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EVGA SLI mATX vs Asus Gene

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Newegg decided the gene can only be bought in a combo deal T.T. i actually can go w/ a combo deal, but i would be buyin 16 gigs of ram (was planning on 8gigs), so my question is, is the EVGA SLI mATX board any good, because there aren't any reviews?
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Seems to be a good board, the Asus Gene is a very highly regarded board, you can't really go wrong with either one you get. - You could also possibly think about buying the Gene and selling off what ever memory you don't use.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...rd-review.html

Pros:
Fully featured board despite the smaller footprint
Individual heat sinks don't force users to upgrade all three
Overclocks a system as good as any X58 board we have seen
Passively cooled heat sinks should be more than enough for a non-overclocked setup
EVGA support and community driven forums

Cons:
Lack of a double spaced CrossFireX bridge
Limited accessory package, just a couple more SATA cables would be nice even
Label BIOS profiles
E-LEET enhancements
Monitor NB temperature in Windows
Issue with high memory overclocks that could not be solved
Motherboard heat sinks just aren't enough passively cooled for overclocking & VTT needs heat sinks IMO
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
Seems to be a good board, the Asus Gene is a very highly regarded board, you can't really go wrong with either one you get. - You could also possibly think about buying the Gene and selling off what ever memory you don't use.

http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...rd-review.html

Pros:
Fully featured board despite the smaller footprint
Individual heat sinks don't force users to upgrade all three
Overclocks a system as good as any X58 board we have seen
Passively cooled heat sinks should be more than enough for a non-overclocked setup
EVGA support and community driven forums

Cons:
Lack of a double spaced CrossFireX bridge
Limited accessory package, just a couple more SATA cables would be nice even
Label BIOS profiles
E-LEET enhancements
Monitor NB temperature in Windows
Issue with high memory overclocks that could not be solved
Motherboard heat sinks just aren't enough passively cooled for overclocking & VTT needs heat sinks IMO
Thanks for the feed back, i think i still dunno what to go w/. z68 is newer right?
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bump, like to know which is better as well, Z68 SLI Micro or Gene-Z
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The issue with the EVGA mATX board is that it does not have any cooling for the VRM's, so i do not think you could push the overclock as high as you could on the Gene. I have the Gene and it's a great board and as long as you are not wanting tri-SLI/CF or need the extra PCI slots then I think it's a near perfect board. I am kinda tired of the red/black theme, but a lot of boards are that way right now. As far as z68 versus P67, I think z68 is more mature, but the SSD caching is not what it's hyped up to be and virtu is nice, but I do not use it do too the immaturity of the software. keep in mind that EVGA's z68 series do not support virtu if that was something you were wanting. By the way, you can get it from Superbiz.com at the $169 price after the discount code and you do not have to get a combo:

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...TX-Motherboard
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Cons:
Lack of a double spaced CrossFireX bridge
I know this wasn't one of your cons, it was from the review, but what kind of stupid con is that? AMD/ATI cards come with the bridge from what I remember, and with a mATX board you don't need the super long ones.

Anyway, for the OP. With Z68, I'd go with the GENE-Z.

It comes with an X-Fi ready audio chipset (Realtek chip, X-Fi codec), the lanes are x16/x0 or x8/x8 so if you go with a single card you can still have full lane speed (Not a bottle neck but some people argue about it).

It comes with good VRM cooling as well along with a cool case badge + sticker (most important part of the board).

The GENE-Z also comes with a bottom PCI-E x4 slot. So if you had an x4 device, you can use it without problems.

There's also more onboard doohickys.

And a header for USB 3.0 compatible cases.

Did I mention it's nearly the same price?
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