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ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z - LGA 1155 - Z68 - Republic of Gamer Series - mATX Intel Z68 Micro ATX DDR3 2200 Motherboards

4.1 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

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  • SupremeFX X-Fi built-in 8-Ch. HD audio with EAX5.0 support
  • ROG Connect / ROG iDirect - Easy and direct OC control at a pure hardware level
  • Intel Z68 Chipset
  • LGA 1155 socket supports 2nd Generation Intel Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 Processors
  • Mem TweakIt -Real-time memory tuning without a system reboot
  • Intel Smart Response Technology - Experience the Benefits of both SSD and HDD
  • LucidLogix Virtu -Utilize both iGPU and Discrete graphic card at same time
  • 1 x Intel Gigabit LAN
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Technical Details

  • Processor Socket: LGA 1155
  • Form Factor: Micro ATX
  • RAM Memory Technology: DDR3 2200;DDR3 2133;DDR3 1866;DDR3 1600;DDR3 1333

Product Description

The ASUS Republic of Gamer (R.O.G.) series motherboard pioneers new overclocking methods to enthusiasts. Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboard features Intel's Z68 chipset supporting the latest LGA 1155 processors.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.7 x 11.6 x 11.1 inches
Item Weight 3.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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ASIN B005584ZHQ
Item model number Maximus IV Gene-Z
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4.1 out of 5 stars 43 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,859 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Motherboards
Date first available at Amazon.com June 9, 2011

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As a techie, I build or significantly upgrade my home PC about 2-3 times a year. As a result I go through a fair share of products and get to know what is good and what isn't. For my most recent computer build, I wanted a motherboard with good audio for music and games, lots of BIOS options for customization, plus SATA 6 GB and a mATX form factor. Being that the Z68 chipset is the best out there right now, the Maximus IV GENE-Z was really the best option and I'm not disappointed with my purchase.

The motherboard is definitely high-end, with small touches you normally don't find on a basic board, such as a plastic, labelled and custom padded in/out panel for use with your PC case. The build quality is very good. There are 5, 4-pin PWM fan headers (2 CPU, 3 chassis). And perfect for those tweakers out there, there's a LCD display for error codes if you overclock just a little too much.

The board's performance is excellent, as would be expected. My one complaint is regarding ASUS' support website for drivers and software. They really screwed up the release of BIOS updates, because the most recent update has a lower version # than a past update. As a result, the EZ Flash BIOS utility won't let you "downgrade" from your current BIOS to a lower version #. When I brought this to Tech Support's attention via e-mail, it's as if they didn't even read my entire e-mail but rather sent a canned response about how to upgrade the BIOS. Having owned about a dozen ASUS products, this is not typical of them. Their service and support website are usually top-notch. Hopefully, this is just an isolated incident.

Overall, you can't go wrong with this motherboard if you value having the best. Even if you are not a gamer, you can appreciate the extra features this board comes with, including the X-Fi audio software, a year subscription to Kaspersky AV, plus the excellent hardware. It makes the higher price 100% worth it.
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Looks good, ports galore, and my CPU coolers don't hit the memory.

PCI slots designed such that you can have two big cards SLId without hitting anything else on the board.

Great features and layout, with a good price point.
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Fast shipping, beautiful design troubleshooting LEDs...Intel Sandy Bridge, on board graphics,,,,What more could you ask for? So far a day in and it is running flawlessly. Asus provides ALL of the utilities to from monitoring to controlling fan speed. I mean overclocking the VGA and CPU is SO easy. Just move some sliders and thats it. Great steal for 170.
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Installation into a new custom pc build went without a hitch. It accepted my i5-2500k, 16gb of Gskill DDR3 1333 value ram at 1.5v, and a Crucial M4 120g Sata 3 SSD out of the box with no problems or changes to the bios. This board has the new UEFI bios and supports GPT disk structure for hard drives larger than 2.2 TB. The bios version out of the box was 0706 for me, current enough to install Intel Rapid Storage Drivers for SSD users. Current bios version is higher on the Asus webpage, but I have yet to decide within good reason to upgrade when everything is working excellent right now.

PROS:
+ Features SATA 6GBs, PCI-E 3.0, SupremeFX X-Fi 2 audio
+ 5 fan headers on the board, all of which are 4-pin for fans with PWM
+ The Mosfet heatsinks next to the CPU socket do not block large aftermarket CPU coolers
+ Power and reset buttons on the motherboard, also next to Diagnostics LED's for troubleshooting.
+ 8 regular USB 2.0 ports + 2 USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel

CONS:
- No Firewire IEEE 1394 Port on the rear panel nor internally on the motherboard! Make sure you don't need this.
- Includes USB 3.0 header on the board, but no included cable for a USB 3.0 Font Panel
- Two eSata ports on the rear panel, but it is 3 Gb/s versus 6 Gb/s

MIXED:
+/- No regular PCI slot. Some people want this, some dont. I for one, I will miss using my TV tuner card.
+/- No 4pin molex connecter on the board to power GPU's. Although, most cards have their own power connecter (6-pin).
+/- Memory slots use a new securing clip on the bottom side, or rather lack thereof because its not visible.
+/- Only two SATA 3 ports for SSD. For some, this is enough for one main RAID setup.
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When I was looking at getting a new motherboard I wanted a board that was easy to overclock. Asus makes over clocking so easy these days.........actually it doesn't really even feel like you have done much it's so seamless! I wanted an M-atx board so I could build a SFF PC, smaller is better...........and this is probably the best M-atx board on the market.

The board lives up to the ASUS reputation ...........solid design, quality, very easy to set-up.

If you are going to build a PC today ASUS and GIGABYTE are your best bets .............they just make very good quality motherboards. I'm not going to get into all the features on the board other than to say for the size of this board it has a ton of different I/O connections and the UEFI BIOS ............someone should have thought of this years ago!

Now The UPDATE

I have had this board about 7 months. The first board Amazon shipped to me was not DOA, but shortly into the build it wouldn't post. I was never sure if it was the power supply or the Board so I did an RMA of both and Amazon was happy to help. 3 weeks ago I went from a HDD OS to a SDD OS. The install went very smooth until I decided to update the BIOS from AI Suite as part of the upgrade (BIOS 3402). The BIOS supposedly flashed ok and on restart the real trouble began. The computer restarted ok, but no POST. I called ASUS, and got a really weird answer "Why did you update the BIOS"? Anyway after talking with the guy he told me it would be easier to just buy a new BIOS chip from the e-store and install it myself. This seemed simple I said Thank You and off I went to order the chip ($14 chip and $18 2nd day). When I went to order the chip it turns out the e-store was offline, they had technical problems for about 4 days.
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