ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Gene Review
Published: 7th October 2015 | Source: ASUS | Price: £169.99 @ OCUK |
Technology is marching on apace. Just as soon as you get used to a certain set of hardware there is another one with ever more improved features and/or bandwidth to tempt you into opening your wallet again.
The z170 chipset has been around for a short while now. Whilst it might not be as all-singing and all-dancing as the X99 chipset, it nonetheless takes the important technologies from that chipset and puts them in a more affordable package. True power users will always gravitate towards the very best that Intel has to offer, but for the majority of us it's too expensive, and the speed of hardware upgrades mean that the technology drip-down is faster than ever before. Wait a short period of time and sure enough you can get something within budget that will lit up your life.
The ASUS Maximus VIII Gene is one such motherboard. As the, physically at least, baby of the ASUS RoG motherboard range it's extremely affordable and yet, as we'll see in a moment, packed with the latest and greatest the hardware world has to offer.
The specifications of the Gene reads like a what's what of current thinking. The monstrous 10GB/s USB 3.1 makes an appearance, as does DDR4 support which is capable of some barely believable memory speeds. If there is one thing that you wont be short of with the Z170 and the Maximus VIII Gene it is bandwidth. Add to that ASUS' own SupremeFX audio, something that they continually evolve despite it already leading the way in onboard audio, and you can see that the Gene is only small in stature.