ASUS Maximus III Extreme LGA 1156 Motherboard Review

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The Maximus III Extreme

Today I have the ASUS Maximus III Extreme LGA1156 motherboard for review. ASUS is on a roll with their performance boards and their latest LGA1156 Republic of Gamers board doesn’t fail to impress.

Asus Maximus III Extreme Motherboard Overview

Look familiar? Yup, it is pretty much an LGA1156 version of the LGA1366 Rampage III Extreme motherboard. The PCIe layout is identical and the bandwidth is even the same with an NF200 providing additional PCIe lanes. When you compare the Maximus III Extreme to the competition it appears to trump everyone in nearly every aspect. At first glance it appears to have the best expansion card layout, SATA6 and USB 3.0, ROG Connect, and more than enough power being delivered to the socket.

Asus Maximus III Extreme

However, before we immediately call it a winner let’s take a look at what makes the Maximus III Extreme tick. Below is a short list of the features included in the board.

 CPU Support: Supports Core i7 and Core i5 LGA1156 Processors
 Chipset Intel P55 Express
 Memory Dual Channel, 16GB, DDR3-2200(OC), 2133(OC), 2000(OC), 1800(OC), 1600, 1333, 1066
 Expansion Slots 5x PCIe x16 slots supporting up to 5 x8 bandwidth.
1x PCI 2.2
 Multi-GPU Technology Supports NVIDIA SLI and ATI CrossFireX
 Storage 6x SATA 3.0 Gbps, 1x SATA 3.0 Gbps, 1 eSATA 3.0 Gbps, 2x SATA 6.0 Gbps
 LAN Realtek RTL8112L Gigabit controller
 Audio VIA VT2020 10-channel HD Audio Codec
 IEEE 1394a 2x 1394a ports
 USB  2x USB 3.0 via NEC controller
11 USB 2.0 via P55 PCH
 Bluetooth  Bluetooth V2.0/V2.1+EDR
 Back Panel I/O 1x PS/2 Keyboard port
2x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
7x USB 2.0 ports
1x eSATA
1x RJ45
1x Clr CMOS
1x ROG Connect Switch
1x S/PDIF Optical Out
1x 1394a port
10x Audio I/O
 Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12″ x 9.6″

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