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ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z mATX Motherboard Review

The Micro ATX motherboard market is squarely targeted towards HTPC users, and as such doesn’t always seem to carry the high-end specs reserved for regular ATX sized boards. What I’ll be looking at today is the ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z mATX motherboard, from the Republic of Gamers pedigree.

As with all ROG motherboards, the Gene-Z is dressed in all black and red, with onboard buttons and debug LED, 2x PCIe x16 slots for SLI or CrossFire and all kinds of functionality for easy overclocking. Of course, no ROG board would be complete without the big heatsinks covering the 8+4 VRM circuits.

To start off, the Gene-Z features a Z68 chipset, so Intel’s SSD caching comes standard. You’ll also be getting the LucidLogix Virtu chipset which allows you to use the integrated GPU on your Intel Sandy Bridge CPU for better transcoding (using Intel’s Quick Sync) or playing games and running HD video content.

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