Probably one of the most anticipated ROG boards ever, the ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z has hit the market right in time to bring users all the benefits the Z68 chipset has to offer, as well as a plethora of overclocking features and connectivity in a micro-ATX form factor.
Today we take a look at one of the best priced Sandy Bridge boards to date, the ASUS ROG Maximus IV Gene-Z, a powerful overclocking board in a tiny package.
To begin we would like to show you a block diagram provided by Intel, of how the Z68 PCH(platform controller hub) connects to the rest of the system.
Compared to the earlier P67, the Z68 chipset adds Intel HD Graphics support, as well as Intel Smart Responce Technology(SSD Caching). Intel probably should have skipped P67 and just come out with the Z68 PCH. We see that ASUS has taken the better route and used the more expensive Intel PHY for LAN connectivity, and avoided the cheaper Realtek chipsets we see on other boards. This motherboard also has Lucid Virtu technology which allows for switchable graphics, but only a HDMI port is used, so maximum resolution will be 1920×1080 for those of you who want to use i-Mode Virtu to save power.
ASUS ROG Maximus IV GENE-Z
Intel® Socket 1155 for 2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 Processors
Integrated Graphics Processor
4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333 Hz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
Intel® Z68 chipset :
Intel®, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller
SupremeFX X-Fi 2 built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
ASUS Unique Features
| ASUS TurboV EVO :|
– CPU Level Up
ASUS Exclusive Features :
– Onboard Button : Power/Reset/Clr CMOS (at back IO)
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
– ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY :
– ASUS Q-Shield
– ASUS O.C. Profile
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 2
– ASUS MyLogo 2
ASUS Q-Design :
– ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
– ASUS Q-Slot
– ASUS Q-DIMM
– ASUS Q-Connector)
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
Internal I/O Connectors
1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
64Mb Flash ROM, EFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS
WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
uATX Form Factor
As you can obviously see the laundry list of features is longer than that of most full sized ATX boards. For a sub $200 motheboard, this has to be one of the most feature packed and value for money product in the market. Of course this only applies if you are on the Intel side of things, as AMD motherboards generally run cheaper.