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Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Motherboard Socket microATX Intel Z87 PCI-E - 4DDR3 Slots.

Asus MAXIMUS VI GENE Motherboard Socket microATX Intel Z87 PCI-E - 4DDR3 Slots


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A Grade Open boxed returns/cancelled orders - these come complete and as new other than the manufacturer's seal may be broken.

Original packaging

All Accessories included

Full Manufacturers Warranty

  • SupremeFX- Supremacy through discrete-caliber audio
  • Sonic Radar- Scan and detect to dominate mPCIe Combo II- Extra connections with new gen support
  • Extreme Engine Digi+ III- Hardcore power delivery with premium components
  • GameFirst II + Intel LAN- Put Your Frags First
  • RAMDisk- Double up on speed with RAM

The Maximus VI Gene is the latest version of the Republic of Gamers-branded Micro ATX motherboard. It uses Intels Z87 chipset, and is therefore compatible with Intels 4th-generation Core processors, making it ideal if you want to create a gaming oriented Haswell PC.

It may be a Micro ATX board, but the Maximus VI Gene packs in a lot of high-end features and manages to do so without cluttering expansion slots and component slots. It retains the Red and black colour scheme of previous Republic of Gamers (RoG) motherboards, giving it some charisma. There are also many red LEDs dotted about the board which nicely illuminate its surroundings with a red glow.

As its a board for gamers, the Maximus VI Gene has two PCI-Express x16 expansion slots that support quad-GPU CrossFire and SLI setups. However, both slots run at x8 when both are occupied. The only other expansion slot is a PCI Express x1 slot, but this will be obscured if you install a dual-slot graphics card in the second PCI-Express x16 slot. There are also four memory slots, so you can you install up to 32GBs of RAM.

Conveniently, the Maximus VI Gene comes with a little adaptor called the mPCIe Combo II that lets you easily install mini PCI Express 2.0 cars and a very small form-factor m.2 SSD in your system. You could for instance, install a Wi-Fi module. The adaptor simply needs to be slotted into its connector on the motherboards backplane.

The board makes full use of the Z87 chipset and provides six SATA3 ports and a further two SATA3 ports are provided by an ASMedia controller. Not only does this mean that theres plenty of ports for all your drives, it also means that all connected drives will be allowed to run at their full potential.

It also has a generous complement of USB3 ports on its backplane, with six in total. There are also four USB2 ports, so youll have no trouble connecting your peripherals. Other connection ports on the backplane include six analogue audio ports, an optical S/PDIF digital audio output and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

There are also two buttons on the backplane. One is a clear CMOS button and the other is a RoG Connect button, which can be used in conjunction with a USB flash drive to update the systems BIOS without entering Windows or the existing BIOS.

We tested the board with an Intel Core i5-4670K and 4GB of RAM running at 1,600MHz. At the Core i5-4670Ks stock clock speed, the system achieved an overall score of 112 in our multimedia benchmark tests. This is one point slower than the score produced by the Asus Z87-Pro (see Reviews, Shopper 307), but the difference is so small its negligible.

We then increased the processors clock speed to 4.2GHz and re-ran the benchmarks. This time, the system produced an overall score of 125. Again, this is one point less than the score produced by the Z87-Pro, but the Maximus VI Genes score is what we expect to see.

The best performance was achieved when we overclocked the processor to 4.5GHz, with the system producing an overall score of 130. The Asus Z87-Pro produced an overall score of 129 with a 4.4GHz, so 130 is again pretty much what wed expect to see.

As youd expect from an enthusiast board, the Maximus VI Genes UEFI BIOS provides much scope for overclocking. There are way too many options to discuss here, but powerusers will love the old-skool look and feel of the BIOS and the convenient ability to use the mouse when necessary. The background is, of course, coloured red to match RoGs brand colour.

The Maximus VI Gene also comes bundled with a number of extras, such as a RoG-branded version of CPU-Z, which is an essential utility for checking the operating frequency of your processor and memory, and Sonic Radar, which is a utility that lets you know the direction of fire in FPS games. As for Sonic Radars effectiveness, we dont know, as we sadly didnt get to use it.

The Maximus VI Gene is ideal if you want to create a Haswell-based gaming PC thanks to its dual PCI-E x16 slots, overclocking and test features such as the large Start button and the DirectKey that boots you straight into the BIOS. If youre not too fussed about the form-factor then you could always go for the £150 Asus Z87-Pro ATX motherboard instead. Its an excellent board that has more expansion slots and However, it seems mad to give up all the RoG extras for the sake of £10 if you wont make use of the extra expansion slots and Wi-Fi adaptor. If youre a gamer with a Haswell processor and £160 burning a hole in your pocket, you should check out the Asus Maximus VI Gene.



Product Description

ASUS MAXIMUS VI GENE - motherboard - micro ATX - LGA1150 Socket - Z87

Product Type

Motherboard - micro ATX

Chipset Type

Intel Z87 Express

Processor Socket

1 x LGA1150 Socket

Compatible Processors

Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7

Max RAM Size

32 GB

RAM Supported

4 DIMM slots - DDR3 , non-ECC , unbuffered

Storage Ports

6 x SATA-600 (RAID), 2 x SATA-600

USB / FireWire Ports

6 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0 + ( 2 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0 via headers )


HD Audio (8-channel)


Gigabit Ethernet



Product Type

Motherboard - micro ATX

Chipset Type

Intel Z87 Express

Processor Socket

LGA1150 Socket

Max Processors Qty


Compatible Processors

Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7

Supported RAM

Max Size

32 GB



Bus Clock

2400 MHz, 2200 MHz, 2000 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1600 MHz, 1333 MHz, 1866 MHz, 2133 MHz, 2800 MHz, 3000 MHz, 2600 MHz, 2666 MHz, 2500 MHz, 2933 MHz

Supported RAM Integrity Check


Registered or Buffered



Dual channel memory architecture, Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP)



HD Audio (8-channel)

Audio Codec

SupremeFX (AD1988B)

Compliant Standards

DTS Connect, High Definition Audio


Network Controller

Intel I217V

Network Interfaces

Gigabit Ethernet

Expansion / Connectivity

Expansion Slot(s)

1 x CPU , 4 x DIMM 240-pin , 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ( dual x8 mode; single card: x16 mode ) , 1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 , 1 x Mini PCIe

Storage Interfaces

SATA-600 - connector(s): 6 x 7pin Serial ATA - 6 Device(s) - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5 , ASMedia ASM1061 : SATA-600 - connector(s): 2 x 7pin Serial ATA - 2 Device(s)


1 x HDMI , 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) , 6 x USB 3.0 , 4 x USB 2.0 , 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (side surround) - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (rear) - mini-jack , 1 x audio line-out (center/subwoofer) - mini-jack , 1 x microphone - mini-jack , 1 x TOSLINK

Internal Interfaces

4 x USB 2.0 - header , 2 x USB 3.0 - header , 1 x SPDIF out - header , 1 x audio - header

Power Connectors

24-pin main power connector, 8-pin ATX12V connector




BIOS Features

DMI 2.0 support, WfM 2.0 support, Multilingual BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ASUS O.C. Profile, ACPI 2.0a support, SMBIOS 2.5 support, USB BIOS Flashback, UEFI BIOS

Sleep / Wake Up

Wake on LAN (WOL)

Hardware Features

C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall), jack retasking, MemOK!, 8+2 Phase Power Design, ASUS Q-Design, ROG Connect, Q-DIMM, ASUS EZ DIY, Q-LED, Q-Slot, ProbeIt, audio jack detect technology, ASUS CPU Level Up, ASUS Q-Shield, ASUS Extreme Tweaker, Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) support, NVIDIA Quad SLI Technology Support, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, GPU.DIMM Post, Intel Clear Video HD Technology, ROG BIOS Print, USB 3.0 Boost, Q-Code, SupremeFX Shielding technology, AMD Quad CrossFireX technology support, ASUS USB Charger+, Intel InTru 3D Technology, Intel Insider, Intel Quick Sync Video, Disk Unlocker, Dual Intelligent Processors 4, ASUS Extreme Engine Digi+ III, ASUS SSD Secure Erase


Included Accessories

I/O back plate, mPCIe Combo II expansion card, ROG Door Hanger

Cables Included

1 x SLI bridge , 6 x Serial ATA cable

Software Included

Drivers & Utilities, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, ASUS EZ Flash 2, ROG CPU-Z, ROG Mem TweakIt Utility, DAEMON Tools Pro Standard, ASUS WebStorage, ASUS AI Suite III, ROG RAMDisk, ROG GameFirst II

Compliant Standards

Plug and Play, RoHS, ACPI 2.0a, ErP Ready


24.4 cm


24.4 cm





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