The simple sight of an ROG motherboard is awe inspiring. With the upcoming Launch of Intel’s Lynnfield Processors ASUS brings its A-Game to the table. Their offering? The ASUS Maximus III.
Tracing its roots, the Maximus line of motherboards has a long and colourful history in the world of computers. The name alone spells performance and features, unsurpased by any other manufacturer. Looking to maintain the reputation ASUS is holding nothing back in anticipation of Intel’s LGA1156 chips.
At first glance you can see the common colour scheme that has followed the Maximus line throughout the years. The striking Red/Black contrast is eye catching and bound to instill thoughts of pure performance.
The board features 4 DDR3 Dual-Channel Memory slots which will leave the Tri-Channel Memory reserved for the i7 alone. Covering up the P55 Chipset is a massive low profile heatsink that blends in well and does not impede the Trio of PCI-E 16x Slots. Just below the the 4 DIMM slots we see the possible location for Intel’s Braidwood Chip although we will have to wait until the board goes live to see if it is included or not.
Around the socket we see a proverbial forest of Capacitors and VRM’s which can only lead one to believe the power distribution and delivery is very apt and high grade. Wrapping around said VRM’s is a heatpipe assisted heatsink that does well to cover up the MOFSETs and keep them cool when the heat is on. The board will also feature the standard fair from ASUS including a hardwired start and reset switch and every connection on the back panel one could want or need. The board will also include the usual set of enthusiat features; iROG, Voltmeter LED, and ROG-Connect.
As with any anticipated release, we will have to wait until Intel’s launch of Lynnfield to see if this latest incarnation of Maximus can live up to its name. But from the looks of it, ASUS once again has the Formula for success.