ASUS Maximus 4 Extreme Review
For our testing we've got an i7-870 on a Maximus III Extreme at stock at 4 GHz. An i7-950 on a Rampage III Extreme at stock and 4.4GHz and our i7-2600K at stock and 4.6GHz. We're also trying out a new style of graph so opinions are welcome.
Straight out the gate the Maximus IV is taking the plaudits thanks to the improved power available with the i7-2600K. Clearly the inclusion of the AES instruction set in the 32nm CPUs allows it to blow that benchmark away, but all the rest it rocks hard in too, especially at stock when against the much faster clocked previous generation.
Memory would be one of the tests that we expect the Maximus IV to meet the Maximus III and fall way behind the triple-channel wonder that is the X58 chipset. Amazingly it doesn't and produces some staggering numbers. Either the memory controller is vastly refined and the next version of the LGA1366 chips will be mind-blowing, or Triple-Channel was acclaimed to have benefits that just don't pan out.