ASUS ROG Maximus III Extreme – Overclocking via Bluetooth

Abdullah Saad

ASUS will soon be introducing Republic of Gamers (ROG) Maximus III Extreme, a P55-based motherboard for Intel® LGA1156 Core™ i7 and Intel® Core™ i5 Processors, during DreamHack Winter, 2009. This board features a novelty, it enables users to tweak system settings wirelessly over Bluetooth via a mobile phone. From the looks of things, this extension of ASUS' proprietary ROG Connect overclocking platform, RC Bluetooth is all set to reshape how enthusiasts approach the art of overclocking.

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Maximus III Extreme

The four-way CrossFire-capable Maximus III Extreme is the newest addition to ROG's Maximus III Series of motherboards. It will like Maximus III Formula and Maximus III GENE feature ROG Connect; an exclusive overclocking interface that enables users to monitor and tune their main systems through a notebook or netbook via USB. But this time, ASUS has taken ROG Connect to the next level by enabling overclocking via Bluetooth, which means now all you need to overclock is a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, perhaps not all that user-friendly but still very cool.

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In addition to that, ROG Connect's functionality will now also feature BIOS updating and recovery, diagram viewing, and on-the-fly hardware-level voltage and frequency adjustment. ASUS has also designed a whole new power supply for the board, no less than 11 digital PWM phases. According to the manufacturer, this solution combines the best from both worlds, the digital and the analog.

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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



BIOS Flashback

Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12 inches x 9.6 inches (30.5cm x 24.4cm)

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