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Asus P8Z68-V PRO or asus Maximus IV GENE-Z

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July 1, 2011 6:00:55 PM

sorry if this post is a little messy it is hard to put a comparison in a clean way i found.

which is the better investment for the i5 2500k?
i'm doing a compare and so far what i am seeing but i'm not very experienced and not sure what is useful overall and what is not useful. any experienced people out there can maybe help me out on what is the better investment between the two? the pro is about 20 dollars more and is an atx. would it be worth it to go down 20 dollars less and put a matx board in a tower case? and would only having the 1 hdmi port make an impact vs the hdmi/dvi/vga ports on the pro? is the audio on the gene-v that superior to the pro to make an impact on decision?

memory:
is equal at 32gb max and same memory type support

video: the pro looks to have an extra output source with the dvi
the pro has:
Integrated Graphics Processor
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DVI/RGB ports
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DVI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports RGB with max. resolution 2048 x 1536 @ 75 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1748 MB

the gene-z has
integrated Graphics Processor
VGA output support : HDMI port
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz

multi-gpu: the pro supports quad while the gene-z supports sli, both support lucidvirtu.
guess that depends what you want there.

expansion: the pro has 2 extra pciex1 and 2 extra pci (dunno what those extra pci's are for, soundcard maybe?)
pro
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) *1
2 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI

gene-z
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4

storage: looks like pro has 2 more sata 6gbs/ gene has an extra esata 3gbs
pro
Intel® Z68 chipset :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), blue
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Support Intel® Smart Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family
Marvell® PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller : *2
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), navy blue
JMicron® JMB362 controller : *2
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red

gene-z
Intel® Z68 chipset :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), gray
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Support Intel® Smart Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family
JMicron® JMB362 controller : *1
2 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red

lan: not sure if there is any difference there? both intel so that's good.
pro
Intel® 82579, 1 x Gigabit LAN

gene-z
Intel®, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller

the pro only has bluetooth

audio: looks like the gene has better audio? both look good to me
pro
Realtek® ALC 892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC

gene-z
SupremeFX X-Fi 2 built-in 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC

both seem to have same amount of usb port, or close to it.

the gene-z has tons more overclocking features that go with the republic of gamers line (not sure how many of them are really that useful or not?)
ROG Connect
Extreme Engine Digi+ :
- 8 -phase CPU power design + 4 -phase iGPU power design
- 2 -phase Memory power design
Mem TweakIt
ROG Extreme OC kit :
- Debug LED
ProbeIt
UEFI BIOS features :
- ROG BIOS Print
- GPU.DIMM Post
GameFirst
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
Loadline Calibration
Overclocking Protection :
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

ports: gene-z only looks to have a single port (1xhdmi) while the pro has dvi/vga/hdmi.

bios: slightly different colors i think is the only difference? not sure.


special features the pro has a longer list again not sure which has the more useful stuff.
gene-z
ASUS TurboV EVO :
- CPU Level Up
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- MemOK!
- Onboard Button : Power/Reset/Clr CMOS (at back IO)
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector

pro
ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 2 with DIGI+ VRM :
ASUS TPU :
- Auto Tuning
- TurboV
- GPU Boost
- TPU switch
ASUS EPU :
- EPU
- EPU switch
ASUS Digital Power Design :
- Industry leading Digital 16 Phase Power Design
(12 -phase for CPU, 4 -phase for iGPU)
- ASUS DIGI+ VRM Utility
ASUS BT GO! :
- Folder Sync
- BT Transfer
- Shot & Send
- BT to Net
- Music Player
- Personal Manager
ASUS BT Turbo Remote :
- Exclusive Smartphone Interface supporting iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, and Symbian systems
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- MemOK!
- AI Suite II
- Ai Charger+
- Anti-Surge
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
- Disk Unlocker
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- Stylish Fanless Design Heat-sink solution
- ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS O.C. Tuner
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-Connector




October 24, 2011 9:03:47 PM

I ordered the Mamimus IV Gene board. I haven't got it yet. It don't have the old legacy slots like PCI slot or AGP slot. But it pretty much has everything else. I was also worried about no PCI slot. Because I have a Sound blaster card. But the board has a Creative labs built in Sound chip 7.1 support. Pretty good for a mATX board. And it does O/C nicely.
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March 15, 2012 11:50:29 PM

I love my Gene-z, it looks better, and the ports that it lacks in regards to the pro board you have to think, do you really need a VGA port? and unless if you are going to be running 3 video cards there is no reason, I have a MSI lightning 6970 overclocked and it has all the power that I need. I don't know about the other board but you can overclock everything with the click of a button. If you do go with the ROG board use this link to update the bios, cause the 2 links that are on the main page are not set up right... (http://support.asus.com/Cpusupport/detail.aspx?SLanguag...(3.3G,L3:6M,iGPU,4C,rev.D2)&pcb=ALL&sincebios=0402&memo=) you wont be disappointed!
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March 20, 2012 9:51:21 PM

I'd go with the GENE-Z if you're overclocking, from what I've heard, it's a beastly OC'ing M/B. Plus, it has more features/software :D 
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