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ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z
"Today we look at the latest power mATX board from ASUS in the form of the Maximus IV Gene-Z. At first glance it looks like it does everything a user would want in a performance mATX board. Looks can be deceiving, though. Just because it can walk the walk, can it talk the talk? Well, we intend to find out today, but before we get into the fun stuff like overclocking and benchmarking, we have to first start off with the package."
"From a first glance, it seems Asus have tried to condense the Maximus IV Extreme-Z down into a small form factor Micro ATX board, without leaving out the vital components and features that make it a ROG board leaving ample support for your vital components."
"ASUS took the Z68 chipset and plastered it into a cute tiny motherboard. Then the ROG team did their magic on it and badabing-badaboom the Maximus IV Gene-Z we test today was born. Armed with the latest gadgets, some ROG lovin' and that Z68 chipset will most definitely surprise you."
"The Maximus IV Gene-Z is a very well equipped mATX motherboard which is based on Intels Z68 chipset. Since ASUS have released with the Rampage II Gene the first mATX gaming board we've been following this trend. And the best thing about these boards is that they're as fast as the bigger ones. Therefore we're very curious how this board will perform in our benchmark parcours as well as during the overclocking part."
"The latest to market with a board which is a little different to the norm is ASUS with their Maximus IV Gene-Z and today we will be putting this SLI and Crossfire compatible M-ATX enthusiast board through its paces in a selection of real world and synthetic tests to find out if it can match an ATX alternative from one of ASUS key competitors."
"ASUS has updated their microATX ROG offerings with the latest chipset from Intel, and we take a look. A red and black racer, the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z is ready for high speed gaming without a doubt, and packs in many exclusive features that just might see it hit the finish line first. Ready? Set? GO!"
"As far as overclocking is concerned, this who affair is made extremely easy with the UEFI BIOS on the Gene-Z, with default overclocking values for out test Core i7-2600K being 4.2GHz and 4.6GHz from the stock speed of 3.4GHz. Obviously all the voltage and memory settings are taken off automatically; however for our review I still overclocked the system manually to 4.7GHz."
"The ASUS 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."
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