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Asus Maximus Extreme Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review

Asus Maximus Extreme Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Asus Maximus Extreme motherboard PCSTATS is testing today is based around Intel's X38 Express and ICH9R chipsets. It comes absolutely loaded with features, almost too much in fact.
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External Mfg. Website: Asus Feb 05 2008   Max Page  
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Overclocker Friendly Asus BIOS & System Specs

You can adjust the motherboard frequency from 200-800 MHz in 1 MHz increments. You can adjust the CPU clock multiplier as well as the DDR3 operating speed thanks to the many dividers available.

In the Extreme Tweaker, you'll find all the memory timing options here too and as you can see there are a lot of them!

Finally at the very bottom of the page we find the voltage options. The CPU voltage can go as high as 2.4V, CPU PLL, 3.0V, Northbridge 2.05V, DDR3 memory 3.04V, and Southbridge to 1.25V. Please note, BIOS voltage values go high enough to permanently damage your hardware. Use caution when playing with the voltage settings and overclocking.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Asus Maximus Extreme motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this Intel X38 Express based system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
Test System Reference System #1
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 (775)
Clock Speed: 8 x 333 = 2.66 GHz 9 x 266 MHz = 2.4 GHz
Motherboard: Asus Maximus Extreme (X38 Express)

Gigabyte GA-X38-DQ6 (X38 Express)
Asus BLITZ Formula (P35 Express)
Foxconn MARS (P35 Express)
MSI P6N Diamond (NF 680i)
Biostar TF7150V-M7 (GF 7150)

Videocard: MSI NX8800GTS-T2D320E
Memory: Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-1800C7D (DDR3)

Corsair DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF (DDR2)

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Intel E6750 Reference
Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF 8.30.1013
nVIDIA Forceware 163.75

Benchmarks:

SYSMark 2007
SiSoft Sandra XII
Super Pi Mod 1.5
PCMark Vantage
3DMark06
Quake 4
FEAR

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Contents of Article: Asus Maximus Extreme
 Pg 1.  Asus Maximus Extreme Intel X38 Express Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Impressive Asus Accessory Kit
 Pg 3.  Chipset Cooling Solutions
 Pg 4.  Maximus Extreme Highlights Gallery
 Pg 5.  Looking Further at the Intel X38 Express
 Pg 6.  Overclocking the Maximus Extreme
 Pg 7.  — Overclocker Friendly Asus BIOS & System Specs
 Pg 8.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SYSmark 2007 Preview
 Pg 9.  Motherboard Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 10.  Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 11.  Motherboard Benchmarks: 3DMark06, Quake 4, FEAR
 Pg 12.  PCSTATS Maximum Motherboard Overclocking Chart & Conclusions

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