Bengal Rig Update 3
Published: 1st December 2016 | Source: OC3D | Price: |
The Maximus range of motherboards has often been found at the top of our LGA1151 graphs. Of course if money were no object then you'd go for a Rampage with its support for the ten core behemoths that sit at the top of the Intel range, but only those with extremely fat wallets can find themselves owning such options, for the vast majority of the rest of us the Quad Core i7s provide all the horsepower we need. With the brilliant move - for me at least - to orange as the highlight colour there was only ever going to be one motherboard on my wishlist and that's the Maximus VIII Extreme. A work of art with plenty of overclocking capabilities, loads of USB ports for the myriad of peripherals I have strewn around the place, plenty of SATA ports for my throng of mismatched SSD drives and, did I mention, it's orange!
With a heavy workload of images to handle and resize as well as hefty multitasking it's important that I have as much CPU performance as possible, which is where the Intel i7-6700K comes into play. Hyper-threading, good overclocking, it's everything that your 'power user on a budget' could desire, whilst also having the benefit of being the same lineage as my previous Z97, thus allowing me to keep my Cooler Master 280 in the roof of my custom Switch 810 and just bolt it on and go. With the office stacked floor to ceiling with Z270 motherboards that all need reviewing this is all about getting up and running quickly, rather than taking a month to carefully cable tie everything. Score another one for the Maximus VIII.
There are quicker M.2 drives around, the Samsung 9x0 in particular, but the Kingston Predator combines a good size - 480GB is a perfect match for my previous RAID array - and a decent price, whilst still being blazingly quick when you're used to plain SSD speeds. Similarly to the perfect timing of the ASUS switch to an orange colour scheme, G.Skill released an orange version of their TridentZ memory. It was meant to be, as the old saying goes. We're still at the point where wanting orange involves compromises - in this case their fastest kits aren't available in the orange - but when the system colour scheme matches up so harmoniously then who gives a fig about a few minor details here and there. After all, it wasn't that long ago that your choice if your favourite colour was orange was to shut up about it and have a red one.