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The Maximus VIII Extreme board: Asus's leader comes to conquer

Introducing the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme, the motherboard that promises to be the leading and most advanced of the new LGA1151 chassis . It comes to us for criticism and opens the winter with many qualities and capabilities we have not seen before

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Before all, a little history. When LGA775's resident Becoming more interesting With the arrival of new chipsets and quad-core processors in the previous decade, Asus has decided that it is creating a new series of motherboards for those extensions to gamers are simply not enough for them. At the same age, motherboards were of great importance in both computer reliability and speed Were dictated not only to the quality of the chip, but also to the ability of the motherboard to provide stable and generous electricity.

Thus, the ROG series and the Asus ROG brand were born. Initials Republic of Gamers represents a small club of users who have expensive and advanced hardware. Among the first tablets from ROG Were the Striker Extreme and the Commando And so there were series that represent Anodia's chipset and that of (Who would have believed that until recently there were chips of anodia?). After that, another series called Maximus was born for residency With chipsets of .

Over the years and with residency, the Maximus Continued to evolve וTo represent with dignity The chassis leads that he receives from reviewers and hardware enthusiasts. There is a great deal of credit for this title, since it seems that the other manufacturers simply lack the same magic. In this review you get an early glimpse of a product that has not yet begun to be sold in Israel, the Maximus VIII Extreme, the eighth in the series to lead the ASUS motherboard line in Intel's new LGA1151 chassis. As of now, this motherboard is designed to work with the chassis K processors. Mainly 6700K.

Changing color and growing up

Before the motherboard, let's start with the same evaluation you get with it.

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Everything barely enters the frame. With Maxus 8 Extreme you get no less than eight SATA cables, a nice door handle, a training manual with stickers and a disk, and the OC Panel. This special kit is identical to what we saw in the previous generation with a special sign that can also be installed in the front of the case. There is also a board that connects with a cable to the motherboard and provides four additional connections to the racks.

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The special remote control that connects to the motherboard has a ventilated controller with three fan connectors, and switches that help with overclocking with advanced cooling. These switches control the processor speed and power consumption and allow it to be downloaded if replaced Or add ice and liquid nitrogen, for example. The buttons in the center of the remote control control fans and play with the processor's CPUs and base frequency.


Not crazy? Want only data? No problem. The remote control can be mounted with the monitor facing up into a device that fits into the chassis of the disc drive. The screen allows you to see the temperature and fan speed in real time.


This is the bride. The color scheme has certainly changed in this generation. It seems that Esos is tired of bright red and black, now that everyone has it and she makes a smart choice and changes some colors.


There were hints of the bright red that washed over the previous generations and replaced by a hollow gray-purple tint. The colors blend well with the blackboard. The heat sink in the picture is the one that covers the LG170's unique Z1151 chip set .

The middle logo is that of the ROG series, and underneath it is an RGB LED that lights when the computer is running. The bulb lights up slowly, but can also be turned off or turned on. It is also possible to set an operation by volume of And play between colors. You can even adjust the bulb according to the processor's operating temperature so that it changes to red when the processor heats up.


The array of expansion interfaces on this motherboard contains four PCI-Express X16 and two PCI-Express X1. It is important to remember that the motherboard can not actually run four With full bandwidth of X16, so it is only physical connections. The longest long interface is the only one that contains a full electrical indication of X16 and the rest of X8 only. Although the processor has 20 bandwidths only to divide, ASUS engineers have decided that they are accompanying additional bandwidth that exists in the chipset for an additional interface. This makes it possible to install three On this motherboard when the partition is X8 for each. 2 The remaining bandwidths in the chipset are used for both small PCI-E connections.


This is the first time such a thing has been done. The Z170 chipset enables for the first time an array of three high-performance interfaces in the mainstream socket by a chip system loan. The lower PCI-Express interface allows you to install an additional expansion card if you do not use one of the two large ones in the middle. In the past to achieve enough traffic for three or four In the mainstream board, here is a costly third-party controller that usually added 50 dollars to the motherboard board.


Remember that 4 bandwidths left out of 20 in the processor? They're going here. This is the advanced M.2 interface that allows the installation of drives Innovative bandwidth that allows traffic of close to 4 gigabytes per second. Recently, drives have been emerging that show how the interface allows for increased performance across drives In the standard SATA3 interface.

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In terms of expansion to internal and external storage in addition to the M.2 interface, there are eight SATA3 ports with SATA-Express adapters for those who felt the need to invest in the drive in this superfluous technology. Seriously, M.2 has come so fast to replace it elegantly and at a significantly higher speed that I wonder why it even exists. Is the laser-disk interfaces of motherboards. There are two heads of USB3.0 on the motherboard for the enclosures that allow 4 front ports. The leftmost interface in the SATA image is the U.2 interface for the NVMe drives. This is another new storage technology designed for my drives The U.2 connection.


These are the back ports on the motherboard. You will not find here USB 2.0 but USB3.0 (in blue) next to USB3.1 and even USB3.1 Type C. Let's do some order. On the right side are analog and optical audio outputs for surround sound connected to the advanced sound card (more on it later). On the left, a tower with two standard USB3.0 ports and a PS2 port integrated with an old mouse or keyboard. In addition, a network port is connected to the I219V's built-in network card And two USB3.1 interfaces connected to the controller . One of them is Type A and the other is the new and symmetric C type, the one you're starting to see this year and you'll see a lot more next year on smartphones.

To the left of these are two display ports for the CPU,. card Wireless is also present between the rear ports and provides ac-up to 1300 megabits per year with dual-band support. This is in conjunction with the 4.0 BlueTooth controller. Next to them is a tower Added with two USB3.0 blue ports and two faster USB3.1 ports running on a third-party ASMedia controller. The buttons on the left side are designed to restore and reset BIOS.


Apropos Bios, how can I Advanced to Overeklers without physical shavings to be removed in residency? Did you knock one with unstable settings? Easily switch with a built-in switch in the panel to two. You knocked the other and reset did not help? New chips can always be ordered and replaced with motherboard reproductions for proper operation. From experience, it is very difficult to bring the bios to a state where it can not be reconstructed. Normally, pressing the reset button on the back of the motherboard works without problems.


Of course, like any other advanced motherboard, the 8 Extreme includes four memory interfaces Maximum storage capacity of 64 gigabytes with 16 per user. The maximum stated memory speed on this motherboard is 3866 MHz under . It is very likely that it will also cross 4000 MHz in some cases.

The throne of the Gamers


Here is what makes Maxus 8 Extreme really special and is the processor power supply system. Before I go into detail, it is important for me to mention and sharpen about such systems.

Systems of power supply to the processor I divide into three types mainly, so it is easy to distinguish. The first type is intended for the home user. In LGA1151 socket these power supply systems typically have 6 or 7 phases (stages) and include parts that are not designed to withstand high power consumption. Such systems are usually found in simple motherboards with H110 or B150 chip sets. Their more advanced models will usually add a step or two to reinforce durability.

The above level is mainly for gamers, and you will also find them on motherboards for gamers in the 500-1000 area. These are systems in which each stage can handle a higher operating temperature and a higher current than that of a simpler type. Thus, although there is a budget board with 7 power supply stages and one more advanced 7, this does not mean that their electrical capacity is the same. The more advanced panel will usually find voltage stabilizers capable of performing their operation more efficiently and thus provide a higher electrical quality of tens of percent compared with the same amount of stages in the budget table.

The third type is my favorite and is the one that you will find in the extra plates. Here, the engineers take these systems most seriously and implement high-efficiency voltage stabilizers and coils that emit less heat, provide a higher quality and more stable electricity and mainly know how to handle more electricity. Thus, a system with 8 steps of the simple type would be recommended for 125 watts continuous continuous consumption, while the medium would do the same work with 175 watts, and the most advanced with 250 watts. There is a very significant difference in abilities, and this is only an example that illustrates the differences.


The Maxus 8 Extreme comes equipped with the most advanced 13 system in it Uses today. This system is designed to drive overclockers and push them to break world records in frequency and performance of LGA1151 processors. In the most literal way, this maximus is designed to be the strongest in the world when it comes to electricity and capability. The voltage stabilizer technology (the ones under the large heat sink) reads OptiMOS ensures complete digital control without interference.

The coils (the dice, if you will) are the ones in the supply chain and are called MicroFine Alloy Chokes. Their job is to get the power from the converters and improve its efficiency on the way to the processor. Declares that these coils are 3-efficient than what you would find on conventional motherboards, 31 colds and significant resistance to temperature changes. In short, just much more effective. From the coils, the electricity makes its way to solid capacitors made in Japan and from there to the processor.


In order for the electricity to be suitable for speeding under extreme conditions, Asus increased and added additional power to the processor. Instead of the traditional 8PIN, 4PIN has been added as an option for those who want more power through the power supply system Under nitrogen and liquid helium.


In RPG games this is called an end-game. The situation where you got the most powerful equipment and you have nowhere to go. The situation is similar with this motherboard. I do not know of an advanced and efficient power supply system like Maximus 8 Extreme in the LGA1151 chassis today and I have had the most powerful visits from any other manufacturer so far. Below you will see my impression of the system in progress .

Maybe I do not need a sound card?


In the best tradition of advanced motherboards in the series , Even the maximal 8 Extreme comes with an advanced built-in sound card. The left area of ​​the motherboard is entirely dedicated to the sound card area and its area is also similar to that found on some sound cards. There is almost complete electrical separation from the rest of the motherboard to prevent interference and noise.


This system includes the SupremeFX (Realtek) sound processing core. You will also find the ESS's ES9023P built-in digital analog converter (DAC). Next to them is a Texas Instruments RC4580 amplifier. Everything is being helped to soften and prepare a group of six capacitors from the Japanese Nishikon. Those of you who are not so up to date on the built-in sound card market have downloaded the pitchforks. True, this is not a creative processor but it is not necessarily a reason to be angry. The ALC1150 (on which this sound card is based) has shown that with the correct electric indication it can reach the levels of dedicated sound cards. In my opinion, the hardware value on this motherboard's sound card is similar to what you'll find on external 120 dollars sound cards.

Bios and Overclocking with Maxus 8 Extreme

I have to admit that I was in great anticipation with the motherboard. Unlike the somewhat boring LGA1150, the role of the motherboard is noticeable since Intel has removed the internal voltage control from the processor and has given it back to the panel manufacturers.

The first step is to connect the The i7 6700K processor Our to the board and pin it proper. For the processor's fast-moving review I used the Eisberg 240M of the Master Collar. Water with a strong pump and an 240 millimeter radiator with two fans.


Control and use of the board during the haste was done with the buttons built on it. In addition to the fire and thermostat, there is also control over the power on / And multipart fighting points.

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The first page I was thrown at at the entrance to the maxus bosius is the Extreme Tweaker page. How not, we came to do Overclock, did not we? Quickly to CPU under Advanced air or water There is no point in digging through unnecessary definitions, and it seems that Eosus understands this too. It does not overload this page and retains advanced features that are specific to the page called Tweaker's Paradise. The most important features for speeding are CPU voltage, processor crossover and things like offset that allow us to use low operating voltage when resting and high during exertion.

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This boss, as far as I'm concerned, shows me just how serious Asus is compared to others when it comes to such expensive products. Asus maintains minimal and simple bios running on 1024X768 and includes handy functions. There's no advanced graphics running on FullHD, no crazy animation here that can confuse and there are no temperature graphs and RPM fans everywhere. The advanced user enters to set settings and exit, rather than to stare at Bius and be impressed. And gigabyte, to watch and please please. Asrock, keep getting inspired from Esos.

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As in the standard motherboard , Here too you can set fan program according to the temperature of different sensors. On this motherboard incidentally, there are 5 temperature sensors scattered in different areas.

Experience the haste

I go to the speeding process when I already know my i7 6700K processor. I know this is not the most friendly processor I've ever met, certainly not like the crazy 4770K we had a year and a half ago and needed only a little extra voltage to stabilize at the 4.5 GHz frequency.

I started straight out trying to stabilize the voltage of the 4.8 GHz with the 6700K. In BIOS I set the processor voltage to offset mode plus 0.1 volts to the default it will set for me with vDroop at the highest 8 level. That is, stress is close to what I manually set. I turned on 10 in the test system and I started running the Prime95 integrated effort test in the new version. After a few minutes the processor temperature jumped to the maximum 105 even though the cores were completely stable. Without running the processor voltage I wondered what was wrong, and I was surprised to find that the processor was operating at 1.6 Volt's unusual and dangerous voltage. Well ... there's a way to start stretching your motherboard's capabilities.

After adjusting the vDroop to the 6 level from the 8 and lowering the voltage I managed to stabilize the processor on the 4.8 GHz at the voltage of 1.42 volts. Just a reminder, this is a relatively high voltage and not particularly recommended. If you ask me, the 1.35 volt should have a fixed maximum working voltage for overclocking in air or water. The operating temperature in this mode reached 85 ° C with maximum effort, and for me these settings are recorded as a standard for the 4.8 GHz frequency.

But, this is an Asus Extreme board and I'm thirsty for more. I wanted to see if I was able to stabilize the stubborn 6700K at a frequency of 5 GHz. I returned the vDroop to 8 and turned off the offset mode to a constant voltage state that does not change for stability, just like the overclocking you do with Such as dry ice or gas. After hours of frustration and attempts, stability appears to be achieved at 5 GHz using the voltage of 1.57 volts. In no way should you try such a thing with Which does not have an extremely low temperature.

During the various speeds, I checked the temperature of the cooling elements of the voltage stabilizers and coils. I was surprised to find that there were also behind the promises and the serious words. With room temperature of 20 ° C, the heat sink temperature for stabilizers was 50 only after an hour of effort, of the 40 coils only. For comparison purposes, I am used to the motherboards that advance the temperature of the stabilizers to the stabilizer usually moves between 65 and 75 and can very well burn.

When it comes to overclocking, the max 8 Extreme gets the highest personal score I can give to a motherboard in the LGA1151 socket. As long as the cooling allows, you can go wild with the settings. Just take responsibility for it.

Summary - The most advanced comes with a price

Most advanced motherboard The mainstream is something that is launched once a year and this time we do not give up on this luxury product. Whether you're just curious about the use of it or the hardcore enthusiasts who put it on your list of goals, Maxus 8 Extreme's He is here to impress.

I believe it's a little hard to read the things I write in this criticism and not to think I'm biased. The truth is that my history with the end panels of It made me a little bit. It is easy to be impressed and praise the great products of other manufacturers but when it comes to ROG products, Just does not miss it, like a luxury car manufacturer who only exports a product every few years.


The maximum amount of 8 Extreme is simply too large for me to mention in a single review. Look, even Page Product Features Long as a scroll in most detail. It starts with advanced design, hollow and cold through a huge amount of interfaces and exits and ends with a pleasant bios experience and capabilities Amazing.

Every time a top end product comes to me , I am impressed by the level of engineering, the investment in the small details. I am impressed by the mornings, the chips, and the thinking about the locations of the connections.

When you put everything together, the picture you get is more complete when you put the 8 Extreme in a large box with Water whose pump connects to a special pump connector on the board. It is filled with long and advanced video cards which can be controlled along with a large variety of means . The user knows at any moment how hot they are in each area of ​​the motherboard. He knows how quickly his fans are spinning at any moment and whether there is a failure in one of them.

As it is elegant and tidy, it can also be an important and varied tool with For small details. The remote control allows higher voltage than can be obtained and the soldering points will be used for a real-time multimeter reading of voltages. This, together with an additional power connector for the processor and measures that help to accelerate under liquid nitrogen, show the more ferocious step of Maxus 8 Extreme.

The look, the possibilities, the wired and wireless communication, the number of functions and the superior engineering of the 8 Extreme make it the most innovative and robotic motherboard I have ever worked with. The price of 500 dollars is not intended for all users, however Heavy people who want to stretch their system capabilities can definitely think of a purchase.

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Editor's Choice, Hurry Award - Maximus VIII Extreme

the good

  • Impressive visually, with no garish colors. Includes a bulb On the fully configurable chipset
  • A huge amount of storage interfaces including USB3.1 Type C, U.2, M.2 and 3
  • Wireless Wifi AC and Bluetooth
  • Supports four graphics cards in the CrossFireX array and two in the SLI
  • Remote Advanced that can turn controller fans and temperature into the chassis
  • Abilities Excellent operating temperatures for cooling systems and impressive power supply systems
  • Bius is simple and to the point. Reacts quickly and is not complicated
  • Advanced sound card including amplifier and digital to analog converter
  • Many temperature sensors and fan controls on the board include a connector designed for water pumps

The bad

  • As expected, a high price of 500 dollars will be launched around NIS 2400 when it reaches Israel. Not for cost-benefit seekers

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