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 The Republic of Gamers consists only the best of the best. We offer the best hardware engineering, the fastest performance, the most innovating ideas, and we welcome the best gamers to join in. In the Republic of Gamers, mercy rules are only for the weak, and bragging rights means everything. We believe in making statements and we excel in competitions. If your character matches our trait, then join the elite club, make your presence felt, in the Republic of Gamers. 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 family 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 unseen. * 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 output. 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 flexibility. 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. ROG CPU-Z 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 design. Use the whole new look of ROG CPU-Z to truly report your CPU related information and your uniqueness. 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 before. Specifications Intel® Socket 1155 for 2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3 Processors CPU 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 www.asus.com for CPU support list Chipset 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 Memory 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 www.asus.com 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 Storage 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 LAN Intel®, 2 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s) Bluetooth Bluetooth V2.1+EDR RC Bluetooth On/Off Switch Realtek® ALC 889 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC Audio - 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 ProbeIt UEFI BIOS features : - ROG BIOS Print - GPU.DIMM Post - CPU Socket Monitor iROG 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) ASUS TurboV EVO : - 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 EZ DIY : - 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-DIMM - 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) Accessories 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) BIOS 64Mb Flash ROM, EFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a, Multi-Language BIOS Manageability WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, WOR by PME, PXE Support DVD: - Drivers and applications * ASUS AI Suite II Support Disc * ROG CPU-Z * 3DMark Vantage * ROG Mem TweakIt Utility * Kaspersky® Anti-Virus 1-year license * ASUS AI Charger Form Factor Note 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.