ASUS has never been one to shy away from experimental features in their high-end motherboards, and their latest Republic of Gamers product does nothing to buck this trend. The new ROG Maximus III Extreme is their most recent high-end board targeted at enthusiasts and especially overclockers. It’s Intel P55-based, which means Socket 1156 and support for Core i5 as well as the low-end Core i7 processors.
- Chipset: P55
- CPU: Socket LGA1156
- Memory: Maximum of 16GB DDR3 (4 DIMMs)
- Expansion: 5 x PCI-e x16 slots, 1 PCI
- Storage ports: 7 x SATA2 (3Gbps), 2 x SATA3 (6Gbps)
- Networking: Gigabit Ethernet
- GPU: ATI CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI
- Inputs: 2 x USB3.0/2.0, 11 USB2.0, 2 x FireWire, 1 x e-SATA (3Gbps)
What’s most interesting about this new board so far, though, is its native support for Bluetooth and improved ROG Connect. The new setup lets users attach a notebook or netbook via USB to update the BIOS (fewer worries about bricking a motherboard) or use a Bluetooth-enabled phone to tweak parameters from across the room.
No cost has been mentioned, but it’s not likely to be cheap—in all likelihood, it’ll end up somewhere around $300. The ROG Maximum III was shown off at a recent overclocking, with general availability expected sometime later this month.