Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Schematic, Manual, Driver & BIOS || Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard Review

Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Schematic, Manual, Driver & BIOS || Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard Review

Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard

Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Review

Asus's Republic of Gamers boards has done an excellent job at impressing us. The Maximus IV Extreme is the motherboard's pre-release from this motherboard. The reviewed the Asus Maximus IV Extreme before, and today we look at the Maximus IV Extreme-Z. I feel good about the board even before I start testing because of its track record. We will know more about what the Maximus IV Extreme-Z offers. Before we get into the main features, we will start with the package accessories. After that, we'll go inside the motherboard and discover what features the Maximus IV Extreme-Z offers.


Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Accessories

The box cover is printed on the main key features of the motherboard. Turning to the rear of the box, we can see the primary feature and specification table, which provides a decent overview of the motherboard. Moving on, we have the standard ROG bits and bobs, which contain documentation, a driver CD, HDD stickers, a ROG sticker, and information on the Xonar range of audio cards. We have also four SATA-2 cables, four SATA-3 cables, a ROG Connect, a back I/O, a temperature probe, an extended SLI connector, a 3-way SLI connector, and a CrossFire connector. Finally, we have a USB header, a Bluetooth module, and two Ez Connector modules. Overall, we have a solid package from Asus, and we would not expect anything less from a ROG board.

Motherboard Analysis

Looking at the motherboard, the black and red color scheme is common for the Asus ROG series motherboard. Since this is a review of Asus ROG series motherboards, so it is the same in the color scheme. We also get a fair sense of the arrangement, but let's zoom in a bit closer to understand precisely what we're dealing with here. We have one PCIe x4, one PCIe x1, and four PCIe x16 slots. Although the board features an NF200 chip, CrossFire/SLI will operate at x8/x8 when utilizing two cards. According to ASUS, this is because x8 / x8 is quicker, owing to the lack of delay while passing via the NF200 processor. I highly encourage you to look at our tests, which produced some fascinating results, for more information on this. 

PCI 3 card placed at x8 / x16 / x16 with the NF200 chip capabilities. Normally, a three-card system with an NF200 chip would run at x8 / x8 / x16. Thus Asus's approach appears to be incredibly wise. It's also important to note that ASUS advises using the Molex connection above the top slot if you want to use three cards. A little red USB 3.0 header is located just above that. The Molex connector was placed left side of the motherboard from the PCIe slot. If you choose a multi-VGA layout, this will assist provide the board with a little more power. Next to that, there are other headers, including four USB 2.0 headers, front panel audio, and system fans. The front panel header and a little button that allows us to switch between the two BIOS are located next to those headers. As you push the button, the LED corresponding to each BIOS changes to display which BIOS is active.

Eight SATA headers are visible when you turn the bend. We have four grey SATA II devices that use the Z68 chipset and four red SATA III devices. Your first choice should be the two reds that are closest to the grey since they are powered by the Z68 chip, while the Marvell 9182 controller powers the other two. It's hardly the end of the world, but I wish ASUS had chosen a different color for the Marvel rather than the same red as the Intel-based models, similar to the Maximus IV Extreme. Just be careful to use the Intel-controlled SATA III connectors whenever possible.

Circuit Analysis

As we start up towards the top of the board, we have a lot going on. The four DIMM slots, which can accommodate RAM up to 2400MHz DDR, and our primary ATX power connector are the most common characteristics. You can see our LED readout debug in the bottom corner, and just next to it is a little switch that puts the board into "LN2 Mode." As we continue, we'll come across some little points intended to inform us of the voltage at which various circuit board components are operating. The little headers that are part of the package assist in doing this. The small red GO button, which loads a preset BIOS, stands above these places in addition to the Power and Reset buttons.

Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherborad HD Image

As we enter the CPU region, we can see our 8-Pin CPU power connector and the socket location, which is surrounded by a large-looking ROG heatsink. This feels like one of the best heatsinks on the market and is of higher quality. Turning around and looking at the I/O side of things, you can see that we have a combo PS/2 port, 8x USB 3.0 controlled by the NEC USB 3.0 controller, 1x USB 2.0 ROG Connect port, two eSATA controlled by the JMicron 362 controller, optical and 8-Channel Audio connectivity via the Realtek ALC880 codec, along with a ROG Connect and Clear CMOS switch.

Asus made the launching of Maximus IV Extreme-Z to combine the P67 and Z68 chipsets. The Z68 chipset is added to the excellent P67 version base, creating a board that distinguishes itself from the other Z68 boards we've already seen.

Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z Specs

Asus Maximus IV Extreme-Z
Price According to Amazon
Release Date 2011
CPU LGA 1155
Chipset Intel Z68
Series Asus ROG
Memory DDR3 240-pin DIMM 2200 MHZ
Dual Channel up to 32GB
Audio Realtek ALC889 7.1
LAN 👉 1x Intel 82579V
👉 1x Intel 82583V
Internal I/O Ports 👉 1x SPDIF Out Audio Header
👉 8x 4-pin Fan Header
👉 1x 24-pin ATX Power
👉 1x 8-pin 12V Power
👉 2x Molex Power
👉 4x SATA2
👉 4x SATA3
👉 4x USB 2 Header
👉 1x USB 3 Gen 1 Header
Back I/O Ports 👉 6x Analog Audio Jack
👉 1x Optical SPDIF Out
👉 1x PS/2
👉 2x RJ-45 Newtwork
👉 2x eSATA2
👉 1x USB 2 Type-A
👉 8x USB 3 Gen 1 Type-A
Expansion Slots 👉 3x PCI-E 2.0 x16 @ x16
👉 1x PCI-E 2.0 x16 @ x8
👉 1x PCI-E 2.0 x4 @ x4
👉 1x PCI-E 2.0 x1 @ x1
✅ AMD Crossfire
✅ Nvidia SLI

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