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ASUS ROG Maximus VI Extreme Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS

Introduction and Technical Specifications

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Introduction

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As the flagship member of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) motherboard line, the ASUS Maximus VI Extreme has everything you've come to expect from an ROG Extreme line board - killer styling, insane performance potential, and more than enough features and accessories for any enthusiast. ASUS decided to up the ante for the Intel Z87-based Maximus VI Extreme, including the OC Panel . The OC Panel is a standalone device with integrated LCD display used for board monitoring and overclocking. To gage the board's performance, we put the ASUS Maximus VI Extreme through our rigorous suite of tests. At a retail price of $399.00, this board would make a good crown jewel for anyone's high-end system.

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In designing the ASUS Maximus VI Extreme board, ASUS designed in a total of 8 digital power phases for the CPU's power delivery system with an additional 2 digital power phases reserved for use by the onboard memory. ASUS integrated the following features into the Maximum VI Extreme: 10 SATA 3 ports; an M.2 (NGFF) SSD slot integrated into the ASUS mPCIe Combo II card; an Intel I217-V GigE NIC; an Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controller integrated into the ASUS mPCIe Combo II card; five PCI-Express x16 slots for up to quad-card support; 2-digit diagnostic LED display; onboard power, reset, CMOS clear, MemOK!, BIOS Flashback, ROG Connect, DirectKey, and BIOS switch buttons; Probelt voltage measurement points; OC Panel support; and USB 2.0 and 3.0 port support.

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Continue reading our review of the ASUS Maximus VI Extreme motherboard!

Technical Specifications (taken from the ASUS website)

CPU

LGA1150 socket for 4th Generation Intel® i7 / Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel® Core™ i3, Pentium®, Celeron® Processors
Supports 22nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0*

* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
** Refer to www.support.asus.com/cpu.aspx for CPU support list

Chipset

Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

Memory

Dual Channel Memory Architecture
4 x DIMM, max. 32GB, DDR3 2800(0.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2600(0.C) / 2400(O.C.) / 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) / 1866(O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 MHz Non-ECC, un-buffered Memory
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.

Expansion Slots

5 x PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at native x16, dual at x8/x8**, triple at x8/x16/x8, quad at x8/x16/x8/x8)
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x4 slot
1 x mini-PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot*** on mPCIe Combo II expansion card

* PCIe 3.0 speed is supportred by 4th generation Intel® Core™ Processors
** Native x8/x8 mode is available only with PCIE_x16/x8_1 and PCIE_x16/x8_B2 slots are in use.
*** The mini-PCIe slot is pre-installed with a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module

VGA

Integrated Intel® Graphics Processor
Multi-VGA output support : DisplayPort/HDMI port
- DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
- HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
Intel® InTru™ 3D / Quick Sync Video / Intel® Clear Video HD Technology / Intel® Insider

Multi-GPU Support

NVIDIA® 4-way / 3-way / Quad-GPU SLI® Technology
AMD CrossFireX™ Technology

Storage

Intel® Z87 Express chipset:
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
- Intel® Rapid Storage 12 supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
- Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, and Intel® Smart Connect Technology**
1 x M.2 (NGFF) SSD Slot B on mPCIe Combo II expansion card
- Supports PCI Express 2.0 x1 and SATA 6Gb/s standard
- Supports M.2 (NGFF) Type 2242 (22mm x 44mm) SSD card

ASMedia® SATA 6Gb/s controller:
- 4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports***

* SATA 6Gb/s port 5 will be disabled when M.2 (NGFF) slot on mPCIe Combo II is in use
** The functions supported depends on the CPU types.
*** These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported.

LAN

Intel® I217-V Gigabit LAN Controller(s)

Wireless Data Network

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac supports dual frequency band 2.4/5 GHz

* The module is pre-installed on the mPCIe Combo II expansion card.

Bluetooth

Bluetooth V4.0/V3.0+HS

* The module is pre-installed on the mPCIe Combo II expansion card.

Audio

Realtek® ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports jack-detection, multi-streaming, front panel jack-retasking
- Content Protection for Full Rate lossless DVD Audio, Blu-Ray DVD, and HD-DVD audio content playback
- Optical S/PDIF out port at back panel

USB Ports

Intel® Z87 Express chipset:
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 ports at mid-board [blue], 2 ports at back panel [red] with ASUS 3.0 Boost support)
8 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 port at back panel, 1 port reserved for ROG Connect; 6 ports at mid-board**)

ASMedia® USB 3.0 SuperSpeed USB HUB controller:
4 x USB 3.0 ports, 4 at back panel [blue]

* The UASP standard for Intel® native USB 3.0 is only supported under Windows 8® OS.
** 2 x USB2.0 ports at mid-board shared with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port.

ROG Exclusive Features

ROG Extreme OC Kit
- EZ Plug
- LN2 Mode
- Slow Mode
- PCIe x16 Lane switch

ROG Connect
- RC Diagram
- RC Remote
- RC Poster

ROG Extreme Engine Digi+ III
- Full digital 8+2 phase CPU/DRAM power
- NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
- 60A BlackWing Chokes
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors

mPCIe Combo II (mPCIe/M.2 (NGFF) combo card)

UEFI BIOS Features
- ROG BIOS Print
- GPU.DIMM Post
- Extreme Tweaker
- Tweaker's Paradise
- ROG SSD Secure Erase
- O.C. Profile
- ROG Pulse

CPU Level Up

Probelt

ROG RAMDisk

Special Features

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4
- 4-way Optimization Tuning Key

ASUS EPU

ASUS Wi-Fi GO!

ASUS Exclusive Features:
- AI Suite III
- TurboV EVO
- DIGI+ Power Control
- Fan Xpert 2
- USB 3.0 Boost
- GPU Boost
- AI Charger+
- USB Charger+
- Disk Unlocker

ASUS EZ DIY:
- ASUS BIOS Flashback
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS C.P.R. (CPU Parameter Recall)

ASUS Q-Design:
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Connector
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM

Back I/O Ports

1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x ROG Connect button
2 x USB 2.0 (1 port can be switched to ROG Connect)
6 x USB 3.0 [blue]
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
1 x HDMI port
1 x DisplayPort
2 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
6 x Audio jack(s)

Internal Connectors

1 x USB 3.0 connector (support additional two USB 3.0 ports)
3 x USB 2.0 connectors (support additional six USB 2.0 ports, one connector via ROG_EXT header)
10 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x ROG Extension (ROG_EXT) header
1 x 4-pin CPU Fan connector for smart DC/PWM mode control
1 x 4-pin CPU optional Fan connector
3 x 4-pin Chassis Fan connector
3 x 4-pin Optional Fan connector
3 x Thermal sensor connectors
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin EATX 12V Power connector
1 x 4-pin EATX 12V Power connector
1 x 6-pin EZ Plug connector (in black for PCIe slots)
1 x 4-pin EZ Plug connector (in white for back I/O and PCIe slots)
10 x Probelt Measurement Points
1 x LN2 Mode jumper
1 x Slow Mode switch
1 x Power-on button
1 x Reset button
1 x MemOK! button(s)
1 x BIOS switch button
1 x S/PDIF out header
1 x BIOS switch button
1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
1 x System panel connector
1 x mPCIe Combo II connector
1 x Directkey button
1 x DRCT (Directkey) header
1 x FastBoost switch

Accessory

1 x User's manual
1 x I/O Shield
OC Panel Kit
- 1 x OC Panel
- 1 x OC Panel 5.25-inch bay metal case
- 1 x OC Panel cable
- Set of screws (1 x 2 pcs); (1 x 4 pcs)
1 x mPCIe Combo II card with dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS module
1 x 2T2R dual-band Wi-Fi moving antennas
5 x 2-in-1 SATA 6Gb/s signal cables
1 x 4-Way SLI® bridge
1 x 3-Way SLI® bridge
1 x SLI® cable
1 x CrossFire™ cable
1 x ROG Connect cable
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
1 x 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label
1 x ROG Magnet

Manageability

WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0, WOL by PME, PXE

BIOS Features

64 Mb UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI 2.0a, Multi-language BIOS

Support DVD Contents

Drivers
ROG RAMDisk
ROG CPU-Z
ROG Memory TweakIt
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS Utilities

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor
12" x 9.6" (30.5cm x 24.4cm)

OC Panel Specifications

Display

2.6-inch LCM

Features

Pure hardware-based overclocking support
Boot debug POST code

Intuitive tuning in two OC modes
- EXTREME Mode for subzero OC benching
- NORMAL Mode for in-chassis usage

Seamless integration with CPU Level Up at one-click OC button
Real-time control and display CPU fan speed, temperature, BCLK and RATIO
Adjustable system voltages, frequencies on-the-fly
Stylish design with 90 plus-degree-tilt movable faceplate (EXTREME Mode)

Fan Control button
- Standard/Silent/Turbo mode

Four (4) additional 4-pin fan headers
LCM backlight on/off

ROG Exclusive Features
- VGA Hotwire
- Subzero Sense
- Slow Mode
- Pause Switch
- VGA SMB header
- Probelt

I/O Ports

POWER: 1 x SATA power connector
ROG_EXT port: 1 x 18-1 pin data connection port
FAN: 4 x 4-pin extra Fan connectors

Power

Voltage: +12V, +5V, +5VSB
Power Consumption: 5A

Installation Requirements

Integrated Intel® Graphics Processor
1 x 5.25-inch drive bay required for NORMAL Mode operation
1 x SATA power cable from system power supply

Compatibility

Maximus IV Series and other motherboards with ROG_EXT port

 

 

June 1, 2013 | 08:25 AM - Posted by djGrrr

What is the point in having 10 SATA3 ports (theoretical 60Gbit) when the DMI 2.0 bus connecting the CPU and chipset is limited to 20Gbit?

June 1, 2013 | 03:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Because if you fill it up with drives they are not reading and writing all simulatenously, it just allows extra dives to be connected

June 2, 2013 | 10:38 AM - Posted by MarkT (not verified)

Wow I am a sucker for the The OC Panel!!!!

June 3, 2013 | 02:41 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Isn't the 4770k an i7?

June 3, 2013 | 06:43 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Thank you for pointing this out.  References fixed...

June 3, 2013 | 09:34 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Where is the 4770k overclocking part of the review??

June 4, 2013 | 10:30 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

OC results as well as other areas will be covered in followup review...

June 3, 2013 | 01:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So why should I upgrade from my current Asus Maximus V Extreme , 3770k and 32Gb Vengeance @2133MHZ ?
This MB should accommodate 64GB RAM.
The way I see it, is just lame marketing, no significant improvement.

June 5, 2013 | 04:43 PM - Posted by Watson S (not verified)

If you;ve got a 3770K you probably shouldn't you'll get 15% improvement at best. But this is a new socket and your current socket is basically discontinued now.

June 3, 2013 | 11:35 PM - Posted by irdmoose

Hey Morry, just a heads up, but you that MSI included port covers for this board on page 2. I blame Josh. Because reasons.

June 4, 2013 | 10:45 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Thanks for the heads up, I blame too many motherboards and not enough sleep ;)

Its been fixed...

June 8, 2013 | 11:51 AM - Posted by kileysmith33

just before I saw the check of $6179, I be certain ...that...my friend could really taking home money part-time from there new laptop.. there neighbor had bean doing this for only 6 months and resently cleared the debts on their appartment and purchased Lotus Elise. this is where I went, Exit35.com

March 28, 2014 | 11:05 AM - Posted by TJ (not verified)

Can anyone give me an idea where to purchase the rog_ext cable and the metal drive bay adapter for normal mode? Any help would be really appreciated! I've got the panel with no accessory kit!!!!? PLEASE HELP!

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