The Maximus Extreme motherboard provides awesome Overclocking speeds and challenges performance limitations. Equipped with the innovative Crosslinx technology for increased performance, it utilizes the Fusion Block System - an effective 0dB fanless design cooling system with a chipset waterblock that adds onto a power user´s existing watercooling circuit to help keep operations cool. Additionally, SupremeFX II not only increases the sound quality, it also enhances aesthetic value. The Maximus Extreme also adopts the Intel X38/ICH9R chipset and supports cutting-edge DDR3 dual channel memory and CrossFire Technology - making it the Overclocker and Gamer´s first and best choice.
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LGA775 Intel® 45nm Processor Ready This motherboard supports the latest Intel 45nm CPU which introduces new micro-architecture features for greater performance at a given frequency, up to 50% larger L2 caches, and expanded power management capabilities for new levels of energy efficiency.
LGA775 Intel® Core™2 Processor Ready This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™2 processors in LGA775 package. It also can support Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-Core CPU. With new Intel® Core™ microarchitecture technology and 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz FSB, Intel® Core™2 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world.
Intel® X38 Chipset The Intel® X38 Express Chipset is the latest chipset designed to support the next generation 45nm CPU in high-end desktop and workstation platform; and up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR3 1333/1066/800 MHz or DDR2 800/667 MHz memory architecture. It also supports 1333/1066/800 FSB (Front Side Bus), fully dual PCI Express x16 graphics and multi-core CPUs.
ATI CrossFire™ Technology ATI´s CrossFire boosts image quality along with rendering speed, eliminating the need to scale down screen resolutions to get the high image quality you want. CrossFire ignites with the higher antialiasing, anisotropic filtering, shading, and texture settings you desire. Adjust your display configurations, experiment with your advanced 3D settings, and check the effect with a real-time 3D-rendered preview within ATI´s Catalyst™ Control Center to rule your CrossFire system.
Crosslinx Technology Delivering better game play without the bottleneck of x4 solutions Crosslinx is an unique technology utilizing a dedicated controller to optimize PCIe allocation with dual x8 lanes(2nd & 3rd PCIex16 slot). Crosslinx eliminates the graphics data bottleneck found in other x16, x4 solutions. The result is unmatched graphics performance for smoother gameplay and maximum benchmark potential.
Dual channel DDR3 1333 To attain top performance, ASUS engineers successfully unleashed the true potential of DDR3 memory. Native DDR3 1333 maximizes system performance by eliminating the bottleneck when overclocking both the CPU and memory, providing great performance for 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications.
Performance with Reliability
Fusion Block System H2O ready: The next step in thermal solution. The Fusion Block System is a more efficient thermal solution compared to competing followers with complicated looks. It is a hybrid thermal design that combines the ROG´s renowned heatpipe design with the additional ability to connect to a water cooling system. By taking the entire integrated solution into design considerations, the user can enjoy exceptional thermal improvement to north bridge, south bridge, Crosslinx, and even VRM with a single connection. The Fusion Block System is the most versatile, efficient, and the most advanced thermal system there is on a motherboard.
2-Phase DDR3 With the embedded 2-Phase DDR3, this motherboard allows users to reach higher memory frequencies and enjoy better performance. Compared with only one phase solutions, this motherboard ensures longer power component lifespans and higher overclockability due to cooler temperatures and better efficiency.
COP EX OC in confidence The COP EX allows overclockers to increase chipset voltages without the worries of overheating. It can also be used to monitor and save an overheating GPU. The COP EX allows more freedom and less constraint for maximum performance achievement.
Voltiminder LED Friendly reminder on the intentional madness In the pursuit of extreme performance, overvoltage adjustment is critical but risky. Acting as the "red zone" of a tachometer, the Voltiminder LED displays the voltage status for CPU, NB, SB, and Memory in a intuitive color-coded fashion. The voltiminder LED allows quick voltage monitoring for overclockers.
Loadline Calibration Stable and optimal power for sustainable CPU overclock Maintaining ample voltage support for the CPU is critical during overclocking. The Loadline Calibration ensures stable and optimal CPU voltage under heavy loading. It helps overclockers enjoy the motherboard´s ultimate OC capabilities and benchmark scores.
CPU Level Up Earn money with ROG motherboard. Ever wish that you could have a more expansive CPU? Upgrade your CPU at no additional cost with ROG´s CPU Level Up! Simply pick the processor you wanted to OC to, and the motherboard will do the rest to have you enjoy that performance instantly. Overclocking is never as easy as this.
Frequency LED Show off your O.C. skill Worried that no one knows when you´ve overclocked your system to the max? Let the motherboard do the talking! The onboard Frequency LED highlights when your system is under extreme overclocking or normal states - allowing you to show off your O.C. skills.
Extreme Tweaker One stop performance tuning shop Extreme Tweakers is the one stop shop to fine-tune your system to optimal performance. No matter if you´re looking for frequency adjustment, over-voltage options, or memory timing settings, they´re all here!
Stack Cool 2 Effective and zero-noise heat dissipation Stack Cool 2 is a fan-less and zero-noise cooling solution offered exclusively by ASUS. It effectively transfers heat generated by the critical components to the other side of the specially designed PCB (printed circuit board) for effective heat dissipation.
C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall) When the system hangs due to overclocking failure, there is no need to open the case to clear CMOS data. Just simply restart the system, the BIOS would show the previous setting and then users can amend the CPU setting again.
Sound with Clarity
SupremeFX II Listen with Absolute HD SupremeFX II delivers an excellent high definition audio experience to the gamers of ROG. The SupremeFX II features unique audio innovations for gamers to spot enemies in 3D environment during game play. SupremeFX II also provides gamers a special tool to emphasize human voices in games to help make dialogues clearer and more audible.
ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit) New Generation Automatic Energy Saving Chip The ASUS EPU utilizes innovative technology to digitally monitor and tune the CPU power supply with improved VR responses in heavy or light loadings. It automatically provides power for higher performance or improve efficiency by 7% when the PC is running low intensity applications. Working together with AI Gear 3, this can help you attain the best possible power efficiency and energy savings up to 19% to help save the environment.
EL I/O Connect in the dark Today´s users demand more than good performance-they demand more heart touching services like user-friendly features. The motherboard comes with the EL I/O, an impressive design that increases convenience in connecting devices on the back I/O. The cool EL lights up your I/O panel under your desk, in the dark, or in a LAN Party. No more jamming devices into the wrong connectors! when you´re in the dark!
LCD Poster Debug with translation When system malfunction occurs, LCD Notice Board automatically detects for device failure and posts physical system errors on the LCD during POST. No more reading "gibberish to find out what´s wrong.
Onboard Switch No more shorting pins or moving jumpers With an easy press during overclock, this exclusive onboard switch allows gamer to effortlessly fine-tune the performance without having to short the pins or moving jumpers!
Q-Fan Plus Optimized quietness and cooling for more devices The Q-Fan function automatically detects temperature and adjusts fan speed accordingly to achieve quiet and efficient cooling. With Q-Fan Plus, special temperature sensor cable is provided to detect temperature on any device. When used with a optional fans, you may activate Q-Fan function on up to 3 additional devices of your choice!
ASUS Q-Connector Make connections quick and accurate The Q-Connector allows you to connect or disconnect chassis front panel cables in one easy step with one complete module. This unique adapter eliminates the trouble of plugging in one cable at a time, making connection quick and accurate.
EZ Flash 2 Simply update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS EZ Flash 2 is a user-friendly BIOS update utility. Simply launch this tool and update BIOS from a USB flash disk before entering the OS. You can update your BIOS only in a few clicks without preparing an additional floppy diskette or using an OS-based flash utility.
MyLogo3 Personalize your system with customizable boot logo The ASUS MyLogo 3 is the new feature present in the motherboard that allows you to personalize and add style to your system with customizable and animated boot logos.
3D Game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadows of Chernobyl is one of the most highly-anticipated 3D FPS games released this year. With highly-realistic graphics and gameplay physics, gamers will be tested to their limits when they are ´transported´ to an immersive atmosphere that depicts real-life scenes from Chernobyl.
3DMark® 06 Advanced Edition The Gamers´ Benchmark 3DMark is the most popular and authoritative 3D benchmark application used by professionals around the world. The 3DMark06 is the latest version in the popular 3DMark series, including advanced SM2.0 and HDR/SM3.0 Shader graphics tests and now including single, multiple core and multiple processor CPU tests as part of the 3DMark score! The accurate performance and image quality diagnostic tool, designed for DirectX®9.0c, provides you with all the information you need to make all other competitors look bad.
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus The best protection from viruses and spyware Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal offers premium antivirus protection for individual users and home offices. It is based on advanced antivirus technologies. The product incorporates the Kaspersky® Anti-Virus engine, which is renowned for malicious program detection rates that are among the industry´s highest.
SATA on the Go This motherboard supports the next-generation hard drives based on the Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s storage specification, delivering enhanced scalability and doubling the bus bandwidth for high-speed data retrieval and saves. The external SATA port located at the back I/O provides smart setup and hot-plug functions. Easily backup photos, videos and other entertainment contents on external devices.
Dual RAID The south bridge incorporate six Serial ATA connectors with high performance RAID functions in RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1, and JBOD. The Silicon Image 3132 controller provides another two external Serial ATA connectors for RAID 0, 1, and JBOD functions. This motherboard is the ideal solution to enhance hard disk performance and data back up protection without the cost of add-on cards.
Dual Gigabit LAN The integrated dual Gigabit LAN design allows a PC to serve as a network gateway for managing traffic between two separate networks. This capability ensures rapid transfer of data from WAN to LAN without any added arbitration or latency.
IEEE 1394a interface IEEE 1394a interface provides high speed digital interface for audio/video appliances such as digital television, digital video camcorders, storage peripherals & other PC portable devices.
High Definition Audio Enjoy high-end sound system on your PC! The onboard 8-channel HD audio (High Definition Audio, previously codenamed Azalia) CODEC enables high-quality 192KHz/24-bit audio output, jack-sensing feature, retasking functions and multi-streaming technology that simultaneously sends different audio streams to different destinations. You can now talk to your partners on the headphone while playing a multi-channel network games. All of these are done on one computer.
High-Quality Capacitors & RoHS
Uses 100% All High-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors This motherboard uses all high-quality conductive polymer capacitors onboard for durability, improved lifespan, and enhanced thermal capacity.
GreenASUS The motherboard and its packaging comply with the European Union´s Restriction on the use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS). This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environment-friendly and recyclable products and packaging to safeguard consumers´ health while minimizing the impact on the environment.
The product (electrical , electronic equipment, Mercury-containing button cell battery) should not be placed in municipal waste. Check local regulations for disposal of electronic products.
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- by David_W @Nov 14, 2007
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Republic of Gamers Maximus Extreme Desktop Motherboard
Republic of Gamers
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1 x Clr CMOS switch at the back panel
DDR3 1800/1600 MHz supported via overclocking
Northbridge: Intel X38
Southbridge: Intel ICH9R
Fusion Block System
Intelligent overclocking tools:
CPU Level Up
Memory Level Up
AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
ASUS AI Booster Utility
COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Clr CMOS(at rear)
ASUS EZ Flash2
ASUS CrashFree BIOS3
16Mb AMI BIOS
SM BIOS 2.4
ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS
WOL by PME
WOR by PME
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The hottest 3D Game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
ASUS PC Probe II
ASUS AI Suite
Futuremark 3DMark 06 Advanced Edition
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Republic of Gamers Maximus Extreme Desktop Board
Fusion Block System Accessory
3 in 1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
Floppy disk drive cable
SATA power cables
2-port USB2.0 module
EL I/O Shield
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10.6" (269.2 mm)
12" (304.8 mm)
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Socket T LGA-775
Core 2 Duo
Core 2 Extreme
Core 2 Quad
Pentium Extreme Edition
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This motherboard is fantastic. I'm running 4G of the cheaper OCZ 1600 Platinum and a q9550, and within about 4 minutes of entering the BIOS i have it at stable 3.6GHz (fsb 1700) with fairly good temps.
I got it as an NCIX open box, and i figure the components other than processor will be switchable with a nehalem board.
This is by far one of the best damn motherboards I have ever bought. It's performance really rocks and the tweaking capabilities are almost limitless. You could spend hours...hell even days just playing with all the settings to get the optimal performance you want if you don't want to use the automatic functions. If your just a casual gamer then this is not a board for you. But if your a hard core enthusiast who loves to tweak and do benchmarks and play games at retarded screen resolutions then this is the board for you!
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I bought that mobo for my Q9450 based rig. Gonna wait for 4000 series to come out so I'll think about a 4750 crossfire. The board is great with 4x1 gb ddr3 7-7-7-20 from patriot. The board have water cooling on chipset but will require fittings if you have 1/2 tubingthose fittings are included in the package. Also there is a nice lcd that give you informations about post sequence. I just receirved my box with only 1 optionnal fan while there is 2 heatsink to cool, don't know if it is normal but I'M fully satisfied, would buy again... in another life!
I'm using this board with a QX9650 and Patriot DDR3-1333 2x2gb ram and it just FLIES. I have my system running at 4.0ghz rock stable 24/7, but this mobo could easily handle more. The northbridge cooler is sort of a gimmick, I threw some leftover watercooling parts on it just to see what sort of temps I get and they are better than just using passive, but not by much. The bios is very easy to use and there's just a load of features on this board that make it a great overall package.
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