The past several days were marked by the official presentation of a new motherboard from Asus company. The new product, codenamed ROG Maximus V Extreme, is based on Intel Z77 chip and supports Intel Core processors of the second and third generations. The major distinctive feature of the motherboard is the availability of the integrated Thunderbolt interface and a range of exclusive overclocking and monitoring attachments. ROG Maximus V Extreme is furnished with five PCI Express 3.0 slots and is able to support such graphics technologies as AMD CrossFire, LucidLogix Virtu MVP, and Nvidia SLI.
Asus designers have taken care about the multitask capabilities of their motherboards, so equipped their products with the controller of Thunderbolt interface. Its bandwidth capacity approximates 10 Gb/sec. This interface is predestinated to attach monitors and peripheral equipment to a single Thunderbolt port at full speed. The nominal delivery set embraces a supplementary OC Key device targeted at overclocking and system monitoring without the necessity to install extra software and without the CPU involvement.
To continue, this motherboard boasts a quite efficient Subzero Sense option which is called to ensure an accurate monitoring at ultralow temperatures. This option will be a real finding for professionals who used to realize overclocking with the cooling system on the basis of liquid nitrogen. VGA Hotwire technology serves the direct access towards the power supply settings of high-end graphics cards.
With the purpose to save the spacing around the basic expansion slots, ROG Maximus V Extreme gets a dedicated slot with mPCIe Combo adapter. It is rather useful for the connection with mSATA and mPCIe interfaces. Besides, the delivery set includes mPCIe card with the support of Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.