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ASUS Maximus V Extreme Review

Rey Basti

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The ASUS Maximus V Extreme is perfectly made for hard core gamers and overclockers. This board belongs to the Republic of Gamers series from ASUS that will take you to the next level of your gaming experience. Asus brings some of the best motherboards previously and the ROG family is not new in this category. Extreme gamers and enthusiasts can expect many state of the art features and the performance level of it is exceptional.

The board supports the latest Ivy Bridge processor from Intel in socket 1155 platform and fully backward compatible with the older Sandy Bridge processor. The Maximus V Extreme is made of Z77 chipset with LucidLogix Virtu MVP features in which capable of combining the iGP and the discrete GPU for optimum graphics performance.

The Looks And Connectivity

The board looks bad in its conventional Republic of Gamers scheme that perfectly blends in red and black color. The voltage regulator circuitry of the board has a huge heatsink on top of it so that it can handle massive heat under stressed conditions.

There are four DIMM slot provided also in red and black that supports DDR3 up to 32GB of 2800MHz memory sticks. It provides a full blown PCIe 3.0 slot in red for a total of four in x16 speed and the remaining black at the center runs at x4. You can also notice the mini PCIe slot.

The back I/O panel is fully loaded with highly usable ports for enthusiast who doesn’t want to get short on it. Starting with the PS/2 keyboard-mouse port, display port, HDMI, Thunderbolt port, 4x USB 3.0, 4x USB 2.0, LAN port, S/PDIF out, CMOS clear button, ROG connect on-off switch and five audio ports to complete the roundup.

Great Features

The ASUS Maximus V Extreme is overloaded with overclocking features to bring the best possible out of it. These are the Extreme Engine DIGI + VRM components, the ROG OC key, ROG Connect, VGA Hotwire and the Subzero sense.

In addition to that is the Thunderbolt for blazing fast data transfer. The mPCI-E combo card provides the mSATA SSD port that fully supports the Intel’s Smart Response Technology, you also have the WiFi 802.11 and the Bluetooth v4.0 on this add-on card.

Some of the best features from ASUS are the USB 3.0 Boost, Fan Xpert2, USB BIOS Flashback, GPU/DIMM POST, ASUS Gamefirst II, SLI/CrossFireX support, LucidLogix Virtu MVP, MemTweakit, ROG CPU-Z and the famous UEFI BIOS are all found in this amazing board.


The ASUS Maximus V Extreme is truly an exceptional motherboard made for those whose looking for an extreme gaming rig. ASUS does hammering all great features in this board with bad intensions to break the records. Overclocking this board makes them simple with a single click of the mouse while the maximum possible OC it can achieve is unbelievably at 6.6GHz. Therefore, if you’re searching for an extreme performance this is it.

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