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ASUS Maximus V Extreme review: ultimate Z77 board for overclockers

Asus' flagship motherboard tested

The Maximus V Extreme is ASUS' flagship Z77 motherboard, and that's reflected by its £310 price tag. That's actually about £45 more than you can spend on the most high-end Ivy Bridge CPU. Fortunately you do get something for your money. ASUS has pretty much added any feature that could be even remotely useful for overclockers, which is also the intended audience for this board. See all: Components reviews.

Not long ago Hardware.Info published a round-up of 32 motherboards with the Intel Z77 chipset suitable for Ivy Bridge processors. The ASUS Maximus V Extreme was not yet available at the time even though it's one of those motherboards than cannot be left out of a serious round-up. Now they finally got around to it, and compared it to the other 32 boards they tested. Visit: Upgrade Advisor.

The Maximus V Extreme is ASUS' flagship Z77 motherboard, and that's reflected by its £310 price tag. That's actually about £45 more than you can spend on the most high-end Ivy Bridge CPU. Fortunately you do get something for your money. ASUS has pretty much added any feature that could be even remotely useful for overclockers, which is also the intended audience for this board. The somewhat more affordable Maximus V Formula board is aimed at gamers. The SupremeFX sound card and optional ThunderFX module on that Formula board are not present on the Extreme. Instead, the Extreme has lots of other features you won't find on the Formula, or most other Z77 boards for that matter.

The Maximus V Extreme is the Z77 counterpart of the X79 Rampage IV Extreme motherboard with Socket 2011. All of the new and unique features ASUS introduced with that motherboard are also present on this new Socket 1155 board. It's these features that justify the claim of it being the "ultimate Z77 motherboard for extreme overclockers", and are unrivalled by the competitors.

On the other hand, the motherboard seems to suffer a bit from a split personality. It has numerous features that only overclockers will use, and it has lots of features that only normal computer users would use, and there isn’t much overlap here. To find out how this impacts the performance and usefulness of this motherboard, check out the full review on Hardware.Info.

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