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The board is offered in a box with a distinctive design for packaging game series devices. It's kind of discreet, but you can easily determine what we are dealing with with ROG products.
The advanced kit includes a manual with instructions, a CD with drivers and software, an extension cable for connecting RGB tape, a Q-Connector adapter, an external antenna for Wi -Fi-module, ROG DIMM.2 expansion card, a set of mounting screws for M.2 drives, a variety of stickers with logos and marking stickers.
The absence of a cover for the case is due to the presence of a fixed panel. Only two SATA cables bundled with a board of this level no longer look as an attempt by the manufacturer to save, but rather a decrease in interest and attention to devices with this interface.
Design and layout
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE is based on the top-end Intel Z390 chipset and It has classic dimensions for Micro-ATX format models – 244 × 226 mm.
The board is decorated in dark colors, which are generally characteristic of the devices of the gaming line of several recent generations. On a black PCB with a matte finish, dark gray cooling system elements stand out. The interface area is already habitually hiding behind a decorative plastic casing.
The board received a powerful block for stabilizing the processor power supply. The VRM module has a 12-phase circuit, with the quality elements used in power assemblies IR3555M with rated currents up to 60A. To control the parameters of the stabilizer is applied the discrete controller Digi + ASP1405I. Such a powerful power base is an unequivocal hint that the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE board has the role of a platform for overclocking. Medium-sized radiators, connected by a heat pipe, are used to cool the elements.
Another indirect sign of the device's overclocking capabilities is two 8-pin connectors for connecting additional processor power.
The board is equipped with two slots for DDR4 memory modules. The developers have tried to optimize the zone of passage of signals to support the most high-speed sets. You can discuss the share of marketing gimmicks in the name of the ASUS OptiMem II technology, but among the validated sets even DDR4-4700 appear, and the manufacturer claims that it is possible to work with DDR4-4800 +. Obviously, the emphasis was on the highest frequencies. At the same time, the board also supports Double Capacity modules, so even if there are two slots for DIMM, the total memory capacity can be 64 GB.
We will return to these possibilities. For now, we note the presence on the board of a specific slot for the ROG DIMM.2 module, which allows the use of two drives of the M.2 format. A special key in the design of the connector will stop those who wish to install a third memory module there.
This is not the first time the manufacturer has offered the ROG DIMM.2 expansion card. Earlier this module has already been attached to some enthusiastic models. The peculiarity of the version used this time is the regular radiator units for additional cooling of the drives. ROG DIMM.2 allows you to use two SSD format M.2 with a PCI-E interface. Both drives can have a length of 42 mm to 110 mm. Excessive heating controllers – a typical problem of high-speed SSD.
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE offers two expansion slots – PCI-E x16 and PCI-E x4. The full-format connector always operates in x16 mode and has an additional metal braid to reinforce the connector. The top position is occupied by PCI-E x4 without additional limiter. The slot is serviced by a chipset and considering the sufficient supply of PCI Express lines for the Intel Z390, the allocated resources are allocated to the connector without additional conditions.
Note that in this configuration, the board does not allow to use bundles with a pair of video cards. SLI / CrossFire combinations are not very popular even among enthusiasts, but this feature should be taken into account by those who expect to set records in test disciplines with several GPUs.
In passing, we note that the main part of the connectors at the bottom edge is positioned parallel to the PCB plane. In this way, the manufacturer tried to avoid possible conflicts when using a video card with a three-slot cooling system. In this case, the connectors will be under the cooler of the graphics adapter, but in principle you can connect the necessary connectors, albeit without much convenience.
The board is generously decorated with various controls. Some of them are useful only to enthusiasts with experience for overclocking experiments, but some may be useful and less sophisticated users. The main set is concentrated in the upper right corner. Here is the MemOK activation toggle switch, a Q-Code segment indicator and a set of diagnostic QLED LEDs to detect errors at system start. The board also received a jumper to activate LN2 Mode, Slow Mode Switch and Pause Switch, as well as the ReTry and Safe Boot buttons. The right edge also has a large backlit power on and reboot key.
The ProbeIt group is moved to the bottom edge. A set of contacts allows you to measure actual voltages at various nodes with a multimeter.
Virtually no motherboard is now without additional lighting, especially when it comes to gaming models. For the harsh enthusiastic platform, ASUS also did not make exceptions. A dozen RGB LEDs with five separate control zones are lined up along the entire right edge of the back side of the PCB.
The logo and the name of the board series are effectively highlighted in the central part. Here the LEDs are hidden under the chipset cooler bracket.
A large segment of the casing of the interface panel also occupies a translucent plate with internal illumination.
The board has two connectors for additional tapes with RGB elements 5050, therefore there is always the ability to enhance the intensity of the backlight.
For setting the parameters of illumination, the application ASUS AURA is provided. Here you can select different modes, as well as synchronize the backlight of various system elements that support the AURA Sync API. And it can be not only the internal components of the system, but also the periphery. Judging by the blanks, it is possible to synchronize the synchronization with Philips Hue RGB lamps.
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE received two regular ports M.2. The connectors are located between the slot for the ROG DIMM.2 module and controls, and are also hidden behind an aluminum decorative bracket that serves as an additional radiator.
By unscrewing the two screws, we get access to the connectors. The board allows you to use two 2242/2260/2280 drives, and only options with data transfer via the PCI Express bus are assumed.
When installing two drives with a length of 80 mm, one common rack is used to which both drives are pressed by a screw . The top of the device is covered with a radiator block.
As you can see, ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE allows using up to four M.2 PCI-E x4 NVMe drives in total. In general, an amazing combination, especially for the Micro-ATX format card. In this case, additional coolers are also provided for all potential devices.
As for SATA devices, four corresponding ports are provided for connecting them on the right edge of the board. It is unlikely that a larger number of drives with such an interface will be used with a board of this class. All connectors are deployed parallel to the PCB plane, so they can be accessed when the overall video card is installed.
At the same time, we note the presence of internal connectors on the board for outputting a pair of external USB 3.0 ports and one high-speed USB 3.1 Gen2 with bandwidth up to 10 Gb / s .
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE has a good snap to configure the cooling system. The board has seven 4-pin connectors. At the same time, some of them assume the maximum speed of rotation of the connected fans. One of the connectors offers increased current up to 3A, allowing you to connect the most powerful 36-watt pumps SVO.
Connectors for connecting the flow rate and coolant temperature sensors are also provided for setting up the liquid component liquid system.
Despite a pronounced enthusiastic focus, the board also received a controller for working with wireless networks. In this case, use a dual-band Intel Wireless-AC 9560 module that supports Wi-Fi 802.11ac protocol at speeds up to 1.73 Gb / s (160 MHz band), as well as Bluetooth 5.0. The unit is expected to be fixed in the area of the interface connectors, the panel provides connectors for connecting an external amplifying antenna. Recall that the Intel Wireless-AC 9560 is a companion module with a radio part for the implementation of the wireless capabilities of Intel chipsets. In this case, the CNVio protocol is used for communication.
A wireless connection is not always able to replace the canonical twisted pair, because the ability to connect a gaming system to the network is still mandatory. For this part, the Intel i219-V Gigabit Controller is responsible.
For the SupremeFX sound subsystem, a modified Realtek S1220A top codec is used, which is hidden under the metal casing and a set of Japanese Nichicon capacitors. The area of the audio path is enclosed by an isolation path, reducing the effect of external interference. To further adjust the sound settings, you can use the Sonic Studio III package.
The interface panel of ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE is initially equipped with a fixed plug and offers a very dense arrangement of elements. Here are the buttons for clearing the CMOS-memory and activating the BIOS flashback mechanism — a standalone microcode firmware from a USB drive. There is still room for a universal PS / 2 on the panel, with a pair of USB 2.0 located nearby. It is easy to recognize the four classic USB 3.0 connectors from the blue inner inserts, and you don’t mix up the Ethernet socket with anything. The external panel also displays four USB 3.1 Gen2 ports. Three of them are Type-A, another is Type-C.
With integrated graphics, a display device can be connected using HDMI 1.4a (max. 4096 × 2160 @ 30 Hz).
A pair of threaded connectors designed to connect an external antenna Wi-Fi module. For acoustics, there are five 3.5 mm connectors, and if you need a figure, you can use optical S / PDIF.
Considering the board from the reverse side, you can make sure that all radiator elements are fixed with screws. Also note the attempt of the manufacturer to separate the audio path from the general array. Here, an attempt to isolate the signal is really visible, and not to make a track for a tick.
the UEFI shell, as expected, offers very wide possibilities for customization. In this regard, ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE certainly will not disappoint.
In the already familiar structured sections you can find many parameters, ranging from the basic voltages of key nodes, ending with meticulous settings of the operating modes of the power stabilization system.
To configure and control the platform from operating system, the manufacturer offers to use the application AI Suite.
Of the interesting options worth noting is the mechanism for automatically configuring and loading drivers ASUS Armoury Crate. If the option is enabled in the BIOS, then when you install the operating system (Windows 10), you can immediately install the necessary drivers and proprietary applications using a handy shell.
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE supports AI Overclocking intelligent overclocking technology. When this mechanism is activated in the BIOS or the AI Suite application, the platform evaluates the chip's stable operation threshold taking into account the capabilities of the cooling system used.
In our case, the test Core i7-9700K switched to 4900/5000 MHz mode. With a load of 1-2-3 cores, the chip clock rate increased to 5000 MHz, and if four or more cores are occupied, the CPU reduces the frequency to 4900 MHz.
At the same time, the supply voltage increased to 1, 3 V, that is, a mid-high-end air cooler must cope with the cooling of the chip. Note that after such overclocking, energy saving mechanisms work without any nuances. Without a load, the chip frequency decreases to 800 MHz at 0.684 V.
Despite the fact that the Core i7-9700K has a fairly aggressive acceleration mechanism, an additional frequency increase increases the processor performance.
In manual In general mode, you can continue the experiments. We managed to get 5 GHz at 1.35 V. However, such results do not even deserve a mention against the background of the indicators, which the board allows you to get in skilled overclocker hands.
The well-known German overclocker der8auer in narrow circles was able to increase the frequency Core i9-9900K up to 7163 MHz with all eight working cores. Hocayu, a Hong Kong craftsman, resigned to the DDR4-5566 memory mode, while the Polish enthusiast Woomack, during experiments with the Core i7-8086K, managed to increase the base frequency from 100 MHz to 401 MHz. For the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE already stretches a whole train of world records in various disciplines. The only question is the ability and desire to use its potential.
Returning from the overclocking Olympus, we note that after a half-hour load of the Core i7-9700K processor operating normally, the heatsinks on the power assemblies heated to 47C. After the CPU overclocking, the load on the power stabilization subsystem will noticeably increase. Radiators on power assemblies warmed up to 54 ° C, but the actual temperature of the keys themselves will be even slightly higher. According to the indicators of the built-in VRM thermal sensor, for monitoring of which you need to use third-party diagnostic utilities, the temperature of the elements increased to 63C. In general, the temperature here will depend on the design and type of cooling system. When using CBO without a minimum blowout of the processor area, the heating will additionally increase.
The chipset chip on the open bench does not warm up above 36C. A sufficiently sized cooler is used for the chip. But, again, much will depend on the installed video card and the algorithm of its cooler. With a top-end adapter that stops fans at rest, temperatures will obviously be higher.
Memory Double Capacity DIMM
As we already mentioned, one of the interesting features of the ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE card is the support of double capacity memory modules – Double Capacity DIMM (DC DIMM). ASUS, together with G.Skill and ZADAK, have developed increased-capacity DDR4 modules. According to the JEDEC standard, the slats have a maximum capacity of 16 GB. In this case, a motherboard with two DIMM slots can be equipped with 32 GB of memory, and with four connectors, 64 GB. In order not to limit the capabilities of models with a pair of slots, the developers propose using special modules with double the number of DRAM chips on a single printed circuit board.
In this case, the height of the modules is increased, and 32 DRAM chips are installed on each of them. The current assortment of Double Capacity DIMMs is modest, yet it’s rather specific memory for a limited number of motherboards.
G.Skill, within the Trident Z RGB line, offers dual-channel DDR4-3000 / 3200 CL14 kits (2×32 GB). ZADAK also offers “double-deck” SHIELD DC RGB modules with modes up to DDR4-3600.
We had the opportunity to try the G.Skill Trident Z RGB DC F4-3200C14D-64GTZDC kit (DDR4-3200, 14-14-14-14) 34, 1.35 B). The set comes in a large box. The modules inside are carefully laid in the niches of the damping material.
Dimensional slats have enlarged printed circuit boards and fairly massive composite radiators. There are decorative light guides on the top edge, under which RGB LEDs are hidden.
The modules support ASUS AURA backlight synchronization, so here the options for customizing the illumination are very wide.
When using Trident Z RGB DC on the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE card modules fit organically into a common platform. In height, they are on the same level as the ROG DIMM.2 unit.
It is curious that in all diagnostic utilities a pair of Trident Z RGB DC modules are displayed as four G.Skill Trident Z bars operating in dual channel mode.
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Что касается производительности, то получаемые значения трансферов в целом типичны для модулей DDR4-3200 c хорошими таймингами – 46 ГБ/c для чтения и копирования и порядка 50 ГБ/c для записи, а также задержки на уро не 50 мс.
Double Capacity DIMM – это в целом история не про разгон, а про возможность оснастить платформу с двумя слотами 64 ГБ оперативной памяти.
Для работы модулей удвоенного объема нужна соответствующая поддержка материнской платы на уровне разводки сигнальных дорожек. Даже среди энтузиастских моделей ASUS подобные планки пока можно использовать только с тремя платами – ROG Z390 MAXIMUS XI APEX, ROG MAXIMUS XI GENE и ROG STRIX Z390-I GAMING. Впрочем, моделям с четырьмя слотами DIMM проще получить 64 ГБ, используя привычные 16-гигабайтовые модули. А больший объем в принципе не нужен для платформы LGA1151-v2 из-за ограничений процессоров.