Due to the similarities between the P67 chipset and the Z68, ASUS have been able to power through the release of the Maximus IV Extreme-Z. Using that great foundation found on the P67 version and adding in the Z68 chipset, you've just got a board that stands out from the pack of Z68 boards we've already looked at.
At $359.99 US the Maximus IV Extreme-Z might be one of the more expensive Z68 boards we've looked at, but the bottom line is that performance speaks volumes and this board manages to speak it very loudly.
You combine the stuff we love about ASUS with the stuff that we love about the ROG series of boards, throw them together with a nice bundle, and you've just got a motherboard that anyone with a K series Intel CPU will want.
The ROG line continues to give us the strongest overclocks to date on our 2600k and when it comes down to it all, that's going to be one of the most important features when buying such a high end board.
There's not much else that can be really said about the board that we haven't already expressed. Sure, it's a little more expensive than some of the other Z68 offerings we've looked at, but the old line "You get what you pay for" holds so much truth here.
If you're happy to spend a few more dollars over the competition, the Maximus IV Extreme-Z from ASUS is a board you should be looking at. It ticks all the right boxes, and because of that, we can't recommend it enough to people. It will be so interesting to see what ASUS do with the next generation LGA 2011 platform when it finally hits us later this year or early next.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [The Motherboard]
- Page 3 [The Motherboard Continued]
- Page 4 [BIOS]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [CPU Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [USB 2.0 and 3.0 Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [SSD Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Memory Benchmarks]
- Page 11 [Gaming Benchmarks]
- Page 12 [Temperature and Power]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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