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ASUS Maximus III Extreme

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Posted March 26, 2010 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards

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Features

Rather than list every single feature the Maximus III Extreme has to offer, we’ll just focus on the major ones, and we’ll also discuss a few in greater detail later in the review.

USB 3.0 Support
Experience ultra-fast data transfers at 4.8Gbps with USB 3.0?the latest connectivity standard. Built to connect easily with next generation components and peripherals, USB 3.0 transfers data 10X faster and is also backward compatible with USB 2.0 components.

SATA 6Gb/s Support
Supporting next-generation Serial ATA (SATA) storage interface, this motherboard delivers up to 6.0Gb/s data transfer rates. Additionally, get enhanced scalability, faster data retrieval, double the bandwidth of current bus systems.

iROG
The iROG is a special IC which enables several ROG highlighted functions that gives users full disposal of the motherboard at any stage! This design allows advanced user control and management to be processed purely at a hardware level. iROG greatly increases fun during overclocking for PC enthusiasts and it offers system maintainence and management with more control and efficiency.

RC Bluetooth
Still overclocking in old-fashioned way? Let RC Bluetooth bring you the whole new idea of how to do! Just simply push the button from the Back I/O on the RC Bluetooth card, overclockers can real-time monitor the desktop PC system status & tweak its parameters – such as voltages and frequency on the fly. When users want to use ordinary bluetooth functions, just simply push the button once again & enjoy all the wireless convenience brought from RC Bluetooth.

ASUS TurboV EVO
Whether novice or enthusiast, TurboV Evo satisfies overclockers of any level. Intelligently push systems to the fastest, stable clock speeds, offering additional advanced options for breaking those records!

Extreme Engine Digi+
Extreme Engine?a next generation dynamic multi-phase power management equipped with high performance digital Voltage Regulator Mudule (VRM) design. Through digital power management, the board can easily achieve the ultimate performance with adjustable CPU PWM frequency. The FET+ expedite heat dissipation & achieve better electric conduction. ML Cap ensures a stable power supply during overvoltage by lowering Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR), keeping critical components reliable. This means you?ll be able to push your spanking new Intel CPU to the limit, hitting benchmark scores that others only dream of. Extreme Engine balances the need for voltage and the desire for rock solid performance to bring the ultimate user experience.

Auto Tuning
Achieve extreme yet stable overclocking results automatically with Auto Tuning! With built-in stability testing, Auto Tuning lets even beginners improve performance with no additional cost.

ProbeIt
ProbeIt takes the guesswork out of locating the motherboard?s measurement points, identifying them clearly in the form of 5 sets of detection points so you?ll know exactly where to get quick yet accurate readings using a multitester.

MemOK!
MemOK! quickly ensures memory boot compatibility. This remarkable memory rescue tool requires a mere push of a button to patch memory issues. MemOK! determines failsafe settings and dramatically improves your system boot success. Get your system up and running in no time!

USB BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback must be the most convenient way to flash BIOS ever! It allows overclockers to try their BIOS with the simplist way one can imagine. No need to enter the BIOS or the operating system, just plug the thumb drive into the ROG Connect port & push the ROG Connect button for 2 seconds, BIOS would be automatically flashed under standby power. It?s no doubt that USB BIOS Flashback gives overclockers the ultimate convenience!

ROG Connect
Monitor the status of your desktop PC and tweak its parameters in real-time via a notebook?just like a race car engineer?with ROG Connect. ROG Connect links your main system to a notebook through a USB cable, allowing you to view real-time POST code and hardware status readouts on your notebook, as well as make on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a purely hardware level.

O.C. Profile
Conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings, share and distribute favorite overclocking settings The motherboard features the ASUS O.C. Profile that allows users to conveniently store or load multiple BIOS settings. The BIOS settings can be stored in the CMOS or a separate file, giving users freedom to share and distribute their favorite overclocking settings.

Q-Fan Plus
The Q-Fan function automatically detects temperature and adjusts fan speed accordingly to achieve quiet and efficient cooling.

Of these features, a few will be explore here in greater detail, but a few that also deserve mentioning tare the solid capacitors and ferrite chokes that improve power efficiency and extend the board’s lifespan, TurboV EVO allows overclocking control from within the Windows environment (and we’ll examine that closely) and RoG Connect that allows you to remotely monitor and tweak the system voltages and overclock settings from another computer connected via cable. The Go Button allows an automatic adjustment of speeds, timings, and voltages after an unsuccessful memory overclock, for example, to avoid cold boots and annoyances. All of these, when used in conjunction with the ProbeIT voltage leads, are an enthusiast’s dream setup for tweaking and overclocking. This is what makes the Republic of Gamers products special, and particularly the Maximus series motherboards.

Also worth noting is that ASUS has also included a PLX PEX8608 PCI Express chip on the Maximus III Extreme, which essentially boosts the bandwidth and prevents a performance drop when operating more than one graphics card, SATA III 6Gb/s, and USB 3.0 devices simultaneously. We’ll look at this a bit more closely when we examine the board layout.

Each of these bring something unique to the user experience, so let’s move onto the specifications and then to the board itself.

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