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Asus Maximus IV Extreme Review
Welcome to Asus Maximus IV Extreme review. The Asus Maximus IV Extreme is designed for overclocking. It is part of the Republic of gamers brand for a masseuse. Asus Maximus IV Extreme is an Intel P67 Chipset motherboard, and it supports the latest Intel core i3, Core i5, and core i7 processors. If, for whatever reason, you're putting the core i3 on an extreme motherboard which you shouldn't be doing on the LGA 1155 platform. It features the Intel P67 chipset. It is fully SLI-ready and ATI crossfire-X or AMD crossfire-X. This motherboard has a great feature, which is ROG connect. So you use a USB cable to plug into a third-party computer using a utility to overclock your PC. There are some other features like 3Dmark Vantage included, including ten USB 3.0 ports, two at the front and eight at the back. There is also a Bluetooth module accessory card that includes connecting and supports 3-way SLI and CrossFireX. So not four-way but three ways just plenty for an LGA 1155 socket. The CPU only has 16 PCIe lanes built into the controller. Another great feature is that you can direct tune your PC from your iPhone or iPad extreme engine DIGI+, a powerful combination of analog and digital design elements for the VRM section.
We got lots of accessories because this is a high-end motherboard. It has all the accessories: Bluetooth module, 3-way SLI bridge, our 2-way rather crossfire bridge, and two-way SLI bridge. We've got some zip ties, Q connectors, and voltage checkpoints for quick installation to check the voltages. There is also a rear I/O shield, a user guide, a sticker, an installation DVD, and labels for your SATA cables.
So you can keep track of which are which once you've already routed them in your case. Finally, an exclusive feature guide of ROG connects RC Bluetooth and ROG for direct overclocking from your iPhone. A case sticker the big, the ROG connect cable, which is a USB cable with ROG stamped on it essentially. We've got four SATA-3 six gigabit per second cables, which are only different from the other ones because they're white and all right angle, and then we have four more right angle SATA-2 cables. We have a rear USB 2.0 bracket, and that is it for the accessories.
Let's have a look at the motherboard itself. Asus has had the Republic of gamers color scheme thing. Just figure it out for a while. I mean, look at the motherboard design and color. It is fantastic. Why don't we start at the middle of the board, our CPU socket, an LGA 1155 socket surrounded by the DIGI+ VRM featured? You can see here that they're using a reasonably different-looking design for the voltage regulation modules (VRM). Remember that clean voltage to your CPU is crucial for achieving the highest possible overclocks. They've done an excellent job of these on the last few generations of motherboards. Neat-looking MOSFET heat sinks and heat pipes tie them into the Northbridge heatsink, and then nothing is connected, but you can see that the Southbridge heatsink is stylized similarly. Alright, we've gone our 8-pin power connector at the top of the board right where it belongs top left ideal location. Most power supplies don't have dual eight pins, but I think that's completely unnecessary on a P67 motherboard. Next, we have four DDR3 slots supporting dual-channel memory. These are the easy-install slots with clips on one side. You just put your RAM on one side and the other side easy to place, then lock the clip.
We've got the built-in start and reset switches and the liquid nitrogen mode switch on and off on the right side of the memory slot. So that might be handy if you're benchmarking with liquid nitrogen, and this is a much better place for the post LED because you can see this when you have graphics cards installed. We have the PCIe 16x switches, and for these switches, mainly if you have water cooling installed on whole cover blocks, it can be a real pain to troubleshoot which card is on the fritz. You can turn off your PCIe lanes and boot to whichever card you want. We have a 24-pin power connector in its ideal location along the right-hand edge of the motherboard and SATA I/O. The red ones are SATA-3 6 gigabit per second, and the others in black are SATA-2 3 gigabit per The BIOS switch, which is placed in the bottom right corner. We have two dedicated BIOS chips, and you can save one set of settings and the other one. Then if you're experimenting with BIOS, you can switch over to your other BIOS, boot up to that one and then play around with whatever. At the bottom of the motherboard, all your front panel connectors.
We've got 4 USB 2.0 front panel headers because they didn't have any room on the back since it's full of USB 3 fan headers with a couple of easy plugs. If you are installing a ton of graphics cards, I would recommend using those because they will help provide some extra power to your cards. We have four PCIe 16x slots, three of which are wired for 16x, and those will be running off the NF200 chip. The second one (from the bottom) is only wired for 8x. So if you install three cards, you will use up the three wired slots. You will have no room for additional expansion cards. At the end of the bottom, the black one is PCIe 1x. Regardless, that one will have total bandwidth and a PCIe 4x running off the chipset. So that one will have total bandwidth regardless of what you install in all these slots. The USB 3.0 rear panel header is an exciting location for that. I guess if you put a PCI bracket in, that would be useful. The Bluetooth module is placed into the rear I/O and installed as the one that was in the packaging. There are eight PWM fan headers on this motherboard. You can plug in a ton of fans to this motherboard without overloading.
This motherboard is not a standard ATX board like many Republic of gamers boards in the past. It is slightly wider than another standard ATX motherboard. It would be best if you had an ATX case that is a little bit wider than the farther, far-suitable mounting holes to ensure that you'll be able to install this board.
Alright, let's have a look at the back I/O. We've got a PS2 combo port for the mouse and keyboard. There are eight USB 3.0 ports, two eSATA ports, a clear CMOS switch, optical audio out, and two Intel gigabit network connections.
Remember, there are no third-party controllers; we have the ROG connect button, and the ROG connects the port with 7.1 audio out on the back I/O of the motherboard. We find a couple of heat sinks for the MOSFETs. So those will give you an additional little heat dissipation on the back of the board. Also of note is that all of the heat sinks on this motherboard are using screws spring loaded screws with plastic washers to ensure no shorting out and no disengaging like you can have happened from time to time with those plastic clips.
Asus Maximus IV Extreme Specs
|CPU||LGA 1155, Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3|
|Memory||4 Slot DDR3 Dual Channel 2200/1866/1600/1333 Bus up to 32GB|
|Audio||Realtek ALC889, 8 Channels|
|LAN||Intel Gigabit Ethernet|
|Internal I/O Ports||✔ 2x USB 3.0 + 8x USB 2.0
✔ 1x ROG light connector
✔ 1x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
✔ 1x BIOS switch button
✔ 1x Power-on switch
✔ 1x Go Button
✔ 1x Reset switch
✔ 1x Q_Reset switch
✔ 1x Front panel audio connector
✔ 1x LN2 Mode switch
✔ 1x System Panel connector
✔ 1x RC Bluetooth header
✔ 1x CPU Fan connector 3
✔ 2x EZ Plug connectors (4-pin Molex Power connectors)
✔ 8x Chassis Fan connector
✔ 1x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS header
✔ 1x Power Fan connector 3 x Optional Fan connector
✔ 3x Thermal sensor connectors
✔ 1x S/PDIF Out connector
✔ 7x ProbeIt measurement points
✔ 1x 24-pin ATX Power connector
|Rear I/O Ports||
✔ 1x PS2 Combo Port
✔ 8 x USB 3.0
✔ 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s
✔ 1 x USB 2.0/1.1 (also for ROG Connect)
✔ 1 x Optical S/PDIF Out
✔ 6x 3.5mm Audio Ports
|Key Features||✔ The Best Overclocking Experience on Intel P67 with ROG Motherboard.
✔ USB BIOS Flashback: Refresh the BIOS can easy with this.
✔ ROG Connect: Plug and Overclock.
✔ Extreme Engine Digi+: Smart power consumption for the VRM section.
✔ RC Bluetooth: Smashes through all the barriers of conventional overclocking.
✔ ROG iDirect : Tune your PC from your iPhone or iPad.
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