock performance that easily out-strips it's ATX scale cousins.

We disliked

It's tough to necessarily call it a dislike, but it's a shame the Maximus V Gene can't match the Asus Sabertooth Z77 for its overclocking performance. Still, it's testement to the general power of the Gene that we want it to have the same sort of OC chops as the larger competition.

Verdict

A lot of power and features expertly crammed into a compact board, with great performance at default settings.

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
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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)