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ASUS Readies Z68-based ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z Motherboard

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  1. btarunr

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    When Intel's Sandy Bridge platform was launched, P67 Express was perceived as the top of the line discrete graphics chipset that gives performance segment users everything they'll ever need. ASUS hence based its prestigious ROG Maximus branded motherboard based on it, and came up with the Maximus IV series. With Intel releasing a higher-end chipset with the Z68 Express, ASUS decided to redo its socket LGA1155 ROG motherboard lineup, with the Maximus IV Extreme-Z. The new motherboard gives users access to the processors' embedded graphics via a HDMI port, and gives them the benefit of Intel Smart Response technology that P67 lacks.

    The Maximus IV Extreme-Z looks similar to its P67-based cousin. Based on the Intel Z68 chipset, the motherboard uses an NVIDIA nForce 200 bridge chip to ensure PCI-Express connectivity to up to four graphics cards, supporting NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX. The CPU is powered by ASUS Digi+ Extreme VRM, backed by high-grade components and proadlizers to condition power. There are four DIMM slots supporting dual-channel DDR3-2000 MHz memory by overclocking. Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x16/NC/x16/NC or x8/x8/x8/x8), there's also a PCI-E x1 and open-ended PCI-E x4.

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    Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gb/s ports, four SATA 3 Gb/s, and two eSATA 3 Gb/s. The lone display output connector is an HDMI. There are as many as eight USB 3.0 ports on the rear panel, and two ports by header. Other connectivity features include ASUS SupremeFX X-Fi audio, Bluetooth, and dual gigabit Ethernet. The complete set of ASUS ROG-exclusive features are present, including ROG Connect. Expect the ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z to charge just a slight premium over the P67-based one.

    Source: DonanimHaber
     
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    Nice looking board.

    I'd have to sell my nephew to afford it though.
     
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  3. Faith[ROG].Anarchy

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    :wtf::wtf::wtf::wtf::wtf::wtf::wtf:

    You gotta be kidding me, dude :D
    I wanna see the Gene version of this Z68 ROG Board :rockout: (again :D)
     
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    Of course lol.:roll:
     
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    Any idea if Asus is planning Formula edition of this motherboard.
     
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    Looks to me like Asus is following GB's lead, by soldering a Z68 chipset to their existing P67 boards and just adding a display connector to them.

    That board looks the same as my board, chances are they had already left room for the display adapter upgrade in their previous designs, there's nothing wrong with that IMHO, if it ain't broken, don't fix it ;)
     
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    Faith[ROG].Anarchy says thanks.
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    It doesn't have a display connector, but it works with Virtu as Asus added the power phases needed to make the Intel IGP work.
     
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    Yes, you're right, I looked everwhere and there's no mention of said port except for this article here, the rear panel looks exactly the same as the P67's board, I guess ppl who get this board were not gonna use the IGP anyway, using a discrete card instead.
     
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    ALl nice and such, but I want a superfeatured Asus mobo without the freak community gadgets like voltage measuring points, etc.... but will all the goods, quality, bios, finish...

    Moreover, a board without audio, video, ethernet....
     
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