August 14, 2011
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Review
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Review
For Your Extreme Gaming Experience
If you’re looking for the best P67 motherboard for your extreme gaming rig, the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme is perfect for your needs. This is a high end board that belongs to the ruthless ROG family.
After the success of the Rampage III Extreme and the Maximus III Extreme, ASUS introduced another extreme motherboard which is definitely for enthusiast and overclockers like you. The Maximus IV Extreme is created only for the best of the best gamers in the world and if you want to join them, you’re in. Let’s take a look what this board can do.
The ASUS Maximus IV Extreme has almost the same looks of a traditional ROG family board. This board has an extended ATX form factor with a dimension of 12 inch x 10.6 inch dimension. A combination of black and red has always been the theme color. The ROG logo is noticeable on the top of the heatsink that clearly identify them.
All SATA ports are in right angle position for easy access, 4x SATA 3Gb/s in black and 4x SATA 6Gb/s in red. All DIMM slot are properly placed that prevents it from distracting the GPU when installed, a combination of black and red is also noticeable here.
All PCI-E slots are in red color. The first 2 PCI-E slots are well spaced for proper air ventilation when 2 GPU are installed, but the next 2 are closer in distance. The ATX power connector is also in great place on the side of the board for easy access and neat wiring.
Generous amounts of USB port at the back panel are available to make it sure that you never run out of port. CMOS clear buttons, a ROG connect and an RC Bluetooth switches is also provided at the back panel for easy access. Overall, the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme has a very nice design and a great looking motherboard.
- Supports Intel Socket 1155 Core i7/ i5/i3 Sandy Bridge Processors
- Intel P67 Express Chipset
- 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333
- Supports NVIDIA 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX Technology
- 4x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8 or x8, x16, x16), 1x PCIe 2.0 x4, 1x PCIe 2.0 x1
- 4x SATA 6Gb/s ports, 4x SATA 3Gb/s ports, Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
- 2 x eSATA 3Gb/s port
- 2 x Gigabit LAN Controller
- RC Bluetooth On/Off Switch
- 9x USB 2.0 ports, 10x USB 3.0 port(s)
- Realtek ALC 889 8-Channel HD Audio CODEC
The Maximus IV Extreme is packed with the best features that you ever wanted in gaming rig that ASUS can offer. This board is built with the P67 chipset so that you can take the advantage of its overclocking capabilities using the unlock version of Sandy Bridge processor.
Some of the best features of this motherboard can offer are the EFI BIOS that replaces the traditional keyboard controlled to make it easier to navigate using a graphical user interface. It provides an 8 CPU power design and 3 in memory power design. This feature provides power efficiency to the CPU and memory that maximized its usage with minimal power loss.
The Al Suite II is user friendly software for easy overclocking. The MemOK function is to enable to boot the motherboard even if there is a memory compatibility issues. A Bluetooth receiver is also provided for faster interface.
The best thing about this board is the support for both SLI and CrossfireX that allow us to have freedom to choose our own multi GPU.
Some of the best ROG extreme features are the CPU-Z, USB BIOS Flashback, ROG Direct, GPU.DIMM Post. The CPU-Z is a customized version only for ROG that reports your CPU related information. The USB BIOS Flashback is the easiest way to save your BIOS settings on a flash drive for a worry free anytime it crashes. The ROG Direct lets you monitor and tweak your voltage and frequency in real time using your iPhone or iPad. The GPU.DIMM post can easily check your memory and graphics card status in BIOS whenever a component failure arises.
This also includes The ROG bundle softwares, a 3DmarkVantage is a standard PC gaming benchmark design for Windows Vista and DirectX10. A Kaspersky anti virus is also provided to keep you safe from any malicious software programs.
Testing The Maximus IV Extreme
The Maximus IV Extreme was tested using the 2600K and a 4GB memory. Setting the multiplier at 46 and keeping the BaseCLK at 100MHz, a 4.6GHz is easily achieved with a stock speed of only 3.4GHz. It was clearly noticeable a big leap of 1.2GHz on top of its 3.4GHz stock frequency.
It shows great improvement in frame rate at overclock speed in various games. Compare with the Maximus III and Rampage III which is also a top competitor, As a result, it doesn’t show much impressive but quite good enough to take the lead.
The Maximus IV Extreme is really an excellent motherboard when you’re looking for an extreme overclocking speed because, you’ll definitely get what you want from it. With the help of the Al Suite II software, overclock can be easily achieved with joy using the Auto Tuning.
It’s got so many features with ROG exclusive, making this board especial. A generous amount of ports are provided for USB, SATA, eSATA, LAN, Firewire and PCI-E slots for sure you never runs out of it and everything you need is in here. The ASUS Maximus IV Extreme is truly the best P67 motherboard for you if that’s what you need.