It’s just as interesting to see how the audio performance numbers between the four Asus boards compare as it is to compare their performance to the Intel and Gigabyte models. Across the board all of the Asus boards outperformed the other two boards tested but it was interesting to see how similar the Maximus V Gene and the P8Z77-I Deluxe are as well as the VPro and MPro getting similar numbers. What is interesting is that three of the four boards have the same ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC and setup. The Gene is sporting the SupremeFX III built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC as well as a long list of features like its isolated audio circuitry and Gold-plated jacks. This doesn’t explain why the P8Z77-I Deluxe ended up with similar performance numbers, I suspect that with the Power Circuitry being on a riser card on the P8Z77-I Deluxe we are seeing an added benefit to that.