ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME Motherboard

Introduction

The MAXIMUS VI EXTREME is the most high-end motherboard from ASUS for socket LGA1150 processors. It is based on the Z87 chipset and brings 10 SATA-600 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, a Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac interface, and a Bluetooth 4.0 antenna. But the highlight of this motherboard is the overclock control panel, which can be used to monitor and control overclocking parameters.

The Intel Z87 chipset provides two important upgrades compared to its predecessor, the Z77: six USB 3.0 ports instead of four and six SATA-600 ports instead of only two. Another important difference between the two chipsets is where the video outputs of the motherboard are connected. While with both chipsets the video is generated by the CPU, on the Z77 the video signal was routed to the chipset, and the video outputs were connected to the chipset. On the Z87 chipset, the video outputs are connected directly to the processor. Both chipsets support up to three independent video monitors. The Z87 supports all other features provided by the Z77, such as Smart Response (installing an SSD as a cache for the main hard drive), Smart Connect (allowing the computer to receive emails and refresh webpages while in sleep mode), and Rapid Start (faster boot times) technologies.

You can see the ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME motherboard in Figure 1. It uses the ATX form factor, measuring 12 x 9.6 inches (305 mm x 244 mm).

ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREMEFigure 1: ASUS MAXIMUS VI EXTREME motherboard

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Author: Rafael Coelho

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.

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