ROG Maximus III Extreme Motherboard
ROG Maximus III Extreme Motherboard

Attendees of DreamHack Winter from November 26–29, 2009 are set to witness a milestone in overclocking history. ASUS will be debuting the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Maximus III Extreme, a bleeding-edge, P55-based motherboard that enables users to tweak system settings wirelessly over Bluetooth via a mobile phone. An extension of ASUS’ proprietary ROG Connect overclocking platform, RC Bluetooth will reshape how enthusiasts approach the art of overclocking.

New and Improved ROG Connect: Extended Functionality for Greater Convenience and Peace of Mind

The four-way CrossFire-capable Maximus III Extreme is a top-end addition to ROG’s celebrated Maximus III Series of motherboards. True to its ROG heritage, it sports a host of features tailored to overclocking enthusiasts and gamers. The foremost of these is ROG Connect, which was first introduced with the Maximus III Formula and Maximus III GENE. ROG Connect is an exclusive overclocking interface that enables users to monitor and tune their main systems through a notebook or netbook via USB, just like a race car engineer. The version released with Maximus III Extreme will extend ROG Connect’s functionality, adding BIOS updating and recovery, diagram viewing, and on-the-fly hardware-level voltage and frequency adjustment. BIOS updating from a notebook is a particularly welcome feature for overclockers, who will no longer have to fear bricking their motherboards due to a corrupt BIOS.

RC Bluetooth: Smashing through the Barriers of Conventional Overclocking

Perhaps the most innovative addition to ROG Connect, however, is RC Bluetooth, a feature which allows users to review the status of their systems’ hardware and tweak parameters wirelessly from a Bluetooth-enabled PDA phone. RC Bluetooth is also capable of performing standard Bluetooth functions, such as stereo music playback, Skype messaging, Internet access via a Bluetooth phone, and mobile phone or PDA synchronization. All it requires is the press of a button located on the rear I/O panel to toggle between overclocking and standard modes.

All Set to Astound Attendees of DreamHack Winter

The ROG Maximus III Extreme will make its first appearance at DreamHack Winter, the world’s largest LAN/eSports event, and a mainstay of hardware enthusiasts. The overclocking prowess of the ROG Maximus III Extreme will also be showcased at an overclocking competition to be held during the event. On November 27 and 28, 2009, the world’s best overclockers will use the ROG Maximus III Extreme to vie for the overclocking championship.

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Specifications
Model ASUS ROG Maximus III Extreme
CPU LGA1156 socket for Intel® Core™ i7/Core™ i5 Processors
Chipset Intel® P55 Express
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Memory 4 x DIMM, max. 16GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz, non-ECC, un-buffered memory modules
Dual channel memory architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Expansion slots 5 x PCIe x16 slots: Supports single x16, dual x16, triple x16 x16 x8, quad x8, 5 x8
1 x PCI 2.2
Multi-GPU Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology / ATI® CrossFireX™ Technology
Storage Intel® P55 Express Chipset
– 6 x SATA 3.0Gb/s ports
– Intel Matrix Storage Technology supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10
JMicron® JMB363 SATA & PATA controller:
– 1 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s port
– 1 x External SATA 3Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)
Marvell® PCIe SATA 6Gb/s controller
– 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
LAN Realtek® RTL8112L Gigabit LAN controller
Audio VIA® VT2020 10-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
– Supports Blu-ray audio layer content protection
– Supports 1 Optical S/PDIF out port at back I/O
– Supports 1 x S/PDIF out header
– Supports Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
USB / IEEE1394a NEC® USB 3.0 controller
– 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (at back I/O)
Intel® P55 Express Chipset
– 11 USB 2.0 ports (4 ports at mid-board, 7 ports at back I/O)
2 x 1394a ports (1 port onboard, 1 port at back I/O)
ROG Exclusive Features ROG Connect
RC Bluetooth
iROG
ProbeIt
BIOS Flashback
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12 inches x 9.6 inches (30.5cm x 24.4cm)