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ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z Worth the Money?

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February 2, 2012 1:38:23 AM

Hey, guys (again :)  ),
and I need some help deciding on which mobo to get.
First of all here are my specs:
-Intel Core i5 2500k
-CORSAIR XMS 8GB 1600 (going to get this)
-XFX Radeon HD 6870 Double Dissipation
-OCZ ZS Series 550w (I read some good reviews on it, so I got it)
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

Here are my options of motherboards:
-ASRock Z68 Extreme3/Gen3 (save some money)
-ASUS P8P67 Pro or Evo
-ASUS P8Z68-V/Gen3 (no Pro)
-ASRock Z68 Extreme4/Gen3
-ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z

I'm leaning to the Gene-Z because:
1. ASUS is a good brand.
2. It's a ROG mobo.
3. It looks cool :p  with my HAF 922 and in general :)  .

What do you guys think?
Thanks :)  ;)  !
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February 2, 2012 1:50:54 AM

Unless u want to run more cards ASUS P8Z68-V is just fine.

I have it and it OC to 4.5GHz and its ATX.
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February 2, 2012 1:52:24 AM

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 is Micro ATX. Great mobo.
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February 2, 2012 1:57:08 AM

It's the same price...
which one should I get?

The Gene-Z is sexier :p  lol, but the P8Z68-V has more PCI Express slots (though I will only use two max [if I get another gpu]).
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February 2, 2012 2:02:37 AM

tw23 said:
It's the same price...
which one should I get?

The Gene-Z is sexier :p  lol, but the P8Z68-V has more PCI Express slots (though I will only use two max [if I get another gpu]).

U will not see any differences between them really.

But if u like it, get it. U will not go with bad or weak mobo : )

It has better audio chip.


SupremeFX X-Fi 2 x 8 Channels

Smaller mobo will get hotter, but u have good case, so I think you are just fine there.
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February 2, 2012 2:05:27 AM

nikorr said:
U will not see any differences between them really.

But if u like it, get it. U will not go with bad or weak mobo : )

It has better audio chip.


SupremeFX X-Fi 2 x 8 Channels

Smaller mobo will get hotter, but u have good case, so I think you are just fine there.


Do you think I should save money and go with the ASRock Z68 Extreme3/Gen3 or stay with ASUS?
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February 2, 2012 2:16:02 AM

tw23 said:
Do you think I should save money and go with the ASRock Z68 Extreme3/Gen3 or stay with ASUS?

At the end of the day,

both will run fine and ASRock will give u option to use 2 cards @ 2 x 16.

And ASRock is ASUS : )



Expansion Slots
PCI Express 3.0 x16
2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4), or dual at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4)) (PCI Express 3.0 with Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, PCI Express 2.0 with Intel Sandy Bridge CPU)
PCI Express x1
2
PCI Slots
2
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February 2, 2012 2:16:34 AM

And with saved money, get an SSD!
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February 2, 2012 2:20:46 AM

nikorr said:
And with saved money, get an SSD!


So no to Gene-Z?
Will it last me longer?
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February 2, 2012 2:25:52 AM

tw23 said:
So no to Gene-Z?
Will it last me longer?

This one is heavy duty. And it does look great : )

Manufacturer Warranty
Manufacturer Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
Manufacturer Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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February 2, 2012 2:32:40 AM

Also read review ...


Full-size board features and capability packed into a much smaller footprint
Excellent overclocking options
Mature BIOS ensures easy setup for near every configuration
Low power consumption
Lucid Virtu support
Fantastic accessory package.
Near the best "Out-of-the-Box" performance we've seen so far
3-Year Limited Warranty



@ http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Maximus_IV_Gene...
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