ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Review

Up Close cont

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Review

Up Close cont

One major area the Gene-Z hasn't changed when compared to the earlier models is in the use of the PCI-e release latches and single-latch DIMM sockets. These are both far and away the most user-friendly solutions on the market and, having lost more than enough knuckle skin attempt to flick some tiny lever to release the GPU on other boards, we applaud it. The PCI-e slots themselves are x16 in single-card mode and x8 in Crossfire/SLI setups.

Your eyes don't decieve you, the audio ports really are that close to the top PCI-e slot. There is about 4mm clearance between the back of our stock GTX570 and our CPU cooler. This definitely is a tight squeeze.

Below the ATX24 pin power are the ProbeIt monitoring points and the 'Go' button that loads a specific BIOS setting of your choosing.

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Review     ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Review  

The Gene-Z comes with the ASUS Extreme Engine Digi+ Power phase, meaning 8 phases for the CPU, 4 for the iGPU and 2 for the memory. Storage is handled by four SATA-II ports and two SATA-III ones. Similarly to USB 2.0 there comes a point at which, because of the backwards compatibility of both, we wonder why manufacturers don't replace the whole arrangement with the improved respective version 3s.

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Review     ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Review  

Because of the compact nature the start and reset buttons are found below the PCI-e x1 slot.

The IO ports are the back are plentiful to say the least. 8 USB 2.0 ports, 2 USB 3.0, 2 eSATA and the audio ports are found alongside an external CMOS clear, GigaLAN and the HDMI for the integrated graphics.

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Review     ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Review

«Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next»

Most Recent Comments

29-06-2011, 14:17:12

tinytomlogan
Today we take a look at the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z. Does it live up to the Maximus name?



Continue Reading

29-06-2011, 14:26:46

S_I_N
nice

29-06-2011, 14:31:41

V7Viper
nice review!

29-06-2011, 14:34:46

SieB
Not a bad board I hope it does come in at 130 though it doesn't seem worth 160 or more

Good review as usual Bryan.

29-06-2011, 14:36:24

S_I_N
damn messed that up as well meant to remove the link and it typed into my reply yeah I figured out I had the wrong post lmao

29-06-2011, 14:39:10

SieB
Quote:
Originally Posted by S_I_N View Post

Newegg has them for 559$ so I'm not thinking 130L range

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131726
Wrong board matey, this is the Matax z68 board it's not the one from the Shadow H2O build.

29-06-2011, 18:33:56

badtaylorx
yup....startin to wish i went intel

30-06-2011, 18:23:43

SG12004
nice

30-06-2011, 20:53:39

yggdrasil
Wish it was a bit cheaper but I will still probably get it.

16-07-2011, 08:00:53

superlattice09
nice review. Wondering which is better as compared to P8Z68-V pro, of which is a few quids more expensive.

17-08-2011, 11:14:17

badtaylorx
so have you guys contemplated changing this to gold or a value award??? i can get this in the states for $150 right now.....thats less than 100 ??quid?? aint'it???

17-08-2011, 19:40:19

drsen
nice review,sometimes they did dip to 135, i got my gene 3 x58 for that much

18-08-2011, 16:26:58

AxJaWz
Nice board!
Reply
x

Register for the OC3D Newsletter

Subscribing to the OC3D newsletter will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology reviews, competitions and goings-on at Overclock3D. We won't share your email address with ANYONE, and we will only email you with updates on site news, reviews, and competitions and you can unsubscribe easily at any time.

Simply enter your name and email address into the box below and be sure to click on the links in the confirmation emails that will arrive in your e-mail shortly after to complete the registration.

If you run into any problems, just drop us a message on the forums.