ASUS Maximus V GENE Z77 mATX Motherboard Review

Author: Eldonko
Date: May 5, 2012
Product Name: Maximus V GENE
Part Number: Maximus V GENE
Warranty: 3 Years
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Finally, the much anticipated Ivy Bridge and Panther Point launch has come! Intel decided to launch the chipset before the processors so back in March we previewed the full line of Intel Z77 boards by ASUS: the P8Z77-V PRO, P8Z77-V, P8Z77-M PRO, P8Z77 WS, Sabertooth, Maximus V Formula, and Maximus V GENE. Once the embargo lifted in April we brought you performance results from the i7-3770K with a huge array of tests and comparisons. Today we put one of the most interesting of the ASUS boards under the microscope. The Maximus V GENE Z77, a pint sized mATX product that packs a ridiculous number of features into a compact design.

Engineered by the renowned ASUS ROG team, the Maximus V GENE gives gamers what they need with the built-in SupremeFX III audio, “frag without lag” ASUS GameFirst and Intel Gb LAN. The GENE also includes a little something for extreme users with items such as ProbeIt, Extreme Tweaker, and a handy LN2 mode.

As a successor to Z68 (Cougar Point), the brand new Z77 chipset (Panther Point) brings a host of new and exciting features to the Maximus V GENE. It adds native USB 3.0 ports, full support for PCI-E 3.0, Rapid Start Technology, Quick Sync Video, Smart Response Technology, as well as Intel Smart Connect Technology. On top of that, LucidLogix Virtu MVP can add upwards of a 30% increase in 3D performance over and above a discrete GPU.

As we have seen with every ASUS ROG board in recent years, the BIOS is among the most advanced and refined in the industry. The ROG team really brought things to the next level with BIOS development and the GENE includes over a dozen memory presets as well as LN2 options to get you started with sub-zero benching. Extreme Engine DIGI+ II has been redesigned to cover 8 phases for CPU Vcore, 4 phases for the IMC, and 2 more phases for the system DRAM and the new FAN Expert 2 includes more customization options than we saw with the previous generation. This just scratches the surface of what the GENE has to offer.

Moderately priced at $220, the Maximus V GENE comes with the ROG standard 3 year parts and labour warranty plus the ASUS Premium Service (APS) program. Having the APS program gives the option to do an advanced RMA so if your board dies you can have a new one shipped to you the day you ship the broken board back to ASUS.

Although several Z77 motherboards are on the market already and reviews are popping up with Sandy Bridge CPUs, we wanted to pair this board up with a proper Ivy Bridge processor. It should be interesting to see whether ASUS’ newest generation of ROG boards can live up to the excellent tradition of previous designs.


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