ASUS has skipped a few generations before, not releasing an ROG Gene model but regardless, most Gene models are cutback versions of the Formula in some way. When the Hero line was introduced, the Formula models stepped into a more top-end position and the Gene served as a standalone representation of ROG’s vision of a compact board with top-end features. With the Z390 release, ASUS has stepped away from the dual PCIe x16 slot format for mATX and has made other various changes to offer what seems to be a platform for maximum performance with maximum high-speed storage potential.
The new ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE is a big change in layout from traditional micro ATX boards. But is ASUS limiting its user-base by changing things that already work. Read on to find out more about the MAXIMUS XI GENE.
- LGA1151 socket: Ready for 9th/8th Generation Intel® Core™ desktop processors.
- Double-capacity DIMM: Optimized memory trace layout for dual 32GB DIMM support.
- Perfected cooling: Dedicated water-cooling zones, M.2 heatsink and flexible fan controls.
- ROG DIMM.2: Vertically-installed dual-M.2 expansion card with heatsink for maximum cooling and performance.
- Overclocker’s toolkit: Hardware-level controls to aid with subzero overclocking.
- 5-Way Optimization: Automated system-wide tuning, providing AI overclocking and cooling profiles tailor-made for your rig.
- Gaming connectivity: Intel Gigabit Ethernet, four M.2, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and CNVi 2×2 802.11ac Intel integrated Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO support for lightning-fast data transfers.
- Gaming audio: High-fidelity sonics that draw you deeper into the action, with SupremeFX and Sonic Studio III.
- Synchronized RGB lighting technology: Works with a vast portfolio of Aura Sync-capable PC gear and includes support for addressable light strips and Phillip Hue.
- Gaming durability: ASUS SafeSlot, patented pre-mounted I/O shield and premium components for maximum durability