ASUS Maximus XII Extreme (Intel Z490) Motherboard Review (Page 3)

| Jun 9, 2020 at 1:06 am CDT
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: ASUSModel: ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME

Packaging and Accessories

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The packaging is what we are used to for ROG boards for probably the last 3-4 chipset generations at this point. The box is mostly covered in a matte finish with angular styling cues that match a lot of the ASUS onboard cover styling. The board name is in reflective iridescent foil. The top right has the ROG eye logo while the bottom has seven icons for feature, chipset, and CPU support.

The rear has a full board shot, along with a list of features and specs.

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The main smaller accessories we see here, and it is quite a full array. There are some more significant parts we will be looking at next, but we wanted to get the smaller ancillary components out of the way.

  • Screwdriver with two Phillips bits and an extended magnetic tip
  • 6x woven braided SATA cables
  • NODE cable for the fan extension card
  • Six-pin PCIe power to fan extension card power
  • 2x 12V RGB header extension
  • 2x 5V ARGB extension
  • 2x DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cables
  • Thunderbolt header to card cable
  • Wi-Fi Antennae
  • VRM fan
  • VRM fan bracket and fasteners
  • Qconnect front panel header
  • ROG Eye Badge
  • ROG USB drive with drivers and software
  • ROG keychain
  • 4x paper manuals
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Here we have the DIMM.2, which is a card that slots into what is mostly a DDR4 slot. There is a notch to avoid accidental insertion of DIMMs into the slot. It is dual-sided, allowing for two PCIe SSD's to be installed, and the metal housing you see here is the stylized heat sink fo the drives.

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Here we have the fan extension card which can mount in a 2.5" drive bay or tray to help with locating it. IT has six fan headers, three 12V RGB headers, and three thermal probe connectors. It is powered by the six-pin PCIe cable and connects to the motherboard via an internal NODE cable connection.

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Here we have the Thunderbolt 3 card, which slots into an x4 slot. The card connects to the thunderbolt header via a cable along with a USB 2.0 header. There is a six-pin PCIe cable connector to provide power to the card. The I/O side of the card has two mini DisplayPort inputs and two Type-C ports supporting not just Thunderbolt 3, but USB and even Video pass-through via DisplayPort Pass-through.

Now that the accessories are out of the way let's take a look at the board itself.

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