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 Asus Maximus 3 Gene Motherboard Review.

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PostSubject: Asus Maximus 3 Gene Motherboard Review.   Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:50 pm

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Buying a motherboard at present is quite a difficult task since, in terms connected with performance, there is very little to choose between the premium contenders. Brand loyalty is you route but leaves the that something good is often missed out on through deficit of awareness of the a number of offerings. Manufacturers have had a tricky time and most have been forced inside an "arms race" of adding ever more features to make their boards stand out. A recent example will be trend towards putting large amounts of copper onboard through little performance gain to indicate for it but at a disproportionate cost. Why did they do it right? Simply because people choose motherboards dependant upon reading the specifications in a quantitative fashion. We are convinced far greater value for the customer can be attained by putting features (software and hardware) during the package that gives the pup tangible benefits.
ASUS would definitely be a prime example of this. Their strategy is to lead through innovation without having to follow the herd. Readers will already understand products such as the Eee range together with other home entertainment products they already have developed. The ROG (Republic connected with Gamers) brand is rapidly gathering popularity with extreme gaming and even overclocking workshops and seminars being held many countries. The selection of prizes given out at these events exhibits how closely ASUS understand the wants and aspirations of their viewers. We've been impressed long now with the feature range of ASUS motherboards and think it's now time to review them with a center on those features and not plenty of benchmarks comparing 20+ boards that happen to perform within 1% of each one other. Today the board that your is the Maximus 3 Gene, a flagship plug 1156 product for Intel i5 together with i7 (8XX series) processors.
Snowboard Features
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Board Layout
The box is supplied in a nice package that prominently displays the ROG logo showing that this is an enthusiast and gamers motherboard.
It truly is Windows 7 ready and everything was detected correctly during our 64-bit Windows 7 Pro setup. Installing the additional drivers and utilities that accompany the enclosed CD is still highly recommended though.
Any onboard X-Fi supports EAX 5. 0 for advanced HD sound and carries a filter to eliminate record noise while recording. People tested in both 5. 1 together with 7. 1 channel modes with out distortion and good separation of channels.
There are a multitude of features that the front and back within the box are not enough and a good flap is used to help you elaborate further. It also enhances the "gift box" effect and may make a nice present this holiday season.
All these features even on a board that's not cluttered and is particularly mATX! As well as the actual SLI/CrossFire capabilities we can see that it is passively cooled with a major heatsink in the underlying part right. There is a year phase power design composing of eight phase CPU energy, two phase VTT power and two phase storage area power. There are 7 SATA-2 places and an E-SATA convey header. The four DDR3 casino wars operate in dual station mode and support memory as many as 16GB DDR3-2133 through the actual BIOS. The red button contains recovery without clearing a BIOS if settings can be too extreme during overclocking. The addition of each on/off switch helps testers or those not finding a traditional case. A legacy PCI slot there has to be for that old PCI RAID controller and many others. you just cannot bear to do without. RAID 0 and 1 is supported at the SATA-2 ports and will also be cost-effective until SSDs have mainstream.
PS/2 keyboard connectors are definitely the only look to way back when and 8-channel audio can be fully supported and configurable as soon as the full audio drivers are generally installed. The USB port on its side is usually the ROG connector and allows a notebook to monitor and configure this PC remotely. In practice this worked well with Eee PC 901 using the supplied cable. Firewire and E-SATA (there's one other E-SATA and Firewire connector opposed to this of the board for cases which have those connectors on them) can be included. The addition of your CMOS clear button on the back panel will please overclockers and save tension reaching for just a jumper with male long-nosed pliers while having a torch between smile and aiming it through tongue manipulation....
Included in the pack are SATA cables with metal bars to build them easy to remove whilst still being keeping them securely available against accidental removal - considerably from the first SATA cables which are still supplied with a lot of motherboards today. The ROG cable is only a USB (male to male) lead. Padding on the once again shield forms a snug fit with the edge of the board as well as being thickly constructed making it basic fit and remove devoid of bending. The SLI bridge in your own home to install and the highest thing is the Q-Connector pertaining to case wires (HDD, ability, rest switch etc. ) so they can be fitted there and then the entire connector taken out as meant for access. This is the type of time saving feature that leaves people thinking about why no-one has thought of it before.
Test Arrange
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Overclocking
Plug 1156 processors, like their socket 1366 siblings are renowned thus to their overclocking capabilities so you started with high hopes for the i7-870 on this board when using the extensive options available in your BIOS. The BIOS is too detailed right now to explore in this review but we endorse viewing this YouTube video here in case your appetite is whetted have a look at you can download the manual from the ASUS Support Site.
Some of our first target was 3. 5GHz all this was achieved without any sort of noticeable increase in temp (the Corsair H50 sealed processor watercooler is truly remarkable and completely silent). Most of benchmarks were run not having problems.
Incredibly, the system posted and booted into Windows at 4GHz in stock voltage. Running the Far Yowl 2 benchmark caused a new lockup though and we increased the processor voltage to at least one. 35V before the COMPUTER completed all tests without the need for problems. Even so, 1. 35V holds on the low side when compared to some extremes we have seen with simple cooling.
We conducted our reports at stock speeds though to give readers to make comparisons on a fixed baseline.
Test Good results
We should explain why we've found selected certain tests and why we repeated them for 1, 2, 3 together with 4 cores. People buy motherboards pertaining to different uses and whether that you're a gamer who can make do with 2 cores or a passionate video editor who might max out 4 cores determines which processor you will pair the board with the help of.
We always advise not skimping on motherboard selection and two hundred thousand dollar high end, fully featured one like the Maximus III Gene (high stop by socket 1156 standards - half immediately a socket 1366 board) provides greatest flexibility as we will have. The benchmarks will show which processor is most effective for particular uses. Our company is comparing the ASUS Maximus III Gene aided by the ASUS M4A79T Deluxe.
The main benefit of DDR3-2000 versus DDR3-1600 and then the Dual channel memory can be clearly seen. Synthetic benchmarks eliminate many other bottlenecks and show the truth potential of increasing cores. Only users of the AMD platform could replace their current CPU with a 6-core "Bulldozer" one next year. There are no blueprints for 6-core "Gulftown" (aka i9) processors in the position to fit in a outlet 1156 motherbaord.
Similar position with very linear climbing.
The number of cores doesn't have any effect on memory bandwidth (fortunately there are no single core Athlons while in the AM3 configuration).
The results right here are quite interesting and an important leveling off after 2 cores with the i7-870 but more linear to your slower AMD X4 CPU. The results are on top of average for boards of these chipsets.
Far Cry 2 is widely acknowledged because game to bring any kind of system to its knees and we deliberately tested at the highest settings for each resolution obese 8x anti aliasing. Frame rates are perfectly playable in anyway resolutions (we don't have a 30" monitor for your ultra high resolutions).
Contrasting the FPS from Far Cry 2 is without a doubt Tom Clancy's HAWX a cross between flight simulator and even air combat game along with we achieved over 60 fps at all resolutions.
Horror games are popular and Resident Evil 5 possesses a great benchmarking function built in. The board performed effectively in this test.
Decision
We've deliberately avoided getting bogged down with plenty of benchmarks comparing many motherboards as this really one component where your performance varies by usually a lot less than 1% across the vary. Readers looking to see these particular benchmarks are pointed to AnandTech and similar sites. We have already explored in depth and rest assured that your Maximus III Gene is in the top 3 in just about any test in available standards. Instead we are specializing in the added features along with bundled software that put unique value to just about every motherboard.
ROG motherboards have never disappointed relating to features and the Maximus III Gene isn't a exception despite its mATX type factor which puts a pressure on available "real-estate". The choice for this appear to be to allow the board to always be used for small form factor and portable systems for gamers to work with in LAN parties and even gaming conventions etc.
Overclocking was in the past the realm of your connoisseur requiring great skill/experience along with tenacity with nerves of iron required along with the constant danger of apparatus destruction adding tension across the hours it took for the stable overclock. No longer is this the outcome now that ASUS have achieved it easy for everyone (and not any longer can we impress females at parties by properly introducing ourselves as PC overclockers.... ) utilizing PC stepup, iROG link up, MemPerfect and a host of utilities within Windows making it feel like easy to get professional translates into a fraction of that time period and with little and no risk.
When everything is planned for we are convinced that the ASUS Maximus III Gene is the best socket 1156 motherboard on the market and is keenly priced due to the target market.
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