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ASUS MAXIMUS VII GENE LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3300(OC)/3200(OC)
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The Most Powerful Z97 mATX Gaming Board with Fully-Loaded Specs and ROG-Exclusive Features

  • Intel® LGA1150 4th, New 4th & 5th-Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready
  • Intel® Z97 Express Chipset with M.2 support (up to 10Gbps data-transfer)
  • Intel™ Ethernet + LANGuard + GameFirst III – This is game networking taken to the next level. This is ROG
  • SupremeFX Impact II + Radar II – New and improved discrete audio card that's beyond compare
  • KeyBot + TrueVolt USB - Instant keyboard upgrade and rock-steady 5V USB supply
  • USB UEFI BIOS and Secure Erase - Award-winning simplicity and factory-fresh conditioning for superb performance
  • World's first dual-color PCB with a matte black and red finish
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Intel® Ethernet. LANGuard. GameFirst III
This is game networking taken to the next level. This is ROG.

Intel® Ethernet

More Throughput, Less CPU Usage and Great Gaming Experiences!

Maximus VII Gene features the very latest Intel® Ethernet for faster, smoother gaming — always. Intel's LAN has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This significantly reduces the processor's workload, so there's more power for your game and your gameplay!

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ASUS engineers used IxChariot, an independent network-assessment test tool, to determine just how much quicker Intel Gigabit Ethernet deals with the smaller (sub-256 bytes) UDP data packets that are vital for responsive gaming. The results are in — and with Maximus VII Gene your game-data packets flow up to two times (2X) faster than competing gaming-LAN technologies!

LANGuard – RJ45 Reinvented!

Pumped-Up Throughput. Best Surge Protection.

ROG has reinvented the LAN port. Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors improve throughput, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) protect your motherboard from lightning strikes and static electricity!

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GameFirst III

Network-Optimization Software for No-Delay Gameplay!

Exclusive GameFirst III has been upgraded with even more gamer-helping features and an interface that's even more intuitive! GameFirst III helps you to assign top priority to game packets and allocate more bandwidth to the game, ensuring the best online gaming experience.

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Choose from a preset mode to suit what you're doing – Optimization, Game, Media Streaming or File Sharing. You can manage bandwidth down to the level of individual applications, with five priority levels (highest, higher, normal, lower, lowest) and even the ability to block specific traffic. GameFirst III even has a built-in Network Monitor tool, so you can supervise your network traffic and test your connection speed to check that you're getting the bandwidth you pay for!

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SupremeFX Impact II and Sonic Radar II
New and improved audio that's beyond compare

SupremeFX Impact II

Blade of Sound Adds Striking Audio

ROG knows the importance of flawless audio – pristine effects and full-range soundtracks make the game. This devotion to the best audio is applied to all our Maximus VII boards, including micro ATX (mATX) models. SupremeFX Impact II is our dedicated audio hardware for mATX Cutting-edge isolation technologies minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI) and exceptionally premium components deliver best-in-class audio. The original SupremeFX Impact II was acclaimed by both our customers and the media SupremeFX Impact II employee even finer components and superbly clever software innovations for gaming and multimedia experiences beyond compare!


Sonic Studio - Brilliant One-Click Virtual Sound!

Sonic Studio is a brand-new audio-tuning suite that provides an aural treat. Use the one-click Virtual Surround function to 7.1 channels, even through a stereo (2.0-channel) headset. It offers five more superb audio controls, including Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity and Smart EQ — ensuring that everything you hear sounds just amazing!


Sonic Radar II

Scan and Detect to Dominate!

Designed for first-person shooters (FPS), Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to. See the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs, and practice your enemy-pinpointing skills — and exclusive Audio Enhancement further improves in-game sound for superb hearing awareness. The all-new Sonic Radar II includes a redesigned control panel with customizable game list!

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KeyBot and TrueVolt USB.
Instant keyboard upgrade and rock-steady 5V USB supply.

KeyBot

Your Keyboard, Instantly Upgraded!

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Fancy a free keyboard upgrade? That's what KeyBot gives you — instantly. Just plug your existing keyboard into the dedicated USB socket to activate the exclusive KeyBot microprocessor on the Maximus VII Gene. Use the easy-to-use utility to assign macros to function keys F1-F10, launch any application with a single press or control multimedia playback.

Fan Xpert 3 puts 4-pin/3-pin CPU and case fan controls in one place. It scans each fan's characteristics and delivers custom settings for each fan based on the dedicated area temperatures detected by hardware thermal sensors. Make sure every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and low noise. Fan Xpert 3 supports hardware-level PWM/DC combo mode for both the CPU and case fans. It even can reduce the CPU fan speed to below the default minimum, for extra-quiet and power saving operation during light loads.


TRUEVOLT USB

Stable Supply of 5V - Front and Back!

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Forget the USB Power Drop-Outs!
ROG's TrueVolt USB design delivers a rock-steady 5V supply to both the front and back USB sockets – no drop-outs!

Two 5V Isolated Linear Power Supplies for USB Ports

  • Low noise, low loss.
  • Stable 5V* supply to provide clean 5V USB power to minimize potential fluctuations
  • All connected equipment (e.g. USB DAC or thumb drivers) benefits from the clean, stable 5V supply at the same time.

*5V Output varies from PSUs to PSUs


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UEFI BIOS and Secure Erase.
Award-winning simplicity and factory-fresh conditioning for superb performance.

Award-Winning UEFI BIOS

Acclaimed by World Media as the Most-Intuitive UEFI BIOS!

The smoothest mouse-controlled graphical UEFI BIOS has been upgraded to deliver faster setup and easier functions, with an even more appealing design for better overclocking and DIY experiences. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily.


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EZ mode

  • Fan Profile: Detailed CPU and case fan information for instant cooling!
  • SATA Information:Displays SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices!
  • Fast Clock Adjustment:Use mouse controls to change the time and date!
  • EZ XMP: Improve your DRAM performance with a click!

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Advanced Mode

  • Shortcut: Right-click to create shortcuts to frequently-used settings or press F4 to manage your list!
  • Quick Notes: Make notes and capture BIOS-related ideas, quickly and conveniently!
  • Last Modified Log: Track recent changes and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive!
  • SATA Port Renaming: Rename SATA ports for easy identification!
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While you protect your back in the game, Maximus VII Gene protects all sides in the real world.

Gamer's Guardian

All-round protection provides the best quality, reliability and durability

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Black Nickel-coated Q-shield

Zero Pain!
Protect your hands from nicks and cuts!

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Q-Slot

One Clip
to swap or secure your graphics card!

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Q-DIMM

One-Sided
clips mean handling memory modules is a cinch – super simple and super secure!

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DRAM Over-current Protection

One Additional
resettable fuse protects connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage!

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Backplates

2+
backplates fitted with thermal pads to provide additional cooling, protection and reinforcement!

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ESD Guards

2X Greater
electrostatic protection than standard. ESD Guards cover the PS2, USB, audio and LAN ports!

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Stainless Steel Back I/O

3X Longer
life-span than ordinary panels!

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0K Black Metallic Capacitors

20% Greater
temperature endurance

5X Longer
lifespan than generic capacitors!

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A Ready-Made Gamer's Toolkit
ROG RAMDisk and a raft of fab utilities to make every gaming quest a success.

RAMDisk

Dynamically Unleash Your RAM – 20 Times Faster than an SSD!

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With RAMDisk you can turn system memory into superfast temporary storage. Put large files, such as game maps, into RAMDisk and watch loading times fly — you'll never again wait to play. The improved 2014 edition of RAMDisk dynamically allocates memory, so unused RAM is released back to the system when it's needed. You'll even enjoy the bonus of protecting your SSD drives, as RAMDisk reduces excessive reads and writes that can reduce lifespan! Last but not least, the junction function serves as quick links between files and RAM storage. All files are automatically saved and restored to their specific locations on hard drives when you turn your PC off, then go back to RAM when you power on again.

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Learn more about the ASUS MAXIMUS VII GENE

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • Gabriel M.
  • 12/13/2014 8:09:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS has done it again.

Pros: Tons of power in a small footprint. The GENE board offers everything you could possibly want in an easy to manage package. The new Fan Expert 3 and AI Suite make quick and easy work of overclocking and taming your loud fans. The new SupremeFX audio solution runs circles around my older Sound Blaster X-Fi Ti card, there are no pops or squelching on boot or shutdown. The HD front panel ports don't suffer from any quality loss nor do they seem to pick up any EMI from the system. The UEFI is a breeze to learn and very responsive. While I don't take advantage of the M.2 port, it is a nice feature to have.

Cons: The only thing I can think of is only having 5 on board fan headers.

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  • Jacob W.
  • 12/1/2014 11:25:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsROG Gene as it should be almost?

Pros: Looks appealing for a GENE series board. No problems with the board found from a technical standpoint. Rear I/O plate great idea except the old I/O plate is more functional.

Cons: Red color matching of ports actually causes some confusion. If you do not watch out and connect your SSD to the wrong sata port controlled separate from the Intel chipset you will find it will not allow SSD secure erase to detect your SSD in bios.

Other Thoughts: This board is about a 95% out of 100%. Asus missed details that are basically simple oversights or cost cutting. When you buy Asus ROG you expect perfection. Color coded / gold plated audio connectors are missing on what is touted to be a premium sound solution. In efforts to make colors match they also colored all sata ports red which creates an issue with ssd erase if you plug in to the wrong port. Asus these minor issues still have me wondering what the heck? I suggest future ROG boards include red/black mix sata ports or perhaps a light up ROG emblem on top to differentiate them. Something as simple as a sticker would have been helpful in identifying which sata ports work with UEFI secure SSD erase natively. Gold plating on the sound connectors is a must even if they aren't really a functional improvement. The I/O plate is new and shiny that's great until its scratched. Please put the old style sticker on top of the new style I/O plate or include both versions of I/O plates with this awesome board.

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2 out of 5 eggsBad Chip, Bad Customer Service

Pros: Great Board
Stable Overclocker
Good drivers
Allows you to skip installing bloatware

Cons: Poor Customer Service (Used to be good, now it's disappeared!)
MOSFET heatsinks are over-the-top. While they look great, they are extremely unnecessarily large and add a lot of weight to the board, which makes it hard to install case fans, arrange CPU 8-pin power cable, and get your fingers in to install brackets for heatsink. You're better off getting a budget board.
In retrospect, way overpriced for what it offers.
No PCI slots. So no way to install aftermarket sound cards.
Only 1 PCIe x4_1 slot. Again, other boards which are cheaper offer up to 4 slots on their board. This one comes with 3.

Other Thoughts: SupremeFX Audio chip came to me with a snapped pin inside the socket. The board's mPCIe pinout had a missing pin from it, which I assume was the one in the card. While trying to converse with ASUS customer service, all they did was give me 1-line responses once a day or every other day. Very lazy support agents. They would ask for information that I already specified in great detail in my original support ticket and overall, I gave up trying to get any support from them so I just started the RMA process to replace the whole board.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Kupes,

I am sorry that you did not have a wonderful experience with your new motherboard. Sometimes our motherboard designs can not suit all peoples needs. The PCIex4 slot can be utilized to install a third party sound card. If you would like to discuss this case further, please contact me through email and include your reference number within the subject line. In addition, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you had tried, as well as the rest of the systems hardware configuration. Thank you. Cs#N141183235

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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  • Mike O.
  • 11/20/2014 7:20:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove the extras

Pros: Good quality everywhere on the board, and maybe the best audio on a z97 motherboard. I went with a silent micro atx build and this is the best micro atx board.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I would like to see Asus do a better job helping us get the drivers and only the drivers we need to game with. This is a republic of GAMERS board after all.

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  • B S.
  • 11/18/2014 10:05:29 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSweet little MOBO

Pros: BIOS... I really like this Motherboards bios. I never thought i would ever say something like that but... its true. Super easy to use, overclocking the system looks like cake (haven't actually done it yet), and controlling everything from fan speeds to boot times is just smooth as silk.
The little sound card this comes with too is amazing. I've never used a dedicated audio system before but Asus really outdid themselves with the SupremeFX Impact II. The virtual 7.1 surround sound in my normal stereo headphones is quite convincing. The sonic studio is top notch and well done.

Cons: The i/o shield has 2 holes for wifi antenna. Great if you have a wifi card and can use them. I don't though... so they are just empty. Me not having a wifi card though isn't Asus fault so no missing eggs, but it would have been nice if those holes had pop outs. So guys like me without a wificard don't have 2 empty holes in the i/o panel.

Other Thoughts: I was down scaling my desktop to a micro atx. My previous MOBO was the asus sabertooth z77. This time i was looking at the MSI Z97M Gaming MOBO, but just couldn't bring myself to buy it after 2 terrible RMA processes with my MSI laptop. Then i found this Gene, and it is magical.

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  • Rickey G.
  • 11/12/2014 5:31:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsNot feeling the love for this one.

Pros: Pretty to look at. Seems to be fairly stable.

Cons: Customer support and the PCI expdress slot. For some reason my GTX 780Ti looks way better on my old motherboard. Both motherboards are Asus. Old motherboard is PCE express ver 2.0 and the new one is 3.0. Of course Asus said the problem was the GTX 780 Ti.

Other Thoughts: Not really sure why Asus's customer support has fallen off the cliff.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Rickeyd,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the motherboard sir. Did you mean that your GPU works better in your old system? At your earliest convenience, please contact me through email, including your reference number within the subject line, and we can discuss this case further. In addition, please provide me with what troubleshooting steps you have tried, as well as the rest of the systems hardware configuration. Thank you. Cs#N141140690

Regards,

Lou
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cc-lou@asus.com

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  • George M.
  • 11/4/2014 5:24:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRobust Board, Nice BIOS

Pros: Features galore allow for many options, especially for a board this small.

VRM temp is holding within 10C of my CPU (i7-4790K at 4GHz).

I haven't yet, but I like the option of putting in an M.2 card when that technology moves ahead a little bit.

BIOS and AI Suite is fun to use for overclocking novices (like me), and looks to be heaven for OC junkies. Monitoring temps and adjusting fan curves is a breeze (yeah, I know, I'm sorry).

My RAM setup was also very easy. It was just a couple easy clicks in the BIOS to get my XMP set up (2x8GB 2400)

Cons: Only two small cons...

The case fan #3 connection is in an awful spot. Once you put a large, non-stock CPU cooler and a graphics card in, that connector is completely blocked off and inaccessible. You need to plug it in before your graphics card goes in if you want to use it.

If you don't utilize the mini PCI slot, you wind up with two small open holes on the backplate. They should include plugs for these holes if you don't use that slot.

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  • Williaim A.
  • 8/18/2014 9:07:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsQuestionable MB

Pros: Asus ROG has nice looking board well laid out with easy to identify connectors. pretty straight 3 ROG MB I've owned..

Cons: looks to be a dud.. have spent the last 4 weeks trying to get the board past POST,died just past DRAM on Q-LED's tried every thing possible Zero support from ASUS.. too far away to RMA it back..(Africa)..
now have reordered another board and different memory..
at work in africa so will have to wait another 2 weeks to get it running.. Techforumsupport have been the only help found.. good bunch of people. packing is light..

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  • Matthew K.
  • 7/28/2014 11:51:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this motherboard

Pros: amazingly full-featured for a micro ATX board. love the BIOS it gives you tons of tuning control and if you happen to pick, let's just say, "less than optimal" settings there are fail safes in the board so less experienced overclockers (like myself) can really learn a thing or two by studying the different settings and how it affects everything. and let's not forget the amazing color scheme with black PCB that asus is known for putting on it's high end boards; looks so awesome

Cons: I have none, as someone building his first PC rig solo, I was able to set everything up super easy, and it worked no problems

Other Thoughts: I absolutely adore this board :D it is in my BitFenix Prodigy M case and it is just awesome, this thing is absolutely perfect for gaming oriented rigs, and of course looks very cool.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/6/2014 5:15:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsExcellent but.....

Pros: The board is a quality board. Tons of features and options but has a small footprint. It is a ROG board so it is of course awesome.

Cons: Memory channel B does not function at all. Q code 55. I am awaiting my new board just sent this one back.

Other Thoughts: I love anything amd everything ROG. This is my 10th custom build in 14 years and the last 4 in a row were all built on ROG boards and this is the 2nd one Ive had to RMA. I do expect a little higher level of QC on these boards but i do understand that stuff happens. Hopefully the new noard goes in without a problem.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings Kyle,

I do apologize that you had issues with your motherboardboard in the past sir. I see that you have already RMA'd it as well. If you continue to have issues, please let me know and I will be happy to help. please contact me through email, including your reference number within the subject line, and we can discuss this case further. Thank you. Cs#N140711668

Regards,

Lou
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cc-lou@asus.com

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