Best Z87 gaming mATX loaded with 115dB SNR audio and overclocking features LGA1150 socket for 4th Generation Intel®Core™ i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium® / Celeron® ProcessorsIntel® Z87 Express ChipsetSupremeFX- Supremacy through discrete-caliber audioSonic Radar- Scan and detect to dominatemPCIe Combo II- Extra connections with new gen supportExtreme Engine Digi+ III- Hardcore power delivery with premium componentsGameFirst II + Intel LAN- Put Your Frags FirstRAMDisk- Double up on speed with RAM Shop Modal header Maximus VI GENE: best mATX Z87 gaming and overclocking motherboard The ROG GENE Series has long been the favorite choice of micro ATX power seekers. GENE boards have been the official BlizzCon motherboards for three consecutive years, forming the foundation for all official PCs used at the 2012 Battle.net World Championship. Staying true to tradition, Maximus VI GENE arrives fully loaded for action. Extreme Engine Digi+ III precision power delivery, exclusive tuning utilities, and advanced gaming features. These include SupremeFX 115dB SNR crystal-clear audio, the Sonic Radar visualized in-game overlay, Intel® Ethernet, and GameFirst II network optimization. Eager for mATX domination? Look no further. The Republic of Gamers consists only the best of the best. We offer the best hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and we welcome the best gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. We believe in making statements and we excel in competitions. If your character matches our trait, then join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers. Re-arm with better sound and faster networking SupremeFX DTS Connect Sonic Radar Intel® Ethernet GameFirst II SupremeFX Differential signal design achieves 115dB SNR discrete-caliber audio ROG has upped the game audio ante with an advanced differential circuit design. It includes an Op-Amp that combines two opposite-phased signals while filtering out noise interference during transmission, providing clear audio stream output with double the intensity. Moreover, SupremeFX on Maximus VI GENE also implements multi-approach shielding, with ELNA audio capacitors helping offer 8-channel HD sound that's equal in power, clarity, and range to dedicated sound cards. This is the first-ever onboard sound capable of true audiophile-grade performance, set to revolutionize the way you hear games, movies, music, and even other people via chat. Discover a whole new dimension of superior audio and get ready to rule. To learn more about SupremeFX just click the page-indicator dots below. ELNA premium Japan-made audio capacitors Provide warm, natural, and immersive sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity that are great for game effects and multimedia Proprietary advanced circuit layout Analog signals from the SupremeFX audio chip are split into two identical but opposing phases via intricate PCB logic. The high fidelity Op-Amp then combines them while filtering out noise and interference, providing a clear audio stream with double the intensity. Perfect Voice Upgraded noise cancellation Simple and effective technology greatly improves VoIP with crystal-clear communications and no additional array microphones needed. Noise Gate Exclusive digital signal processing removes noise during pauses in speech and other periods of silence. Noise Reduction Spectral subtraction algorithm analyzes and determines the amount of ambient noise to be countered. DTS Connect Expand Your PC Audio Experience To get the most out of your audio entertainment across all formats and quality levels, DTS® Connect combines two enabling technologies. DTS® Neo: PC™ upmixes stereo sources (CDs, MP3s, WMAs, internet radio) into as many as 7.1 channels of incredible surround sound for better connections to home theater systems. DTS® Interactive is capable of performing multi-channel encoding of DTS® bit-streams on personal computers and sending them through a digital audio connection (such as S/PDIF or HDMI) to an external decoder. Sonic Radar In-game sound visualization overlay Dedicated to FPS gamers, Sonic Radar is a stealthy overlay that shows you what opponents and teammates are up to. Gunshots, footsteps, and call-outs appear with precise directioning via the on-screen radar. Includes a hotkey that allows you to switch sound detection focus for specific effects within games, and intuitive settings that provide greater gaming experiences: Four optimized game presets: three fine-tuned presets based on major FPS games, plus one general preset, all ready for your arena of engagement. Six key sound effects detected: visualize major game sound effects to help you complete your mission every time. Intel® Ethernet Experience faster networking! Intel® Ethernet achieves better throughput, lower CPU utilization, and improved connection stability. For gamers, this means an extra edge in multiplayer and unparalleled online experiences. GameFirst II Less lag for more win Offering powerful yet easy-to-use network control, ROG GameFirst II with cFos Traffic Shaping technology is revamped with a more intuitive user interface. Featuring exclusive EZ Mode setup for beginners and Advanced Mode for professional users to tweak, it means whatever your PC does in the background, your victories always come first with up to 8X lower latency than standard Ethernet even when handling heavy net traffic. Lower latency is an obvious plus for online shooter players: no more getting taken out because the other guy has a few milliseconds on you! mPCIe Combo II The next evolution of the mPCIe Combo card gives you even better expandability with the latest standards in connectivity. It’s easy to install, and adds mini PCI Express 2.0 plus USB 2.0, which is perfect for connecting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules to give your desktop instant wireless. It also keeps a precious PCI Express slot free. The compact but versatile card further future-proofs your build with M.2 (NGFF, Next Generation Form Factor) connectivity for SSDs. M.2 is a fast and power-efficient standard that aims to replace mPCIe and mSATA, designed to optimize SSD performance. mPCIe Combo II works with your high speed M.2 SSDs and makes the most of their potential, helping you reduce load times to make your OS and games even faster. Extreme Engine Digi+ III Hardcore power delivery with premium components Completely digital architecture attains total control over the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulators (FIVR) of Intel® processors to supply the highest stability and precision for the CPU and memory. The design features dynamic speed adjustments alongside intricate manual controls that allow you to push processors and RAM beyond their limits. Power components are also upgraded. NexFET MOSFETs handle up to 90% efficiency under normal operation and better durability in half the size of standard MOSFETs. Exclusive BlackWing chokes remain cool even when sizzling with as much as 60 amps of power with 3-5°C lower temps and minimal-loss power delivery. Japan-made 10K Black Metallic capacitors last five times longer and deliver 20% greater extreme temperature endurance than generic solid state capacitors, easily standing up to hardcore demands. Best UEFI BIOS design gives you full control of your PC Upgraded UEFI BIOS ROG SSD Secure Erase USB BIOS Flashback Preset OC profiles Upgraded UEFI BIOS Most award-winning in segment The new ROG UEFI BIOS includes a Last Modified feature that records recent changes. And to make sure you never forget a tuning idea, the in-BIOS Quick Note is perfect for jotting down memos and system details. It sure beats easily-misplaced paper notes! There’s also F4 My Favorites and Shortcuts for easy access to the BIOS features you need most, and you can even adjust boot logo size. The new BIOS also lets you name individual SATA ports so you can easily identify them to save time when defining boot sequences and other drive-related settings. With ROG Pulse, a cool flashing ROG logo indicates system activity, and very importantly, the helpful SSD Secure Erase has been added, restoring SSD speed from inside the BIOS and with no need for less compatible third party utilities. Click the upper right tab to learn more. Hands-On Video SSD Secure Erase Recover lost performance. Back to high speed SSD performance degrades with time due to overwrite action. ROG is the world’s first motherboard brand to integrate SSD Secure Erase into UEFI BIOS for better compatibility and easier use, offering the best removal method to completely delete all data on an SSD to recover lost performance and restore factory speeds. USB BIOS Flashback Simple plug and press hardware-based BIOS flashing Hardware-level USB BIOS Flashback allows users to update to new UEFI BIOS versions even without a CPU or DRAM installed. Just plug in a USB flash drive containing the BIOS file and press the ROG Connect button for 3 seconds with the power supply connected. Hassle-free updating for ultimate convenience! Preset OC profiles Complete feature set geared-up for extreme OC as designed by tuning pros Tweaker’s Paradise offers a wide variety of additional performance tweaking options for greater system stability and OC margin. Massive 32 DRAM profiles and two DRAM tweak algorithms, also designed by ROG overclocking experts. These make memory performance modification easy with all major brands. Custom OC profiles allow up to 8 OC profiles total, which is plenty for all applications. Unleash your graphic power SLI™/CrossFireX™ 4K Ultra HD PCI Express 3.0 SLI/CrossFire On-Demand Why choose when you can have both? SLI or CrossFireX? Fret no longer because with the ROG Maximus VI GENE, you’ll be able to run both multi-GPU setups. The board features SLI/CrossFire on Demand technology, supporting up to Quad-GPU SLI or Quad-GPU CrossFireX configuration. Whichever path you take, you can be assured of jaw-dropping graphics at a level previously unseen. 4K Ultra HD ready Discover future visual experiences Following up on popular 1080p full HD, 4K Ultra HD is the next big thing, and you’re ready for the upgrade thanks to integrated graphics that natively support up to 4096 x 2160 via HDMI. That’s four times the pixel count of 1080p (1920 x 1080), offering incredible visual clarity, detail, and realism. PCI Express 3.0 PCI Express 3.0 uses improved encoding that provides twice the performance of PCI Express 2.0. Total bandwidth for an x16 link reaches 32GB/s, delivering unprecedented data speeds combined with the convenience and seamless transition offered by complete backward compatibility. Exclusive utilities push your system beyond limitations SSD Secure Erase ROG RAMDisk Ai Suite III CPU Level Up USB 3.0 Boost SSD Secure Erase Recover lost performance. Back to high speed SSD performance degrades with time due to overwrite action. ROG is the world’s first motherboard brand to integrate SSD Secure Erase into UEFI BIOS for better compatibility and easier use, offering the best removal method to completely delete all data on an SSD to recover lost performance and restore factory speeds. ROG RAMDisk Don’t waste your RAM: 20X faster storage than SSD! ROG RAMDisk easily turns RAM into superfast temporary storage to accelerate operating system performance and reduce load times. It can use up to 80% of available system memory, and accesses files without relocating them to protect data integrity and minimize accidental corruption. To do this, the utility creates junction points which serve as quick links between files and RAM storage. All files are automatically saved and restored to their specific locations on hard drives when you turn your PC off, then go back to RAM when you power on again. AI Suite III One-stop access to innovative ASUS features ASUS AI Suite III offers a brand new user experience through a clearer and more attractive interface. It consolidates all exclusive ASUS features into one simple-to-use package, allowing you to supervise overclocking, energy consumption, fan speeds, voltages and more. This all-in-one app offers diverse and easy to use functionality, with no need to switch back and forth between different utilities. CPU Level Up Overclocking has never been so easy! One-click instant system acceleration. Simply select auto CPU tuning or one of three speed levels, and the motherboard does the rest to get you the best! USB 3.0 Boost (UASP Support) 170% faster transfer speeds than traditional USB 3.0 ASUS USB 3.0 Boost technology supports UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) in Windows 8. With USB 3.0 Boost technology, a USB device's transmission speed is significantly increased up to 170%, adding to already fast USB 3.0 performance. ASUS software automatically accelerates data rates for compatible USB 3.0 peripherals without any user interaction. World’s 1st USB 3.0 UASP support – instantly 170% faster. Complete USB 3.0 solution – performance boost under Turbo Mode or UASP Mode for most USB devices. Simple plug and boost – auto detection design ensures best performance. Hands-on Video 2nd generation T-Topology 5%+ full load OC margin and 10%+ with one DIMM For extreme memory overclocking under full load, ASUS developed the world’s first 2nd generation T-Topology. It further optimizes layout to minimize coupling noise and signal reflection, increasing DRAM overclocking. Testing shows around 5% more OC margin under full load, and 10% OC margin growth for one-DIMM configurations. Dual Intelligent Processors 4 Intro Multi-Scenario Design Proven Performance 4 Key Tuning Pillars Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization One click for better performance, efficiency, digital power control, reduced noise, and improved cooling. Dynamic Multi-Scenario Design Figuring out the best settings for your PC a challenge? 4-Way Optimization automatically detects the best configuration for your system based on actual usage. Proven Performance The design makes sure your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity, and everything else. *Manual setting in Away Mode *Testing configuration: Gaming - Intel LGA1150 i7-4770K | Z87-DELUXE | G.Skilll DDR3-2400 4GB x 2 Multimedia & Away - Intel LGA1150 i7-4770K | Z87-DELUXE | PATRIOT DDR3-1600 4GB x 2 | Corsair CCSD-F120GB3-BK 120GB 4 Key Tuning Pillars Performance: unlock CPU/iGPU performance with the TPU Efficiency: achieve whole system energy efficiency by reducing power consumption and power off extra I/O controllers Leading digital power: real-time management of CPU-input voltage regulator via DIGI+ Power Control Customized fan control: detailed supervision of every installed fan improves cooling and reduces noise with Fan Xpert 2 ROG – that special extra Kaspersky® Anti-Virus The best protection from viruses and spyware Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal offers premium antivirus protection for individual users and home offices. It is based on advanced antivirus technologies. The product incorporates the Kaspersky® Anti-Virus engine, which is renowned for malicious program detection rates that are among the industry's highest. DAEMON Tools Pro Standard The real tool for optical and virtual discs DAEMON Tools Pro offers essential functionality to backup CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs. It converts optical media into virtual discs and emulates devices to work with the virtual copies. DAEMON Tools Pro organizes data, music, video and photo collections on a PC, notebook or netbook. ROG CPU-Z Whole new design of CPU-Z ROG CPU-Z is a customized ROG version authorized by CPUID. It has the same functionality and credibility as the original version, with a unique design. Use the whole new look of ROG CPU-Z to truly report your CPU related information and your uniqueness. Mem TweakIt Dynamic timing adjustments, DRAM efficiency gauge When changing DRAM settings in BIOS, it always takes time for the system to reboot. Worry no more! With Mem TweakIt, you can do DRAM tuning in real-time and view your DRAM efficiency score. CPU and Chipset Features CPU and chipset Intel ® features Intel® LGA1150 4th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors Ready This motherboard supports Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world. Intel® Z87 Express Chipset The Intel® Z87 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design that supports socket LGA1150 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z87 provides a maximum 6 USB 3.0 ports and 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports for faster data retrieval. Moreover, the Intel® Z87 Express Chipset also supports iGPU functions, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphics performance. Intel® Smart Response Technology SSD speed with HDD capacity Uses an installed fast SSD (min18.6GB available capacity required) as a cache for frequently-accessed data. Key benefits include reduced load and wait times, and lower power consumption through the elimination of unnecessary hard drive spin. This technology combines SSD performance with hard drive capacity, operating up to 6X faster than a hard drive-only system. Intel® Smart Connect Technology Auto application refresh and shorter wait times Your computer can receive web updates with fresh content for selected applications, even when the system is in sleep mode. This means less time waiting for applications to update and sync with the cloud, leading to a more efficient computing experience. Intel® Rapid Start Technology Instantly awaken your PC from sleep mode Allows your computer to quickly resume from a low-power hibernate state in seconds. Saving your system memory to the designated SSD, it provides your computer a faster wake-up response time, while still keeping energy use low. RoHS GreenASUS Motherboards are EU Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, which requires products meet high efficiency standards with regards to energy consumption. This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient products through design and innovation that reduce the carbon footprint of products and thus mitigate ecological impact.