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.
|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|
|Expansion Slots||5x PCIe 3.0 x16||3x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16||2x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16|
|USB 3.0||4x front, 4x back||2x front, 4x back||2x front, 4x back|
At Computex 2012, a product manager from ASUS walked us through the features of the Maximus V Extreme. Here is the video: