Even though Intel Z68 has already been presented, Asus latest motherboard line-up still includes only three available Z68 boards: P8Z68-V, P8Z68-V Pro and P8Z68 DELUXE. Meanwhile, the company has arrange a poll on asusrog.com forum during which its representatives decided to keeping the issue on the boil with fresh photos of Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboard.
Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboard comes in Mini ATX form-factor while “Z” in the name of the product indicates presence of Intel Z68 chipset.
CPU power system features ROG Extreme Engine DIGI+ technology with 8+4 phase design, ( four of them provide power for Sandy Bridge IGP.
Four DIMM slots support DDR3 memory installation of up-to 2200MHz specification. Memory modules are fed via 2-phase design.
There are tow PCIe x16 slots (16x-0/8x-8x) dedicated for discrete graphics card use, allowing CrossfireX and SLI configurations. As this model is targeted at multimedia PC segment, there is an HDMI connector located on the back of the board to provide display output from integrated graphics. Moreover, the board also supports Lucid Virtu technology. Other expansion slots include one PCIe x4.
Storage drive connectivity is provided by two SATA 3 and four SATA 2 ports.
The back panel includes two eSATA 2 ports. In addition, you can also find here two USB 3.0 ports, and another two are taken to the front panel. Total number of USB 2.0 ports presented is twelve.
Sound processing is arranged via 8-channel SupremeFX X-FI 2 audio controller that supports THX TruStudio PRO technology.
Other than that, the newbie boast of having one LAN adapter, extended BIOS with UEFI interface and support of ROG Connect with GPU TweakIt, ROG BIOS Print and GPU.DIMM Post technologies.
Power and Reset buttons are located in the bottom part of the board, just near POST code indicator.
You can also find special leads on right of DIMM slots for voltage measurement using multimeter and a button switching BIOS profile on the fly.
Availability of Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z and Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z motherboards is not revealed, until that you can watch more photos of Asus Maximus IV Gene-Z.