ASUS Maximus V Gene Motherboard Review

Overclocking on motherboard is made very easy these days, even if you are a beginner.  There are quite a few different ways to overclock your system using the Maximus V Gene motherboard.  You can manually overclock using the Turbo V EVO application in the AI Suite II software.  You will also see a CPU Level Up tab.  Here ASUS has preset overclocks depending on processor.  We are using a i7-3770K so the overclocks we have available are 4.2GHz, 4.4GHz and 4.6GHz.

I went ahead and selected the 4.6GHz setting.  It requires a restart and once you are rebooted your system will be automatically overclocked to that setting.  This preset overclock simply sets the multiplier to 46.

I knew I could get past 4.6GHz if I went ahead and did some overclocking of my own so I decided to go into the BIOS and see what I could do.  I easily hit 4.8GHz, by charging the multiplier to 48.  I went for broke and set it to 50 which would give me a 5.0GHz overclock.  Surprisingly Windows booted just fine.  This is where I ran into some issues.  Every program I would open would crash, it was very weird.  Normally when overclocking if a system is not stable the system will freeze or reboot.  In this instance all of my programs would crash, but the Windows itself seemed to work fine.  I came to the conclusion that Windows did not like my 5.0GHz overclock.  I tried to remedy the issue by upping the voltages, but that did not help.  In the end I settled with a 4.9GHz overclock, that is a 40% or 1.4GHz overclock!  And this is with no voltage changes at all! Very impressive!

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