Reviewed: ASUS Maximus VI Gene

The complete specifications of the ASUS Maximus VI Gene are listed below. When working with the review sample, we didn’t have any compatibility or clearance issues with our components. As with all boards that feature an on-board power switch, it’s great for the review testing although I’m not sure how often it would be used by the average gamer. Personally I like having an onboard power switch but I have my boards out in the open more than most people.

The utility bundle that ASUS included also provides extensive functionality and a very easy to use RAMDISK utility – there is something in the bundle for everyone at all skill levels. For the hardcore enthusiasts there are also 10 ProbeIt measurement points for checking voltages with a multimeter and for the neat freaks out there, ASUS also included a sheet of cable labels. 

Technical Specifications

CPU Support Intel® Socket 1150 for 4th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
* Refer to for CPU support list
Chipset Intel® Z87 
Main Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2500(O.C.)
/1600/1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered MemoryDual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
* Refer to for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4
1 x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1
SATA Intel® Z87 chipset :
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel® Z87 chipset :
1 x M.2 (NGFF) Socket 2 on mPCIe Combo II expansion card(s), black
Support M.2 (NGFF) Type 2242 SSD card (22mm x 42mm), Support PCI express 2.0 x1 and SATA 6Gb/s standards
ASMedia® ASM1061 controller :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
USB Intel® Z87 chipset
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z87 chipset
8 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue)
Audio ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
– High quality 115 dB SNR stereo playback output (Line-out at rear) and 104 dB SNR recording input (Line-in)
Audio Feature :
– SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
– ELNA premium audio capacitors
– Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
– Sonic Radar
– DTS Connect
– Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
Network Intel® I217V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Multi-GPU Integrated Graphics Processor
– Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
ROG Exclusive Features mPCIe Combo II (mPCIe/M.2 combo card)
Extreme Engine Digi+ III :
– 8 + 2 phase power design
– NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
– 60A BlackWing Chokes
– 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
UEFI BIOS features :
– ROG BIOS Print
– Tweakers’ Paradise
– ROG SSD Secure Erase
GameFirst II
Extreme Tweaker
Internal I/O Connections – 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
– 2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
– 1 x TPM connector(s)
– 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
– 1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
– 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)
– 3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
– 1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
– 1 x 8-pin EATX 12 V Power connector
– 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
– 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
– 1 x System panel(s)
– 1 x DirectKey Button(s)
– 1 x DRCT header(s)
– 1 x MemOK! button(s)
– 10 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
– 1 x LN2 Mode header(s)
– 1 x Power-on button(s)
– 1 x Reset button(s)
– 1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
– 1 x mPCIe Combo II connector(s)
Rear Panel I/O Connections – 1 x HDMI
– 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
– 6 x USB 3.0 (blue)
– 4 x USB 2.0
– 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
– 6 x Audio jack(s)
– 1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
– 1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)
BIOS 64Mb UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI5.0a Multi-Language BIOS
Dimensions mATX Form Factor
9.6 inch x 9.6 inch ( 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm )
Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
Support Disk Drivers
ROG GameFirst II
ROG Mem TweakIt
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS Utilities
Special Features ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization :
– The tuning key perfectly consolidates ASUS-exclusive DIGI+ Power Control, TPU, EPU, and Fan Xpert 2 optimize the digital power setting, system performance, power saving and whole system cooling configuration
CPU Level Up
ASUS Exclusive Features :
– USB BIOS Flashback
– MemOK!
– AI Suite 3
– Ai Charger+
– USB Charger+
– USB 3.0 Boost
– Disk Unlocker
– ASUS O.C. Profile
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-Design :
– ASUS Q-Shield
– ASUS Q-Code
– ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
– ASUS Q-Slot
– ASUS Q-Connector
Overclocking Protection :
– ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)


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