ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Extreme and Extreme Assembly Review

Maximus VIII Extreme Up Close

ASUS Z170 Maximus VIII Extreme and Extreme Assembly Review

Maximus VIII Extreme Up Close

Having established the majority of the hardware, what are the little differences between the Extreme and the Extreme Assembly?

The Maximus VIII Extreme probably comes closest to what you might expect from the top-end ROG motherboard, even down to the black and red colour scheme. It's aimed squarely at overclockers, or at the very least enthusiasts, as indicated by the included OC Key and a fan extension board to ensure that you have plenty of headers to keep things frosty.

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We loved this heatsink design when we saw it on the Formula and on the Extreme it's just as attractive. The dark grey colour accentuated by the red flashes is very much 'classic ROG'. If you ever pay close attention to the area surrounding the CPU socket in our Z170 reviews you'll spot straight away that the Maximus VIII Extreme has far more capacitors squeezed onto the PCB than we've previously, a clear indication of it's overclocking purpose.

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Although the majority of the Extreme is in the red we've come to associate with Republic of Gamers above all else, the ROG logo on the Extreme is a full RGB number, so you aren't limited to just red, even if that is the most harmonious option.

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If the Maximus VIII Extreme supported any more USB ports or SATA connectors ASUS would need to create a new specification of ATX to fit them all on. As it is there is barely a millimetre or two spare. If you don't like empty PCB space, and we know some don't, then the Extreme is perfect. About the only element we haven't mentioned so far is the 3x3 802.11AC WiFi which supports up to 1300mb/s throughput. Enough for even those of you with Fibre Broadband.  

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Most Recent Comments

05-02-2016, 13:31:41

AlienALX
What a stunning board. Are you watching MSI?Quote

05-02-2016, 13:48:12

Slider_1
My Maximus VIII Extreme Assembly was delivered 2 hours ago, currently building the new beast.. First impressions of the board is very impressive. Can't wait to see what this thing can do.Quote

05-02-2016, 16:12:23

Chrazey
Is it just me or does it look like an 24 pin, where normally an 4 pin or 8 pin power cables goes to the CPU?... (Yes, I've totally brainfarted right now, so completely messed up how to explain this...)

@Slider - Another "Svenne" in here then! Quote

05-02-2016, 20:28:29

King of Old Old School
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
What a stunning board. Are you watching MSI?
MSI don't care about making nice looking Motherboards
IMO all they care about is making stupid looking Motherboards "Cough Godlike Cough"Quote

05-02-2016, 20:41:04

Wraith
Quote:
Originally Posted by King of Old School View Post
MSI don't care about making nice looking Motherboards
IMO all they care about is making stupid looking Motherboards "Cough Godlike Cough"
The thing is though from a modders perspective oem aesthetics are meaningless, when people look past that the hardware is the important part and the godlike has really great specs if were honest, ok it's no perfect 10 but that's not a major prob and it's easily fixed.

Asus do tend to hit the nail on the head when it comes to boards people want, the Maximus is no exception they are gorgeous boards.Quote
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