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    Motherboard Review ASUS Maximus VI Extreme

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    With a new desktop platform Intel, Motherboard manufacturers have seriously upgraded their line of devices, offering a variety of solutions for processors with Intel Core architecture of the 4th generation. Symbolically review of the models for the Haswell chips we start with a series of flagship Republic Of Gamers - ASUS Maximus VI Extreme.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme Is based on the Intel Z87 chipset and is the top model in the line of iconic products Republic Of Gamers. It is interesting that the charge is made in the form factor ATX, whereas predecessor offered in the format of Extended ATX. More compact size expands the potential pool of cases in which you can put together a system with extreme motherboard.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    After becoming leaner, the board has not lost its grip overclock. The power subsystem Extreme Engine Digi + III Is made of 10-phase scheme (8 +2). Thus it includes energy-efficient assembly NextFET, special inductors BlackWing, capable of working with currents up to 60 A, and also resistant to high temperature capacitors Japanese Black Metallic, having extended shelf life.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    The board has four slots for memory modules, which allow to increase the total memory up to 32 GB. At the same DIMM connectors for wiring done by the so-called T-topology of the 2nd generation, which, according to the manufacturer of the modules allows for higher clock frequencies.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    Nuances of note that the connectors are one-sided fixation, it becomes important stuff, given the large number of full-length expansion slots.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    For additional power connection on the board, a pair of jacks EATX12V. Eight-one and one four-contact.

    The cooling system components VRM enough headroom. Large radiator cover assembly MOSFET, as well as a heat pipe connected to another cooling in the central part of the board. Under it is chip PLX8747, also requiring additional cooling. Looking ahead, we note that the large size of coolers give the result. After the maximum overclocking air cooler under load MOSFET radiators in an open testbed heated only up to 43-45 degrees.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    Such a construction literally surrounds the CPU socket, so when choosing a cooler to take into account the size of the available area for mounting plates. Pressure plate for fixing the radiator block Thermalright Archon Rev. A established in this case literally tightly with the VRM heatsinks and chips

    PLX.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    Intel Z87 chipset is expected near the SATA connectors and covered with dimensional aluminum radiator, excluding the overheating of the chip.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    Part of the power of elements placed on the back of PCB, covered with aluminum plates. As for fixing the radiator, as in all other cases, use the screw fixing.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    The configuration of the expected expansion slots for the card at this level. The PCB connectors placed five full-length PCI Express x16, and one PCI Expess x4. Certainly, the board allows you to create mnogoadapternye configuration, and at the same time, you can use up to four graphics cards with chips from NVIDIA or AMD.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    When you install multiple adapters manufacturer recommends connecting additional power to prevent voltage drop on the bus. To do this, the board provides six-pin connector EZ-Plug. During major experiments with multiple graphics cards may be useful DIP-switch, which can isolate the full-length slots. In this case, no need to remove the adapters themselves.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    Maximus VI Extreme literally littered with various accessories to facilitate life passionate enthusiasts. Power button and reset the system are perceived as due. Button MemOK! to order the memory timings also became a frequent companion by ASUS. The Contact Group ProbeIt can ping the voltages are interested in using a multimeter, and the user is given a wide range of key components.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    The board placed two BIOS chips while to switch between them using a separate button, placed in the corner of the PCB. Despite the overlap, chips themselves placed in a removable socket. Given the likely scenarios fees, such caution does not seem excessive.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    The special features of the model is also rated the presence of connector TB-Header, required for an external Thunderbolt controller from ASUS. DirectKey button enables you to securely boot to get into the shell of UEFI, bypassing the hated procedure repeatedly pressing the Del key after passing POST'a. Toggle switch, activating the function FastBoot will speed up system boot, eliminating some of the steps.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    Segment Display Q-Code will help sort out the situation, if there were any of the system is booted. Fan connectors on the motherboard are eight four-connectors. Pair for the CPU cooler, and six corps. In this case, next to the last three available connectors for connecting temperature sensors whose evidence may be taken into account when adjusting the speed of connected fans. Unfortunately, thermocouplethemselvesarenotincluded.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    One of the most interesting options motherboard Maximus VI Extreme - Plug-OC Panel, Equipped with a screen and a set of control keys. Use it to monitor various indicators of the system, including CPU temperature, fan speed, system bus speed, multiplier, the supply voltages of various units, and manage many of these parameters. To connect the unit will need to connect a special interface cable, power cable and SATA-devices.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    It is noteworthy that the OC Panel can be used not only in the open stand, as is often the case with a variety of optional equipment to disperse. In this case, the module can be placed in a 5.25-inch drive bay housing, pre-installing a complete bracket.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    With a clear focus overclockers, the board did not had at its disposal corporate audio solution Asus SupremeFX, but in this case using a new codec Realtek ALC1150, performance is improved because the sound quality is up to standard.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    Network Ethernet-interface is organized by Gigabit from Intel. But for wireless networks using a discrete module MPCIe Combo II, Having on board controller is dual-band Wi-Fi with support for protocols up to 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. In addition, the board includes a socket Socket M2, designed for use with miniature solid-state drives new format NGFF. Such devices are still not widely used because it is more for the future. Note that when you install a portable SSD is one of the SATA ports will be available, while complaining about the total number of channels of the interface in this case just do not have.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    The disk subsystem can have up to 10 drives. This number of Serial ATA ports are placed at the edge of the PCB. Six channels provides chipset Intel Z87, four more accessible thanks to a pair of controllers from ASMedia. Note that in this case we are talking about a link from 6Gb / c, excluding the loss of speed when connecting the fastest drives. On the drive activity reports next to the LED connector, which is handy when working on the open bench.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    The interface panel of the board is well equipped. There is a reset button of CMOS-RAM, as well as key activate ROG Connect Platform Management from another PC. For peripherals has six USB 3.0 ports and a pair of USB 2.0. Also on the panel has an Ethernet jack and two HDMI digital video output and DisplayPort. They found a place for the combined PS / 2 connector. To connect the speakers are six audiokonnektorov and digital optical S / PDIF.

    Scope of delivery

    Fee pleasantly surprised expanded set of accessories. The package includes a detailed guide and driver CD, ten interface cables Serial ATA, cable ROG Connect, adapters Q-Connector, the plug on the rear wall of the housing, bridges and CrossFire SLI, as well as adapters to combine three or four video cards with chips NVIDIA.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    The kit also has a module mPCIe Combo II, an external antenna to boost the signal of wireless networks, the unit OC Panel, as well as the interface cable to connect it and bracket for installation in a compartment housing. Of note useful things set of labels for the interface connectors and a magnet with the logo of a series of gaming devices.

    In

    ASUS motherboards based on Intel chipsets eighth series received an updated GUI

    UEFI. Fortunately, conceptually it has not changed much, because the previous version was quite

    Successful, and improve something good always easy. However,

    Thedevelopershavecopedwiththetask.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    Of interesting options appeared mention a convenient way to set the time and date. Also welcome the appearance of the section of My Favorites, which you can collect the most common options. Moreover, the transfer of the necessary parameters is easy. Simply choose the desired item, press the right mouse button and confirm your selection. It is useful opportunity to make brief notes for reminders, as well as access to the Journal of the changes that may be useful during a serial configuration of the system.

    The total number of options available to satisfy the most discerning enthusiast, and may even scare some novice users, but the latter have EZ Mode displays with basic functionality.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    Thoroughly upgraded firmware application AI Suite 3, You can configure various settings of the operating system platform. The new utility not only looks more cohesive, but also allows you to adjust more parameters than before.

    Acceleration

    Exploring the potential of a test copy of the processor Core i7-4770K, after increasing the voltage to 1.23 V, the clock frequency of the chip is able to raise up to 4500 MHz, and, given the increasing multipliers, which acquired processors Haswell, a final figure can be obtained in several ways.

    Of course, overclocking with air cooler for this platform is only the beginning. The possibilities are limited only by card cooling system efficiency.

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme review

    With the proper level of training and a good supply of liquid nitrogen, the model allows crept close to 7 gigahertz, which we have witnessed during the official Presentation of new things ruler Republic Of Gamers at Computex 2013.

    The results

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme Confirms the status of the flagship motherboard for the new platform Intel. The top model ASUS, in addition to well-equipped, has a great set of tools for overclocking. When this module is supplied OC Panel facilitate system configuration as the open bench or after assembly of the PC chassis. The expected price of $ 440 will automatically detect the device in the category of "not for everyone". This model is charged to set overclocking world records. Given the very recent announcement of the new platform and processor architecture Haswell, there is still something to strive for and where to turn.

    Liked

    + Extended Functionality + Well equipped + OC Panel Module

    + Block mPCIe Combo II c controller Wi-Fi 802.11ac

    + Improved shell UEFI

    + Support for 4-way SLI / CrossFireX

    Do not like it

    - Highest Price

    - Feature radiator design

    A device for testing is provided by ASUS, www. asus. com

    ASUS Maximus VI Extreme

    Motherboard

    CPU slot

    Socket 1150

    Chipset

    Intel Z87

    ChipsetCooler

    Radiator

    VRM cooling

    Radiator

    Built-inVideo

    IntegratedIntelprocessor

    PCI

    -

    PCI Express x4

    1

    PCI Express x1

    -

    Msgs. interface

    5xPCI-E 3.0x16 (x16, x8/x8, x8/x16/x8, x8/x16/x8/x8)

    DIMM

    4xDDR3 DIMM 3000 MHz up to 32 GB

    IDE (Parallel ATA) (chipset / add. Controller)

    -

    Serial ATA (chip / add. Controller)

    -

    SATA Revision 3.0 (chip / add. Controller)

    6/4

    Themainpowerconnector

    24 +8

    Extrapower

    1x6pin EZ_PLUG, 1x4pin EZ_PLUG

    FAN

    8

    S / PDIF

    + (Output)

    Audiokodek

    Realtek ALC1150 (7.1)

    Ethernet

    Intel I217V GbE

    SATA

    -

    SATA Revision 3.0

    ASMedia ASM1061

    PATA

    -

    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)

    -

    USB 3.0

    ASMedia

    LAN

    1

    ESATARev. 2.0

    -

    ESATARev. 3.0

    -

    Audio

    6

    S / PDIF-Out (Coaxial / Optical)

    - / 1

    Thunderbolt

    -

    MonitorOutputs

    1xHDMI, 1xDisplayPort

    USB 1.1/2.0

    4/2 (4-port) / -

    USB 3.0

    6/1 (2 ports) / -

    IEEE 1394 (FireWire)

    -

    COM

    -

    Game / MIDI

    -

    LPT

    -

    IDE

    -

    SATA interface / power supply, devices

    10 / -

    FormFactor

    ATX, 305h244 mm

    Support two or more graphics cards

    NVIDIA 4-Way SLI and AMD 4-Way CrossFireX

    Support for RAID

    0/1/5/10

    Wi-Fiadapter

    Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2,4 / 5 GHz)

    UEFI Support

    +

    Miscellanea

    Compatible with Windows 8, solid capacitors, components Extreme Engine Digi + III, mPCIe Combo II, Bluetooth 4.0, OC Panel - panel to monitor and adjust in real time




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