ASUS Maximus V Extreme Review

By on July 12, 2012
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Welcome to Ivy Bridge overclocker’s paradise.

Good: 4-way SLI/CFX in a ATX sized board, OC KEY and Subzero Sense for extreme overclocking and performance monitoring, mPCIe combo WiFi + BT expansion card for mSATA drives and Thunderbolt.
Bad: High-end overclocking requires specialized equipment.
Price: AED 1,500
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


Before I get to the BIOS I’d like to touch on one other aspect of the hardware itself, the OC KEY. The OC KEY is basically an external module which connects to your graphics card, with a cable connecting to a header in the motherboard. The idea is that you have the ability to overclock the CPU, RAM and GPU clock speeds and voltages in real time with benchmarks running in the background.

This basically allows you to change settings on the fly depending on the limitations of your CPU, RAM and GFX card as well as the cooling solution in use.

Once connected, all you need to do is plug the keyboard in the white USB 2.0 port and hold the ROG Connect button for 4 seconds. An On-Screen-Display will pop up on the top right of the monitor with varying degrees of transparency so you can see what’s happening in the background while also making changes using the OC KEY.  With the OSD you can not only make changes in real-time, but also monitor the voltage consumption and temperature readouts to see where things may result in a crash so you can tone down the overclock a bit.

In all honesty this is one of the easiest ways to overclock your system as well as monitor the changes in real-time that I have seen, much better than using software (running in Windows) or indeed the BIOS.


Of course, if you want in-depth tweaks to every bit of your CPU, RAM and GPU you can reach, nothing beats the UEFI BIOS in the Maximus V Extreme.

Below you’ll find the images from the BIOS and see at your leisure all the various settings.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

  • JackD

    Have you done some comparison between Supreme FX of the Formula and “standard” embedded sound solution of the Extreme?

  • Abod Musa

    you should have compared the
    Maximus V Formula OCed vs the Extreme,but apart from that great review

  • Ibrahim Alzaabi

    where to but this mother bored in Abu Dhabi

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