ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME (Intel LGA 1150) Review 55


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When talking about overclocking, ASUS's ROG series of products are without a doubt part of the conversation as ASUS has definitely left its mark on the overclocking enthusiast community over the years since the ROG debut, and in ways other brands have not been able to match. The wide capability and complete design focus this series brings to the table had red and black ROG colors dominate top rankings of global benchmarking achievements for many years, and while ASUS's MAXIMUS products have long come in several flavors, the EXTREME, the FORMULA, and the GENE, ASUS has now launched a new SKU, the ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO I reviewed several weeks ago, a value-oriented overclocking board designed around users requesting a ROG-level product with a slightly slimmer focus on extreme overclocking enthusiasts. That board made quite the impression, and I have to call it a great success, but those three older SKUs, the EXTREME, the FORMULA, and the GENE, all have Z87 variants as well, and the first I'm going to look at is none other than the MAXIMUS VI EXTREME.

The ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME has already been on our front page by way of some memory reviews I posted since Intel launched Haswell, so I obviously spent considerably more time with the ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME than some of the other Intel Z87 products sitting on my shelf. Specifically designed to be the base of a record-breaking overclocking and benchmarking rig, the ASUS MAXIMUS EXTREME is ASUS's high-end ROG option, built from the ground up to take every piece of installed hardware to the limit and beyond, which is the reason I use it for my memory reviews. The flexibility and a huge number of overclocking-friendly options make it an indispensable tool no overclocking enthusiast should be without.


CPU SUPPORT:4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor family for the LGA 1150 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 8 Phases
Memory Power: 2 Phases
CHIPSET:Intel Z87 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1333 to DDR3 3100+(OC)
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS with 2x 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:5 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (x16 or dual x8 or x8/x16/x8 or x8/x16/x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 slot
1 x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
HDD CONNECTVIITY:10 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (6 @ Intel Z87, 4 @ ASMedia ASM1061)
NETWORKING:1 x Intel I217V Gigabit LAN
PORTS:8 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at front panel, 6 at rear panel)
8 x USB 2.0 ports (6 at front panel, 2 at rear panel)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio block with 6 audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF port
1 x HDMI port
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
  • USB BIOS Flashback
  • MemOK!
  • AI Suite 3
  • Ai Charger+
  • USB Charger+
  • USB 3.0 Boost
  • Disk Unlocker
  • ASUS O.C. Profile
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • ASUS EZ Flash 2
  • ASUS Q-Design
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • ASUS Q-Code
  • ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
  • ASUS Q-Slot
  • ASUS Q-Connector
  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
  • mPCIe Combo II (mPCIe/M.2 combo card)
  • ROG Connect
  • RC TweakIt
  • RC Diagram
  • RC Remote
  • RC Poster
  • Extreme Engine Digi+ III:
  • 8 + 2 phase power design
  • NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
  • 60A BlackWing Chokes
  • 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
  • ROG Extreme OC kit
  • Slow Mode
  • LN2 Mode
  • PCIe x16 Lane Switch
  • EZ Plug
  • ProbeIt
  • ROG BIOS Print
  • GPU.DIMM Post
  • Tweakers' Paradise
  • ROG SSD Secure Erase
  • ROG RAMDisk
  • Extreme Tweaker
  • ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization
  • CPU Level Up
  • ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
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