ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview

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ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview

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The Maximus XI Hero and Formula have 8+4pin ATX12V connectors, but the Gene has 8+8! If you've ever needed the most, smoothest power delivery then the mATX Gene might very well fulfil your requirements. 

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Just above the top heat sink there are three headers for your AIO pump and fans. It's amazing how quickly the AIO solution has taken over the market. The moment we all realised how relatively quiet and efficient they were, and were reassured they wouldn't split and spurt liquid all over your expensive components, they became the go-to choice for almost everyone. This is reflected in the support on nearly every motherboard we look at.


ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview  

With a smaller footprint than the full size ATX Maximus XI the positioning of the components is more limited, but it has enabled the designers on the Gene to put all the overclocking tools in the one place. From the Mem OK II that can overcome any overtly hopeful memory settings or weird RAM combinations, to safe booting, reset and, of course, the power button.


ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview  

The vertical placement of the M.2 socket is important given the lack of room on a mATX PCB. With the split of the DIMMs into dual slot and a ROG DIMM.2 for extra M.2 storage, the vertical M.2 just fills a nice gap. It's odd that the 24 pin ATX power is mounted the standard way on the Gene, as the connectors at the bottom edge have .. well let's show you.


ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Gene Preview  

Remember when certain ideas are included on a motherboard that are so obviously the correct way to do it that you wonder why it has taken this long to develop the solution? We feel that way about the horizontal pin placements on the Gene. Okay, you will need to place the majority of the cables in before you screw the motherboard to the case, but the Gene is perfectly suited to that with its small mATX footprint. What you end up with is a motherboard that is much easier to keep tidy, something that has extra significance when there is so little room to arrange things just so, or PCB to tuck cables behind.


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

Around the rear of the Gene you can see how much technology and connectivity is built in to the Z390 chipset, with plenty of USB 3.1 Gen2 ports alongside display outputs, dual AC WiFi and the jacks for the SupremeFX S1220A audio. Just because your motherboard isn't as big as the others doesn't mean that you're compromised for connections.


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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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