ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅21-05-11

Casual overclockers will adore the Maximus IV Extreme. As we have shown briefly the BIOS is a dream to work with. Not only is it user-friendly thanks to UEFI, but it has so many customisable options inside that it will satisfy all levels of user – from the novice right through to the extreme user.

In every benchmark we ran on the Maximus IV Extreme it managed to take top spot every time. Some of the performance gains were quite small in comparison to rival motherboards but in a considerable amount of the benchmarks Maximus IV Extreme took a significant lead showing superior quality and great consistency.

Just browsing over the feature-set will entice even the amateur enthusiast. Being within the Republic of Gamers (ROG) family the Maximus IV Extreme carries with it countless features that are absent from other motherboards on the market. To name just a few: voltage headers for use with multi-meter, LED debug, LN2 mode for avoiding the cold-bug, PCIe x16 switches to channel more power to graphics cards, Quad CrossfireX/3-Way SLI support, 8 x USB3.0 ports on the I/O panel and up to 9 x fan headers dotted around the board. That isn’t including a number of other features either, as you can appreciate this board is laden with features and will present overclockers and gamers with a fun-packed playground of activities to indulge in.

Priced at approximately £280 inc .VAT the Maximus IV Extreme is undoubtedly one of the most expensive Sandy Bridge motherboards on the market. The numerous features and performance results we have revealed truly show this as “the cream of the crop”. You will be hard pushed to find a motherboard of its calibre out there but the question on everyone’s mind is – is it really worth nigh on almost £300? Well for those who are demanding the best – nothing else touches the Maximus IV Extreme in the P67 range. It may be quite a premium, but you get what you pay for!

Having a ROG board is always going to cost you but it’s about being part of an exclusive club. Features that are executed with absolute precision and classy implementations make it a top pick.

Bottom line is: The Maximus IV Extreme offers features and performance unlike any other motherboard using the Intel P67 chipset. It will satisfy the needs of both the gamer and overclocker, novice and extreme user. If you want the best, here it is!

+ Aggressive styling
+ Great overclocks
+ Numerous innovative features
+ Best performing P67 motherboard
+ Quad CrossfireX and 3-Way SLI
+ 8 USB3.0 ports on I/O panel

- Expensive
- Not very energy efficient

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