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ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333
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Get your gaming to go with the ASUS ROG Maximus IV Gene-Z! Featuring the newest Intel Z68 chipset, which supports 2nd generation Intel Core i7 CPUs, powerful gaming just got portable with the micro-ATX sized Maximus IV Gene-Z.

Don't let the small size fool you, it's packing features that would make its full sized cousins jealous. The Maximus IV Gene-Z has 2x PCIe-16 slots, allowing for graphics cards to run in SLI or CrossFireX mode, but also has support for Lucid Virtu to take advantage of both the discrete graphics cards and the integrated GPU of the Sandy Bridge processor for video transcoding that’s 3x better when connected to the discrete card. A built-in SupremeFX XFi 2 audio chip offers fantastic surround sound. ROG exclusive GameFirst Technology, backed by an Intel Ethernet chip, helps prioritize game traffic, to ensure that you’ll stay on top of your opponents and get the drop on them.

  • newegg Intel Z68 Express Chipset with Intel Smart Response Technology This motherboard supports the 2nd generation Intel Core i3/ Core i5/ Core i7 processors in the LGA1155 package, with memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes. The Intel Z68 Express Chipset also supports iGPU function, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphic performance. Z68 chipset’s Intel Smart Response Technology boosts overall system performance by using a fast SSD (min 18.6GB available) as a cache for frequently accessed operations. Key benefits are expedited hard drive speeds, reduced load and wait times and maximized storage utilization.
  • newegg Lucid Virtu and SLI/CrossFireX On-Demand Lucid Virtu is the GPU virtualization software along with 2nd generation Intel Core processor featuring like Intel Quick Sync to enable an all-inclusive media platform and discrete GPUs coming with high-end DirectX 11 3D, anti-aliasing and performance features to get the thrills in games. Meanwhile, this board adopts SLI/CrossFireX on Demand technology, supporting SLI or CrossFireX configuration. Whichever path you take, you can be assured of jaw-dropping graphics at a level previously unseen.
  • newegg ROG Exclusive Features ROG Connect links your main system to a notebook through a USB cable, allowing you to view real-time POST code and hardware status readouts on your notebook, as well as make on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a purely hardware level. And, GPU.DIMM Post enables you to quickly and easily check your graphics cards and memory DIMMs status in the BIOS, potentially keeping that record-breaking overclock! In addition, with Mem TweakIt, you can do DRAM tuning in real-time, view your DRAM efficiency score, and upload and share your ranking online.
  • newegg GameFirst Technology ROG exclusive GameFirst Technology enables you to manage the flow of traffic according to your needs so that you can still listen to online music, download and upload files, and engage in Internet chats without sacrificing the low ping times you need to pwn your opponents.
  • newegg SupremeFX X-Fi 2 Built-in SupremeFX X-Fi 2 delivers incredible gaming audio experiences to ROG die hards. It features EAX 5.0 and OpenAL for ultra-real cinematic in-game audio. It even comes with THX TruStudio PRO branding, which makes games, music and movies sound way better! SupremeFX X-Fi 2 also implements gold-plated jacks and high quality capacitors to ensure high definition adventures in audio.
  • newegg Extreme Engine Digi+ Extreme Engine Digi+ equipped with high performance digital VRM design can easily achieve the ultimate performance with adjustable CPU PWM frequency. It expedites heat dissipation and achieves better electric conduction keeping critical components reliable.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Taylor S.
  • 9/25/2013 5:52:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAlright, RMA experience bad

Pros: The colors are nice, they match the scheme of my rig.
Lots of USB connections available.
Has SATA 3.0 connections.
The hex output on the board is handy.

Cons: The RAM slots never properly detected the timings, even though ASUS' manual listed it as compatible.
The northbridge gets pretty warm as it sits directly under any video card installed.
My CPU did not seem to overclock well even when kept very cool. (Maybe just bad luck on the CPU)
It did not line up with my cases opening for the CPU cooler opening in the back.
They upgraded the line to a PCI 3.0 shortly after I purchased this one, a little annoying, but not huge.
Their extra software has some cool features, but seems to still bloat the system. The settings wouldn't save to BIOS when changing fan speed, CPU clock, etc.

Other Thoughts: I have had this motherboard for nearly two years now. The RAM slots stopped working in it, no biggy it still had it warranty. So, I went to put in a RMA to get it repaired. I didn't see a apply for RMA option so I had to go through tech support, explain the problem and finally get my RMA cleared after a few days of emails. It has now been over a month since I sent that email, and I am waiting on my motherboard to still get back to me. It has finally shipped out, after having to make phone calls and emails to figure out what the delay was. They just told me it doesn't normally take this long, but offered no apology, or express shipping back to make up for the delay. The time really can't be made back up, it was my last month of my last summer after having an summer internship. Very frustrated after all the good I have heard about Asus.

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  • William N.
  • 12/21/2012 12:04:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe Little Devil

Pros: Feature Packed
Looks Amazingly Evil
Simple to set up

Cons: None that I can think of. *see other thoughts*

Other Thoughts: Packaging was great and offered a wonderful presentation for this board. Really wish these things came with SLI and Crossfire bridges but o'well. The Mobo has been running quite well and the OC features are very simple and effective. Over all this board is great for its intended design and look amazing. My only gripe is the Driver Webpage from Asus feels clustered, making it feel more overwhelming then it really is to update your system. Any ways hope this helps, good luck and happy building.

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  • Logan C.
  • 10/29/2012 6:15:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Micro Board

Pros: pleased with the bios interface, and very easy to use

Cons: some of the setup. for example the select boot device area of the interface, is a little redundant

Other Thoughts: I wish I had bought the full size and when I do get a full size atx I will get a ROG board again

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  • Jereme M.
  • 10/4/2012 2:56:32 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI Can See Why...

Pros: I can see why enthusiasts give rave reviews of ASUS ROG series of motherboards.

This MB went into an HTPC build with the intent of upgrading over time. The CPU has already been upgraded once from an i3-2105 to an i5-2500K in this particular HTPC (as did many other components).

Here are the actual pros:

This motherboard is a very pleasant combination of features. I will not repeat what is already in the details tab of this page or on ASUS's page (look it up yourself).

The 8+4+2 power design is a robust power design that is better than many that are 12, 16, 18, or more. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that it will overclock the 2500K better than 18+ phase power design motherboards. This tells me that ASUS used very high-end MOSFETs and chokes (inductors).

The UEFI BIOS is of a nice design.

The integrated audio with the SupremeFX X-Fi 2 is, actually, surprising good. I thought this would be more of a gimmick but the audio is better than most sound cards of $45 or less. I'd have to say it is at least SoundBlaster X-Fi Extreme Audio or Audigy (the X-Fi Extreme Audio was an Audigy if I remember correctly).

Heatsinks are robust.

Cons: Price would be my only issue. Although, between being able to overclock better than most 16+ phase power design ATX motherboards on this micro ATX motherboard and having a ton of features for a micro ATX motherboard, one cannot really complain too much about the price.

Other Thoughts: Originally went to a HTPC build but after upgrading CPU to 2500K, memory (from 2x4GB to 4x4GB), and GPU to 560 Ti 448, and upgrading Samsung 830 64GB SSD to 128GB version, I no longer feel guilty about putting components that were subpar for this MB initially.

After buying the Z77 version of this board for another build and being surprised again, I will buy from ASUS again...well, at least their ROG motherboards. I cannot comment on their other series of motherboards due to my non-experience of their other motherboards. Prior to this one, the last ASUS motherboard I bought was back in 2004 or 2005.

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  • Blake C.
  • 9/9/2012 3:17:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Motherboard

Pros: Fast
Awesome looking
Great quality components
Powerful VRMS, so it can overclock with the best of them

Cons: Might make the ATX motherboards look bad...

Other Thoughts: Best motherboard that I have ever owned.

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  • Vincent V.
  • 8/31/2012 10:17:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGENE-Z Review

Pros: Solid motherboard at a great price. Does everything I need it to and more. This is my first microATX and I'm not sure why I ever bothered with full size boards. Overclocking and configuration have a dizzying amount of options. I had no issue getting my i5 up to 4.1Ghz, but some care is needed because of the sheer number of config options, easy to make a mistake. Lots of sensors and cooling options. BIOS is easy to use but some technical knowledge is needed. I was easily able to get my G.SKILL memory to XMP at 1866. ROG connector is interesting but doesn't have much use for me. I don't tweak on the fly. Great board overall! No BSOD except when extreme OC, which required Button reset.

Cons: Easy to get into trouble in the BIOS if you aren't sure what you are doing. Backup your settings before flashing latest BIOS version, mine we lost. no other cons!

Other Thoughts: awesome and stable board at the right price.

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  • Alexander F.
  • 8/17/2012 8:13:48 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Very stable and powerful MB with nicely done BIOS utility. I use it for gaming and so far had no BSODs. It is very stable

Cons: None

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  • Chris K.
  • 7/6/2012 9:34:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked nicely until it died

Pros: UEFI Bios
Easy to Overclock

Cons: Dead after 6 months.

Other Thoughts: Extremely disappointed. Probably going to steer clear of ASUS from now on, 2 motherboards in a row.

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  • Ratmany K.
  • 4/9/2012 8:35:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsWorked fine, when it did

Pros: Color combination, abundance of sata ports, tweakable features! It's like a Subaru WRX, little engine with max potential.

Cons: Was never stable enough to get into bios, even with bare minimum hardware components. First motherboard the digital debugger wasn't working, so I couldn't tell what the error code was. Then "Q LED" was stuck on "cpu led", so had the processor replaced, and still nothing.
RMA'd with manufacturer, replacement came in and it seemed to work for a bit, but now I'm having the same issues still. At least this time the debugger was working, but from there I couldn't figure what to do.

Other Thoughts: This is my first time writing a review, normally Im either an Asus or Gigabyte fan, but I don't even no anymore.
On top of that, I have to get a replacement for the replacement, more waiting time.

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  • Fayez H.
  • 2/21/2012 6:17:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Small but powerful, never any BSODs or driver issues, or any issues at all!

Cons: creative sound board is just an upgraded realtek card

Other Thoughts: who said gaming PCs have to be huge, haven't tried SSD caching yet.

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