ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene Review

Published by Luca Rocchi on 20.11.18

When it comes to high-end overclocking motherboards, the ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus series has always been amongst the very best products money can buy. With the Maximus XI Gene, ASUS certainly doesn't want to break with this tradition. At a first glance, this mATX motherboard comes with an armada of features and at this point we are curious to find out what's it exactly that should make this a great product.



Specs and Delivery

Chipset Intel Z390
Memory Dual Channel DDR4, 2 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB DDR4, 4800 OC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Slots
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4
Audio ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A
  • Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
  • Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
  • High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output 113 dB SNR recording input
Storage Intel Z390 chipset
  • 2 x ROG DIMM.2 M.2 22110
  • 2 x M.2 2280
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
Network Intel I219V Gigabit LAN Controller
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 2 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 2 x USB 3.1 Gen2 connectors
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 connectors
  • 2 x USB 2.0 connectors
  • 1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector
  • 1 x 4-pin water-pump-fan connector
  • 5 x 4-pin system fan connectors
  • 1 x Thermal sensor
  • 1 x TPM module connector
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x Aura RGB connector
  • 1 x LED connector
Extrenal Connectors
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo ports
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) ports
  • 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (red) Type-A
  • 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (red) Type-C
  • 6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (blue)
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Clear CMOS buttons
  • 1 x Wi-Fi antenna ports
Forfactor MicroATX


Power design

VCC

VCCGT

Controller Phases Doppler Highside MOSFETs Lowside MOSFETs Controller Phases Doppler Highside MOSFETs Lowside MOSFETs
ASP1405I 5 x 2 - 10 x Infineon IR3555 ASP1405I 2 - 2 x Infineon IR3555


Gallery

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Benchmarks


Conclusion

General   + -
A closer look at the motherboard lineup from ASUS reveals that the Maximus XI Gene is a high-end model, regarding their gaming branded Z390 based products. Therefore it comes with a bunch of really neat features, like for example ASUS's SupremeFX audio solution, Aura RGB Lighting and two M.2 slots as well as a great looking design. Nevertheless at a price of 340 Euro, this board is definitely no bargain.   - Design
- Layout
 
       
Layout   + -
The layout of the ASUS Maximus XI Gene has been well thought - as expected. Once more practical are the angled SATA connectors as well as the power- and reset-buttons and the debug LED. Apart from that there is only one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot paired with one PCIe 3.0 x4 slot. This means that you can't create multi GPU setups. When it comes to the M.2 slots we like the appropriately sized M.2 heatsink and the DIMM.2 slot. Furthermore there are plenty of 4-pin PWM headers for both aircooling and watercooling setups. A quick look at the back I/O panel reveals there are plenty of USB ports, which in combination with the display and network connectors make for a good mix on the connector side of things.  

- Space around the CPU socket

 

       
Power design   + -
The power design is a bit of a disappointment. Due to the fact that there are twelve inductors visible one might assume that ASUS implementes something like a 10 + 2 or an 8 + 4 phase power design, but the reality is a 5 x 2 + 2 phase power design. Nevertheless it's based on ASUS's higher-end ASP1405I PWM controller regarding the VCC side. Furthermore there are ten Infineon IR3555 MOSFETs. Regarding the VCCGT section we see a similar design, ASUS has placed the same PWM controller and two MOSFETs.

Overall the VRM design is certainly good enough for a wide variety of users. Nevertheless keeping in mind this is a 340 Euro mATX motherboard we would have expected more.
   
       
Performance   + -
At the moment our test setup includes only three motherboards but during the upcoming we will add more models. Calculating the average of all benchmarks results we ran, we see that this board scores 2nd but it's very close to 1st place. Having a closer look reveals that the ASUS Maximus XI Gene is about 2% faster than the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac in Sisoft Sandra - Arythmetics - Dhrystone benchmark. Checking out the 3D performance, we see a strong result for the ASUS motherboard in 3DMark Time Spy. On another note, we had a look at energy efficiency where this board scores 3rd.   - Sisoft Sandra - Arythmetics - Dhrystone
       
Recommendation   + -
The Maximus XI Gene is a well equipped Z390 motherboard. This board is also quick according to our 2D and 3D benchmarks. On top of that it comes with a vast feature set yet the price of 340 Euro excluding shipping costs is pretty steep.   - Price
       
Rating
We give the ASUS ROG Maximus XI Gene excellent 4 out of 5 stars.



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