Welcome to the Circus Maximus. If you are here to see the Gladiators, you will need to take a seat by the lions den. When we speak of computer components, there are many gladiators but how many actually stay on top of their game before being beaten by a younger adversary? In Roman times, the best gladiators overcame all adversaries because they learned to adapt and never allowed anyone the opportunity learn all their secrets. Their lives depended on not revealing all, since they were often imitated by their opponents.
How many times have you looked at a piece of computer hardware (specifically a motherboard) and said to yourself “gee that looks like a ----“, I know I have. Over the last couple years we have seen this frequently, one manufacturer launches a product with some innovative technologies and a month later its competitor redesigns their entire line and copies that innovation. ASUS has implemented multiple innovative concepts only to be copied by others. In a year when manufacturers rushed to show their upcoming products, ASUS kept theirs under lock and key. This was done purposefully to keep other manufacturers from having a chance to revisit their drawing board before the infinite launch.
The products kept under lock and key are their line of Z77, 7-Series socket LGA 1155, 22nm “Ivy Bridge” 3rd Generation Core processor compatible motherboards. This line of motherboards promises to reveal some innovative design changes as well as some enhancements to bolster the user experience. The ASUS Maximus V Gene Motherboard showcases many of these new innovations.
The ASUS Maximus V Gene is a micro ATX motherboard that packs a lot of punch. The Maximus Gene V bears the ROG (Republic of Gamers) series moniker of ASUS motherboards. The Gene board is built for gamers who appreciate a smaller form factor, either to save some space or to make their system more portable. The Maximus V series is built on an Intel Z77 express chipset and is a 7-series based Intel socket LGA 1155 motherboard. As with all ROG motherboards, the Gene is built for performance tuning stability. Although it is an maTX, the Maximus V Gene displays many of the same features as its bigger brothers (Formula and Extreme), such as Intel gB LAN, SupremeFX III Sound with Red Line, ROG connect and multiple GPU compatibility. Being the first manufacturer to perfect UEFI BIOS, you can be assured that you will have full control when tuning your system. Since the Maximus V Gene is a Z77 based motherboard, you will be able to take advantage of Intel technologies like Lucid Virtu MVP, Intel Smart Connect and Smart Response. The extreme engine Digi +II uses Japan made 10K Black Metallic capacitors combined with the digital VRM the user can experience more precise adjustments to the CPU and memory. ASUS has also added an mPCIe combo, and by using the combo bracket, you can install both a PCIe LAN and mSATA SSD, all within the confines of an mATX format.