Summary: We've all heard the old adage of "saving the best for last" and with the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme, such a saying couldn't be any more true. I've been running a Socket 1155 test system since Sandy Bridge was released in January 2011 and as I prepare to transition to a Sandy Bridge-E X79 system in the very near future, this will likely be the last 1155 board I work with.
Summary: If you're a hard core overclocker, the Maximus IV Extreme P67 ROG motherboard will provide you with all of the tools you could ever need to squeeze every last drop of performance out of your hardware. If you are merely an inquisitive enthusiast, it will give you the tools to take your components to the next level.
Pros: » Includes all the bells and whistles, » Strong performance, » Plethora of overclocking options, » 10 full USB 3.0 ports, » 4 full size PCI Express x16 slots for greater expandability and performance
Cons: » Price, » Extended ATX size may not fit all ATX chassis
Excerpt: ASUS expands its Intel based Republic of Gamers line once again with the Maximus IV Extreme. This motherboard has a lot to live up to as each Maximus before this was nothing short of excellent and quite possibly the best motherboards available at the time of release. The Maximus IV Extreme continues the tradition and exceeds expectations.
Summary: ASUS expands its Intel based Republic of Gamers line once again with the Maximus IV Extreme. This motherboard has a lot to live up to as each Maximus before this was nothing short of excellent and quite possibly the best motherboards available at the time of release. The Maximus IV Extreme continues the tradition and exceeds expectations.
Conclusion: The Maximus IV Extreme is an excellent board and performs very well with many pluses that cannot be denied. The board overclocks within the blink of an eye, though most P67/Z68 boards do as well–this is an architectural benefit. This leaves all board makers in a stalemate of sorts as their only option is to offer better features, which is what the Republic of Gamers line is known for.
Summary: The ROG Maximus IV Extreme is a very unique motherboard that combines many of the enthusiast features that overclockers want with the mainstream stability that gamers and computer users demand. The majority of that comes from the technology that ASUS has included with virtually all of their mainstream motherboards. Digi+ VRM is a great example of a power delivery system that can be tuned for power efficiency or unleashed to support a wide variety of overclocking...
Pros: Red and Black Color Scheme, PCI Express Disable Switches, Excellent BIOS Support, 3-Way GPU Support, Support Community, LN2 Switch for ColdBug, Lots of ROG Features
Cons: Small PWM based on competition, Heatspreader on back of board gets quite warm
Conclusion: As has already been mentioned, the board is chock full of features. The question you need to ask is do you need these features? Are you the type of user who loves to push hardware beyond the extreme, play with exotics like Liquid Nitrogen and don’t mind burning a card or two while setting that all important benchmark record than this product is for you.
Excerpt: While a lot of the recent motherboard news has come from the Intel Z68 chipset and the new AMD 990FX one, the original Sandy Bridge P67 chipset from Intel is still very dominant on the market.
Summary: The ASUS Maximus IV Extreme is an incredible motherboard with features galore. Features that we have only come to see from a company such as ASUS, from their years of providing this select consumer market just what they want. The M4E may not be for the masses, but for the overclocker and bencher this is definitely a must have motherboard, even if it is only to do extreme benching.
Summary: The ASUS Maximus IV Extreme P67 Motherbaord is a feature-packed motherboard that offers great flexibility and options to the user to adjust and push the performance level even further in a very convenient manner.
Motherboards that carry the Republic of Gamers brand come with a certain level of expectation and, similar to movies, sequels are often at risk of being bloated as the impulse is usually to throw everything to the update, making it grander than the last.
Pros: Extreme Engine DIGI+, MemOK!, CrashFree BIOS, ASUS AI Suite II Software, ASUS C.P.R., LN2 Mode, PCI-E x16 Lane Switch, 10 USB 3.0 (Front and Rear), ROG Connect, ProbeIt Measurement Points, Component Overheat Protection, Q-Reset, Q-LED, On-board switches, Bluetooth 2.1+HDR Accessory Card, Clear CMOS button, GPU DIMM Post, Marvell 9128 SATA6Gb/s Controller, Dual Gigabit LAN, Optimal PCIe/NF200 Implementation, EFI BIOS