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ASUS Maximus V vs Asus Maximus VI

Poll Results: Which is the Best Choice?

Poll expired: Nov 12, 2013  
  • 50% (1)
    Asus Maximus V Formula
  • 0% (0)
    Asus Maximus V Gene
  • 0% (0)
    Asus Maximus VI Hero
  • 50% (1)
    Asus Maximus VI Gene
2 Total Votes  
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Thread Starter 
I am trying to decide on the route to go for my motherboard. I definitely want an ASUS ROG Motherboard but I am having a tough time choosing one. I have tried searching everywhere for a detailed explanation but I can't seem to really find anything concrete to help me make a decision.

The motherboards I'm considering are the Maximus V Formula, Maximus V Gene, Maximus VI Hero, and Maximus V Gene.

Can someone clearly explain the differences between the 5 Series and 6 Series of the Maximus ROG line? I'm aware they are different sockets (1155 and 1150) but are there any real, noticeable differences between the two series? I can find all four of those boards open box or used for around $150-$170 but the question is which one is the best choice and what separates these four models from each other besides their size? (I'm aware the Formula is E-ATX, Hero is ATX, and the Gene is Micro-ATX but I just ordered a Corsair 540 Air so I can use any of these without issue.)

I game a lot in addition to streaming & doing homework, want to keep an overclock of 4.5+ Ghz on the CPU and 2400 Mhz+ on the RAM, and plan on using 1-2 of the R9 Series AMD Graphics Cards.

I currently have a 3770K and G.Skill Trident X 2400 Mhz RAM, which obviously would suggest to go for the Maximus V Z77 boards, but I would be willing to consider swapping to a 4770K if the difference in the boards is worth it.

Another side question I have that isn't really motherboard based but saves me from making another thread is what is the current status of the Haswell 4770K? I deferred from purchasing one earlier because there seemed to be basically zero performance increase when both are overclocked, they run hotter & consume more power, and they seemed to have issues overclocking past the low 4+ Ghz range.

My main concern with the Haswell processors is the resell value in the future. The Ivy Bridge CPUs are holding their value well because of equal performance, better overall specs in power and overclocking, and cheaper motherboards. From what I've read, Intel will release the "Haswell Refresh" CPUs (or "Broadwell" CPUs) in late 2014 which will have irregular power requirements making backwards compatibility an issue resulting in needing a new motherboard (Z97/H97/etc.) which would make the current Z87 boards lose their appeal of being "future proof". Am I correct in this information?

Anyways, I'd really appreciate any input and clarification to help me choose. Thanks so much in advance and I apologize for writing so much, I just wanted to be sure I covered everything you need to know to advise me.
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