ASUS Announces ROG Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly Motherboard and Matrix GTX 980 Ti

Subject: Graphics Cards, Motherboards | November 9, 2015 - 10:49 AM |
Tagged: ROG, Republic of Gamers, Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly, Matrix GTX 980 Ti, Headphone Amp, E9018K2M, DAC, asus, 10GbE, 10 Gbps Ethernet

ASUS has announced two new products for their Republic of Gamers lineup today, and while we saw the Matrix GTX 980 Ti at IFA in September (and the Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly was also on display), there are further details for both products in today's press release.

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ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly motherboard with Matrix 980 Ti

The motherboard in question is the Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly, a Z170 board with an external headphone amp and 10Gb/s Ethernet add-in card included. This board could run into some money.

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The ROG 10G Express expansion card

While other Maximus VIII series motherboards have high-end audio support, the Extreme/Assembly further differentiates itself with an included 10Gb/s Ethernet card. ASUS has partnered with Tehuti Networks for the card, which in addition to 10Gbps also operates at conventional 100/1000 Ethernet speeds, as well as new 2.5/5Gbps over CAT5e.

“ROG 10G Express is the enterprise-speed Ethernet card, powered by Aquantia® and Tehuti Networks: these key partners are both members of the NBASE-T™ alliance, and are working closely to create the new 2.5Gbit/s and 5Gbit/s standards that will be compatible with the existing Category 5e (Cat 5e) cabling and ports. With PCI Express 2.0 x4 speed, it equips Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly gamers for next-generation LAN speeds of up to 10Gbit/s — or up to ten times (10X) faster than today’s fastest onboard consumer Ethernet.”

This will certainly add to the cost of the motherboard considering a 10GbE card (without the 2.5/5Gbps feature) currently sells for $239.99 on Amazon.

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The ROG SupremeFX Hi-Fi amplifier

If you’re an audio enthusiast (like me) you’ll be impressed by the attention to audio, which begins with the audiophile-grade ESS E9018K2M DAC chip found on other members of the Maximus VIII family, and capable of not only native PCM 32-bit/384kHz playback, but up to dual-rate DSD (DSD128). The external headphone amplifier features the Texas Instruments TPA6120A2, and has a very high 6V output to drive the most challenging headphone loads.

What about the Matrix GTX 980 Ti? Full specifications were announced for the card, with boost GPU clock speeds of up to 1317 MHz.

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  • Graphics Engine: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
  • Video memory: 6GB GDDR5
  • CUDA cores: 2816
  • GPU clock (boosted):
    • 1317MHz (OC mode)
    • 1291MHz (gaming mode)
  • GPU clock (base)
    • 1216MHz (OC mode)
    • 1190MHz (gaming mode)
  • Memory clock: 7200MHz
  • Memory interface: 384-bit
  • Display Output: 3x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x Dual-link DVI
  • Dimensions: 11.62 x 5.44 x 2 inches

Availability and pricing information for these new ROG products was not released.

Source: ASUS ROG

November 9, 2015 | 12:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I hope all ROG switch to grey/copper. This looks so much better than black/red it's not even funny.

November 9, 2015 | 01:30 PM - Posted by ITizEasy aka Erwin` (not verified)

i sure hope so, as it would also set asus appart from all those black and red copy cats of asus rog their previous designs! and if that happends the H-frame case can also change to black and copper

November 9, 2015 | 01:48 PM - Posted by BBMan (not verified)

Sheesh. 10Gbs internet starting to roll out? Me smells 4k video streaming in the market soon.

November 9, 2015 | 03:34 PM - Posted by fvbounty

Hows that going to work with Comcast moving more and more of 300 gig caps...all it will do is mean you reach your caps quicker? LOL I just checked I was at 356 gigs last month, but for right now where not on any caps yet out here in California.

November 9, 2015 | 04:21 PM - Posted by Shambles (not verified)

10G on consumer products? Yessssss! It's starting!

November 9, 2015 | 06:15 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

10G nic is for internal to your house network not external to the internet.

November 10, 2015 | 08:44 AM - Posted by BBMan (not verified)

Even there you've got a lot of issues. Most houses will probably need to be re-wired to support this bandwidth because they are Cat5e or lower. Have you priced out switches and routers for this? The stuff that crossed my desk as 10gbps were really two 5gbps port cards because this was easier said than done.

This thing has an RJ45 on it- I used some fiber optic because of the speed.

Netflix offers 4k streaming but requires at least a 25gbps connection. GL with that. Like one person said- not a lot of systems will support the bandwidth for whole neighborhoods- let alone get 25gbps continuous for your house. For that most providers only do this speed at a premium.

What this is is a start. It's expensive right now- even for the household only. Call it 3-5 years (?) before you see this widely adopted.

November 10, 2015 | 08:48 AM - Posted by BBMan (not verified)

^^^ sorry- meant 25mbps for Netflix.

November 11, 2015 | 08:24 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

I was about to say, holy crap 25gbps!? 0.o hehe, if only!

November 10, 2015 | 08:10 PM - Posted by mLocke

still no auto-extreme motherboard

November 10, 2015 | 11:33 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Well from what iv seen Netflix 4K movies look worse then the demos on YouTube so at moment Netflix is pure Garbage the 4K shows they have look worse then 1080p content. Switched because of new 4K TV will be switch plan back to basic till they upgrade there Quality.

November 11, 2015 | 12:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

PC Authority (AUS) has the price in Aussie dollars - a quick Google conversion puts this motherboard (which doesn't include the graphics card) at about USD $810.

That's right. 800-dollar motherboard.

November 11, 2015 | 12:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

(forgot the link)
http://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/411695,asus8217s-flagship-mobo-is-the...

November 11, 2015 | 08:26 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Hmm, I did not know there were 2.5 and 5Gbps ethernet connections in the works. Might be a decent intermediate step to get some more life out of Cat5e. If this is a new installation though, I'd wire for 10Gbps and just wait to buy the 10Gbps networking gear (switches and NICs) as they are still pretty expensive!

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