Conclusion: When we reviewed ASUS' Rampage II Gene micro-ATX motherboard a while back, we did so with a real sense of excitement - If we're honest we weren't expecting Intel's high-end X58 chipset to make it to this form factor, let alone with all of its features and functionality intact, and the fact that ASUS (and indeed DFI) managed to pull this off was nothing short of a thing of beauty.
Conclusion: The fact of the matter is that the P45 chipset is delegated to the mainstream and value market right now. If you want the fastest CPU and best platform that is the Intel Core i7 and X58 combination as the AMD Phenom IIs is simply no CPU match speed-wise to the Intel Core i7 platform.
Excerpt: Although the Core i7 and X58 combo is a proven performance leader, there are still plenty of Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad CPUs out there in the wild. The Core 2 is still a very capable processor with many models costing less than half the price the cheapest Core i7 processor, the Core i7 920. Thus, systems based around the P45 chipset are still a viable option for getting good, if not great, performance at a vastly more affordable price.
Pros: Well thought-out layout, Fully featured micro-ATX board, Overclocks well, Onboard Hi-Def audio with X-Fi support
Cons: Passive coolers get somewhat hot, Not "true" X-Fi audio
Conclusion: The external packaging of the Maximus II GENE is top-notch. I've already praised the WOW factor that you get when you first open it up. The PETE shell that covers the top tray allows a full view of the finely detailed board, as soon as you lift the lid. The exterior is very subtle, with the blood red background, flip-top lid, and only a few diagrams and text describing its features.
Cons: No foolproof instructions for running 500MHz FSB in the manual, Some SATA connectors can be blocked by chassis, Unnecessary PATA connector and associated support chips
Conclusion: As I mentioned earlier it is good to see that a manufacturer is still improving on an all ready proven chipset. This motherboard is geared for those who still wanting to keep there existing socket 775 Intel CPU’s, or for those who are looking to upgrade there current systems but cannot afford the high price tag of Core i7 CPU’s. While at the same time not sacrifice performance.
Conclusion: The ASUS Maximus II GENE may be small, but it certainly packs a punch. Although it's been almost a year since we last reviewed a Socket 775 motherboard here on Overclock3D, the return to this old favourite was certainly a pleasant one and showed that it is still is a very capable platform when coupled with the right CPU and copious amounts of overclocking. Thankfully this is also one area that the Maximus II Gene excels.
Pros: All the features of an ATX motherboard (and more)., Layout not too cramped. Plenty of room for large coolers., Extremely capable at overclocking., On-board X-Fi sound., Usual ASUS RoG attention to detail in the looks and packaging., Fully featured BIOS., LGA775 platform for those who aren't willing to re-mortgage for LGA1366.
Conclusion: When we first heard about the Maximus II GENE we loved the concept, since there aren't exactly an abundance of enthusiast microATX LGA775 motherboards on the market. In fact, there is only one to our knowledge, the DFI Lanparty JR P45-T2RS that we reviewed way back in October. It was a decent enough board, but it had some awkward shortcomings like a 4-phase PWM, 4-layer PCB, a PCI-E x16 slot that could only operate at x8 even when only one card was being used, etc.
Pros: - Compact dimensions., - Excellent layout given the mATX form factor., - Solid overclocking capabilities., - Terrific BIOS., - Abundance of temperature & voltage readouts., - Impressive features list., - CrossFireX support., - Worthwhile alternative to full-sized ATX motherboards.
Cons: - Slightly immature BIOS limits, overclocking., - Software suite needs to be revitalized a bit., - Passive chipset cooler can run a little toasty., - Some people may need more SATA & USB ports., - It's not available in the retail channel yet., - Perhaps might have been a little more relevant 4-6 months.
Conclusion: Asus Maximus to nazwa wiele mówiąca fanom najlepszych pecetowych podzespołów i ekstremalnego overclockingu. Nawet w naszej redakcji płyty te stanowią podstawę części platform testowych. Niestety pierwsza wersja Maximusa już dawno została wycofana z rynku. Obecnie dostępne są Maximusy II, a firma postanowiła zmienić dość mocno skojarzenia związane z tym modelem. Asus Maximus II GENE to płyta rozbudowana, ale stworzona w formacie Micro-ATX i z prostszą wersją chipsetu.
Pros: Bardzo dużo złącz, Doskonała jakość wykonania, Bardzo rozbudowany BIOS, Przemyślane rozwiązania, Dobry dźwięk
Cons: Format Micro-ATX mniej użyteczny przy konstrukcjach dla entuzjastów, Pewne uwstecznienia w stosunku do pierwszej wersji Maximusa
Excerpt: Intels Core 2 serie har været på markedet siden sommeren 2006. Selvom den er blevet erstattet af den nyere Core i7 og den kommende Core i5 serie, så hænger Core 2 stadig ved, hvilket også kan ses i udgivelsen af nye bundkort til LGA775 platformen. Asus er nu klar med Maximus II Gene; et nyt bundkort der anvender Intels mainstream P45 chipset sat sammen på en mikro-ATX platform.