ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 07.12.15
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General   + -

Without a doubt, the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme is a true high-end motherboard. If you're planning on overclocking your Skylake CPU, no matter whether it's extreme overclocking or aircooled OC, this is an ideal platform. Apart from that this board is also a great choice for powerful gaming system as well as workstations, which pack a good punch. We appreciate that many different storage devices can be attached no matter if they feature an M.2, SATA, SATA Express or even U.2 connector. Apart from that there is a high-quality power design, which is more than capable of handling extreme overclocking. It's almost self-evident that this much high-end is not cheap. The ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme sells for no less than 400 Euro these days. We're pretty sure there are quite a few users might be asking why there is no PLX chip on this board in order to avoid any lanes sharing. The reason for that is pretty simple: PLX chips are insanely expensive (a PEX8747 costs approximately USD 70) and that would have pushed the cost for the entire motherboard above 500 Euro. That in the end is more than what the Rampage V Extreme costs.


- Design
- Layout
- Features
- M.2 Gen 3 x4 Slot

Layout   + -
The ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme's Layout has been very well thought. Once more practical are the angled SATA connectors as well as the power- and reset-buttons. There is also a debug display which is very useful in case you should have issues with a component in your system or the board itself. The first PCI-Express x16 slot had to be placed very close to a heatsink, which makes removing a graphics cards a bit tougher. A closer look at the area around the CPU socket shows, there is plenty of space to install big aircoolers without running into any issues. ASUS also decided to further improve the onboard audio, by adding a dedicated DAC as well as high-quality Nichicon capacitors.   - Angled SATA connectors
- Space around the CPU socket - Placement of PCIe slots - Number of different storage connectors
- Overclocking Features
Performance   + -
Calculating the average of all 2D benchmarks we ran, we see that this is the second fastest board we've tested so far. When taking the average of all 3D results this board manages to score a new best result. Having a look at power consumption we see this board pull a very high amout of power from the plug in idle but and when running under load the system is about average.   - 3DMark Fire Strike
- 3DMark Vantage CPU
- SiSoft Sandra Arithmetic
- SiSoft Sandra Multimedia
- SiSoft Sandra Memory Latency
- Cinebench R15
- Tomb Raider High
- Power consumption idle
Overclocking / BIOS   + -
ASUS has a beautiful looking BIOS when it comes to their ROG series motherboard. The UEFI BIOS gets a black background and there are a few additional red design elements. Meanwhile it's almost normal that a BIOS is absolutely complete offering countless features. If you're looking for overclocking options you'll find a great many of them and they are equally practical for novices and extreme overclockers. We always love the pre-defined profiles, which make overclocking quite a bit easier. Apart from that we especially want to underline the numerous memory profiles ASUS has added. These can help a great deal if you're trying to get high-end memory to work. Boosting our CPU to 5.0 GHz absolutely no problem at all.   - Sheer amount of options
- Design
Recommendation   + -
The ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme is a fast and very well equipped Z170 motherboard, which ships with a BIOS that comes with numerous and easily accesible features. As you might have expected, this must high-end comes at a price and that price is about 400 Euro these days.  

- Price - Gaming
- Overclocking
- Enthusiasts

We give the ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme good 5 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 3 - Features Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 4 - Layout Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 6 - BIOS Page 19 - Tomb Raider
Page 7 - Test setup Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 21 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 9 - 3D Mark Page 22 - Power Consumption
Page 10 - 3D Mark 11 Page 23 - Performance Rating
Page 11 - 3D Mark Vantage  Page 24 - Price Comparison
Page 12 - PC Mark 8 Page 25 - Conclusion
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1  

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