Summary: Final Thoughts
You know in many people’s minds micro ATX motherboard are cheap, boy are they wrong! The Maximus V Gene is probably the most feature-packed Z77 mATX motherboard and it has more features than many full-sized Z77 motherboards! ASUS knows gamers attend LAN parties whenever they can and I’m sure they know what a pain it is to carry a large tower from event to event.
Pros: – mPCIe & mSATA add on card, – Easy overclocking, – AI Suite II & GameFirst II software, – SupremeFX III sound, – MultiGPU support, – So many features in a small package
ASUS ROG Maximus V GENE Micro-ATX Motherboard Review
11 September 2012
Summary: What attributes make a motherboard an ROG? If it's the higher quality components, proven digital power management, efficiency, stability, high performance, expansion needed to last, and overclocking, then the ASUS Maximus V GENE is worthy of wearing the ROG badge. It's the best performance micro-ATX built for gaming, yet it will likely benefit particularly picky media creators as well.
Pros: Attractive ROG design, Very good all around performance, Innovative audio implementation, Assembled with high quality components, Very good overclocking performance, ROG BIOS, Recovery, and AI Suite II, Big motherboard bundle
Cons: Attractive ROG design, Very good all around performance, Innovative audio implementation, Assembled with high quality components, Very good overclocking performance, ROG BIOS, Recovery, and AI Suite II, Big motherboard bundle, May have to change orientation of large CPU coolers
Summary: Coming in at $199 the ASUS Maximus V GENE comes in and hits at a really nice price point. While ROG boards tend to be a little bit more expensive than other models, the mATX form factor on offer from ASUS means that the pricing comes in slightly more aggressive and sits very strong against a lot of other models.
Summary: That's some pretty crazy stuff. This was the smallest motherboard we tested, yet it was the fastest in terms of performance. The overall baseline performance trumps all other Z77 boards we tested as ASUS applies a little trick with the ROG motherboard, likely slightly higher turbo's for the low bin threads. That doesn't matter as it will benefit you the end-user.
We already tested the SaberTooth Z77 and that is a scrumptious motherboard. The GENE however ups it a notch.