ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Motherboard Review

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ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Motherboard Review

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ASUS is one of the top motherboard manufactures with product lines ranging from the very basic consumer to the high end enthusiast gamer.  Their Republic of Gamer’s line builds in the best features that ASUS has to offer.  Today, we will be taking a look at their flagship motherboard the Maximus VIII Extreme.  It is designed to support the latest Intel Skylake processors, based on the Intel Z170 chipset.  Currently the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme can be found online for $493.37 with free shipping.  Let’s take a quick look at what ASUS’s flagship motherboard has to offer before seeing how it performs.

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The ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme is one of the most feature packed motherboards I have seen.  Networking, you have the option of the latest Intel Gigabit ethernet connection, or a wireless 3×3 AC with Bluetooth 4 connection.  For storage, there are up to eight SATA 6Gb/s (for of which are shared with SATA Express), two SATA Express, a 32Gb/s M.2 and the latest U.2 connector.  Video options range from 2-way SLI or 4-way CrossFireX.  Then we get to USB support, there is a total of six USB 2.0 (all internal headers), eight USB 3.0 ports (four are from internal headers), and four USB 3.1 (which includes one Type-C) connectors.
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That’s before we even talk about the other features of the Maximus VIII Extreme!  ASUS has also included the OC Panel II with the Maximus VIII Extreme.  The OC Panel II, is exactly what it sounds like, designed to help overclockers by making things easier to access.  With the panel, you have access to making real-time adjustments to the motherboard, or you can use it as a system monitor keeping an eye on CPU Temperature, CPU Ratio, Clock Speed and Fan RPM..

Features and Specifications

  • OC Panel II
  • Supreme FX Audio
  • ROG RGB Logo with effects
  • Built in U.2 Connector
ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Specifications
 CPU Intel Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors
Supports Intel 14 nm CPU
Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Chipset Intel Z170
Memory  4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3866(O.C.)/3800(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3500(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Graphic Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel HD Graphics support
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort 1.2 ports
– Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
– Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider
Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology
Expansion 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)
Storage Intel Z170 chipset:
1 x M.2 x4 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray, , 4 ports from 2 x SATA Express
2 x SATA Express port
1 x U.2 port
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel Rapid Storage Technology supports
Supports Intel Smart Response Technology
ASMedia ASM1061 controller:
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), black
LAN Intel I219V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s), GameFirst technology
Intel LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
Anti-surge LANGuard
Wireless Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
Up to 1300Mbps transfer speed
Bluetooth Bluetooth V4.0
Audio ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
– SupremeFX Shielding Technology
– ESS ES9023P DAC: dB SNR, dB THD+N (Max. kHz/ -bit)
– TI RC4580 2VRMS audio OP AMP(s)
Audio Feature :
– Gold-plated jacks
– DTS Connect
– Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
– Sonic SenseAmp
– Sonic Studio II
– Sonic Radar II
USB Ports Intel Z170 chipset:
8 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 4 at mid-board)
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6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at mid-board)
ASMedia USB 3.1 controller:
2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, red, Type-A)
Intel USB 3.1 controller:
2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, , Type-A + Type-C)
Back I/O 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)
Internal I/O Ports 1 x U.2 port
1 x AAFP connector
2 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s)
3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
2 x SATA Express connector: gray, Compatible with 4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Supports both SATA & PCIE SSD)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin EZ_PLUG Power connector(s)
1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
1 x MemOK! button(s)
1 x Slow Mode switch(es)
9 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x DRAM channel jumper
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x BIOS Switch button(s)
1 x SLI/CFX button (2/3/4-way adjustments)
1 x Water Pump header (4-pin)
1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
1 x Safe Boot button
1 x ReTry button
ROG Exclusive Start Button
Reset Button
LN2 Mode
Extreme Engine Digi+ :
– MicroFine Alloy Chokes
– 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
– OptiMOS MOSFET
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)
Warranty  3 Years

After a brief look at the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme packaging, we’ll take a closer look at the motherboard and get to installing it.

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  • John Pombrio

    Way overkill for my needs for a mobo, heh.

  • Terry Perry

    Gigabyte ONLY that Dual Bios has save me many times they do Pay for themselves. NEVER had one that didn’t start up the Very First time. I have a couple that are over 10 years.

    • John Pombrio

      ??? ASUS has dual BIOS with a backup of your original setup before installing the update. Plus there is always a BIOS factory reset. Plus EZflash which grabs the Bios from your hard drive. plus Flashback plus notes, plus… well you get the idea.