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
Summary: While I liked the Maximus IV Extreme a lot, I have to admit that it isn’t perfect. I’d like to see a better eSATA controller than the JMicron 362. It’s lousy, but likely not a deal breaker for many possible buyers. I also had some slightly odd behavior out of the Intel NICs. I’m not really sure what the deal is. I wonder if it’s latency generated by the nForce 200MCP.
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.
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.
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
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.
[Review] Gigabyte P67A-UD7 VS ASUS Maximus IV Extreme – Battle of the Titans!
27 January 2011
Conclusion: What we’re faced with today are two excellent choices for a new Intel P67 based system. Both boards are packed with features and high end components. However, if you are looking for the best in this segment, the final verdict is in. The Maximus IV Extreme already earned the TechREACTION Gold Silicon Award, and after this thorough comparison with one if its most important rivals, it’s obvious that the award was well deserved.
Excerpt: When it comes to new PC components, odes to awesomeness are often overwrought. But take it from us, Intel's new Sandy Bridge desktop processors proved worthy of our finest prose. The Intel Core i5-2500K and Intel Core i7-2600K chips are preposterously quick. Of course, to get the best out of them what you need is a damn fine motherboard. For example, the Asus Maximus IV Extreme RoG.