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ASUS Z170 ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME Review! Asus Drops The Bomb!

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME

Every generation of chip-sets manufacturers carefully design and implement their Flagship offering and we wait with bated breath to see whats been put on the offering plate. The ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME is the top dog Flagship simply crammed with every feature a person can think of from micro-fine alloy chokes to the coolest of features the OC Panel. Every inch of the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME is covered with the best hardware ASUS has to offer and to many it represents the pinnacle of boards bar none. You can mate the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME with any of Intel’s Skylake chips but it is as close to a Nerd Sin as you can get if you don’t pair it with one of the “K” series Slylake chips. In a pinch the 6600K will work but to justify a board of this magnitude you really need to strap a 6700K Skylake 4.0GHz (turbos to 4.2 GHz) chip. Once you have clamped the 6700K into place and strapped your best cooling solution on it just stand back for a minute and soak up the ambiance. It’s not often you stand in front of a un-christened ASUS Flagship board.

The ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME is geared toward the hardest core enthusiasts just for starters you get Built in WI-Fi, USB 3,1, a  M.2 slot, well-heeled VRM’s to make the staunchest geek drool and support for the fastest DDR4 Dual Channel kit you can dream of. We will be running the top Skylake processor the 6700K on the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME and the boards amenities promise to give the 6700K all the infrastructure it needs to nestle down into the 1151 socket and prepare to kick some benchmark butt. Our 4 core 8 thread 92W Intel Skylake 6700K with its 14nm fab almost leaped out of our hands to get a shot at the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme.

The ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME is the most expensive of the ROG boards and that’s no surprise to any previous “Extreme” owners, the ASUS Extremes generally run in the $500 price range and the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME is no exception spotted at $499 with free shipping the board is already sold out at some vendors (at the time of writing) and in low supply on other vendors. With major vendors unable to keep the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME on the shelf that should tell you a lot about the board itself.

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ASUS has been going through a transformation with its ROG boards deviating from the traditional ROG RED to a black PCB with grey PCI-e slots, light grey heatsinks with ROG Red accents sprinkle around the board.

Specifications Table

For quick Reference we’ve dropped a specifications table for you to gander at in case you need to verify a feature or two before opening the wallet for one of these beauties.

ASUS
MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME

CPU

Intel Socket 1151 for
6th Generation Core i7/ i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors

Supports Intel 14 nm
CPU

Supports Intel Turbo
Boost Technology 2.0

Chipset

Intel Z170 Express

RAM

4x DIMM, Max. 64GB,
DDR4 3866(O.C) MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory

Dual Channel Memory
Architecture

Supports Intel
Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Storage

Intel Z170 chipset :

1x M.2 x4 Socket 3,
with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both
SATA & PCIE mode)

6x SATA 6Gb/s ports,
gray

2x SATA Express ports

1x U.2 port

Support Raid 0, 1, 5,
10

Intel Rapid Storage
Technology

Intel Smart Response
Technology

ASMedia ASM1061
controller
:

2x SATA 6Gb/s ports)
black

Graphics

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

3x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
(x16 or dual x8 or x8/x4/x4, gray)

1x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
(x4 mode, gray)

2x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1
(black)

Audio

ROG SupremeFX 2015
8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC

– SupremeFX Shielding
Technology

– ESS ES9023P DAC

– TI RC4580 2VRMS
audio OP AMPs

– Gold-plated jacks

– DTS Connect

– Optical S/PDIF out
port

– Sonic SenseAmp

– Sonic Studio II

– Sonic Radar II

Interfaces

1x PS/2
keyboard/mouse combo port

1x DisplayPort

1x HDMI

1x LAN (RJ45) port

1x USB 3.1
(black)Type-C

3x USB 3.1 (red)Type-A

4x USB 3.0 (blue)

1x Optical S/PDIF out

5x Audio jacks

1x Clear CMOS button

1x USB BIOS Flashback
Button

1x ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS)

Form Factor

Extended ATX (EATX)

12 inch x 10.7 inch (
30.5 cm x 27.2 cm )

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