ASUS Maximus V GENE Micro ATX Z77 Gaming Motherboard
OverviewHardware: CPU & Motherboards
WHAT WE LIKED:Boatload of features and accessories, Smart layout, Extensive BIOS, Stable Auto overclocking, Great sub-zero overclocking for m-ATX, Competitive pricing.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:It doesn't include world peace.
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Ivy Bridge is in full swing since its introduction months ago, and Ivy Bridge’s older brother, Sandy Bridge, will be phased out of Intel’s line-up in the Fall of 2012. The best part of Ivy Bridge is a much more energy efficient processor design, and the only downside is some incresed heat. Ivy Bridge brings a performance boost over Sandy Bridge by shrinking the die to 22nm and increasing the transistor density with Intel’s new 3D Tri-Gate Transistors. This keeps Intel’s Tick Tock strategy rolling along.
ASUS introduced their Z77 motherboards with the P8 series and we have to say, the P8Z77-V Deluxe and Pro we reviewed, are another example of ASUS staying on top of the industry. These boards have some of the most creative and innovative features we have seen in some time. At that time, ASUS did not have any Republic of Gamer (ROG) motherboards ready to rock for the enthusiasts. But, just when you thought things were cooling off, ASUS heats things back up with the Z77 Maximus series. The Maximus series is available in the Gene, Formula and Extreme varieties, giving ASUS a “good / better / best” product lineup of choices for the gaming enthusiast.
Today, we have the ASUS Maximus V Gene Z77 Gaming Motherboard in the lab and, along with our usual battery of tests, we have a suprise in store. We are going to put the Gene under some sub-zero extreme cooling in the form of “Dice” (Dry Ice for the laymen), and see how far we can push it.
Let’s get it unboxed and on the test bench and see what crazy overclocking frequencies the Gene has in store.