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Asus Z87 Maximus VI Gene Motherboard Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging, Specifications and Contents
  3. Motherboard Overview
  4. BIOS and Setup
  5. Test Setup and Testing Methodology
  6. Futuremark Benchmarks
  7. Storage Benchmark: AS SSD
  8. Memory Benchmark: Maxxmem2
  9. USB 3.0 Transfer Tests
  10. Overclocking Impressions
  11. Conclusion
  12. View All

The board is simply outstanding when it comes to the build quality. I have tried to cover the whole board while taking pictures, but what I cannot do is make you feel the board itself. The heatsinks are very nice, and are similar to the Ceramix coating ASUS used on some of its past Sabertooth boards. The board has 10k Black Metallic Caps and 60A ‘BlackWing’ Chokes.

For the less informed, these components are top notch quality and result in superior power delivery which helps greatly in highly overclocked and high stress scenarios. Now lets break down the board into different parts and go over it bit by bit.


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The top right corner is heavily populated, primarily by the 4 DIMM RAM slots. We also find the 24-Pin ATX power connector along with the internal USB 3.0 header. We also see the Q-Code indicator LED here and the ASUS special Mem-OK button. I cannot tell you how much of a blessing that button has been during my OC sessions with the board.

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We also see that the board has an LN2 jumper for those days when you feel like going extreme and using some copious amounts of liquid nitrogen. It goes to show, that the ROG heritage is available even to those who cannot spend an arm and a leg on the higher end boards.

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Moving to the bottom of the board, we can clearly see the 2 PCI-e 3.0 x8 slots in red. These can be used for both CrossFireX or for SLI. We can also see the start and reset buttons which once again, come in very handy for those benching sessions.

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The PCH is covered with a really nice heatsink which has the ROG branding all over it, with its traditional red and black colour scheme. We can also see the 8 SATA3 6.0G ports,  6 of which are from the Intel PCH and the 2 others come from the AsMedia chip.

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As we can see here, the bottom-left-side of the board also houses the onboard sound chip, known as the SupremeFX. It is isolated from the rest of the PCB with RED LEDs. This isolation results in less interference from the electromagnetic field and hence the sound produced is much better.

The motherboard has 6 layers of PCB.

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The I/O panel houses a clear CMOS button along with the ROG connect button which allows overclocking to be done using a second device or computer. The LAN port is an Intel Gigabit Port, which is generally regarded of being the best port in the market at the moment.


Here we can see the PCI-e combo card mounted to the board itself. As said before, the card can hold and NGFF SSD along with a WIFI/Bluetooth combo card.


Here are some pics of the board that is interesting to go over. Incase I forgot to mention it, the CPU socket is made by Foxconn.

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