- Slot: LGA1151
- CPU: Intel Z170
- RAM Slots: 4
- RAM Type: DDR 4 (Dual Channel)
- Ports: USB 3.0 x4, USB 3.1 x2, USB 2.0 x2, HDMI x2, DisplayPort x1
- Others: OC Panel x1
- Size: ATX
- Benchmark Results
- PCMark 8 (Home): 4,332 points
- PCMark 8 (Creative): 4,485 points
- PCMark 8 (Work): 3,921 points
Take It To The Extreme
Intel’s brand new Skylake processors have opened up new horizons as far as enthusiast modders and newbies alike, and with that in mind, ASUS is announcing their most ridiculous motherboard yet, filled to the brim with bells and whistles you didn’t even know you wanted with the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme.
The Maximus VIII Extreme sports four DDR4 DIMMs, capable of supporting up to 64GBs of DDR4 RAM, which can be overclocked to a whopping 3,866MHz, six SATA 3.0 ports, with additional ports coming from SATA Express, an M.2 SATA Socket 3 port, and four PCIE 3.0 ports, capable of supporting quad-SLI and CrossFireX multi-GPU configurations.
The board sports overclocking features such as the ASUS Pro Clock technology, which allows users to ramp up the processor’s Base Clock (BCLK) to over 400MHz from its base 100MHz, whilst overclocking an Intel Core i7 processor from 4.2GHz right up to 5.2GHz in a single click.
Whilst the option is always there for users to manually overclock their processors from the excellent UEFI BIOS page, users can also opt to do so on their desktop thanks to the 5-Way Optimisation software directly on your Windows desktop.
Overclocking your memory is also one of the most tedious things to do, especially when you’re new at it, but ASUS has enhanced its RAM slots with the second-generation T-Topology, featuring a customized trace layout for reduced crosstalk and coupling noise, ensuring time-aligned signal transfer for improved memory stability and compatibility.
As with previous versions of the Maximus VIII Extreme, the board comes with a unit of the ASUS OC Panel II. This panel provides real-time monitoring of your PC’s vitals, including CPU temperature, ratios, base clock and fan speeds. In Overclocking Mode, it gives easy access to ASUS ROG-only features such as Subzero Sense, VGA Hotwire, Slow Mode and Pause Switch. You also have direct access to two PWM and two full-speed fan headers, as well as remote power and reset buttons.
Performance-wise, the motherboard performs extremely well, as can be expected. We managed to overclock our processor to almost 5.0GHz without tinkering too much with the voltage levels, and just adjusting the BCLK numbers. With more time and customised cooling solutions meant for overclocking, breaching the 5.2GHz barrier won’t be too difficult.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme is meant for overclocking enthusiasts and gamers who demand the best out of their computers day-in and day-out.
(previously published in issue November 2015)