ASUS Maximus V Gene In The Box

Gaming motherboards have to have that something extra in the box that adds to the value of the purchase.  It has to be something aside from the normal stuff that comes in the package – a gamer wants a little extra.  Whether that is decals to spread around the case, or an additional feature or two, the package must feel like something worth a little bit more to give a sensation of ‘free’. 

Inside the ASUS Maximus V Gene, we get:

Rear IO Shield
User Guide
Driver CD
Door Handle Sign that says “I’m gaming, do not disturb”
A set of labels for SATA cables
A mPCIe Combo Card
Six SATA Cables
ROG Connect Cable
A Flexi SLI Cable
Q-Connectors

In terms of connectivity, ASUS has you covered – plenty of SATA cables in the box, with Q-Connectors to help with case switches.  There is no USB 3.0 front panel as there is only one USB 3.0 header on board - this is typically taken by any modern case.

ASUS Maximus V Gene Overclocking

Note: Ivy Bridge does not overclock like Sandy Bridge.  For a detailed report on the effect of voltage on Ivy Bridge (and thus temperatures and power draw), please read Undervolting and Overclocking on Ivy Bridge.

Experience with ASUS Maximus V Gene

Overclocking on ASUS motherboards has historically been rather good, given that it is one of the areas they focus on when designing a motherboard.  The ROG range is the epitome of this effort of course, and the options available to users who wish to fiddle in the BIOS are both numerate and expansive.

For users wishing to automatic overclock, we have several options.  In the OS, the TurboV Evo software part of AI Suite gives ‘CPU Level Up options for 4.2 GHz, 4.4 GHz and 4.6 GHz.  Each of these is a one button click, accept and reboot.  In the BIOS, users have the option of a ‘Gamer’s OC’, which boosts the CPU to a 48/47/46/45 multiplier depending on loading.  All options affect the voltage applied of course, and our results are below.

For manual overclocks, we took our base settings for our rather poor CPU (40x multiplier and 1.100 volts) and slowly raised the multiplier while trying to find the voltage at which each multiplier was stable.  All other settings were left on auto, and compared to the Z77A-GD65 Gaming, almost all voltages the temperature reported by the CPU was a lot less, allowing us to get 4.6 GHz from the CPU, albeit at a rather wild 1.45 volts.

Methodology:

Our standard overclocking methodology is as follows.  We select the automatic overclock options and test for stability with PovRay and OCCT to simulate high-end workloads.  These stability tests aim to catch any immediate causes for memory or CPU errors.

For manual overclocks, based on the information gathered from previous testing, starts off at a nominal voltage and CPU multiplier, and the multiplier is increased until the stability tests are failed.  The CPU voltage is increased gradually until the stability tests are passed, and the process repeated until the motherboard reduces the multiplier automatically (due to safety protocol) or the CPU temperature reaches a stupidly high level (100ºC+).  Our test bed is not in a case, which should push overclocks higher with fresher (cooler) air.

Automatic Overclock:

For CPU Level 1, the system applied a 42x100 overclock, setting the CPU voltage at 1.275 volts.  This gave 1.280 volts at load in the OS, with a PovRay score of 1523.17 and an OCCT load temperature of 72ºC.

For CPU Level 2, the system applied a 44x100 overclock, setting the CPU voltage at 1.325 volts.  This gave 1.328 volts at load in the OS, with a PovRay score of 1601.70 and an OCCT load temperature of 74ºC.

For CPU Level 3, the system applied a 46x100 overclock, setting the CPU voltage at 1.330 volts.  This gave 1.336 volts at load in the OS, but caused PovRay to crash with a memory error and OCCT to BSOD.

The Gamer’s OC Profile in the BIOS attempted to apply a 48/47/46/45x multiplier overclock based on loading, along with a CPU voltage of 1.350 volts and load line calibration set to high.  This configuration caused the system to blue screen on boot.

Manual Overclock:

For our manual overclocks, we left LLC at automatic, as well as power/current settings.  Here are our results:

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  • Ristogod - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    The Title of the article indicates you are comparing the G1.Sniper 3. Instead you use the G1.Sniper M3 in the review. Reply
  • IanCutress - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    Thanks :) I've had the Sniper 3 on the brain. Though several pairs of eyes have read through and all missed the title.

    Ian
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  • A5 - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    I wish manufacturers were more willing to send you cheaper mATX boards.

    Neither of these boards really feel like a good value compared to cheaper things in the same companies' lines. I guess the ROG makes some sense if you really need the wi-fi card + SLI/XFire (which loses you the Intel NIC as a useful feature...), but still.
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  • IanCutress - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    It is something I am changing with Haswell. After initial launch reviews, I want to look at mATX. I've let the manufacturers know. That means gaming models and the cheaper end of the spectrum, perhaps in a couple of roundups focusing on price points or individually if people prefer the reviews that way.

    Ian
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  • A5 - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    I personally like round-ups better due to the fact that they make the writer make explicit comparisons, but I understand that they're way more work for you :P

    Either way I'll probably upgrade before it would be published, but I appreciate the idea of increasing coverage in that segment.
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  • DanNeely - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    I'm probably going to hold off until the USB3 fix refresh is out; so I should be able to read all the initial wave reviews before opening my wallet. My main box is going to be high OCed and water cooled; so I assume the boards I'm interested in will be in the initial flagship/near flagship review wave. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - link

    Agreed - at these prices I wouldn't consider such mainboards at all. Reply
  • just4U - Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - link

    A5, I don't see them as a good value compared to cheaper boards in the same company. My view has always been (with gaming matx) they are a great value when compared to more expensive boards in the same company. They pack a lot into these little boards /w features typically only seen in their highest end offerings. Reply
  • GeorgeH - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    I had the Gene for about a week before replacing it. It was an awesome board, I just couldn't stand the coil whine. Sample size of 1, though, so did you notice any whine with your review sample? Reply
  • IanCutress - Monday, May 13, 2013 - link

    No coil whine on my sample. I notice that some motherboards cause my testing PSUs to whine every now and again, especially in multi-GPU setups on gaming tests, but I can't say I had any with the Gene.

    Ian
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