Welcome to Ivy Bridge overclocker’s paradise.
ASUS Republic of Gamers motherboards are some of the highest-end motherboards in the industry, something everyone desires and other manufacturers look at with envy. And even amongst their cream of the crop, the ‘Extreme’ versions of their ROG motherboards are the most coveted by the hardcore enthusiast community. While ASUS have already launched a bunch of Z77 based motherboards, most of which we have covered, today I’ll be looking at their flagship Z77 based motherboard, the Maximus V Extreme.
Given the heritage, and indeed the price of the Maximus V Extreme, ASUS have bundled a ton of goodies with this motherboard.
First of all there are 6x SATA III cables (denoted by white headers) and 2x SATA II cables (all black headers). Next up is the ROG Connect USB cable (in all white).
Moving forward we have a rear panel USB 3.0 (x2 ports) and eSATA header.
A lot of love is shown to Nvidia with 2-way, 3-way and 4-way SLI bridges. Only one 2-way CrossFireX bridge is given for AMD card owners.
Next we move to the OC KEY, which is an overclocking assist module. The OC KEY is one of the easiest ways to overclock your PC in-depth without going into the actual BIOS. Along with the OC KEY we also get the cable that connects the module to the motherboard directly.
Next we have the WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 mPCIe combo card which also has a slot for mSATA drives. Available for connection with this module are two WiFi antennae that are actually connected via two mini extenders.
Lastly we have the Probelt cables and Q-Connectors, the rear I/O panel shield, a set of stickers to mark your cables, the drivers CD and the installation manual.
With everything out in the open, let’s take a closer look at the motherboard itself and see what sets the Maximus V Extreme apart from the rest of the Z77 boards out there.