Who needs a full sized ATX board when you have a Gene?
The top of the top is a perfect way to describe the ASUS Maximus V Gene. The monstrous Maximus V Extreme has just been unveiled, but for the time being ASUS has launched the Micro ATX Gene as the premier Republic of Gamers board.
The latest Gene is everything we've come to expect from the Republic of Gamers range and more. Gamers will be pleased to hear that ASUS has included two PCI-E slots capable of two-way SLI and CrossFire configurations. Also onboard are four DIMM slots capable of supporting 32GB of memory, Gigabit Ethernet, the capacity for 14 USB ports and six SATA ports. ASUS has gone to great lengths to deliver the highest audio quality possible, with the SupremeFX III audio engine paired with gold-plated connectors and physically isolated from other components to minimise interference.
As you would expect, performance is not an issue for the Maximus V Gene, coming in on top or a close second in every benchmark we tested. The Gene also topped our maximum memory frequency tests, finishing on top by a small margin.
We did notice some performance loss at extremely high memory frequencies; once we passed 2,666MHz the bandwidth took a considerable hit, which hurt all application-based benchmark performance. This bandwidth loss can be manually rectified by manipulating the memory timings, but that’s not particularly convenient.
The ASUS Maximus V Gene is once again at the forefront of performance and it’s the standout Z77 Micro ATX board on the market today.Available from ASUS, retailing for $329
.APC rating: 9/10 (Editor's Choice)