Wednesday, April 15th 2009

ASUS Expands its GENE Pool with Second mATX Motherboard

Giving the Rampage II GENE a competition, ASUS has now unveiled Maximus II GENE - the second high-performance micro ATX motherboard that is part of the company's Republic of Gamers line-up. Based on the Intel P45 Express Chipset, the Maximus II GENE delivers overclocking friendly environmnet for the Intel Core 2 Extreme/Quad/Duo platform. The board has four DDR2 1300/1200/1066/800/667 MHz memory slots (up to 16 GB), two PCI-Express x16 slots for CrossFire setups, 7 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports, a built-in SupremeFX X-Fi 8 channel sound from Creative and a lot more. As with the ROG Rampage II GENE, the Maximus II GENE offers a wealth of other high-end features including MemOK!, CPU Level Up, Keyboard-TweakIt, Extreme Tweaker, iROG, Loadline Calibration, LCD Poster, EPU-6 Engine, and Voltiminder LED. Also, inside the package of every motherboard, ASUS has kindly included full-version of Kaspersky anti-virus, and a license for Futuremark 3DMark06 Advanced Edition. ASUS is mum on the pricing and availability date of the Maximus II GENE mATX board.


Source: ASUS
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20 Comments on ASUS Expands its GENE Pool with Second mATX Motherboard

#2
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
Mmmm looks great! Even more proof that s775 isn't dead yet with the release of Intel Core i7 or AMD Phenom II
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#3
btarunr
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Added pics. Board looks great. I would have liked it to have DDR3 memory though.
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#4
theorw
Its like a short version of KEIRA KNIGHTLEY!!!XAXAXAXA
Of course i d prefer the girl but this would be welcome to!!!
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#5
ShogoXT
I really like these. Would like to build a impressive slim build someday.
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#6
theorw
+1
It would look ridiculous in my HAF though...U need a small case for it to look impressive!
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#7
DaC
Finally companies realized that a lot of overclockers don't care about 100 sata ports/20 pci slots /5 ide ports and so on and are starting roll out this little hot babies......
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#8
ChaoticAtmosphere
I like the PCIe clippies...looks like it makes things easier to remove, way beeter than the "push down, pull out" that requires one hand on the clip and one on the card.
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#9
DonInKansas
Who's GENE? :roll::roll:

Nice lookin' board.
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#10
ChaoticAtmosphere
by: DonInKansas
Who's GENE? :roll::roll:

Nice lookin' board.
Gene?? He's Chip's brother!! :roll:
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#11
Assimilator
by: DaC
Finally companies realized that a lot of overclockers don't care about 100 sata ports/20 pci slots /5 ide ports and so on and are starting roll out this little hot babies......
Yet they still manage to cram 8 SATA ports and 12 USB posts onto that tiny board. Who the f**k needs TWELVE USB ports??? Even with every USB device that I own (including 3 flash drives) plugged in, my usage is only 8 ports.

Same with SATA - if someone is buying a mATX board are they really going to have the space for 8 hard drives? I'd appreciate it if the manufacturers dropped these extraneous features and concentrated a bit more on cooling instead.
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#12
ShadowFold
I wanna see some Maximus GENE P55's! I'd definitely build a M-ATX rig when I get my i5 stuff :D
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#13
BumbleBee


my DFI JR P45 mATX is still in my heart. I wonder why Asus didn't space out the memory slots.
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#14
Haytch
Nice little board.
Great to see 775 Maximized.

Until they start manufacturing fairly decent sized hard drives ( 100Tb+ ), i believe they can never have enough sata ports. Granted this is something i would throw into a HTPC, so thats why its nice to see a whole lot of USB ports for the external drives.
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#15
thebeephaha
by: BumbleBee
http://i40.tinypic.com/smy53c.jpg

my DFI JR P45 mATX is still in my heart. I wonder why Asus didn't space out the memory slots.
What is the purpose of spreading out the memory slots? Unless maybe for slightly better cooling I don't see the point.
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#17
tzitzibp
by: btarunr
Board looks great. I would have liked it to have DDR3 memory though.
so would I...
perfect for a gaming rig in a media centre case!
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#18
Imsochobo
Following DFI's footsteps.

yeah.

I got the juniours, and got 4 Ghz down on a Phenom 1 on 790GX M2RS (LP JR) and 5 ghz on PHII.

Tried the P45 for abit on water, did 4.7 on a 8600.

Respectable results, i do not know much about asus, but i know atleast juniour motherboards can be about as good as the big ATX boards.

There is one downside on the dfi boards, you get more EMI from stuff, due to size, and stuff is closer together, this is mostly hearable when you clock much, running stock on all, run spread thingy, and its almost gone.

Thats my experience on M-Atx, got a m-atx box at home, and its ACE!

Waiting to see more m-atx boxes, i know this is what we will only buy in future, when SSD get more popular :)
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#19
BumbleBee
by: thebeephaha
What is the purpose of spreading out the memory slots? Unless maybe for slightly better cooling I don't see the point.
clearance.
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#20
Imsochobo
To get those big memory coolers we really dont need ?.

You can buy Dominators, you can buy D9's, what perform best?

D9.

They use small coolers usually, and you do nice 1200 mhz easy on them without sick cooling.
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