Asus Maximus V Extreme
Today we are bringing to you, nothing more, nothing less, than the new Asus pearl!
We are talking of course about the Maximus V Extreme, a board of super excellence that brings maximum performance to the already famous Ivy Bridge!
The Maximus V Extreme is seen as the best bet for overclocking enthusiasts, as it has already happened with the socket’s 2011 counterpart his older sister Asus Rampage IV Extreme, after all we are talking about another Republic of Gamers (ROG).
|CPU||Intel® Socket 1155 for 3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
Supports Intel® 32 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list
|Memory||4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
* Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
|Thunderbolt||VGA output support
Data transfer rate up to 10 Gbps
Daisy-chain up to 6 Thunderbolt devices
|Graphic||Integrated Graphics Processor
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort/Thunderbolt ports
– Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
– Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
– Supports Thunderbolt with max. resolution 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
|Multi-GPU Support||Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology
Supports LucidLogix® Virtu™ MVP Technology *1
|Expansion Slots||5 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8 or x8/x16/x8 or x8/x16/x8/x8) *2
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4
1 x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1 *3
|Storage||Intel® Z77 chipset : *4
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
3 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black
1 x mini-SATA 3Gb/s port(s) , black
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *5
ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller : *6
4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
|LAN||Intel®, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)|
|Wireless Data Network||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
|Audio||Realtek® ALC898 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
– Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection
– Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
– Optical S/PDIF in port(s) at back panel
|USB Ports||Intel® Z77 chipset :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z77 chipset :
8 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black+white, 4 at mid-board)
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
|Overclocking Features||mPCIe Combo™ (mPCIe/mSATA combo card)
ROG OC Key
– OSD TweakIt
– OSD Monitor
ROG Connect :
– RC Diagram
– RC Remote
– RC Poster
– GPU TweakIt
Extreme Engine Digi+ II :
– 8 -phase CPU power design + 4 -phase iGPU power design
– 2 -phase Memory power design
ROG Extreme OC kit :
– Subzero Sense
– VGA Hotwire
– Slow Mode
– LN2 Mode
– PCIe x16 Lane Switch
– EZ Plug
UEFI BIOS features :
– ROG BIOS Print
– GPU.DIMM Post
USB BIOS Flashback
Overclocking Protection :
– ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
|Special Features||ASUS TurboV EVO :
ASUS EPU :
ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
– Wi-Fi GO! Function: DLNA Media Hub, Smart Motion Control, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer, Capture & Send
ASUS Exclusive Features :
– AI Suite II
– Ai Charger+
– USB Charger+
– USB 3.0 Boost
– Disk Unlocker
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
– ASUS Fan Xpert 2
ASUS EZ DIY :
– ASUS O.C. Profile
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS Q-Design :
– ASUS Q-Shield
– ASUS Q-Code
– ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
– ASUS Q-Slot
– ASUS Q-DIMM
– ASUS Q-Connector
|Back I/O Ports||1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x Thunderbolt port(s)
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to ROG Connect)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
1 x Optical S/PDIF in
5 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)
|Internal I/O Ports||2 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
3 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)
2 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
3 x Optional Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x 6-pin EZ_PLUG Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin EZ_PLUG Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
1 x OC Key header(s)
2 x Subzero Sense connector(s)
2 x VGA Hotwire(s)
1 x Slow Mode switch(es)
15 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
7 x ProbeIt cable connector(s)
3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x ROG Connect switch(es)
1 x LN2 Mode switch(es)
1 x Go Button(s)
1 x BIOS Switch button(s)
1 x mPCIe Combo header(s)
2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
1 x 4-Way SLI bridge(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x CrossFire cable(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
1 x 2-port USB 2.0 and eSATA module(s)
1 x ROG Connect cable(s)
1 x ProbeIt cable set(s)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
1 x mPCIe Combo card(s) with dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n module + Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS module
1 x 2-in-1 RF Cable(s)
2 x Wi-Fi Ring Moving Antenna(s)
1 x OC Key(s)
1 x OC Key cable(s)
|BIOS||64Mb UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS|
|Manageability||WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, PXE|
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
ASUS AI Suite II
|Form Factor||Extended ATX Form Factor
12.0 inch x 10.7 inch ( 30.5 cm x 27.2 cm )
|Note||*1: LucidLogix Virtu MVP supports Windows 7 operating systems.
*2-1: PCIe3.0 speed is supported by Intel® 3rd genernation Core™ Processors.
*2-2: Native x8/x8 mode is available when only PCIE_X16X/X8_1 and PCIE_X8_2B slots are in used.
*3-1: The mini-PCIe slot is on mPCIe Combo™ expansion card.
*3-2: The mini-PCIe slot is pre-installed with an Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module.
*4-1: 1 SATA 3Gb/s port at mid-board is reserved for eSATA.
*4-2: A 2-port USB 2.0 and eSATA module is bundled for 1 x eSATA port at rear.
*4-3: The mini-SATA slot is on mPCIe Combo™ expansion card.
*5: Supports on Intel® Core™ processor family with Windows® 7 operating systems.
*6: These SATA ports are for data drives only.
The box in which the Maximus V Extreme V is “served” does not go much beyond what is already the usual for ROG models, but this time comes in pair with the Rampage IV Extreme, placing itself at the highest level of boards equipped with chipset Z77, as well as among all the models that have been produced for the 1155 socket so far!
The model in question presents itself full of accessories! In addition to the manuals “user guide”, our model has a rog connect cable, which allows us, through a pc laptop, to check and tune the settings of our Maximus, a crossfire cable, sli cable, a 3-way and even a 4-way sli bridges, all custom, 2 sata2 cables, 6 SATA3 cables, the board is paired with two wifi antennas, the usual q-connector kit, back plate, a pack of extensions to perform readings of voltages directly on board, a set of labels to identifying sata cables, the mandatory CD with drivers and lots of software and at last, but not least, an OC KEY!
We are facing a socket 1155 board, intel’s bet for mid-rage pcs! In what regards the CPU we will be using an Intel I7 3770k, which provides four cores, eight thread’s, 8 megabytes of cache and also the maximum multiplier of 63x !
Our model comes with the new Z77 chipset, which in addition to what his older brother Z68 offered we can add on support for native USB3.0.
Regarding memories, we can count 4 slots, supporting up to DDR3 Dual channel 32gigas and able to go beyond 2800mhz!
As for the versatility of graphics cards we can count with 5 pci-e slot’s 16x, when in sli we can count on 8x 8x, using 3-way SLI 8x, 16x, 8x and with 4-way sli 8x, 16x, 8x, 8x .
We have 8 internal sata port available, from which 2 (black) are sata 2 controlled by Z77 , as for the others(red) they are SATA3 being that two of them are controlled by the Z77 and the other two by ASmedial. Alongside with the SATA ports we have the subzero connectors sense, allowing us to use two k-type probes, capable of reading temperatures below -200 ° c.
Regarding network cards, it’s equipped with an Intel gigabit, which arise, as usual, on the rear panel along with 8 USB ports, 4 of them being usb 2.0 and the others 3.0, a PS2 output, sound card connectors, ROG connector together with the respective action buttons, reset button and finally the new Thunderbolt port!
The LEDs allow us to be aware of which bios we are using (taking into account that we have two available).
Apart from allowing us to change the bios in use, we can still count on another button of the same kind, nearby the 24pin power connector that allows starting when we haven’t the most appropriate memory timings or settings.
We also have the usual “Start”, followed by the reset button. Concerning access to Clr CMOS, a dear friend of overclockers, you can chose between the internal button or the usual rear panel button. Apart from the above we have several reading points and a few switches that allow us to turn off pci-e slot’s (can be very useful when we have two graphic cards and you just want to use one of them …)
Before going in to practical tests I don’t want to go by without mentioning that our model gives us two internal USB2.0 port connectors, and two more ports for USB3.0.
Subzero Sense Connectors
There is no better proof that this model was made to follow the footsteps of Rampage and once again comes wtih two K type probes … these probes can measure temperatures down to -200 ° C with a good accuracy … these readings can be found in bios, ockey and even by Asus Turbo EVO which is better than ever!
Not satisfied with the physical remission of the thermometer, asus allowed once again the possibility to control the voltages of two (or more) graphics cards in the same way as the previously mentioned probes !
This device has moved from the rampage series to the Maximus and makes it possible, once again, to make sure that in our screen we have always present voltage readings for both board and graphics! When we say always we mean it, even during a benchmark we can watch the vdrop’s, and temperature peaks through out the different components!
This new port dramatically increases performance with bi-directional speeds of 10Gbps and offers chaining multiple devices, there’s still a lot to hear about this new port for sure!
CPU: Intel I7-3770k@4500mhz
Board: Asus Maximus V Extreme
Memoris: 4x2gb G.Skill Pi 2000 Cl7 9 6 (200mhz)
Grafic Card: MSI R7970 Lightning
PSU: Corsair Ax 1200w
Cooler: Corsair H80
Asus has launched its ROG more elaborate model for socket 1155 and without doubt greatly elevated the level for high end boards …
The model under review proved to be very consistent and we noticed the maturity of whom had already tested most of the offerings on the socket 2011, we didn’t encountered any incompatibility and neither did we have any difficulty running our machine, everything went perfectly smooth.
Regarding performance and based on the tests already performed in other models, we can say that the Maximus Extreme V is the board with higher performance tested by us between all the Z77 chipset based motherboards.
The price at which it will hit the market will be around € 360, taking into account all the perks that our model has and its performance, we dare to say that the price is not higher than expected.
But again we have to point out one of the weaknesses, also present in its sister, the switch that ensures the correct fixation of the first graphic card becomes quite inaccessible!
Taking into account the analysis performed and bearing in mind what for us are the points of relevance, we assign an award that is reserved for those who innovate and set the bar even higher!