- Packaging, Specifications and Contents
- Motherboard Overview
- BIOS and Setup
- Test Setup and Testing Methodology
- Futuremark Benchmarks
- Storage Benchmark: AS SSD
- Memory Benchmark: Maxxmem2
- USB 3.0 Transfer Tests
- Overclocking Impressions
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When I first got the board, I was sure that I would be blown away- And I was. This little board has been crafted with some amazing components that truly shines in pushing the limits. In my mind, this board like most others out there will have no issues doing faster speeds than most other boards larger than it in size are currently doing, but what makes this so special is the fact that it does so with such ease, that overclocking has gone from a long drawn out affair to something so easy that it literally took me 5 minutes at most to get the RAM running at 2666MHz. I even pushed for 28xx and got achieved it, all be it with another 5 minutes.
However,there are some things I would change about it. While I absolutely love the BIOS it is just a little too much, as it is easy for someone new to overclocking to get lost within its long and confusing clutches. I also would like to see a version of the Gene ship with the complete Wi-Fi bundle as this would make it so much more appealing to the LAN party crowd.
Don’t get me wrong, the PCIe combo card is absolutely wonderful and finding a wireless card for it should be no trouble. The problem lies with finding the antennae required to bridge the gap from the card itself to the rear I/O shield. ASUS could probably sell the board without the Wi-Fi module itself but retain the wires. I also would like ASUS to drop the NGFF SSD slot and get a PCI-E SSD slot instead as they are far easier to procure and are also way faster then NGFF. Apart from these small niggles, the board is rock solid and offers a boat load of features.