Asus Skylake Z170 Motherboards: Maximus VIII Gene vs. Z170-A

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PHYSICAL DETAILS: Asus Maximus VIII Gene

Though it conforms to the smaller microATX form factor, the Asus Maximus VIII Gene uses every inch of space as it's pack full of features. Along with all the usual features one would expect from a Z170 model, it sports an all digital 10+2 phase power regulation, a beefy VRM heatsink, physical power/reset buttons and other covenience/diagonostic features.


The Maximus VIII Gene at an angle.


A closer look at the socket and VRM heatsinks.


The heavy duty heatsinks are bolted down securely to metal backplates.


Rear ports. The red USB port is a USB 3.1 Type-A connector while the one below it is the reversible Type-C port.


A bright lava-like trail runs around the audio components, a red LED lights up the PCH heatsink, and both the power and reset buttons glow. All three of these lighting effects can be disabled in the BIOS.

PHYSICAL DETAILS: Asus Z170-A

The larger Asus Z170-A has a simpler 8+2 digital power regulation system as well as a blander design lacking many of the premium features of the ROG model.


The Z170-A from an angle.


A closer look at the socket and VRM heatsinks which are attached with pushpins.


Rear ports. The teal blue port is a USB 3.1 Type-A while the one below it is a Type-C connector.



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