ASUS Maximus VI Gene
Unique ‘Gene’ Therapy
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