Thursday , 14 January 2021

ASUS Maximus XI Extreme: Z390 with all the things!

For Gaming benchmarks, We chose to consolidate to key newer titles and consolidate them on to targeted pages for easier navigation and less work for you to find what you need. Below are all gaming showing how these parts stack up. Please keep in mind that all systems are running a stock Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider just launched and I must say, the game is beautiful. It should be a worthy stress test and a validation point for newer GPUs. It is also worth mentioning if you didn’t catch it on the list, but it will be employing some of the new RTX card features soon which means it will look even better!

Here with Shadow of the Tomb Raider we see that 4K is even as there’s all load on GPU and CPU is not the bottleneck in any way. Once you drop to 1440P and 1080p we see a shape form. MSI takes the lead with the Maximus in 2nd and the Gigabyte picking up the rear.


Far Cry has been a great series of games and the newest takes on a cult-like group in the rural USA. This entry into the Far Cry franchise has some great visuals and can definitely put your GPU to work being a much newer game.

Far Cry 5 we see more of the same with MSI leading the pack by a very thin but sustainable margin.


Ashes of the singularity


Ashes of the singularity technically should be in the synthetic benchmark page at this point as I think it has become the running joke in the reviewer circles as being basically the only game that nobody ever plays but is always benchmarked.

Here we see that the CPU benchmark shows ASUS ahead in every resolution by a slim lead.  Move to the GPU benchmark and things change a bit with MSI steadily carrying the lead for 1080p and 1440P with only 4K ASUS surpassing them.

Middle Earth: Shadow of War



Shadow of War is more of the same with all platforms standing on each other’s toes so it comes down to a features race.


Civilization VI AI Benchmark

Civilization VI is a great game turn based and it can be very long and methodical. This may raise the question of how this is a proper benchmark, but as it has an AI benchmark which measures your systems speed at processing turns in the game it suddenly becomes clear why we chose it.

here you can see that the Maximus trails the pack here on this compute test as it tests how quickly it can make an average turn calculation. It may be within error margin but once again it’s repeatable.

Forza Motorsports 7



Forza is our racing game entry and a great one at that as it has been worked on to make some great DX12 performance along with a visually stunning and fun to play game. The Forza series has generated an almost cult-like following and for good reason.

WithForzaa we see that average FPS are very good on all 3 boards tested. This means that you will have a great gameplay experience should you mirror our setup. But there is no real clear advantage on these boards.


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  1. I seem to be having a bit of a situation with this board and I thought you might be able to help. It would seem that somewhere I’m not sure if it’s in the Bios or if it’s on the board that for an m.2 slot there’s a switch between usb and pcie. Currently mine is at usb and I would like to change it pcie.

    Thanks if you can help.

    Also I was wondering if I upgrade the BIOS does it change all the settings back to default?

    • Normally I would save a BIOS profile before flashing and set it to defaults to relieve the variable which may cause a bad flash.

      Also, there is no USB signal at all going to an M.2 slot, can you please further explain what you are referring to?

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