ASUS Maximus III Extreme 1156 Motherboard

External Packaging

External Packaging

ASUS are regularly a company who provide some of the best looking packaging we experience and as part of their high-end ROG range we're pleased to see that this tradition continues with the Maximus III.

The front of the box is very nice with a deep red that is the theme for the high-end ASUS items. Often we find that manufacturers can't resist the temptation to give their extreme performance products ridiculous stickers and graphics, so it's good to see a restrained approach taken here. Naturally the ROG logo and board name are the major points, as is the Windows 7 compatibility. A small group of logos to the bottom left cover the rest of the major points for any prospective purchaser and all in all it is an eye-catching design.

Turning the box over we see the usual list of statistics and specifications that adorn the rear of most packaging. However the layout is exceptional and what might otherwise be a bewildering mess of features is kept clear and easy to read. ASUS have wisely chosen to keep the main photographs limited to the features that are more specific to this board than to P55 ones in general and it helps to keep the focus upon these rather that generalities.  

        

Returning to the front we see something we last saw with the ASUS HP-001 headset, a velcro front flap that allows you to view the product in all its glory and still keep it safe in its packaging. How often have we had to sneakily take something out in a store to be able to actually look at it before purchase? No longer. It also, I'm sure not co-incidentally, gives yet more real-estate to advertise the Maximus III Extreme USPs.

A very nice touch.

        

Thankfully we aren't limited to merely browsing and wishing, so slipping the two boxes out of the main packaging we can take a closer look. Inside are two separate boxes, one containing the motherboard itself covered up by a sturdy plastic sheet that ensures anyone fooling enough to poke the thin plastic visible on the above photos wont make it to the motherboard itself.

The other box contains easily the most comprehensive collection of cables and things we've ever seen, and we shall be looking at those more closely later on.

        

Time to free the Maximus III Extreme for some naked photographs.

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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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