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ASUS was founded back in 1989 and has a long history in the computer hardware industry and their product line virtually encompasses all aspects of the computer hardware industry. Their product lines cover motherboards, graphics cards, headsets, mice, keyboards, networking, drives, tablets, notebooks, desktops, monitors and I am sure several other product classes that I am forgetting.   So you can see how diversified ASUS is within the computer hardware industry, which brings us to motherboards.   Motherboards are one of ASUS’s crown jewels because this is the foundation that ASUS started on back in 1989. This was back when ASUS couldn’t even get an engineering sample from Intel and designed a board without one.  Intel according to rumors couldn’t solve a problem with their board design however ASUS managed to solve it.  Going forward since then, ASUS has been on the leading edge of motherboard design with close contacts spanning across the industry, with their boards being the beating heart of most PCs.


This brings us to a very special new Z170 board from ASUS that is designed for Intel’s new Skylake chipset, the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII GENE. You might ask what makes this board so special compared to the competition and others in the ASUS product line. Well this happens to be one of its legendary Republic of Gamers (ROG) line of excellent products. So what is Republic of Gamers (ROG)? ROG is ASUS performance brand designed for gamers, overclockers and power users. To give you a good example of what ROG is to ASUS, it is like what AMG is to Mercedes Benz or M is to BMW. The question we are here to answer is whether the Maximus VIII GENE live up to the ROG brand name or not.

Packaging and Specifications

As with all ROG packaging with the exceptions of a few minor editions, the Maximus VIII Gene packaging sports the sinister variations of red that have become the livery that hallmarks ROG packaging and lets you know that something special is within!


The front of the box is actually composed of two parts. The first is a cover that uses the standard red livery of ROG boxes and has the signature ROG logo in the top left corner.


Upon opening the front cover, we see descriptions of some of the key features in an organized fashion, broken down by audio, networking, experience and protection.


The back side lists the board specifications.


Inside of the box we immediately find a sheet that has 12 ROG cable stickers allowing the user to label their cabling. Next we find 3 ROG fan stickers, 4 SATA 6Gb/s Cables and one ROG door hanger to let others know you are gaming. Also included is a black nickel coated Q-panel that has been deburred to remove any sharp edges, a user manual and a disc that features all the drivers, utilities and bonuses like 1 year of Kaspersky anti-virus, Damen Tools Pro and PC Cleaner.


CPU Intel® Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core Processors
Chipset Intel® Z170
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz
Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, gray)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x4
Storage Intel® Z170 chipset :
1 x M.2 Socket 3with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)*1
2 x SATA Express port,
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology*2
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports
LAN Intel® I219V, 1 x 10/100 LAN Controller(s), GameFirst technology
Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Anti-surge LANGuard
Audio ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retaking
– SupremeFX Shielding Technology
– ESS® ES9023P DAC: dB SNR, dB THD+N (Max. kHz/ -bit)
– TI RC4580 2VRMS audio OP AMP(s)
Audio Feature :
– Gold-plated jacks
– DTS Connect
– Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
– Sonic SenseAmp
– Sonic Studio II
– Sonic Radar II
USB Ports Intel® Z170 chipset :
8 x USB 3.0 port(s) (6 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z170 chipset : *3
4 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at mid-board)
ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller :
1 x USB 3.1 port(s) (1 at back panel, black, Type-C)
ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller :
1 x USB port(s) (1 at back panel, red, Type-A)
ROG Exclusive Features Retry Button
Safe Boot Button
Start Button
Reset Button
LN2 Mode
Mem TweakIt
Probe It
KeyBot II
– One-click Overclocking
– X.M.P.
– DirectKey
– Power On
UEFI BIOS features :
– Tweakers’ Paradise
– ROG SSD Secure Erase
– Graphic Card Information Preview
Extreme Tweaker
Special Features OC Design – ASUS PRO Clock Technology
– Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance
5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
– 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
ASUS Exclusive Features :
– MemOK!
– AI Suite 3
– Ai Charger+
– USB 3.1 Boost
– Disk Unlocker
– Mobo Connect
– PC Cleaner
Remote Entertainment
– Media Streamer
– HyStream
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 3
– ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
– Push Notice
ASUS Q-Design :
– ASUS Q-Shield
– ASUS Q-Code
– ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
– ASUS Q-Slot
– ASUS Q-Connector
Overclocking Protection :
– ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
1 x USB 3.1 (black)Type-C
1 x USB 3.1 (red)Type-A
6 x USB 3.0 (blue)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
Internal I/O Ports 1 x AAFP connector
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)
2 x SATA Express connector: gray,
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Supports both SATA & PCIE SSD)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
1 x MemOK! button(s)
1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
0 x Water Pump header (4-pin)
1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
0 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
1 x Safe Boot button
1 x ReTry button
Support Disc Drivers
ROG GameFirst technology
KeyBot II
ROG Mem TweakIt
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS Utilities
Accessories User’s manual
ASUS Q-Shield
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x M.2 Screw Package
1 x CPU installation tool
1 x Supporting DVD
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (1 in 1)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)

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