by February 11, 2014 0 comments

Republic of Gamers motherboards have always carried out a good reputation among gaming and overclocking community. Continuing the trend, Asus has brought its flagship ROG model, Maximus VI Extreme. The look and design of this motherboard is nice, mostly having a combination of red and white. Layout is also top-notch, with the majority of ports and connectors located right on the edge of the PCB.

Asus Maximus VI Extreme is a full sized ATX motherboard, having L1150 socket and is based on lynxpoint (Z87) chipset. Hence, this motherboard is compatible with all versions of Haswell processors. The motherboard comes with four DDR3 memory slots and also, you can spot five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots for multi-GPU graphics configurations (NVIDIA SLI / AMD CrossFireX). There are many more things in Maximus VI, including 10 SATA 6Gbps ports, a multiple USB 3.0 header, 802.11 a/ b/g/n Wi-Fi, an HDMI output, 8-channel HD audio, a mPCI based mSATA combo card and an OC panel.

We conducted a series of benchmark tests to uncover the performance capability of the motherboard. Our test bed included windows 7 OS, 4GB RAM, QuadCore Intel Core i5-4670, 3600 MHz processor and AMD Firepro W5000 graphics card. Benchmarks scores included P4844 for 3DMark11 and 4480 for Pcmark7. In my view, these are excellent scores. Average power consumption is around (9W, 1W, 9W) for packages, IA cores and uncores, which is fine. However, temperature variation for cores is slightly on the higher side which ranges between 54 to 60 degree celcius.

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