Asus Maximus VIII GENE

Motherboard

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The Asus Maximus VIII Gene is a Micro ATX motherboard for Intel's Skylake-S processor platform. It is on the higher end of Asus' motherboard line, and so a little more expensive, but it has the best balance of features among the limited choices available at the launch of Skylake.

In terms of connectivity, this board is well rounded for its size. It has HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs, both active at the same time if you want to use dual monitors. For memory it has four DDR4 slots, allowing up to 64GB of RAM. Drive connectivity includes SATA III, SATA Express, and M.2. It also has both analog and digital audio outputs, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 3.0 ports, and two USB 3.1. Three PCI-Express slots in varying sizes are present, with support for both SLI and Crossfire.
Jeff Stubbers (Mr. Customer Service)
Jeff Stubbers (Mr. Customer Service) Says:
This is a nice smaller Micro-ATX motherboard that allows for smaller case choices. However the down side is that it comes with less PCI-E expansion slots - a total of 3. If you would like more PCI-E expansion slots, you may want to consider the standard ATX sized Asus Z170-A instead, which has 6 PCI-E slots plus 1 PCI slot.
Model: Asus Maximus VIII GENE

Specifications:
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Socket  1151
CPU Compatibility  Intel® Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Processors
Form Factor  MicroATX
Chipset Manufacturer  Intel
Chipset  Z170
Front Side Bus  DMI 3.0
Network Connectivity  Gigabit Networking
Network Controller  Intel I219V
Audio Controller  ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
Cooling System  Heatsink
Color  Black
Memory Support
Type  DDR4
Maximum Speed  2133 MHz
Number of Slots  4
Maximum Size per Slot  16 GB
Maximum Amount Supported  64 GB
Onboard Video
Chipset Manufacturer  Intel
Processor Type  CPU Integrated Graphics
Maximum Shared Memory  512 MB
Maximum HDMI Resolution   4096x2160
Maximum DisplayPort Resolution   4096x2160
HDMI  1
HDMI Version  1.4b
DisplayPort  1
DisplayPort Version  1.2
External Connections
USB 3.0  6
USB 3.1  1
USB 3.1 Type C  1
Audio Out  Surround Sound (7.1)
Audio In  Line-In/Microphone
S/PDIF  Optical
LAN (RJ45)  1
Internal Connections
USB 2.0  1 (providing 2 ports)
USB 3.0  1 (providing 2 ports)
SATA III 6.0Gbps  2
SATA Express  2
M.2 Connector  1
M.2 Support  PCI-E 3.0 x4 M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110
SATA Controllers
SATA III 6.0Gbps Controller 1  6 port - Intel Z170
Expansion Slots
Slot 1  PCI Express 3.0 x16
Slot 2  Slot not available on this board
Slot 3  PCI Express 3.0 x8 in a x16 size
Slot 4  PCI Express 3.0 x4
Additional Information
SLI Compatible  Yes
Crossfire Compatible  Yes
RAID Support  0,1,5,10
Bluetooth  No
BIOS Features
UEFI BIOS  Yes
EZ Flash  Yes
OC Profiles  Yes
Dimensions
Height  244 mm (9.6 in)
Width  244 mm (9.6 in)

-PCIe 3.0 x16 slots run at single x16/- or x8/x8 mode
-The bottom PCIe 3.0 x4 slot shares bandwidth with SATA 6G_56 ports. Using this slot in x4 mode disables these ports. Using this slot in x2 does not disable any SATA ports.




Configure a quiet custom PC with the Asus Maximus VIII GENE.