ASUS Maximus III Extreme 1156 Motherboard

3D and Gaming Benchmarks

 

3D and Gaming Benchmarks

Firstly welcome to the audience who've skipped straight to this page. You've confused this with a graphics card review. Please return to page one and come back when you've caught up.

For the rest of us, now is the time to see if those synthetic and utility benchmarks give us anything meaningful in gaming terms. For the games themselves as always we're running at the maximum possible settings allowed within the game. Anti-aliasing is noted when applied. Because this isn't a review of graphical prowess and we wanted to ensure we didn't become, however unlikely, GPU limited, we've run the tests today at 1680x1050. Still plenty of resolution to give a stiff workout and something that many people are likely to play at.

3D Mark Vantage 

3D Mark Vantage is a strange beast. Despite clearly being able to detect and test the CPU, as you can see from the results below it's almost entirely graphics limited. Anyway, we have tested firstly the P score, which is the standard test. Hugely disappointing. A 1280x1024 test most definitely wont stress the GTX275 and so large gains should be seen from the copious overclock. Sure the CPU score was massive, but the P-Score itself stayed the same.

As the results for the P-Score were, disappointing, we decided to run the High test to see if the extra stress applied to the entire system might help the overclock to stretch its legs despite the likely-hood of being GPU limited. And it didn't. Hmmm. Chalk this one up on the strange pile.

 

Crysis Warhead

Although usurped in the graphical stakes by more recent titles, Warhead is still an absolute crippler on a system thanks to some overambitious coding. Following our results in the 3DM Vantage test in which the biggest improvement was found at the High level, the bench runs were performed at Enthusiast settings, but naturally without anti-aliasing. A fairly linear graph is produced in which clock speed gains frames. Just like it should. Quite what Vantage was playing at we might never know.

 

Dirt 2

Dirt 2 is the latest in the line of great racing games Codies have been putting out since GRiD. A great career mode, and some truly great graphics and a engine that remains playable on even modest rigs, should perform well on this spec. However in previous tests its console roots shine through and it didn't make much difference what we threw at it, it just kept on churning out results in a fairly linear fashion. Sure there are a couple of FPS to be had, and the overclock that we used was bulletproof. Just not quite the response you'd expect from an extra 1GHz of power pushing the data around.

 

Modern Warfare 2

MW2 shows a marked improvement over Dirt 2 terms of scaleability. Consider the furore that greeted it upon release as a dumbed-down console port it's good to see that having a nice bit of hardware driving you makes a lot of difference. An 80 frame minimum 4xAA on a stock Quad is impressive.

 

Time to wrap up all this with our conclusion.

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Most Recent Comments

19-02-2010, 05:16:07

tinytomlogan
Always good to post the first proper full review.... OC3D takes first place yet again! VonBlade has worked all hours to bring you the first review of the Asus Maximus III Extreme.

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19-02-2010, 17:49:54

JN
the red and black themes still aren't wearing thin on me yet

Looks like a pretty awesome board.

20-02-2010, 08:39:54

pazman4
Looks Sweet. Nice review, thanks

21-02-2010, 16:35:36

cl0ck_ed
Still can't see how anybody could justify buying this when x58 mobo's are about the same price and the 920's are cheaper than 860's.

21-02-2010, 19:33:37

VonBlade
Because you're getting LOADS more motherboard for the same price, the 1156s clock much easier than the X58 stuff, dual channel is naturally a lot cheaper and, if hyper-threading isn't important to you, a i5 750 is way cheaper than a 920. Yes the X58 is amazing. But the P55 is much better value.

This Maximus III is a mental amount of motherboard. The serious contender for it in X58 terms is the Quad Classified. And if you're trying to say they're the same money....

22-02-2010, 14:10:54

cl0ck_ed
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='VonBlade'
Because you're getting LOADS more motherboard for the same price, the 1156s clock much easier than the X58 stuff, dual channel is naturally a lot cheaper and, if hyper-threading isn't important to you, a i5 750 is way cheaper than a 920. Yes the X58 is amazing. But the P55 is much better value.

This Maximus III is a mental amount of motherboard. The serious contender for it in X58 terms is the Quad Classified. And if you're trying to say they're the same money....
I have to disagree 1366 overclocks much better than 1156. You can put dual channel on x58 if that is a concern. Yes i5 750 is good value but p55 i7's are expensive in the UK.

You bring value into the discussion but anyone buying p55 has a lower budget and will therefore buy the 750. People on higher budgets will more than likely get the x58 based system that will support the 6 core 32nm cpus that will be shortly released.

People that have funds for a tri/quad sli/xfire system will have enough for the classified.
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