ASUS Maximus III Extreme LGA1156 Motherboard Review

by MAC     |     April 11, 2010

Package & Accessories

Now that we have examined the Maximus III Extreme's specifications, it is time to take a look at the packaging and the included accessories. Since the MIIIE is part of the Republic of Gamers (RoG) product line we are expecting big things...

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The packaging is the usual Republic of Gamers fare, nearly identical to what we saw with the Maximus II Formula. It definitely stands out among the sea of bland white packaging that most companies use. The packaging also comes with a top flap, which details some of this model's various features, and a window revealing the motherboard in all its glory.

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When you open the box, you are greeted with two seperate inner sections. The first obviously holds the motherboard itself, while the bottom half contains all the accessories.

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When you open the accessories box you are greeted by a fairly impressive array of items. Here's a breakdown of accessories:
  • ROG Connect Cable
  • 2-Way SLI Cable
  • 3-Way SLI Cable
  • 2 SATA 6Gb/s Cables
  • 6 SATA 3Gb/s Cables
  • 3-port eSATA/USB PCI Expansion Bracket (with accompanying eSATA cables)
  • RC Bluetooth Card
  • I/O Panel
  • Optional Fan
  • Q-Connector Kit
  • Thernal Sensor Cables Pack

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Let's take a closer look at a few accessories. First, we have the sturdy SATA cables with metal clips that prevent any accidental disconnections. ASUS have bundled 8 SATA cables with the MIIIE, 6 SATA 3Gb/s and 2 SATA 6Gb/s. Visually there's no way to distinguish between the 3Gb/s and 6GB/s cables, so thankfully ASUS printed 'SATA 6Gb/s' on the respective cables.The white RoG Connect cable connects the Maximus III Extreme to a netbook/notebook, and allows for impressive control over the motherboard's system frequencies, voltages, and more. The optional fan that can be installed on one of the MOSFET coolers. However, ASUS warns to only install the fan if you are using a passive CPU cooler or water cooling, otherwise the fan will likely interfere with your CPU cooler's airflow and lead to higher CPU temperatures. ASUS have also conveniently provided 2-way and 3-Way SLI connectors. Last, but certainly not least, is the RC Bluetooth Card, which is used for the RC Bluetooth feature that allows users to control and/or monitor their systems via a bluetooth-enabled mobile phone.

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