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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 components used for Testing are as follows:
Component Model No
CPU Intel i7 4770K (Haswell)
Motherboard ASUS Maximus VI Gene Z87
Memory Kingston HyperX Beast 2400C11/ Corsair Vengeance
OS Drive (SSD) Kingston HyperX 120GB
PSU Corsair HX650W
GPU ASUS Nvidia 570GTX CUII
Chassis CM HAF XB

Note: The Kingston RAM had compatibility issues with the BIOS version 0711 and is not mentioned on the boards QVL for memory. It would not POST at anything more than 2133 even with very loose timings of 14-14-14-32 2T. Hence the Corsair RAM was brought in to run the overclocked results. This is purely a sub-timings issue and this was proved by the fact that the RAM works perfectly on the Gryphon Z87 Board and also on a 6800K AMD platform.

The benchmarks used are as follows:

Futuremark Benchmarks
3DMark 11 Benchmark
PCMark 7 Benchmark
PCMark 8 Benchmark

SATA Testing
AS SSD Benchmark

Memory Benchmark
Maxxmem2

USB 3.0 Transfer Test

Tested with 1.34GB Assorted photos folder, 11.34GB ISO Transfer and 1.27 zip file transfer.

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