If we had to answer one thing the Maximus IV Gene-Z does, it's that ASUS show us just because you want to go for a mATX platform, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice performance or features. The Maximus IV Gene-Z does exactly what you'd want from not only a mATX board, but from a ROG designed one which we know is designed to offer us strong performance.
The biggest shock in regards to the Maximus IV Gene-Z isn't the performance it offers or the features (which are both fantastic), but the price it comes in at. At $179.99 US the Gene-Z is just at such a strong price point and while it of course lacks features that are seen on the big brother Maximus IV Extreme and Extreme-Z, if you're going for a two card setup or even a single card one, this is simply an awesome board.
What the Gene-Z allows you to do is get in on the ROG action at an amazing price point. Thrown into a nice mATX case and using something like the Corsair H70 water cooling system, you'd have yourself such an awesome machine that could easily out power machines twice its size.
The biggest problem you're going to have when it comes to buying the Gene-Z is wondering what video card you're going to put in it. Considering the lower price tag associated with the board, you could well end up with room for a faster video card and if you wanted to go crazy and pair it with something like an ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platinum, you'd have so much power on tap.
With features like Intel Gigabit LAN and X-Fi 2 Audio combined with the small stature, aggressive price tag and awesome performance, the Maximus IV Gene-Z isn't just a board that will suit someone who wants an mATX system; it will suit anyone who's interested in a performance motherboard. There's nothing stopping you from putting this in a full size case and with the performance it's able to offer; why wouldn't you?
There's plenty of mATX boards on the market, the problem is the market is limited by cut down versions of boards that offer less overclocking potential and less features than their larger counterparts. Sure, the Gene-Z is cut down compared to the normal extreme model, but ASUS has done everything possible to make sure the same performance is on offer and all those features that make other ROG boards so great are present here.
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