ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
With the very recent launch of Intel’s LGA2011 platform, we’ve seen a new benchmark in performance, and it certainly appears to be every enthusiast’s dream for the most part. But such eye-watering speed doesn’t come cheap either. And for the rest of us mere mortals, we look to something a bit more affordable that won’t leave us wanting in the performance department. And this is where the Intel’s LGA1155, and specifically the Z68 chipset, comes into play.
Z68 isn’t exactly new, but it’s not old either, and it does pack a performance punch, marrying much of the advantages of what we saw in P67 and H67 into a hybrid of sorts. Motherboards with onboard video have historically been lackluster performers for those with enthusiast tastes, but that’s changed with Z68, as we’ve seen some boards with great results that have broken the stigma of cheap, integrated graphics that handcuff a real motherboard.
Mind you, not everyone is looking for the cheapest board out there either. So is it possible to have both? Top performance at a respectable price? Why yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, and he’s come early for Christmas this year. If you’ve been a good boy or girl, you should really think about asking Santa for the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboard.
The Maximus IV Gene-Z may be a micro-ATX form factor, but there’s nothing small about the features or performance on this board. It’s a sleeping giant, waiting to unleash the power of an unlocked Core i7 CPU. Frankly, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And coming wtih a price tag of only $170, this may be one of the best values out there right now for any platform. ASUS Republic of Gamer products are known to be elite, but affordable? That’s a new one.
And that’s just what we’ve got on the bench today, so let’s see what this little powerhouse motherboard has in store. As you’ll see, Christmas has indeed come early.
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