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Competition between gaming mATX boards doesn’t get any tougher than this.
In the red corner, weighing in at $200 and from the Republic of Gamers’ range, we have the ASUS Maximus V Gene. I
n the green corner, weighing in at $170 and providing the competition, we have the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3.
Let’s get ready to review!
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Any ASUS or ROG motherboard owner should hit up the ROG forums. If you are having issues, or want to push your hardware a little further,
there are users and admins there to help.

As a combined package, the ASUS Maximus V Gene is well worth the money. At $200 it fits into that price range where most Z77 sales occur, albeit on full sized ATX boards.
For example, at this price range we have the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H, the MSI Z77 MPower, the ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe, Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH, the ASRock Z77 OC Formula and the
ASUS P8Z77-V Pro all as serious contenders, each with their own merits. But if you want an ROG board, the MVG is a great purchase.

In light of the performance and feature set, I would like to recommend the ASUS Maximus V Gene as a great purchase for those looking for a microATX Z77 motherboard.

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I know what some of you are thinking. Why bother reviewing two motherboards so close to the launch of Haswell? Surely users are going to want a Z87 motherboard instead?
My response to this comes from different angles.

Firstly, Haswell adoption is not expected to be that high for the first few months. As noted in various press articles,
the initial batches of Haswell have an issue with USB 3.0 devices being recognized after sleep/hibernation, requiring them to be reinserted.
Even before this issue was brought to light, DigiTimes reported that Haswell is likely to make up fewer than 20% of sales by year end.

Secondly, e-tailers and home users who want to upgrade from Ivy Bridge to Haswell will be selling their old motherboards and/or processors.
There are a fair few users who stay slightly behind the curve in an effort to save money (this comic from xkcd springs to mind, but not as extreme as that),
and users that are making the jump might sell en-mass just to get the newer models.
Ivy Bridge is still relevant if you want a fast system – it may not be the newest in the next couple of months, but you don’t necessarily need the newest to get your work/gaming done.

Of course as a reviewer it is my job to review the cutting edge, but until the Haswell launch is here I cannot publish anything Haswell related.
Nevertheless, our micro-ATX coverage for Haswell plans to be more extensive, so watch this space.
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I don't see how the Gene is better than the G1.Sniper M3.

Yes the M3 has less SATA and no WiFi out of the bow but it has a very impressive onboard sound and it's cheaper.
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Any review where they don't take the heatsinks off and have a look at the actual components used isn't worth reading. So this review isn't worth reading rolleyes.gif
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Huh. I wonder if the results differ much or at all when a Sandy i7 is used instead of Ivy.
    
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I normally like Anandtech quite a bit, but calling the GB board out for doing the slots at x16/x1/x4/x8 instead of x16/x1/x8/x4? That seems a bit silly... even if you're only running dual slot GPU's, the extra slot will help airflow. I'd have done the same thing if I was designing a board.
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Any review where they don't take the heatsinks off and have a look at the actual components used isn't worth reading. So this review isn't worth reading rolleyes.gif

so true...

show naked motherboard please >.>

It's the only way to look past marketing drivel such as Digi+ and Military Class III
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Review was a little strange. Sure the Gigabyte could use the LED diagnostics, more USB, and maybe more SATA, but its $30 cheaper, overclocked the same, and was just as fast plus had better audio. Its strange how he didn't chalk up the results to tradeoffs that the end user will need to determine for themselves, which is how practically all motherboard decisions are made.
 
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I normally like Anandtech quite a bit, but calling the GB board out for doing the slots at x16/x1/x4/x8 instead of x16/x1/x8/x4? That seems a bit silly... even if you're only running dual slot GPU's, the extra slot will help airflow. I'd have done the same thing if I was designing a board.

Actually, I think the quality of some of their articles have been dropping.
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I don't see how the Gene is better than the G1.Sniper M3.

Yes the M3 has less SATA and no WiFi out of the bow but it has a very impressive onboard sound and it's cheaper.

How about the help you can get from the kung fu artists at ROG?
They've learned tricks you'll never hear from a company.
Gigabyte has no such help forum.
I know. I've tried with my G1 Sniper 3.
BTW, it's still sitting in the white box it was RMA'd back to me in. Twice DOA.
My 1st ASUS P6X58-D died. I requested cross shipping and had my computer back up in less than a week.
Gigabyte took almost a month, wouldn't cross ship and it's still dead.
My 3rd and last try with Gigabyte boards.
ASUS wins by a mile.
They aren't perfect by any means. They're still the best there is.
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It's easy, the MVG has a better bios, and it overclocks ram better.
Other than that, both are perfectly fine for most guys out there...
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