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Asus Maximus V GENE

The Asus Maximus V GENE is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1155/Socket H2 socket.

It has 32 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the UTX form factor standard.

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Asus Maximus V GENE

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1155/Socket H2help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v3.0
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconSLI Support4 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetZ77help iconCrossfire Support4 graphics cards
help iconForm FactorUTXhelp iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconMax RAM32 GB DDR3help iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x4 v2.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 2.02
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
    help iconSATA 3.00
    help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconRAID Supportyes
    help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconInternal I/O
    • 1 x 24 pin power connector
    • 1 x 8 pin power connector
    • 5 x fan header
    • 1 x S/PDIF connector
    • System Panel Connection
    help iconUSB 3.0 Internal2help iconBack Panel I/O
    • Display Port">Display Port
    • 7.1 Surround Sound
    • Audio Input Output
    • 1 x eSATA
    help iconUSB 3.0 Rear4

    Asus Maximus V GENE compatibility review

    The Asus Maximus V GENE uses the Intel LGA 1155/Socket H2 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to MHz, and 4 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 32 GB RAM.

    The UTX, or uATX form factor is analagous to the Micro-ATX form factor. The UTX Asus Maximus V GENE should fit into all ATX cases, but its smaller size allows you to downsize your system build as a whole. Its size comes at the cost of features, so there are likely to be far fewer connections and expansion options available than in a larger motherboard.

    The Asus Maximus V GENE has 4 SATA 3.0 hard drive slots. These allow for theoretical data transfer speeds of up to 6GB/s, as opposed to the 3GB/s of SATA 2.0. Generally speaking, only high performance hard drives, specifically solid-state drives, will be able to take advantage of the bandwidth potential of SATA 3.0 ports, though it is backwards compatible, so you do not have to take advantage. This motherboard also has 2 SATA 2.0 slots, so numerous SATA hard drives can be connected if desired.

    The Asus Maximus V GENE supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v3.0, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Asus Maximus V GENE's PCIe v3.0. The Asus Maximus V GENE supports up to 4 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards or up to 4 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

    The Asus Maximus V GENE has 8 USB 2.0 slots and 6 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

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