ASUS MAXIMUMS VIII EXTREME MOTHERBOARD

ASUS is out with another motherboard in its Intel Z170 series promising to deliver numerous features like overclocking exclusive for hardcore gaming lovers. The Maximus  VIII Extreme which comes in ROG (Republic of Gamers) is already proving to be the best motherboard of 2015. The board is retailing at a price of Rs. 39,850 in the market.

Keeping in mind the new Skylake S-series, ASUS has struck the right chord with Maximus VIII ability to be paired with the above-said series providing that extra benefit. The Skylake Processors are powerful, energy efficient and can be divided into Skylake Core i5 6600K and Core i7 6700K processor. For the newbies here, let me tell you that Intel has codenamed its new processor, a successor to Broadwell architecture as Skylake. The Skylake is a 14nm processor micro-architecture under development.

Now, you can very well understand the high expectations of gamers from this motherboard series. Here is the review of the bigger sibling of Hero, a series of test based on BIOS, Overclocking, CPU etc.

Introduction

The Maximus VIII Extreme’s comes packed in a solid and  heavy packaging.  Maximus VIII Extreme consists of a lot of accessories; 4x SATA6Gb/s cables, SLI Bridge, 3T3R Wi-Fi antenna, CrossFireX Bridge, IO shield, 3x thermistor cables, Q-connector, manual, DVD, cable labels, ROG stickers, CPU installation tool, ROG case badge, and door hanger. you even get some cool fan extension card with cable and the OC Panel II kit ( which includes OC Panel II, cable, screw pack, and case bay housing).

To keep Maximus cool, it has seven on-board fan headers which can operate in both DC and PWM mode. You can configure the  fan header on the board and the three on the extension card in the UEFI or Windows. What more, you can even control the temperature inputs to control the fan from a wide selection of temperatures from any three temperature input headers. Also, there are three thermistor inputs near each header on the extension card along with three thermistor cables. The motherboard comes in a  sleek red/black/gun metal color theme to give it an elegant and cool look. Maximus has got inbuilt Red color Led’s located below the audio divide and RGBs are located inside the PCH heat sink. At the  back of the motherboard, extra heat sinks are provided to protect the drivers for the CPU VRM. A support brace is added to the back of the PCH area of the PCB used to balance the motherboard if you decide not to use a case. There are two tiny holes in the back of the CPU socket which can be used to route a thermocouple to measure the CPU temperature more precisely.Maximus VIII Extreme_02The IO panel features a PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, DisplayPort, 4x USB 3.0, HDMI, 3x USB 3.1 Type-A (red ports), 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1Gbit Intel NIC, BIOS Flashback button, 3T3R Wireless AC/BT4 antenna ports, S/PDF with 7.1 gold plated audio outputs, and clear CMOS button.

It looks like Maximus VIII Extreme has a PLX chip to expand PCI-E lanes, but the motherboard also has an ASMedia chip which expands some of the IO such as extra SATA and USB. ASUS Maximus supports a maximum of 4-way CrossFireX at 8x/4x/4x/4x and 2-way SLI at 8x/8x. The first three full sized slots are connected to the CPU, and the last full-size slot is connected to the PCH and shares two PCI-E lanes with two SATA ports. You can operate the slots in the following configurations: 16x/0x/0x/4x, 8x/0x/8x/4x, or 8x/4x/4x/4x. The two PCI-E 1x slots are from an ASMedia switch chip that is directly connected to the PCH. A MOLEX power receptacle is located at the bottom of the board and provides extra juice when running 3 and 4-way CrossFireX. Also, tThere is a void in the PCB near the tip of each PCI-E slot where the PCB is translucent for an LED to indicate suggested slot usage when using the SLI/CFX button.

On the left side of the SATA ports, there is a U.2 connector for the latest NVMe SSDs like Intel’s 750, two SATA Express ports which can be used as four SATA6Gb/s ports, two SATA 6Gb/s ports from the PCH, and finally two SATA 6Gb/s ports from an ASMedia controller. The M.2 slot and U.2 connector are mutually exclusive and use the same bandwidth, therefore, if you are going to use an SATA-based M.2 drive, you will lose SATAExpress_1 SATA bandwidth. If you use the two SATA ports from the Intel PCH that are not connected with an SATA Express connector, then the last full sized PCI-E slot will run at 2x instead of 4x.

MAXIMUS comes with both vertical and horizontal USB 3.0 internal headers located right below the 24-pin PSU connector. An extra 4-pin CPU power plug is provided for extreme overclocking sessions.

ASUS provides a lot of overclocking features, including a few distinct ones. For example, there is a “Mem OK!” button for easy memory booting, jumpers to disable DIMM channels, an “LN2 mode” jumper, the trusted “Q-Code” (POST code display), a “Safe Boot” button for easy OC recovery, power and reset button followed by switches to disable the full sized PCI-E slots, a “Retry” button to avoid platform BIOS inconsistency, a “Slow Mode” switch to switch between high and low frequency, or troubleshooting purposes, Voltage read points are present along with multiple LEDs to indicate whether or not slots are disabled or enabled. The SLI/CFX button is used to help figure out the best slots for SLI or CrossFireX; on hitting the button, an LED will illuminate near each full sized PCI-E slot to let you know the best slot configuration. BIOS ROMs are held by two DIP-8 sockets, and a momentary switch is used to switch between them.

In their audio section, ASUS has made great advancements towards upgrading the specifications and components.

Circuit Overview

The circuit board is packed with all the best possible electronics. Maximus VIII has got four major voltage rails fed by a 8 (VCC) + 4 (VCCGT) +1 (VCCSA) + 1 (VCCIO) where each phase consists of an integrated dual N-Channel MOSFET, driven by an IR3535 single phase driver located on the back of the PCB. The capacitors used are rated at 10K @ 95C.  ASUS is using their MicroFine Alloy Chokes designed with smaller, and more uniform, granules that result in more gaps, that increase permeability and result in a more stable magnetic field.Maximus VIII Extreme_01ASUS is using the same batch number styling as that on IR35201. However, the IR35201 is the top digital PWM used on Z170 motherboards designed for overclocking. ASUS is utilizing Infineon dual N-Channel MOSFETs aquired Infineon. Each CPU VCore and iGPU phase gets its own Infineon OptiMOS BSC0812ND rated at 50A. The OptiMOS has one high-side and one low-side MOSFET inside a single package and these are top notch parts with zero phase doubling or sharing. ASUS has multiple circuits for fan control and temperature inputs including an NCT7802Y and a Winbond W83L6036.

The Maximus VIII Extreme is certified by Intel to support ThunderBolt 3.0. Previously known as Alpine Ridge, ASUS is using Intel’s TB3/USB 3.1 chip. Texas Instruments TPS65982 is used to support the type-C port and USB power delivery specifications.

In audio section, it comes with a Realtek ALC1150 under an EMI shield with SupremeFX written on it. This SupremeFX 2015 implementation is their best so far. The audio section of the PCB is physically isolated from the rest of the motherboard to reduce interference. There is an ESS SABRE ES9023P DAC, a dedicated clock generator, Texas Instruments RC4580 amplifier, Nichicon Gold series audio capacitors, a sense amplifier to detect proper impedance, and a de-pop relay from NEC (which isn’t too loud). The motherboard consists of  ten red LEDs on the backside to illuminate the PCB divide and five red LEDs to illuminate PCI-E slot arrangement.

The motherboard also consists of an ASMedia ASM1187e, a 1:7 PCI-E switch chip, located underneath the middle heat sink. One PCI-E 3.0 lane from the PCH is routed to the chip, and then five outputs are connected to two PCI-E 1x slots, the WIFI/BT controller, the ASM1061 (two SATA 6Gb/s), and the ASM1042 (two USB 3.0 on the back panel). The ASM1042 provides two USB 3.0 on the back panel IO and the ASM1142 provides two USB 3.1 Type-A ports on the back panel IO.  It has also got Intel’s latest Gbit NIC with the i219v PHY. For the 3×3 (3R3T) 1300Mbps (1.3Gbps) WIFI/BT4 controller ASUS utilizes the AzureWave wireless card based on the  fastest Broadcom BCM94360. there are two ASMedia 1480 switch PCI-E bandwidth between the U.2 and M.2 ports and six others control the CPU’s PCI-E lanes to support multi-GPU configurations.

Software

ASUS provides an endless list of customized software including Sonic Studio II, Lighting Control, GameFirst III, EZ Update, Keybot II, and Dual Intelligent Processors 5. The ASUS software has a lot more software inside such as TPU, EPU, and Fan Xpert 3.

ASUS Fan Xpert 3 is an elaborate one and includes most everything to setup fan control. For memory timings, ASUS also has a customized CPU-Z skin and Mem Tweak It. MAXIMUS used a TurboV Core lightweight Windows overclocking program used to get that quick CPU-Z validation.

In the BIOS section, the Maximus VIII Extreme has two BIOS modes. By default, the Advanced mode shows up first instead of the Easy Mode pictured below. The Easy Mode has all the basic settings a user might need to setup their system including drive boot order, fan control, XMP enable, and auto overclocking (EZ System Tuning).

The advanced mode is a well-polished ASUS UEFI. You can control Fan setup through a GUI or traditional manual insertion. There is also a good amount of tweaking options for hardcore overclockers, as well as profiles that can be used as a starting point. You can use a  large database of memory preset/profiles. There also seems to be a speed limit on how fast you can scroll through the menu options, so that users don’t miss any options. Overall the UEFI was impressive to look upon.

Test Setup

The TeCake Motherboard Test System Specifications  

  • Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 6700K
  • Cooler: Corsair H110i GT
  • Memory: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) 2666MHz
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
  • Storage – Boot Drive: Samsung 850 Pro 512GB
  • Storage – SATA6G Drive: Corsair Force LS 240GB
  • Storage – M.2 Drive: Kingston HyperX Predator 240GB PCIe x4
  • Storage – USB Drive: Corsair Voyager GS 64GB
  • Case: Corsair Obsidian 900D
  • Power Supply: Corsair AX1200i
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • BIOS: 1101
  • Drivers: Intel INF: 10.1.1.9, Intel ME: 11.1.1.1162, Intel USB 3.0 Adaptation Driver: 10.0.0.42, NVIDIA Graphics: 353.82, Audio: 6.0.1.7629, ASMedia USB 3.1: 3.1.6.0000, Intel LAN: 20.2.3001, WIFI: 6.34.223.5, ASMedia SATA: 2.0.9.1

I have designed this system to test every aspect of the motherboard and IO. The setup is such that the motherboard sits in a case and is cooled by fans always at a constant rate to keep the conditions similar for all tests. I have cut out part of the case behind the motherboard so I can get thermal images of the back of the PCB where the VRM heat spreads. System and CPU power measurements are now digitally logged. A Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 for our network (including wireless AC) tests. The latest M.2, SSD, and USB technologies are also being utilized to test the maximum potential of the motherboards that are being tested.

3DMark Vantage CPU Test

With this test, I focussed on the two areas most critical to gaming performance: the CPU and the GPU. The performance scale of these areas has increased, because of the emergence of multi-package and multi-core configurations on both the CPU and GPU side and also the visual and game-play effects made possible by these configurations are accordingly wide-ranging. 3DMark Vantage solves the 3D gaming problem in three ways:

  1. Isolate GPU and CPU performance benchmarking into separate tests,
  2. Cover several visual and game-play effects and techniques in four different tests, and
  3. Introduce visual quality presets to scale the graphics test load up through the highest-end hardware.

3DMark Vantage has two GPU tests, each with a different emphasis on various visual techniques, and two CPU tests, which cover the two most common CPU-side tasks: Physics Simulation and AI. It also has four visual quality presets (Entry, Performance, High, and Extreme) available in the Advanced and Professional versions, which increase the graphics load successively for even more visual quality.

IO Performance

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The Maximus VIII Extreme’s storage and IO performance is strong just like the rest of ASUS’s lineup. The wireless AC is the fastest. My router supports speed upward of 1733Mbps (4×4) and the wireless AC built into the Maximus VIII Extreme is 1300Mbps (3×3) which is much faster than what most wireless AC offerings. At over 400Mbps, the Maximus VIII Extreme’s wireless speeds are faster than the majority of wireless-AC devices I have tested.

Overclocking

It’s not surprising to see that Maximus VIII Extreme is doing 5.0GHz just like the high-end motherboards considering the low power requirements of the 6700K, but the VRM did have strong, active cooling.

I even tested stability at 4.8GHz CPU, 4.1GHz Uncore, and 2666MHz on the memory with 1.4v on the VCore. I am using HandBrake to transcode a 2GB video, and it is very telling since it pulls all cores to the maximum frequency and load. Handbrake is good for a quick stability check, plus I get a log of the encoding speed and the number of errors. It is very easy for the queue not to finish all the way and just error out, and 1-3 hours of AIDA is about equal to this HandBrake test.The LLC is quite strong, and the motherboard provides many levels. This board is ready for high current and high frequency overclocks as well as normal air/water overclocking. Voltage read points are located on pads at the top right-hand corner.

Verdict

The Maximus VIII is bold and hot. MAXIMUS VIII Extreme has got an incredibly cool new design, build quality and feature. ROG-designed by the ASUS Republic of gamers team offered the traditional red/black motherboards catered to overclockers and enthusiast gamers. I loved the fact that ROG design has changed a bit, not just the standard black/red, now the subtle grey accent simply looks good. Features wise MAXIMUS is awesome, but more of the same that other products offer as well. The ASUS Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard combined with the Core i7 6700K is impressive and performs really well, however, the reality is that almost all Z170 based motherboards perform more or less the same. It’s the extra features where you will need to find your fuchsin temple. Overall the Extreme is rated a notch higher in performance, but the extra perf you see is mostly related to the higher base clocks.

The ASUS Z170 ROG Maximus VIII Extreme, most expensive Z170 motherboard, is not that far away from the HERO, which comes at a price of Rs. 21900 with top looks and design, excellent USB connectivity, one Intel Gigabit jack and various BIOS options. Hence, aside from some very swanky features like the coolest WIFI and OC Panel I am not sure if spending almost double amount would be worth the price premium over, the Maximus Hero, regardless plenty of you will most surely disagree with me on that. It is good to have the options though. The ASUS ROG Maximus VIII is a terrific Z170 motherboard with all the bells and whistles you need, and then some more. Regardless of the fact you choose the HERO or Extreme, you will without doubt like what you purchase. I bet.

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Technical Specifications

CPU

  • Intel® Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
  • Supports Intel® 14 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

Chip set

  • Intel® Z170

Memory

  • 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4
  • 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 for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

Graphic

  • Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support
  • Multi-VGA output support: HDMI/DisplayPort 1.2 ports
  • Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
  • Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
  • Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
  • Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™

Multi-GPU Support

  • Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
  • Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology

Expansion Slot

  • 3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8 or x8/x4/x4, gray)
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode, gray)
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1 (black)

Storage

  • Intel® Z170 chipset:
    • 1 x M.2 x4 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)*1
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray, 4 ports from 2 x SATA Express
  • 2 x SATA Express port
  • 1 x U.2 port
  • Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
  • Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports*2
  • Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology*2
  • ASMedia® ASM1061 controller:
    • 2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), black, *3,

LAN

  • Intel® I219V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s), GameFirst technology
  • Intel® LAN- Dual interconnect between the Integrated LAN controller and Physical Layer (PHY)
  • Anti-surge LANGuard

Wireless Data Network

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
  • Up to 1300Mbps transfer speed

Bluetooth

  • Bluetooth V4.0

Audio

  • ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
  • Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
  • SupremeFX Shielding Technology
  • ESS® ES9023P DAC: dB SNR, dB THD+N (Max. kHz/ -bit)
  • TI RC4580 2VRMS audio OP AMP(s)

Audio Feature:

  • Gold-plated jacks
  • DTS Connect
  • Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
  • Sonic SenseAmp
  • Sonic Studio II
  • Sonic Radar II

USB Ports

  • Intel® Z170 chipset:
    • 8 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 4 at mid-board)
  • Intel® Z170 chipset*4:
    • 6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at mid-board)
  • ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller :
    • 2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, red, Type-A)
  • Intel® USB 3.1 controller:
    • 2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, Type-A + Type-C)

OC Panel II

  • 2.6 ” LCM display
  • EXTREME/NORMAL mode switch
  • EXTREME Mode for subzero OC benching:
  • VGA Hotwire
  • Subzero Sense
  • Slow Mode
  • Pause Switch
  • ProbeIt
  • ReTry button
  • Safe Boot button
  • 2 x Thermal sensor connectors
  • 4 x 4-pin extra fan connectors *5
  • NORMAL Mode for in-chassis usage:
  • OC button
  • FanSpeed control button
  • LCM backlight on/off button
  • I/O Ports:
    • POWER:1 x SATA power connector
    • ROG_EXT port:1 x 18-1 pin data connection port

ROG Exclusive Features

  • Start Button
  • Reset Button
  • LN2Mode
  • Extreme Engine Digi+:
    • MicroFine Alloy Chokes
    • 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
    • OptiMOS™ MOSFET
  • ROG Extreme OC kit:
    • ReTry button
    • Safe Boot button
    • Start button
    • Reset button
    • Slow Mode
    • LN2 Mode
    • PCIe x16 Lane Switch
    • Debug LED
    • EZ Plug
    • DRAM channel jumper
  • Probelt
  • KeyBot II
    • One-click Overclocking
    • X.M.P.
    • DirectKey
    • ClrCMOS
    • Power On
  • UEFI BIOS features:
    • O.C. Profile
    • GPU.DIMM Post
    • Tweakers’ Paradise
    • ROG SSD Secure Erase
    • Graphics Card Information Preview
  • ROG RAMDisk
  • iROG
  • Extreme Tweaker
  • USB Bios Flashback
  • Overclocking Protection:
    • COP EX (Component Overheat Protection – EX)

 

Special Features

  • OC Design – ASUS PRO Clock Technology
    • Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance
  • 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    • 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ Power Control, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
  • ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
    • Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer
    • Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote app for portable smartphone/tablet, supporting iOS 7 & Android 4.0 systems
  • ASUS Exclusive Features:
    • GPU Boost
    • MemOK!
    • AI Suite 3
    • Ai Charger+
    • USB 3.1 Boost
    • Disk Unlocker
    • Mobo Connect
    • PC Cleaner
  • Remote Entertainment
    • Media Streamer
    • HyStream
  • ASUS EZ DIY:
    • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    • ASUS EZ Flash 3
    • ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
    • Push Notice
  • 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
  • RAMCache

Operating System Support

  • Windows® 10 , 64bit
  • Windows® 8.1 , 64bit
  • Windows® 7 , 32bit/64bit

Back I/O Ports

  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
  • 1 x USB 3.1 (black)Type-C
  • 3 x USB 3.1 (red)Type-A
  • 4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
  • 5 x Audio jack(s)
  • 1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
  • 1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
  • 1 x ASUS Wi-Fi GO! module (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS)

Internal I/O Ports

  • 1 x U.2 port
  • 1 x AAFP connector
  • 2 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s)
  • 3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
  • 2 x SATA Express connector: gray, Compatible with 4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Supports both SATA & PCIE SSD)
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
  • 1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
  • 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
  • 4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
  • 1 x Thunderbolt 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 4-pin EZ_PLUG Power connector(s)
  • 1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
  • 1 x 5-pin EXT_FAN(Extension Fan) connector
  • 1 x MemOK! button(s)
  • 1 x Slow Mode switch(es)
  • 9 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
  • 3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
  • 1 x DRAM channel jumper
  • 1 x Power-on button(s)
  • 1 x Reset button(s)
  • 1 x BIOS Switch button(s)
  • 1 x SLI/CFX button (2/3/4-way adjustments)
  • 1 x Water Pump header (4-pin)
  • 1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
  • 1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
  • 1 x Safe Boot button
  • 1 x ReTry button

Accessories

  • User’s manual
  • ASUS Q-Shield
  • 8 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
  • 1 x M.2 Screw Package
  • 1 x CPU installation tool
  • 1 x Supporting DVD
  • 1 x ASUS 3T3R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
  • 1 x Fan Extension Card (3 x 4-pin fan out)
  • 1 x Fan Extension card screw pack
  • 1 x SLI bridge(s)
  • 1 x CrossFire cable(s)
  • 1 x Q-connector(s) (1 in 1)
  • 3 x Thermal sensor cable pack(s)
  • 1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
  • ROG Fan Label
  • 1 x 5-pin to 5-pin cable
  • 1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)
  • OC Panel II :
  • 1 x OC Panel II(s)
  • 1 x OC Panel II 5.25-inch bay metal case
  • 1 x OC Panel II Cable(s)
  • 1 x OC Panel II screw pack(s)

BIOS

1 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, F9 Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.

Manageability

  • WfM2.0, DMI3.0, WOL by PME, PXE

Support Disc

  • Drivers
  • ROG GameFirst technology
  • ROG RAMDisk
  • ROG RAMCache
  • ROG CPU-Z
  • ROG Mem TweakIt
  • Overwolf
  • ROG Keybot II
  • Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
  • DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
  • ASUS WebStorage
  • ASUS Utilities

Form Factor

  • Extended ATX Form Factor
  • 12 inch x 10.7 inch ( 30.5 cm x 27.2 cm )
  • You can see that Maximus VIII comes fully loaded with the best features. The motherboard supports Thunderbolt 3.0 support through a type C-port and half of its eight back panel USB ports are USB 3.1. The ROG comes in a black & grey design with red accents and has got an AC WIFI, VRM, multiple M.2 slots and the  fastest DDR4 support made to impress.
  • Asus provides Intel’s 1Gbit NIC, and a 3×3 Wireless AC/BT4 card with a maximum speed up to 1.3 Gbitforpeoplehaing wired internet connectivity.ninorder to have more interface options, a full-size 32Gb/s M.2 slot and a U.2 connector is there.

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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
9.8
Build
9.4
Performance
9.5
Packaging
9.7
Installation
8.1
Features
10
Overclocking
9.7
Value For Money
7.9

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