ASUS Maximus V Extreme - An ROG Mobo with 5 PEG Slots and Thunderbolt Support


ASUS Maximus V Extreme - An ROG Mobo with 5 PEG Slots and Thunderbolt Support

Amazed by the water cooling-ready Maximus V Formula and its Thermo Fusion MOSFET cooler? Well, ASUS has another prancing steed in its Republic of Gamers (ROG) pack and this is the Maximus V Extreme:-

Like the Maximus V Formula, the Maximus V Extreme is an Intel Z77-based motherboard that can support up to 32GB DDR3 at 2800MHz memory clock. But what differentiates the Maximus V Extreme with its relative is the massive increase in PEG slots and integration of a Thunderbolt port. While it is the first ROG-branded board equipped with the Thunderbolt, the first Thunderbolt-certified board from ASUS is the P8Z77-V Premium.

Looking at the table below, it is obvious that the Maximus V Extreme is the most loaded with options for connectivity and expansion among the ROG family of boards. Each ROG board however is geared for a slightly different purpose, so the Extreme isn't the best fit for every purpose.

ASUS ROG Motherboards Compared
Motherboard Maximus V Extreme Maximus V Formula Maximus V GENE
Processor 3rd. Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 (Socket 1155) 3rd. Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 (Socket 1155) 3rd. Generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 (Socket 1155)
Chipset Intel Z77 Express Intel Z77 Express Intel Z77 Express
Memory Up to 32GB DDR3 at 2800MHz (OC) Up to 32GB DDR3 at 2800MHz (OC) Up to 32GB DDR3 at 2800MHz (OC)
Graphics Output Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, VGA DisplayPort, HDMI DisplayPort, HDMI
Multi-GPU Support
  • 4-way SLI
  • 4-way CrossFireX
  • LucidLogix Virtu MP
  • 4-way SLI
  • 4-way CrossFireX
  • LucidLogix Virtu MP
  • 4-way SLI
  • 4-way CrossFireX
  • LucidLogix Virtu MP
Expansion Slots 5x PCIe 3.0 x16 3x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 2x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16
SATA Connectors
  • 6x SATA 6Gbps
  • 1x eSATA 3Gbps
  • 6x SATA 6Gbps
  • 1x eSATA 3Gbps
  • 4x SATA 6Gbps
  • 1x eSATA 3Gbps
USB 3.0 4x front, 4x back 2x front, 4x back 2x front, 4x back
Audio 8-channel
  • 8-channel
  • SupremeFX IV
  • DTS
  • 8-channel
  • SupremeFX III

At Computex 2012, a product manager from ASUS walked us through the features of the Maximus V Extreme. Here is the video:

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