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ASUS launches Maximus GENE-Z/GEN3 mainboard

by Navin Maini on 7 October 2011, 14:03

Tags: ASUSTeK (TPE:2357)

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ASUS has launched its ROG Maximus IV GENE-Z/GEN3 and P8Z68/GEN3 series mainboards, which as their names suggest, bring PCIe 3.0 support to the table.

 

 

Both powered by Intel's Z68 chipset, specifications for the line-up can be seen below, and the company tells us that the new models ship with upgraded hardware and native UEFI support, for next-gen Intel 22nm CPUs.

 

 

P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3

P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

P8Z68-V/GEN3

MAXIMUS IV GENE-Z/GEN3

CPU

LGA1155 socket for Intel® 2nd Generation CoreTM i7/ CoreTM i5/ CoreTM i3/ Pentium® / Celeron® Processors

Supports 22/32nm CPU

Chipset

Intel® Z68 Express Chipset

Memory

4 x DIMM, dual channel, max. 32GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)*/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333 MHz

Power Design

DIGI+ VRM 16-phase Power (12-phase for CPU, 4-phase for iGPU)

Extreme Engine Digi+

VGA Output

N/A

HDMI/DVI/D-SUB

HDMI/DVI/D-SUB

HDMI

LucidLogix® Virtu Support

Yes(d-Mode)

Yes(Both i-Mode and d-Mode)

Yes(Both i-Mode and d-Mode)

Yes(Both i-Mode and d-Mode)

Expansion Slots

2 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots* (x16x0 or x8/x8)

2 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots* (x16x0 or x8/x8)

2 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots* (x16x0 or x8/x8)

2 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots* (x16x0 or x8/x8)

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (max at x4 mode)

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (max at x4 mode)

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (max at x4 mode)

1 x PCI Express 2.0 x4 slot

* Actual PCIe speed depends on installed CPU type.

* Actual PCIe speed depends on installed CPU type.

* Actual PCIe speed depends on installed CPU type.

* Actual PCIe speed depends on installed CPU type.

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLITM and AMD® Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology

Bluetooth

Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR

Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR

Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR

N/A

ASUS BT GO! Utility

ASUS BT GO! Utility

ASUS BT GO! Utility

N/A

Storage

4 * SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports

4 * SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports

2 * SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports

2 * SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports

4 * SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports

4 * SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports

4 * SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports

4 * SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports

2 * eSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports
(1 x PWR eSATA)

1 * eSATA 3.0 Gb/s port

1 * eSATA 3.0 Gb/s port

2 * eSATA 3.0 Gb/s port

LAN

Dual LAN (Intel®/Realtek)

Intel® GB LAN

Intel® GB LAN

Intel® GB LAN

Audio

8-Channel Audio

8-Channel Audio

8-Channel Audio

SupremeFX X-Fi 2 built-in

DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC

DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC

N/A

N/A

IEEE 1394

2 ports

2 ports

N/A

N/A

USB

4* USB 3.0 ports
(2 ports at back panel; 2 ports at mid-board)

4* USB 3.0 ports
(2 ports at back panel; 2 ports at mid-board)

4* USB 3.0 ports
(2 ports at back panel; 2 ports at mid-board)

4* USB 3.0 ports
(2 ports at back panel; 2 ports at mid-board)

12 * USB 2.0 ports

12 * USB 2.0 ports

12 * USB 2.0 ports

12 * USB 2.0 ports

Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM

v

v

v

Extreme Engine Digi+
Mem TweakIt
ROG Connect/ GPU TweakIt
GameFirst
SupremeFX X-Fi 2 built-in
ROG Web Storage
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
Ai Charger+
Disk Unlocker
USB 3.0 Boost
UEFI BIOS
MemOK!
AI Suite II

TPU
(with onboard switch)

v

v

v

EPU
(with onboard switch)

v

v

v

GPU Boost

N/A

v

v

ASUS BT GO! (Bluetooth)

v

v

v

UEFI BIOS

v

v

v

AI Suite II

v

v

v

USB 3.0 Boost

N/A

v

v

MemOK!

v

v

v

AI Charger

v

v

v

Anti Surge

v

v

v

Disk Unlocker

v

v

v

 

There is no word on pricing, but on the topic of PCIe 3.0 support, the company is keen to stress that it has committed itself to an assured QA process - to measure performance quality and link reliability, prior to shipping. This is perhaps in response to some of the recent claims that have floating around, on the PCIe 3.0 front.



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I thought the Maximus boards were pricey? If so…..I think they need to add some pci/pci-e slots..
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I think they need to add some pci/pci-e slots..

I see your point, but where? You only get 4 slots on a mATX board anyway, and they are clearly assuming that anyone going for one of these boards will be putting at least one dual-slot graphics card in it, so there's no point having a card slot next to the primary PCIe. After that you've only got space for the second PCIe x16, and a peripheral (PCIe x4 in this case) slot … and anyone going for a mega-SLI mATX gaming beast won't even get to use that ;)
Pricing is key. Always liked ASUS motherboards, after years of full ATX board I have given up and am moving everything to Micro or mini ITX boards