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.


For testing the ASUS Maximus V Extreme the below testbed was used:


Starting the benchmarks are the two most popular data compression software: WinRAR and 7-zip. For both of these programs I have used the built-in benchmarking software. A higher score is better.

The next test is Cinebench R11.5 wherein a 3D image is rendered using the CPU. This test stresses all the CPU cores, maximizing the threads. Results are given in points, the higher the better. The second test x264 HD 4.0 is a video encoding test in which a small HD video file is encoded in x264 format. The results are measured in frames per second, in that the faster a processor, the higher the fps.

PCMark, Performance Test  and Geekbench stress tests all the resources of a system. Since almost all the components in our testbed are one of the best in the market right now, the entirety of the performance will depend on how good our test motherboard is. As usual, the higher the score, the better.

3DMark 11 is an industry standard graphical benchmark, and while it mostly stresses the graphics card, the CPU is also highly stressed for specific tests. The higher the score, the better.

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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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