From this section onwards, our readers will see that the M5G is no run-of-the-mill mATX offering, but actually a very capable platform for extreme overclocking scenarios.

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Unlike the bottom barrel components usually deployed on SFF motherboards, the CPU 8+4 phase (CPU and Uncore) VRM setup is virtually identical to the one found on the more prestigious Maximus V Extreme, which speaks volumes about its intent. An 8-pin EPS connector also supply a large current to the CPU.

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TrenchMOS FETs are used here, with NXP 7030AL on the high and NXP 5030AL on the low side,. Each pair is capable of 53A @ 100C, more than enough for any kind of overclocking.

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Like on recent boards, ASUS's industry leading DIGI+ PWMs (rebranded CHiLs) are capable of very precise digital control and monitoring of the MOSFETs to prevent unhappy blue smoke accidents during intense loads.

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Voltage probe points for the common overclocking parameters are provided here, although we would have preferred them to be socketed so that they can be hooked up to a multimeter for extended monitoring. Pressing the red GO button on the left also allows a user-defined overclocking profile to be loaded during boot time.

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