Asus Maximus IV GENE-Z
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Release Period- Aug-2011
Asus Maximus IV GENE-Z Review

The Maximus IV GENE-Z is a very tightly packed motherboard based on Intel's Z68 chipset. Besides the improved chipset that now allows overclocking while the onboard graphics are in use (compared to the H67 variant where this feat was impossible), the next "big thing" in this motherboard is Lucid's Virtu "enabler" chip that corrects one of the issues encountered in the Sandy Bridge platform, Quick Sync's absence when a discrete GPU is used. With Virtu's help, now the discrete GPU and the IGP could be used simultaneously.
Performance wise, the board performs almost as good as its pricier and larger siblings and its capable of respectable overclocking too, this being made considerably more pleasant by an UEFI BIOS.


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Asus Maximus IV GENE-Z Technical Specifications
CPU Make
Chipset
Form Factor
Total RAM
Total USB
Motherboard Details
Intel
Intel Z68
Micro-ATX
LGA 1155/Socket H2
32GB
16 USB slots
GPU Interface
GPU Onboard
SLI
Crossfire
Expansion Slots
Motherboard Graphics
PCIe v2.x
2 Nvidia SLI GPUs
2 AMD/ATI Crossfire GPUs
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4
1 x PCIe 2.0 x8
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16
Memory Type
Memory Type(ECC)
Memory Channel
Memory Capacity
Memory Total
Memory Slots
Memory Speed
Motherboard Memory
4xDDR3
Non-ECC
Dual
32GB DDR3
32GB
4xDIMM
DDR3 1333Mhz, DDR3 1600Mhz, DDR3 1866Mhz, DDR3 2133Mhz,
SATA 1
SATA 2
SATA 3
SATA Speed
External SATA
HDD RAID
Motherboard SATA
4 x SATA 2
2 x SATA 3
6Gb/s
2 x eSATA
Internal USB
Internal I/O
Internal I/O Connectors
4 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
1 x 24 pin power connector
1 x 8 pin power connector
3 x fan header
1 x S/PDIF connector
System Panel Connection
Back Panel USB
Back Panel I/O
Back Panel Connectors
8 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.0
7.1 Surround Sound
Audio Input Output
PS/2 keyboard connector
PS/2 mouse connector
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I'm thinking of building my own desktop. I was wondering if the Diamond Radeon HD 7770 will be able to used on this motherboard. On Newegg.com, it says that this motherboard has PCIe 3.0 expansion slots, but this site says it doesnt. Just wondering.

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