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Asus Maximus VI Extreme (Z87) Review

Box, Accessories, and Board:



ASUS always seems to use a very simplistic design with their ROG boards, however on this one they are also highlighting the OC Panel.



All the accessories out in the open, there are actually quite a lot.

  • User’s manual
  • I/O Shield
  • 10 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
  • 1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
  • 1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
  • 1 x 4-Way SLI bridge(s)
  • 1 x SLI bridge(s)
  • 1 x CrossFire cable(s)
  • 1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1) 
  • 1 x ROG Connect cable(s)
  • 1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
  • 1 x mPCIe Combo II card(s) with dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS module
  • 1 x ROG Magnet
  • – 1 x OC Panel(s) 
  • – 1 x OC Panel 5.25-inch bay metal case
  • – 1 x OC Panel Cable(s)




This is the already famous OC Panel and also we have a shot of the included AC WiFi/BT 4.0 and mPCIe device.



An up-close shot of the mPCIe Combo II card(s) with dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS module.



The I/O Panel has everything an overclocker might need including PS/2 as well as some USB 2.0 ports and a ClearCMOS button. The ROG connect button is here as well but since OC Key is a thing of the past, there is little use for it.

  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
  • 6 x USB 3.0 (blue)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to ROG Connect)
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
  • 6 x Audio jack(s)
  • 1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
  • 1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)


This is the motherboard and all its might. The heatsinks give it a fashionable edge, they almost look like wings or feathers. The PCI-E layout will be covered later, but in general this board can run with a PLX bypass for the first slot, and run 8x/8x SLI/CF without any PLX chip, but also run 3-way and 4-way with the PLX chip. There are 8 fan headers and 10 SATA 3.0 ports as well as a single USB 3.0 header in a perfect position.


The board has an interesting PCI-E layout, there is also an extra PCI-E power plug for GPU power. A 4x slot is also useful for BCLK overclocking as the PCI-E lanes from the PCH never go over 100mhz.


Here we can see the 8+4 Pin CPU Power connectors as well as the connector for the mPCIe Combo device that is included.


These are some of the OC features including the POST code and PCI-E disable switches. Voltage read points are also located here, but they are not connectors, just pads.


This button is a DirectKey button which will go into the BIOS upon booting so that the user doesn’t need to press the “delete/F2” key over and over.


BIOS Switch is located in the lower right hand corner, and above it are the 10 SATA 3.0 ports. The four lowest ones are powered by the ASM1061 controllers.

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