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
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
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
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 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

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

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

Looks like a pretty awesome board.Quote

20-02-2010, 08:39:54

Looks Sweet. Nice review, thanksQuote

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