Last month we looked at the much coveted Maximus V Formula and today we have another board from the ASUS Republic of Gamers team in our hands. Featuring 4-way GPU support and an elaborate host of overclocker centric features in an extended ATX form factor, could the Maximus V Extreme be the Z77 motherboard that hardcore Ivy Bridge enthusiasts have been waiting for?

Last month we looked at the much coveted Maximus V Formula and today we have another board from the ASUS Republic of Gamers team in our hands. Featuring 4-way SLi/CrossfireX support and a host of overclocker centric features in an extended ATX form factor, could the Maximus V Extreme be the Z77 motherboard that hardcore Ivy Bridge enthusiasts have been waiting for?

Here we have the box of the Maximus V Extreme, which includes a flip-open section highlighting some of the features of the motherboard and specifications.

 

The package includes accessories like SATA cables and wireless antennas and the mandatory documentation and driver CD.

 

First introduced with the X79 Rampage IV Extreme, one of the key attraction of ASUS's top Z77 offering is the "OC Key", a pass-through dongle which adds a menu overlay on the active DVI display signal to adjust usual overclocking parameters, without incurring any precious CPU interrupts. The latest version also allows direct trigger of OC Key without touching the ROG Connect button on the motherboard and can monitor actual CPU load with the amount of electrical current supplied.

One minor drawback is that it only supports up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz (our Dell 30-inch native resolution is 2560×1600), due to the fact that it takes single link DVI only.

 

Also found on the other Z77 ROG Formula/Gene boards, the bundled mPCIe combo card comes with a mSATA expansion slot and a wireless module capable of Wi-Fi 802.11 AGBN + Bluetooth 4.0.

 

In addition to the standard ribbon cables for CrossFireX and SLi, ASUS has also bundled convenient 3-way and 4-way SLi hard bridges for multi-GPU operation.

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