Over the years, multiple motherboards have captivated the market at various price points. Models like the Hero and the Formula are staples of ASUS's premium but popular ROG-themed offerings. One such series that was once the staple of ASUS's Intel models based on the micro-ATX form factor was the Gene, last seen in the days of Intel's 8th and 9th Gen Core series (2019). In what looks to be a resurrection of the Gene series for the release of AMD's Ryzen 7000 processors based on its latest 5nm Zen 4 microarchitecture, ASUS has announced that the Gene is back via the ROG Crosshair X670E Gene. 

Throughout the years, the ROG Gene series has been synonymous with highly premium micro-ATX offerings, and it looks as though the ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene is no different this time. Some of the ROG Crosshair X670E Gene's main features include a full-length PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, one PCIe 4.0 x1 slot, and a single PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot. ASUS includes another expansion slot next to the two DDR5 memory slots for an included ROG Gen-Z.2 M.2 add-in card with support for up to two PCIe 5.0 x4 M.2 drives.

The ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Gene will also feature a 16+2 phase power delivery with premium 110 A power stages, an Intel-based 2.5 GbE, and Wi-Fi 6E networking pairing, as well as support for USB 3.2 G2x2 with Quick Charge 4+ (60 W) capability. ASUS also states that it will also have rear panel USB4 support, although ASUS hasn't provided full specifications to us at this time.

At the time of writing, ASUS hasn't revealed much for the ROG Crosshair X670E Gene, nor how much it is expected to cost or when it might hit retail shelves.

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  • NextGen_Gamer - Wednesday, August 24, 2022 - link

    @ meacupia: Thank you for the detailed answer. I guess the USB4 thing could be true. But even so, I gotta assume going with X670E over X670 is a huge cost increase, and is it really worth it just for the USB ports haha? Since as you said, all of the PCIe I/O seems like it could be done the same way on vanilla X670.
  • erotomania - Monday, August 29, 2022 - link

    Honestly, I don't think we have enough info to say that X670E will be a huge cost increase. It may just be a regular cost increase, with Asus bumping that up considerably beyond regular. Usually ROG Strix - features and semi-affordable, pricier than Prime. Then Crosshair, then Maximus, although it's difficult to say with certainty if Maximus would slot in above this Crosshair, since Gene has been used across both.
  • BMNify - Tuesday, August 30, 2022 - link

    what the hell, x2 ram slots are bad enough, But only having a Single x16 & a single x1 in what appears to be a day one price is ridiculous for any day one am5.
    where do I put my generic 5Gbit/s x4 pcie ethernet card + 3050
  • Dug - Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - link

    Ummm... in a different mb that has things you want that others don't need.
  • DanaGoyette - Sunday, September 18, 2022 - link

    Heck, at least make the bottom slot an X4, so we can use it for 10GbE or such!
  • Dug - Monday, September 26, 2022 - link

    Hey Asus. When customers are asking for better m-atx motherboards, there's a reason. You don't seem to grasp the reasons though. Basically taking the feature set on m-itx and adding 1 pcie 4 x1 slot is not what most consumers are after.
  • Foeketijn - Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - link

    I'll wait for the AsRockRack version. It's addictive to have a system that just works.
  • Harry_Wild - Wednesday, October 5, 2022 - link

    Not even $1K now! I am shocked!

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