ASUS Expands Its GENE Pool with Second mATX Motherboard

April 18, 2009 // 9:05 p.m.

ASUS Expands Its GENE Pool with Second mATX Motherboard
P45-based ROG Maximus II GENE Offers Souped-up, Space-saving Performance to Users with Intel® Core™2 Quad and Duo Processors

ASUS, the world’s leading producer of motherboards, today added an integral GENE to its lineup of ROG (Republic of Gamers) motherboards. Based on the Intel® P45 Express Chipset, the Maximus II GENE delivers ROG’s legendary stability, overclockability and flexibility to gamers, case-modders and overclocking enthusiasts with an affinity for the Intel® Core™2 Extreme/Quad/Duo platform and the mATX form factor. As with the preceding GENE—the ROG Rampage II GENE—the Maximus II GENE offers a wealth of high-end features including MemOK! CPU Level Up, and SupremeFX X-Fi.

Size Doesn’t Matter

The Rampage II GENE proved that a petite mATX system could outgun a full ATX tower rig. With the Maximus II GENE, Intel® Core™2 Extreme/Quad/Duo processor users now have access to the same bragging rights. Despite its compact size, the Maximus II GENE packs a feature set that surpasses that of many full-sized ATX motherboards. One such feature is CPU Level Up, a handy utility that boosts CPU performance to match that of a better, more expensive processor with just a click or two.

MemOK! Any Memory is A-Okay!

MemOK! was developed to provide users with a worry-free memory upgrade experience. In the event of a boot failure after installing new RAM, all the user has to do is press an easily accessible button on the motherboard and MemOK! will automatically load the failsafe settings needed to ensure a successful system boot. MemOK! is able to rapidly detect and resolve memory issues—even if bad or unstable memory is used!

Supreme In-game Audio with SupremeFX X-Fi

SupremeFX X-Fi solution delivers crisp audio and incredibly realistic in-game sound effects. Official EAX sound effects from EAX 1.0 to EAX HD4.0 allow gamers to enjoy total immersion in supported games. X-Fi CMSS3D’s groundbreaking positional audio gives gamers a distinct in-game advantage, while Crystalizer enhances overall audio quality dramatically.

Specifications

Model


ROG Maximus II GENE

CPU


LGA775 socket for Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Duo processor

Chipset


Intel® P45 Express Chipset

System Bus


1600/1333/1066/800 MHz

Memory


4 x DIMM, Dual Channel, up to 16GB

DDR2 1300/1200/1066/800/667 MHz

Expansion slot


2 x PCIe2.0 x16 slot

1 x PCIex1

1 x PCI 2.2

Multi-GPU


ATI CrossFireX™

Storage


7 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s

1 x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s

1 x UltraDMA 133

LAN


Gigabit LAN

Audio


SupremeFX X-Fi 8-Ch. Audio with EAX4.0 support

Other I/O ports


1*PS/2, 1*eSATA, 1*IEEE1394a, 1*Clr CMOS, 1*Optical S/PDIF

USB / IEEE1394a


12 x USB2.0 / 2 x 1394a ports

Fan connector


5 (1 x CPU / 2 x Chassis / 2 x Optional)

Software (Full version)


Kaspersky anti-virus, Futuremark® 3DMark™06 Advanced Edition

Features


MemOK!, SupremeFX X-Fi, CPU Level Up, Keyboard-TweakIt, Extreme Tweaker, iROG, Loadline Calibration, LCD Poster, EPU-6 Engine, Voltiminder LED

Form Factor


mATX, 9.6”x 9.6” (24.4cm x 24.4cm)

Note: Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. Please visit www.asus.com for more details.

About ASUS

ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than ten thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the company’s revenue for 2008 was 8.1 billion U.S. dollars. ASUS ranks among the top 10 IT companies in BusinessWeek’s “InfoTech 100”, and has been on the listing for 11 consecutive years.
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