Since Intel first launched their first generation Core-I processors, the ROG series motherboard from ASUS earns its reputation of outstanding overclocking potential and best looking. Then, the ASUS Maximus VIII GENE is one of the latest addition to the ROG family with Intel LGA 1151 support. The Maximus VIII Gene make its debut as one of the high-end motherboard in the ROG series based on Intel Z170 chipset and support for Intel LGA 1151 socket CPU. The Intel Z170 Express chipset is capable of providing better performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability.
The front of the box show off the ROG eye logo at the top left, then the model name for the motherboard is located middle of the box. We spotted some badges being placed at the bottom, and it show the motherboard can support the new Intel Z170 chipset, NVIDIA SLI, AMD CrossFire, 4K and Windows 10 Ready.
A preview of the motherboard and it’s prominent features such as SupremeFX 2015, USB 3.1 ports, Intel Ethernet and KeyBot II is mentioned at the back of the box.
The motherboard features rich I/O includes P/S 2 port, DisplayPort, HDMI, LAN Port, USB 3.1 (Black) Type-C, USB 3.1 (Red) Type-A, 6x USB 3.0 (Blue), Optical S/PDIF, Audio Jacks, Clear CMOS, and USB BIOS Flashback Buttons.
For those users that hunger of storage, the ASUS Maximus VIII Gene features six SATA ports and one M.2 socket. Now you can maximise your storage to the maximum with high speed and capacity.
Test Rig Configuration
We ran a few benchmarks as our baseline to measure the potential of the motherboard; the motherboard can score 899 which is scored slightly below Intel Core i7-3930K. However, on Firestrike Extreme benchmark it scores the same as the previous generation ASUS Z97 Sabertooth motherboard, which makes most people think twice about buying this. Overall on the benchmark that have been tested, we believe this motherboard has a potential in overclocking to the maximum if you have the proper cooling system to push it further.
We managed to push the processor up to 4.9 GHz with 1.4 Vcore and managed to run a stability test with Intel Extreme Tuning Utility for 5 minutes. The temperature of the Intel Core i7-6700K is impressive because the maximum temperature on the processor is only 80 Celsius.
Besides the stress test that we did on the overclocked processor, we didn’t miss the chance to run it on Fire Strike Extreme that brings a significant gap from 2363 to 3679 with 1,326 difference between it. If you are one of the owners of Intel Core i7 6700K, try to overclock your processor with a proper cooling solution then you will save the hassle of upgrading your platform every few years or months.
Last year, the previous Gene also had illuminated parts and seeing as the Gene’s siblings now included RGB lighting, we were disappointed with the fact that this feature isn’t included on the Gene but the Hero, which does include it, although it costs the same and sports extra features as well thanks to its larger size. The onboard audio isn’t that perfect either, but it has significantly improved, rising from a mid-table result to nearly a chart-topping position, despite being re-integrated onto the PCB. One of the benefits you can acquire from this motherboard will be the dedicated CPU Pump header to monitor and adjust the speed of your pump, which previous generation motherboards doesn’t have.
Users have the benefit from Z170 chipset’s ability of taking advantage of the latest super-fast SSDs. On top of that, Asus has revamped and tweaked many software features such as RAMCache and Keybot, and you can now update the BIOS over the internet too, direct from the EFI. However, we feel that Asus has certainly done enough to warrant the extra cost so if you’re after a micro-ATX Z170 board (while we don’t have much to compare it against at the moment) you definitely won’t be disappointed with the latest mid-sized board to fly the ROG flag. Besides, this motherboard offers a lot of overclocking potential that will benefit most of the users that require high performance and durability during the stress test.
- Solid UEFI Interface
- Good overclocking potential
- USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C
- Good allocation of storage and connectivity interfaces
- Some overclocking settings is complicated and hard to master