Along with the bathing season, the summer hardware launch season has also begun and includes many products for all market segments of the desktop and laptop world. We saw this month Processors Cheap for low cost gamers, we saw Processors Most serious just yesterday, and now there are the accompanying products.
Today we focus on the most serious and prestigious top end product that the hardware and computers giant have Asus. We love this critique for the hard core that enjoys the existence of exotic hardware, even if it can't always afford it, much like the luxury car and sports market today. How about a product that is so heavily engineered, and priced like a whole average gaming computer itself?
Of the various motherboards of Asus, The gaming brand ROG (R.T. Republic of Gamers) Gained a serious reputation even when we first heard about it, about 14 years ago. The philosophy behind it ROG It has always been "this is the flagship of hardware of all kinds" and Asus seems to stick with it, as any product has a brand ROG Contains fairly advanced features.
Under ROG the motherboards with the name Maximus are always the most advanced to be found in the mainstream, with the name Rampage keeping Asus to the Extreme. Those of AMD In the mainstream, they got the name Crosshair while those of the Extreme got the name Zenith.
God-Extreme The hardware product has always been enthusiastic about it, even if there were not always justifiable reasons. HWzone has a longstanding relationship with these motherboards. Each time a new set of chip sets is released, there is also a new set of Maximus. The first was the X38 chipset in the LGA775 bracket. Since then, each advanced chipset has received its own Maximus.
These are all things that come in packaging, except the motherboard itself. To even begin to understand what's in this huge set, let's start with the big things:
- כרטיס Thunderbolt 3
- DIMM card.2 for installing two SSDs
- Fan control card
- Fan for heatsink
- Phillips screwdriver
- 6 SATA Cables
- 2 Mini DisplayPort cables
- Extensions for fan connections
- Wifi antenna
- Three temperature sensors
- Disk and Key Drivers And tools
This is a very worthwhile kit, considering that there is a ticket here Thunderbolt 3 and other serious equipment.
This expansion card is capable of delivering 40Gbps data through its Type-C interfaces along with power from the socket and its 6PIN socket (the same one that can be found on video cards). The Mini Displayport inputs are so that the display can also exit this card via Type-C. A cable that comes in the kit can connect the built-in or dedicated video card in the system to theThunderbolt this.
If 12 existing fans on the motherboard itself are insufficient, there is a fan card that includes power and data input, along with inputs RGB For connecting 6 additional fans.
This is what the Asus Z490 flagship looks like in all its glory. The XII Extreme is an EATX motherboard with dimensions of 30.5 cm wide by 27.7 cm high. This means that it may enter a number of packages that do not officially support this standard. Of course you have to make sure of that in advance. The motherboard is covered with my body Cooling Made of cast aluminum with tremendous surface area, which makes it particularly heavy.
The PCI-Express interfaces that the XII Extreme leaves are mainly for the Thunderbolt card (upper) and two for video cards since the motherboard supports SLI's NVIDIA And CrossFireX's AMD. Using the screwdriver provided in the kit, the large heat sink can be dismantled and two M.2 drives installed at the interfaces below.
The power supply system for this processor's motherboard is the most advanced one can only think of. It includes 16 steps to the processor core used by TDA21490 which are the most advanced 90A stages in the market. There are few motherboards For Extreme Residency Who manage to get close to that level, big time. This system is ready for anything you will ever want to do for any processor that ever goes out of this box, including next-generation processors and featuring the most exotic coolers including nitrogen or liquid helium.
On the upper right of the board, there are aids for overclocking:
- Slow mode switch - reduces the CPU speed to a minimum in order to perform maintenance on time Overclocking extreme
- Quickly run profiles for bios saved profiles
- Power buttons and grid
- Bios reset buttons and safe operation
- Multi-gauge connection points for real-time voltage testing
Back ports are plentiful with the most optimal array in my opinion that can be put in the motherboard today:
- Two entries Network, One at 10G and one at 2.5G
- 6 interfaces USB 3 at 5Gbps speed
- 2 interfaces USB 2.0 standard
- 3 interfaces USB 10Gbps (one of them in Type-C configuration)
- interface USB Type-C at 20Gbps
- Analog audio outputs for 7.1 channels
- Wifi antenna 6 connections that come with the motherboard
- Bios reset and burn buttons
The XII Extreme supports 128 GB of type memory DDR4. The maximum memory speed according to ASUS supported here is 4800Mhz. There are significantly cheaper motherboards that also support 5000Mhz of speed but apart from the motherboard indicator, the CPU memory controller is also challenged with זיכרון At speeds like this when he needs a rush to raise tensions.
What looks like another memory interface on the right is actually the user interface for installing two M.2 drives that can be docked on both sides of this card. This technology is called Asus DIMM.2, and in every generation of motherboards I pray that cheaper motherboards will receive it as well. Installation of M.2 drives in a way that does not force half system disassembly just to get under the lid of Motherboard It's a blessing.
If we are dealing with lids, most of the motherboard space is covered with corrugated aluminum with a particularly large surface area. This is an element that not only makes the motherboard very heavy, but also very expensive to create, including very precise cuts around such and other interfaces.
Many of these motherboards are located at 90 ° C, including the SATA andUSB 3.0 per chassis. Because it is a particularly wide EATX board, it is important to ensure that the chassis supports configuration, or alternatively, a board of such width.
Here's another feature I'd love to see cheaper motherboards. Although there is a 2-digit LCD for fault detection, it does OLED Digital with action descriptions? Yes please! And for cheaper models in the future please!
This screen also knows how to display cool animations when it has no vital information to display.
As befits all Motherboard Advanced in recent years, also the Maximus XII Extreme Gives its own lights show. Mirrors and Plexiglas are used to get very interesting effects of the leather display. Everything is controlled through the software of Asus, The aura.
Asus' bios remains just as we know him from the Z390 series. There is a main page that contains all the important information about the memory processor and the cooling system, in addition to selecting the means storage Aliyah.
There are also advanced pages to execute Overclocking And the settings are significantly higher in detail. On the side of the page you can see all the frequencies at which the processor will run under different conditions. Asus Recommends a full 5.3X GHz AVX effort for all cores with a 1.586v input voltage, not for the faint-hearted or over-cooled.
Although there is no doubt about it, for the sport we have activated the "sport mode" that exists in this motherboard for a 10900K processor, which makes all its cores run at 4.9 Ghz effortlessly using a set of AVX commands.
In this situation, the 235W comes straight to the processor housing and nicely warms the business. For the record, I wanted to see what happens if I did operation The courageous action of using air cooling over this tremendous amount of heat. The processor has reached a high temperature, but as long as it has continued to draw a large amount of electricity over time, it allows examination of the heat sinks on the board.
At an ambient temperature of 30 degrees, the many heatsinks on the motherboard did their job easily. The voltage stabilizers themselves did not exceed the 65 ° C threshold, and considering that half of them were turned off, this is a tremendous achievement.
I do not know what other things can be said about what looks like a "super car" of the LGA1200 bracket. It is not possible to expect users to read this review and access the purchase Motherboard At a cost of NIS 4,000 or more, but it's always interesting to see what technologies and features a manufacturer like Asus To embed in such a flag ship.
If this motherboard is eligible for a medal, it will be for the best design, as there is a great deal of thought and engineering behind its shield geometry. We're after a very long evolution of advanced motherboard modifications and enhancements, and now that even standard boards contain ultra-advanced components, flagships like Maximus XII Extreme Just remind us what a top end product can look like.
It is also important to appreciate the work of the printed board engineers who worked on creating such a thing. The fact that in a relatively compact area there is such a huge amount of interfaces, especially as the ones that also provide electricity like the many fan connectors on the board. I can only imagine how much Sisyphean the construction, simulation and testing of motherboards like Maximus XII is Extreme.