Maximus V Gene

Specifications

CPU

Intel® Socket 1155 for 3rd/2nd Generation Processors
Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
Supports Intel® 32 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

Chipset

Intel® Z77

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
* Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

Graphic

Integrated Graphics Processor
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology
Supports LucidLogix® Virtu™ MVP Technology *1

Expansion Slots

2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, red) *2
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 (black)
1 x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1 *3

Storage

Intel® Z77 chipset : *4
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
2 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red
1 x mini-SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *5
ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller : *6
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red

LAN

Intel®, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

Audio

SupremeFX III built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 110 dB
- Output THD+N at 1kHz: 95 dB
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
- 1500 uF Audio Power Capacitor
- Gold-plated jacks
- X-Fi® Xtreme Fidelity™
- EAX® Advanced™ HD 5.0
- THX® TruStudio PRO™
- Creative ALchemy
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel

USB Ports

Intel® Z77 chipset :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z77 chipset :
8 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black+white, 4 at mid-board)
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
2 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)

Overclocking Features

mPCIe Combo™ (mPCIe/mSATA combo card)
ROG Connect :
- RC Diagram
- RC Remote
- RC Poster
- GPU TweakIt
Extreme Engine Digi+ II :
- 8 -phase CPU power design + 4 -phase iGPU power design
- 2 -phase QPI/DRAM power design
ProbeIt
UEFI BIOS features :
- ROG BIOS Print
- GPU.DIMM Post
GameFirst
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
Loadline Calibration
USB BIOS Flashback
Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Special Features

ASUS Hybrid Processor - TurboV EVO :
- CPU Level Up
ASUS EPU :
- EPU
ASUS Exclusive Features:
- AI Suite II
- Ai Charger+
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Disk Unlocker
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector

Back I/O Ports

1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to ROG Connect)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)

Internal I/O Ports

1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
2 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)
2 x CPU Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x Go Button(s)
1 x mPCIe Combo header(s)

Accessories

User's manual
I/O Shield
2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
1 x ROG Connect cable(s)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)

BIOS

64Mb UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS

Manageability

WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, PXE

Support Disc

Drivers
Sound Blaster® X-Fi 2 Utility
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ROG CPU-Z
ASUS AI Suite II
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS Utilities

Form Factor

uATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )

Note

*1: LucidLogix Virtu MVP supports Windows 7 operating systems.
*2: PCIe3.0 speed is supported by Intel® 3rd generation Core™ Processors.
*3: The mPCIe 2.0 x1 slot is located on mPCIe Combo™ expansion card.
*4: The mSATA 3Gb/s slot is located on mPCIe Combo™ expansion card.
*5: Supports on Intel® Core™ processor family with Windows® 7 operating systems.
*6: These SATA ports are for data hard drives only.

Packaging
The Maximus V Gene will identify itself on store shelves immediately from the packaging. Those who have had experience with the Republic of Gamers line will recognize the same red-schemed facade as other models such as the Asus Rampage IV Extreme. Even though Asus has scattered hints of what this board is and is equipped with, let's pretend you don't know that the 'V' tells us the board is the fifth generation complete with Intel's new Z77 socket. Let's pretend that you don't know that the 'Gene' handle means the board is microATX form factor. And finally, let's pretend you don't notice the badges scattered around the package explaining that the board supports SLI, CrossfireX, as well as many other enthusiast goodies. To put your curiosity at rest, you can open the front of the packaging to reveal the board behind a plastic window, which is practically a must in such a diverse market.

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In fact, that front flap opens twice. If you look at the back of the packaging, you'll see the usual cluster of information about board features, performance, and so on. And with motherboards, there's a lot to take in, or fit on a 10"x10" piece of cardboard for that matter. The first fold out takes a lot of the concepts introduced on the back and explains them more in-depth. The second fold out reveals that window to the contained board that I'm such a fan of.

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Removing the board (I'd suggest purchasing it first) will show the home of the included SATA cables, SLI bridge, and I/O panel cover. Though you have a total of six SATA cables, four are unique with white thumb grips that read SATA6Gb/s, while the others are straight black. The physical difference helps to distinguish between which drives are connected via the four SATA III ports and the two SATA II ports on the board. To further aid in the understanding of your cables, Asus has included a sheet of drive tags that can be used to label the specific drive that is connected (HDD1 may be your boot drive, for example).

If you don't feel spoiled yet, take note of the I/O headers that are also included. These allow you to properly pin the front panel I/O of your chassis comfortably and then plug the completed piece onto the motherboard.

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The Maximus V Gene also supports ROG Connect, which is a feature unique to Asus Republic of Gamers boards that allows user’s remote control of their PC from another PC for the purpose of overclocking and BIOS updates, for example. Included in the package is a solid white USB cable used for this process, which corresponds to a special USB port on the board, marked white as well.

The last piece aside from paperwork is the mPCIe Combo, which is a small PCB that plugs into the board to create a vertical expansion providing another SATA port or a mini PCIe slot. Also included is a user's guide, drivers installation DVD, case badge, and a nice Do Not Disturb door hanger.

 

Board Layout

If the Gene name didn’t give it away already the Maximus V Gene is Asus’s Micro ATX Z77 enthusiast board. With the same red and black theme that we have seen on other Maximus/Rampage branded boards its clear this is a cut above what they offer in their mainstream lineup.

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Starting in the top left corner of the Gene we have the 8 pin CPU power connection. Along-side of it there is an odd header that we haven’t seen in the past. This is Asus’s mPCIe Combo header, which goes with the adapter that we covered in the packaging section. When hooked up this gives you the ability to run an mPCI Express card or mSATA. This means you can add your own wireless card or mSATA SSD if you would like to the Gene.

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In the top right corner of the Gene next to the boards four red and black dim slots you have the boards 24 pin main power connection. Above that you have a red “go” button that is used in conjunction with profiles you set in the BIOS to hit go and turn on a specific overclock on the fly. Below the 24 pin power connection there is a red USB 3.0 header and tucked away behind everything you can also see a four pin PWM fan header as well.

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On the bottom half of the right side, below the 24 pin power connection and USB 3.0 header that we have already mentioned you have a total of six SATA connections. Of those six four run on the standard Intel chipset, two red SATA 3 ports and Two black SATA 2 ports. The other two red SATA 3 connections run on a different ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller. This means you can’t run four SATA 6 devices together in RAID, not that you should need to. Just below the SATA ports you also have your diagnostic LED also.

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The bottom right edge of the Gene is packed with different headers. On the bottom right, below the before mentioned diagnostic LED you have the front panel header. Each connection is labeled and easy to read. I would love to see Asus go a step beyond this and color code the actual header like we have seen before, but as long as you have your eyes on you will be able to get the job done. Moving over you have another four pin chassis fan header, one of three. Then you have two grey USB 2.0 headers.

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The left side of the bottom of the Gene has your front audio header on the far left. The main features of this section are the red start and black reset buttons. Both stand out and are fairly easy to read as long as you are not running a card in the last PCIe x4 slot.

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The CMOS batter is located between the boards two PCIe x16 slots. The top slot will run at x16 when running a single card and when both are used together you ended up with two x8 slots. Below them both you also have one PCIe X4 slot, usable with both x1 and x4 cards for those who might need it.

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The audio setup on the Gene is unique. The SupremeFX III built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio is on its own split PCB that is defined by a yellow line between the audio PCB and motherboard that also glows when the board is on. Splitting the PCB up like this helps prevent interference from the motherboard, this is the same reason a lot of people go with separate audio cards. Asus didn’t miss anything, even making sure the split PCB goes all the way around the front audio connection.

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For the rear I/O panel connection you have the 6 audio connections running on the SupremeFX III built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio card. For USB connections you have eight connections on the rear on top of the USB/eSATA connection. Of the eight USB connections, four are blue USB 3.0 ports and the others are USB 2.0. There is one white USB port that doubles as a USB 2.0 port as well as the ROG connect connection. For onboard audio you have display port and HDMI as well as an Optical S/PDIF port.

Although it doesn’t have the Intel NIC sticker we have come to expect on Asus boards, this board does come with an Intel Gigabit network card built in, something that most other boards don’t go with to save money. On the left side of the rear I/O you have the CMOS reset button and the ROG connect button. There is a gap where the mPCIe header is, on the actual IO panel there are two spots for you to run two wireless antennas out if you decide to go that route.

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It’s interesting to look at the back of this board more than most that we get into the office due to its smaller size. If you look close you can see the track routes are just packed in, something that is less obvious on larger full ATX boards. You can hardly see the boards black PCB. There are so many trace routes that the board almost has a copper color.

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Cooling

Cooling on a Micro ATX board is similar to what you would see on a full ATX board with the one exception that the chipset cooling is a little cramped where you would normally have more room on the bottom half of the board. Asus did a great job with its cooling configuration though. Not only did they put together something that performs well, it also looks good. One of the first things you will notice about this board is how much the two black heatsinks around the CPU for cooling down the boards voltage regulation weight. The board is very top heavy considering its size. This is because the two heatsinks are of a very unique design that both has a lot of surface area to dissipate and a lot of metal to quickly absorb that heat and pull it away quickly. To go with the ROG theme all of the Gene’s cooling is back with the only exception being the red and silver trim on the bottom heatsink.   

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #25280 23 May 2012 18:41
With over 12k words, 5 videos, and over 90 photos. You might want to take a few days to read this full motherboard roundup!
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chadkirchner replied the topic: #25303 25 May 2012 02:56
I have the mini ITX one on its way to my doorstep!

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