ASUS Maximus VIII Gene Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 23.09.15
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General   + -
At a first glance the Maximus VIII Gene definitely leaves a very good impression. The mix of overclocking features and high quality audio hardware makes this a state-of-the-art motherboard for mATX-gaming. And next to a very nice looking design, which has been reworked for this series of ROG motherboards, you find useful features like for example GameFirst. This software allows you to configure your network device the way gaming traffic gets prioritized (keyword traffic shaping). Furthermore also on this board we find an M.2 slot that has been wired to the PCH using four PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes. This slot can also be equipped with U.2 adapters to install NVMe SSDs.   - Design
- Layout
- Features
Layout   + -
Basically the ASUS Maximus VIII Gene's Layout has been very well thought. Once more practical are the angled SATA connectors as well as the power- and reset-buttons. There is also a debug display which is very useful in case you should have issues with a component in your system or the board itself. Regarding the PCI-Express x16 slots there we have nothing to complain about. A closer look at the area around the CPU socket shows, that there is plenty of space to install big aircoolers without running into any issues. What we also liked is where the power and reset buttons are. Especially when you overclock memory using liquid nitrogen, then it makes sense to not have them next to the DIMM slots, since they will freeze quite quickly. ASUS also decided to further improve the onboard audio, by adding a dedicated DAC as well as high-quality Nichicon capacitors.   - Angled SATA connectors
- Space around the CPU socket - Placement of PCIe slots - Number of different storage connectors
Performance   + -
Calculating the average of all 2D benchmarks we ran, we see that this is the fastest board we've tested so far. When taking the average of all 3D results this board again comes in on an good third rank. As always we had a look at power consumption and especially under full load this board excels, being the most efficient model so far.   - 3DMark Ice Storm
- 3DMark Vantage
- SiSoft Sandra Arithmetics
- SiSoft Sandra Cryptography
- SiSoft Sandra Memory Latency
- UC Bench
- Super Pi 32M
- Cinebench R15
- Metro Last Light
- Sleeping Dogs
- Load Power Consumption
Overclocking / BIOS   + -
ASUS has a beautiful looking BIOS when it comes to their ROG series motherboard. The UEFI BIOS gets a black background and there are a few additional red design elements. Meanwhile it's almost normal that a BIOS is absolutely complete offering countless features. If you're looking for overclocking options you'll find a great many of them and they are equally practical for novices and extreme overclockers. We always love the pre-defined profiles, which make overclocking quite a bit easier. Apart from that we especially want to underline the memory profiles ASUS has created. These can help a great deal if you're trying to get high-end memory to work. Boosting our CPU to 5.0 GHz absolutely no problem at all.   - Sheer amount of options
- Design
Recommendation   + -
The Maximus VIII Gene is a very well equipped Z170 motherboard, which features excellent perfomance. Currently this board costs 197 Euro and at that price we can highly recommend it although it's not a bargain.   - Price - Gaming
- Enthusiast
- Overclocking
We give the ASUS Maximus VIII Gene excellent 5 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 3 - Features Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 4 - Layout Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 6 - BIOS Page 19 - Tomb Raider
Page 7 - Test setup Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 21 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 9 - 3D Mark Page 22 - Power Consumption
Page 10 - 3D Mark 11 Page 23 - Performance Rating
Page 11 - 3D Mark Vantage  Page 24 - Price Comparison
Page 12 - PC Mark 8 Page 25 - Conclusion
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1  

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