Maximus IV Extreme-Z The Best Overclocking

Maximus IV Extreme-Z
The Best Overclocking Experience on
Intel Z68-based board
Mem TweakIt: Dynamic timing adjustments, DRAM efficiency gauge
ROG Connect: Plug and Overclock - Tweak it the hardcore way!
ROG iDirect : Tune your PC from your iPhone or iPad now!
RC Bluetooth: Smashes through all the barriers of conventional
overclocking !
Extreme Engine Digi+: Powerful combination of analog and digital
design elements
USB BIOS Flashback: No worry of BIOS crash anytime!
The Best Overclocking Experience on Intel Z68 with ROG Motherboard
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CPU Feature
LGA1155 socket for 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 Processors
This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™ i3/Core™ i5/Core™ i7 2nd generation processors in the LGA1155 package, with memory
and PCI Express controllers integrated to support 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 2.0 lanes. This provides great
graphics performance. Intel® Core™ i3/Core™ i5/Core™ i7 2nd generation processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient
CPUs in the world.
Chipset Features
Intel® Z68 Express Chipset
Intel® Smart Response Technology
The Intel® Z68 Express Chipset is a single-chipset
design to support socket 1155 Intel® second generation
Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 processors. It provides
improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point
links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability.
Additionally, Z68 chipset provides 2 SATA 6Gb/s and 4 SATA 3Gb/s ports for
faster data retrieval at double the bandwidth of current bus systems. Moreover,
Intel® Z68 Express Chipset also supports iGPU function, letting users enjoy
the latest Intel integrated graphic performance.
Faster Access, Bigger Storage
Intel® Smart Response Technology boosts overall system performance. It
uses an installed fast SSD (min 18.6GB available) as a cache for frequently
accessed operations, speeding up hard drive/main memory interaction. Key
benefits are expedited hard drive speeds, reduced load and wait times and
maximized storage utilization. Power consumption also goes down by
reducing unnecessary hard drive spin, an important part of Green ASUS ecofriendly computing.
* Support Intel® Smart Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor
Multi-GPU support
Lucid Virtu
Enjoy optimal onboard graphics and discrete GPU's performance by
dynamic switching!
SLI/CrossFireX On-Demand
Lucid Virtu is the GPU virtualization software along with 2nd generation Intel®
Why choose when you can have both?
Core processor featuring like Intel Quick Sync to enable an all-inclusive media
platform and discrete GPUs coming with high-end DirectX 11 3D, anti-aliasing
SLI or CrossFireX? Fret no longer because
with the ROG Maximus IV Extreme-Z, you´ll
and performance features to get the thrills in games. Ultimately, users can
be able to run both multi-GPU setups. The
enjoy optimal simultaneous performance in 3D gaming and video functions
board features SLI/CrossFireX on Demand
like transcoding and HD playback without having to manually change settings
between GPUs.
technology, supporting SLI or CrossFireX configuration. Whichever path you
take, you can be assured of jaw-dropping graphics at a level previously
* ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z motherboards retain iGPU accessibility alongside native
LucidLogix® Virtu™ support for auto sw itching betw een integrated graphics and
discrete graphics cards. This enables full use of Sandy Bridge iGPU features for
improved media performance regardless of w hether you use onboard or add-on VGA
ROG Extreme OC Features
ROG Connect
ROG iDirect
Plug and Overclock - Tweak it the hardcore way!
Tune your PC from your iPhone or iPad now!
Monitor the status of your desktop PC and tweak its
Still overclocking your PC the old-fashioned way? Let ROG
parameters in real-time via a notebook—just like a race car
engineer—with ROG Connect. ROG Connect links your main
system to a notebook through a USB cable, allowing you to
view real-time POST code and hardware status readouts on your notebook, as
well as make on-the-fly parameter adjustments at a purely hardware level.
iDirect bring you a whole new tweaking experience right on
your iPhone or iPad! Thanks to the Bluetooth card that comes
with select ASUS ROG motherboards, you can monitor your PC
and tweak parameters such as voltages and frequencies in real time
wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad!
RC Bluetooth
USB BIOS Flashback
Smashes through all the barriers of conventional
Refresh the BIOS can never be that easy
overclocking !
Still overclocking in old-fashioned way? Let RC Bluetooth bring
you the whole new idea of how to do! Just simply push the
USB BIOS Flashback must be the most convenient way to
flash BIOS ever! It allows overclockers to try their BIOS with the
simplist way one can imagine. No need to enter the BIOS or
button from the Back I/O on the RC Bluetooth card,
overclockers can real-time monitor the desktop PC system status & tweak its
parameters - such as voltages and frequency on the fly. When users want to
the operating system, just plug the thumb drive into the ROG
Connect port & push the ROG Connect button for 2 seconds, BIOS would be
automatically flashed under standby power. It's no doubt that USB BIOS
use ordinary bluetooth functions, just simply push the button once again &
enjoy all the wireless convenience brought from RC Bluetooth.
Flashback gives overclockers the ultimate convenience!
Extreme Engine Digi+
BIOS Flashback
Powerful combination of analog and digital design elements
Extreme Engine Digi+ equipped with high performance digital
VRM design can easily achieve the ultimate performance with
Two BIOS ROM. Two BIOS settings. Twice the overclocking
Overclocker's prayer to have BIOS flexibility is answered! With
adjustable CPU PWM frequency. It expedites heat dissipation
and achieves better electric conduction keeping critical
components reliable. Now you'll be able to push your spanking new Intel CPU
the new BIOS Flashback, PC enthusiasts can overclock with
even more confidence. BIOS Flashback gives overclockers the
ability to save two versions of the BIOS simultaneously. Very much like the
to the limit, hitting benchmark scores that others only dream of. Extreme
Engine Digi+ balances the need for voltage and the desire for rock solid
"SaveGame" function, one BIOS can be used for the overclocking adventure,
while the other BIOS is to be stored with any previous version. BIOS Flashback
performance to bring the ultimate user experience.
brings the ultimate convenience to overclockers!
Mem TweakIt
Dynamic timing adjustments, DRAM efficiency gauge
When changing DRAM settings in BIOS, it always takes time for the system to reboot. Worry no more! With Mem TweakIt, you can do DRAM tuning
in real-time, view your DRAM efficiency score, and upload and share your ranking online.
ROG Rich Bundled
3DMark® Vantage Advanced Edition
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
The gamers´ benchmark
3DMarkVantage is the new industry standard PC
gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark,
The best protection from viruses and spyware
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal offers premium antivirus
protection for individual users and home offices. It is based on
newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new
graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for
advanced antivirus technologies. The product incorporates the
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus engine, which is renowned for
the latest hardware. 3DMark® Vantage is based on a completely new
rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10,
the new graphics API from Microsoft.
malicious program detection rates that are among the industry´s highest.
Whole new design of CPU-Z
ROG CPU-Z is a customized ROG version authorized by CPUID. It has the same functionality and credibility as the original version, with a unique
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Other Features
Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
Experience the fast network connectivity!
The LAN solution from Intel has been long known to have a better throughput, lower CPU utilization as well as better stability. With
the dual Intel Gigabit LAN solutions onboard, the ultimate network experience can therefore be delivered to its users like never
Intel® Socket 1155 for 2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 Processors
Supports Intel® 32 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
* Refer to for CPU support list
Intel® Z68
4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333 Hz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* According to Intel® SPEC, the Max. 32GB memory capacity can be supported with DIMMs of 8GB (or above). ASUS
will update QVL once the DIMMs are available on the market.
* Refer to or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
* Due to CPU behavior, DDR3 2200/2000/1800 MHz memory module will run at DDR3 2133/1866/1600 MHz
frequency as default.
Multi-GPU Support
Supports NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology
Supports LucidLogix® Virtu™ Technology
4 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8 or x8, x16, x16)
Expansion Slots
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
Intel® Z68 chipset : *1
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), gray
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Support Intel® Smart Response Technology on 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processor family
Marvell® PCIe 9182 controller : *1
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
JMicron® JMB362 controller : *1
2 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red
Intel®, 2 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
RC Bluetooth On/Off Switch
Realtek® ALC 889 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
NEC® USB 3.0 controller : *2
8 x USB 3.0 port(s) (6 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
NEC® USB 3.0 controller :
USB Ports
2 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)
Intel® Z68 chipset :
9 x USB 2.0 port(s) (1 at back panel, black, 8 at mid-board)
ROG Connect
RC Bluetooth :
- RC TweakIt
ROG iDirect
Extreme Engine Digi+ :
- 8 -phase CPU power design + 4 -phase iGPU power design
- 3 -phase Memory power design
- ML Caps on CPU respectively
Mem TweakIt
ROG Extreme OC kit :
- LN2 Mode
- PCIe x16 Lane Switch
Overclocking Features
- Debug LED
- Q Reset
UEFI BIOS features :
- ROG BIOS Print
- CPU Socket Monitor
Extreme Tweaker
Loadline Calibration
BIOS Flashback
USB BIOS Flashback
Overclocking Protection :
- COP EX (Component Overheat Protection - EX)
- Voltiminder LED
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
- CPU Level Up
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- MemOK!
- Onboard Button : Power/Reset/Clr CMOS (at back IO)
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Q-Fan Plus
- ASUS Fan Xpert
- ASUS Q-Fan
Special Features
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS MyLogo 2
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-Connector
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
2 x eSATA 3Gb/s
2 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
8 x USB 3.0
Back I/O Ports
1 x USB 2.0 (white port can be switched to ROG Connect)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
6 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)
1 x RC Bluetooth switch(es)
1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
4 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 8 USB 2.0 port(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
4 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x Power Fan connector(s)
3 x Optional Fan connector(s)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
Internal I/O Ports
1 x System panel(s)
8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x RC Bluetooth header(s)
1 x LN2 Mode header(s)
1 x Q Reset switch(es)
2 x EZ Plug connector(s) (4-pin Molex power connector)
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x LN2 Mode switch(es)
1 x Go Button(s)
1 x BIOS Switch button(s)
1 x ROG light connector(s)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
User's manual
ROG Exclusive Feature Guide
I/O Shield
2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)
2 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x 3-Way SLI bridge(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x CrossFire cable(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
1 x 2-port USB 2.0 module(s)
1 x ROG Connect cable(s)
1 x ProbeIt cable set(s)
1 x Thermal sensor cable pack(s)
1 x Cable ties pack(s)
1 x ROG theme label(s)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
1 x RC Bluetooth card(s)
64Mb Flash ROM, EFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a, Multi-Language BIOS
WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE
Support DVD:
- Drivers and applications
* ASUS AI Suite II
Support Disc
* 3DMark Vantage
* ROG Mem TweakIt Utility
* Kaspersky® Anti-Virus 1-year license
* ASUS AI Charger
Form Factor
Extended ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 10.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 26.9 cm )
*1: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported.
*2: With 2 x VIA SuperSpeed USB hub controllers.