ASUS Maximus III Extreme 1156 Motherboard

Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications

As befits a ROG motherboard the specifications are very comprehensive with a huge array of options related to the P55 side of things and a lot of additional ASUS ROG specific features.

   
CPUIntel® Socket 1156 Core™ i7 Processor/Core™ i5 Processor/Core™ i3 Processor
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
ChipsetIntel® P55 Express Chipset
Memory4xDIMM, Max 16 GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered
Dual Channel memory architecture
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
* Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Expansion Slots5 x PCIe 2.0 x16 Supports single at x16, dual at x16, triple at x 16 x16 x8, quad x8, or 5 x8
1 x PCI 2.2
StorageIntel® P55 Express Chipset built-in
6 xSATA 3.0 Gb/s ports (Gray)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology Support RAID 0,1,5,10
JMicron® 363 controllers:
- 1 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (Black)
- 1 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
Marvell® PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller
- 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports (Red)
LAN Realtek® RTL8112L Gigabit LAN controller 
AudioVIA® VT2020 10-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports Blu-ray audio layer content protection
- Supports 1 Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
- Supports 1 S/PDIF out header
- Supports Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
IEEE 13942 x 1394a port(s) (1 port onboard, 1 port at back I/O)
USBNEC® USB 3.0 controller
- 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at back I/O)
Intel® P55 Express Chipset
- 11 USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 7 ports at back I/O, 1 port at back I/O is also for ROG connect)
 
Overclocking FeaturesROG Connect
RC Bluetooth
Extreme Engine Digi+
- 8-phase CPU digital VRM power
- 3-phase VTT digital VRM power
- 3-phase Memory power
- ML Cap for CPU
ProbeIt
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
BIOS Flashback
Loadline Calibration
Intelligent overclocking tools:
- 8 O.C. Profile
Overclocking Protection:
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- Voltiminder LED
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
 
Special FeaturesCPU Level Up
MemOK!
Onboard Button: Power / Reset / Clr CMOS (at back IO)
ASUS MyLogo3
ASUS Fan Xpert
ASUS EZ Flash 2
ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
ASUS Q-Connector
ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
ASUS Q-Slot
ASUS Q-DIMM
 
Back Panel I/O Ports1 x External SATA
1 x IEEE 1394a
1 x LAN(RJ45) port
10 -Channel Audio I/O
1 x Clr CMOS switch
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
7 x USB 2.0 ports (1 port also for ROG Connect)
1 x ROG Connect On/Off switch
S/PDIF Out (Optical)
Internal I/O Connectors

2 x USB connectors support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
9 x SATA connectors: 2 x SATA 6.0Gb/s connectors / 6 x standard SATA connectors / 1 x SATA_E

8 x Fan connectors: 1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional
5 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 x Thermal Sensor Connectors
1 x IEEE1394a Connector
1 x SPDIF_Out Connector
1 x 24-pin ATX Power Connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
1 x En/Dis-able Clr CMOS Switch
1 x LN2 Mode Header
1 x Power on Switch
1 x Reset Switch
2 x EZ Plug Connectors
1 x OC Station Header
1 x RC Bluetooth Header
1 x Go Button
1 x BIOS Button
System Panel Connector

 BIOS16 Mb Flash ROM AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS
 ManageabilityWOL by PME,WOR by PME,PXE
 Accessories1 x RC Bluetooth Card
1 x I/O Shield
1 x Optional Fan
1 x ROG Connect Cable
1 x SLI Cable
1 x 3-way SLI Cable
1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
1 x 2-in-1 SATA 6.0Gb/s Cables
3 x 2-in-1 SATA 3.0Gb/s Signal Cables
1 x 2-port USB2.0 + ESATA Module
1 x Thermal Sensor Cables Pack
1 x Cable Ties Pack
1 x ROG Theme Label
1 x 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label
1 x User's Manual

Bluetooth Module Accessory Card
- Bluetooth V2.0/V2.1+EDR
- RC Bluetooth On/Off Switch
 Support DiscASUS PC Probe II
ASUS AI Suite
ASUS Update
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
Support DVD:
- Drivers and Applications
Futuremark® 3DMark® Vantage Advanced Edition
ASUS TurboV EVO Utility
 Form Factor ATX Form Factor
 Size 12 inch x 9.6 inch (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm)


That certainly is a comprehensive selection of features and included accessories. But a big table of specifications can seem a little dry, so it's time to take a look at the Maximus III in the flesh.

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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.

Continue Reading

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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