ASUS Max­imus VI Gene

Unique ‘Gene’ Ther­apy

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TEXT // JOHN LAW

Max­imus. Say that word to any and all ASUS afi­ciona­dos and the first thing they’ll re­fer back to is the name: Repub­lic of Gamers, oth­er­wise known by their global col­lo­quial name: ROG. They pro­duce some of the best gam­ing grade mother­boards, bar none. From full-size Ul­tra-ATX to miniATX mother­boards, th­ese ROG mother­boards fea­ture an ar­ray of cus­tom fea­tures. This month, we took the lib­erty of in­spect­ing the Max­imus VI Gene.

So what ex­actly is dif­fer­ent about this par­tic­u­lar mother­board? Well, first off it’s a mi­cro-ATX. De­spite that, the mother­board has also been up­dated to ac­com­mo­date In­tel’s lat­est and cur­rent Haswell Core pro­ces­sors. The Gene then, isn’t by any def­i­ni­tion a slouch when it comes to per­for­mance, which in turn lends a hand to the old adage “Good things come in small pack­ages.”

Look care­fully at the mother­board and you’ll also be able to see that this mi­cro-ATX is ca­pa­ble of prop­erly sup­port­ing dual GPUs, be it ei­ther from NVIDIA’s SLI or AMD’s CrossFireX. Many of you may not think much of it, but here’s a ques­tion: Ex­actly how many mi­cro-ATX mother­boards do you know of (no brand re­stric­tion in your an­swer) that ac­tu­ally have SLI ca­pa­bil­ity? From what we’ve seen, the odds of this is slim and we’ve not seen any other such mi­cro-ATX mother­boards which have the same dis­tinct ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

With the Gene, ASUS made this mother­board as an al­ter­na­tive for con­sumers who can’t af­ford their top-of-the-line Ex­treme mother­board un­der the same se­ries. But again, the Gene still does hold a trump card against the Ex­treme: built-in sound. While the Max­imus VI Ex­treme was de­signed to be GPU friendly for gamers that would want a 3-to-4 SLI or CrossFireX, it doesn’t have a proper built-in sound card. The logic be­ing that gamers who get the Ex­treme would be more in­clined to spend their money on the com­pany’s Xonar au­dio cards. ASUS en­dowed the Gene with a built-in Supre­meFX au­dio chip that out­puts 8-chan­nel HD au­dio, which is still pretty good.

Run­ning our bench­marks, we were cer­tain of the kinds of scores we would get from the syn­thetic bench­marks. Us­ing PCMark8, PCMark7, 3DMark’s Fire Strike and 3DMark11, the scores ob­tained were 5,360, 5,031, 9,018 and 12,505, re­spec­tively. In our real word tests, this mother­board’s com­pu­ta­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties man­aged to power through Arkham City in an al­most but­ter-like mo­tion, help­ing our in­house graph­ics card to main­tain the game’s frame rates at an im­pres­sive (if not, ex­pected) 95 FPS.

At the end of the day, the Gene was de­signed to cater to the gamer who wants a taste of the for­bid­den fruit at a frac­tion of the guilt. From our tests, our opin­ion is pretty set it stone: the Gene is packed with power and ASUS (and us) knows it. Even bet­ter is the fact that de­spite its smaller size, it’s still more than able to dis­trib­ute that power equally among other com­po­nents with­out bat­ting an eye. Hon­estly speak­ing, we think it’s worth con­sid­er­ing for both, ca­sual and hard­core gamers.

The built-in Supre­meFX au­dio chip out­puts 8-chan­nel HD au­dio

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