ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 09/05/2011 01:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
As always we start off with the packaging and bundle. Above, you can see what to look for in the stores. Nice looking packaging design by the way, the typical ROG color / style.
We received the final retail sample and as such it came packed with a quite decent product bundle. Among the gear inside the kit you'll find the following extra's:
- User's manual
- ROG Feature Guide
- I/O Shield
- 2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)
- 2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
- 1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
- 1 x SLI bridge(s)
- 1 x CrossFire cable(s)
- 1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
- 1 x 2-port USB 2.0 module(s)
- 1 x ROG Connect cable(s)
- 1 x ProbeIt cable set(s)
- 1 x Thermal sensor cable pack(s)
- 1 x Cable ties pack(s)
- 1 x ROG theme label(s)
- 1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
- 1 x RC Bluetooth card(s)
Oh and obviously a motherboard as well, doh :)
This Z68 motherboard does not come with a video output, a little weird as the IGP definitely is active. We have absolutely no doubt though that if you spend 250 EUR on a motherboard aimed at gamers, you'd be installing a dedicated graphics card, so as such we feel the lack of the graphics subsystem is insignificant. It would have been nice to see at least an HDMI port though, even if it was just for troubleshooting the main dedicated graphics card or something.
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ASUS Maximus IV Extreme Z review
ASUS completed its range of Z68 products as well, and the one that rules them all is probably the board as tested today. The Republic of Gamers team applied their typical bunch of lovin' and sweetness to the motherboard, driving the feature count up and the tweaking performance to new heights. Yes, the Maximus IV Extreme-Z Intel Z68 motherboard has arrived at the Guru3D test grounds all the way up the highlands of Holland.