As the name implies, a Maximus motherboard is designed to maximize...well everything about your motherboard. You can usually only find premium quality features on the full sized boards, but ASUS sees things a little differently. This micro-ATX motherboard packs SupremeFX III sound, two PCI Express Gen3 x16 slots (single x16 or dual x8 speed), LucidLogix Virtu MVP support, and all the Gamer blood you could want coursing through its veins. And the cherry on top is an mPCIe Combo card that provides both mPCIe and mSATA for a number of upgrade possibilities.
The ASUS ROG Maximus V GENE has all the design and premium hardware you could want out of a top of the line gaming motherboard; however, it is all packed into a package small and adaptable enough to be the core of a Home Theater PC. While I think the latter would be a little bit of a waste, it would be awesome as a hidden second gaming system for your friends to enjoy when they come visit.