ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview

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Like the Extreme, Formula and Hero the ROG Maximus XI Gene steps away from the world of red packaging that has been such a feature of the Republic of Gamers brand and instead doubles down on the idea of a minimalist black box. We like it. We know it will divide opinion and we understand that throwing away such an identifiable element of your brand seems like lunacy, but the results are attractive and that's half the battle.

ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview  
ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview  

The ROG DIMM.2 idea allows you to utilise one of the DIMM slots as an extra M.2 drive port. With memory reaching denser capacities and the need for storage driven eternally by the voracious appetite of larger and larger games, it makes sense to utilise the third slot for storage rather than another 8GB of RAM. To this end ASUS bundle the Gene with a DIMM.2 heat sink which perfectly matches the design of the rest of the heat sinks on the Gene and doesn't look far removed from a stick of memory.


ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview  
ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview  
ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview  

Under the covers of the M.2 vertical heatsink you can see the padding that ensures both the M.2 drives are kept cool. With them being so temperature sensitive this is an area you can't afford to scrimp on. It's pointless spending a fortune on a blazing fast M.2 drive only to have it throttle due to inadequate air flow.


ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview  

As befits a ROG motherboard you get plenty of accessories included in the box. The Gene itself is much brighter than the other Maximus XI models, with more silver on the heat sinks and a generally lighter tone to the board in general. The IO section and heat sink combination which normally dominates ATX motherboards takes up about a third of the mATX Gene.


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08-10-2018, 18:57:07

AlienALX
ROG Gene. Sounds like some one who would hang out at the Blue Oyster.*

* Young people may not get that.Quote

09-10-2018, 15:12:08

Digikid
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
ROG Gene. Sounds like some one who would hang out at the Blue Oyster.*

* Young people may not get that.

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Those cadets never had a chance! Fantastic movie series!Quote

09-10-2018, 16:46:46

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by Digikid View Post
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! Those cadets never had a chance! Fantastic movie series!
haha I always remember the tune that plays as they walk in

Then they do it again, hear the song and their faces hahahaha.Quote

13-10-2018, 17:39:45

Avet
I love small form factor builds. Imagine this puppy in Hex-Gear R40 with some nice tubes, and fancy cables. And i still don't know why mATX hasn't becoming a standard. ITX could be expensive to make, because you are cramming a lot of stuff into small space. mATX is just right. It doesn't have to be this high-end, but decent VRM, 2 RAM sticks, all the connectivity, one PCI-E. Joyous. This is what 90% of the "regular" builds have.

I have a question for you Tom. Do lanes for dimm.2 m.2 drives both come from CPU? It says in the manual that 2 on board come from PCH. That is clear. And when you connect first one on dimm.2 PCI-E is switched to 8x. But nowhere is stated how the second one on dimm.2 is connected. It seems wasteful to have one connected to CPU lanes and other to PCH, and not use 4 perfectly fine CPU lanes. If you can't answer it now because of NDA, can you please check it for main review. Tnx.Quote

15-10-2018, 08:04:29

You_What?
I guess my Gene VIII just got the boot from home...

Had hoped they would revive the Gene and Impact (guess not so for that little one), look forward to the full review Tom and all.Quote
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