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With the new year come and gone and tax season nearly expiring, you should receive your refund soon if you haven't already. That means it's upgrade time! Go get your overclock on! Who can you turn to in order to get the most bad-ass board to push your hardware to the limit? Who other than ASUS?

Asus's MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME is exactly what its name says: Extreme. In features, connectivity, bundled goodies, and price, ASUS's MAXIMUS EXTREME boards have long been a favorite of all sorts of overclockers, hitting the global rankings over at HWBOT time and again. With Skylake still relatively fresh on the market, but old enough to be ready for the utmost in tweaking, I sat down with my best i7-6700K and all my memory kits to see if ASUS still has what it takes.

Having high expectations for the ASUS MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME is simply a given. It's meant to be the part you don't think about as you simply put it to use and worry about the rest of your system and how much binning of memory, videocards, and CPUs it's going to take to reach those crazy frequencies. It doesn't matter how far you want to go, the ASUS MAXIMUS VII EXTREME is the board to take you there, and it doesn't hurt that it is red and black, either, does it? This time with less red?


CPU SUPPORT:6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors and Intel Pentium/Celeron Processors for Socket LGA-1151
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 13 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z170 chipset
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependent on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB; Support up to 3866+
BIOS:1 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS
SLOTS:3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8 or x8/x4/x4, gray)
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode, gray)
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1 (black)
HDD CONNECTIVITY:1 x M.2 x4 Socket 3
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports, gray, (4 from SATA Express) 2 x SATA Express port
1 x U.2 port
2 x SATA 6Gb/s ports, black (ASMedia)
NETWORKING:1 x Intel I219V Gigabit LAN Controller
REAR PORTS:1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
1 x USB 3.1 (black)Type-C
3 x USB 3.1 (red)Type-A
4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS)
AUDIO:ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
FAN HEADERS:6 x 4-pin
FORM FACTOR:EATX Form Factor (30.5 cm x 27.2 cm)
  • Start Butto
  • Reset Button
  • LN2 Mode
  • Extreme Engine Digi+ :
  • MicroFine Alloy Chokes
  • 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
  • Mem TweakIt
  • ROG Extreme OC kit :
  • ReTry button
  • Safe Boot button
  • Start button
  • Reset button
  • Slow Mode
  • LN2 Mode
  • PCIe x16 Lane Switch
  • Debug LED
  • EZ Plug
  • DRAM channel jumper
  • ProbeIt
  • KeyBot II
  • One-click Overclocking
  • X.M.P.
  • DirectKey
  • ClrCMOS
  • Power On
  • UEFI BIOS features :
  • O.C. Profile
  • GPU.DIMM Post
  • Tweakers' Paradise
  • ROG SSD Secure Erase
  • Graphic Card Information Preview
  • ROG RAMDisk
  • iROG
  • Extreme Tweaker
  • USB BIOS Flashback
  • Overclocking Protection :
  • COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
  • OC Design - ASUS PRO Clock Technology
  • Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance
  • 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
  • 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
  • ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
  • Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer
  • Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote app for portable smartphone/tablet, supporting iOS 7 & Android 4.0 systems
  • ASUS Exclusive Features :
  • GPU Boost
  • MemOK!
  • AI Suite 3
  • Ai Charger+
  • USB 3.1 Boost
  • Disk Unlocker
  • Mobo Connect
  • PC Cleaner
  • Remote Entertainment
  • Media Streamer
  • HyStream
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • ASUS EZ Flash 3
  • ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
  • Push Notice
  • ASUS Q-Design :
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • ASUS Q-Code
  • ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
  • ASUS Q-Slot
  • ASUS Q-Connector
  • RAMCache
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