ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Gene Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Gene Review

Test Setup

Those of you who read all of our written reviews will be surprised and delighted to know that we have a change in proceedings. As well as the obvious move to Skylake for the z170s, we've moved across to Windows 10 too. We rightfully spurned Windows 8 as you would spurn a rabid dog, but Windows 10, for all its privacy flaws, is following the Microsoft trend of "avoid every alternate release" by being close to 7 in its usability.

ASUS Maximus VIII Gene
Intel Core i7-6700K
2666MHz Memory
3600MHz Memory
nVidia GTX980
Corsair AX1500i
Corsair Neutron GTX
Corsair H100i
Windows 10


The quality of the z170 chipset and the RoG component choices stands out when it comes to overclocking the Gene. It's as easy as buttering toast to get your CPU running far beyond the Intel recommended speeds and, when combined with our blistering DDR4 memory, we extracted 200x24 and 100x48 from our i7-6700K for an overclocked result of 4.8GHz. Even with this massive overclock the total power draw was only 300W at the wall. Frugal and fast? We'll have some of that!

ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Gene Review     ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Gene Review  

The first image is 4.8GHZ but with speedstep enabled. A BIOS bug was stopping us from fully disabling it but thankfully this has now been fixed. Getting 3600mhz memory running wasn't hard as shown above but full stability evaded us without leaving the VCCIO, System Agent & CPU Standby volts on auto. When left to its own devices and those settings on auto it was stable but an eye watering amount of volts we being set so we decided to knock the memory back to 3466 and manually set safer voltage levels.

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