The floodgates have been opened and motherboards built around Intel's brand spanking new Z77 Express chipset continue to pour into the market place. One of the newest to wash up is the Maximus V Gene, a Republic of Gamers (ROG) board from Asus. Like all Z77 boards, the Maximus V Gene is an LGA 1155 motherboard, but it's also one of the first to flaunt next-gen features in a micro-ATX form factor.
Despite its smallish stature, Asus found room to cram four DDR3 DIMM slots with support for up 32GB of memory clocked at 2800MHz (OC). The Maximus V Gene also features a pair of PCI-E x16 3.0 slots, a single PCI-E 4x 2.0 slot, a PCI-E x1 2.0 slot and SATA 3Gbps port on a mini PCI-E combo card, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity, six USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, four SATA 6Gbps ports, two SATA 3Gbps ports, and an eSATA port.
Asus says it built the Maximus V Gene for overclocking, and towards that end, the board boasts an 8+2+2 (CPU, iGPU, DRAM) phase design with precise digital power control from two DIGI+ controllers. You'll also find ROG UEFI BIOS functions such as pre-configured memory IC profiles.
Asus didn't say when the Maximus V Gene will ship or for how much. Ivy Bridge, however, is scheduled to come out later this month.