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Item#: N82E16813131599
ASUS Maximus III GENE LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Intel P55
  • Core i7 (LGA1156)/i5 (LGA1156)
  • DDR3 2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066

5 out of 5 eggs Upgrade BIOS Then Great! 10/09/2010

This review is from: ASUS Maximus III GENE LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros:

This is one of those installations that really had to go right the first time. When you are putting a Hyper 212 on your CPU, 4 GB of heavy DDR3-2000, and a GTX 460, all of which have to be in to test. Well, the GENE came through! Booted up on the first try. Has lots of features for overclocking. Fun lit logos and LEDs inside. My i5-760 is running at 4.2 GHz and my OCZ Reaper DDR3-2000 is running at 2000 MHz. All squeezed inside an APEX Micro-ATX case with handle. Can you say portable Starcraft II system?

Cons:

Doesn't overclock all that well unless you upgrade BIOS. At first, it would not read all of the memory profiles, forcing me to 7-7-7-20, or 8-8-8-24, kind of at its will. Obviously, this made it really hard to clock the memory correctly. It would never engage my XMP profiles even when I selected XMP overclocking mode. Upgrading the BIOS at least fixed it to where it selected timings based on the memory frequency setting. Got the 9-9-9-24 correct and now mem runs at 2000. Still won't engage XMP, but who cares if it can read the correct profile for 2000?

- Only 1 eSATA port (I like 2 so I can copy eSATA arrays)
- PCI-Express slots are too close together (can't SLI my Palits)
- You lose a PCI-Express (rather than PCI) to a 2-slot graphics card
- No SATA-6GB/s or USB-3

Other Thoughts:

System:
- APEX TX-381-C Case
- Corsair HX-620 Modular Power Supply
- This board
- Intel Core i5-760 at 4.2GHz
- Coolermaster Hyper 212 using a single fan
- OCZ Reaper Edition DDR3-2000 2x2GB kit
- Palit Sonic Edition GTX 460 1GB
- OCZ Agility 2 90GB 3.5" SSD
- Fedora 13 XFCE

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  • Zachariah L.
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year


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