One of the highlights of this motherboard is the OC Key. We had a chance to see it in action back in October when Asus had their X79 preview in Singapore and it’s very simple to set up. The OC Key acts as an intermediary between your monitor and the GPU and is activated via the ROG Connect button on the rear panel. Once it’s on, you’ll be able to see readouts of the CPU’s current voltage, temperature, etc. over whatever's on your monitor, and you can directly overclock these values right through the OSD itself. Pressing the ROG Connect button toggles your keyboard's input between Windows and the overlay interface. This works very well and is super easy to set up, giving you real-time information about your CPU. Another good thing is that the overlay can be accessed from any screen, even while Windows is booting.
Four-way SLI and CrossFireX is possible
The OC Key works brilliantly in providing real-time information
In PCMark 7, we got a score of 3584, which is a little less as compared to when we did the Ivy Bridge platform review. This could be attributed mainly to the lack of dual-channel memory. Cinebench R11.5 returned a OpenGL score of 88.9fps, which is roughly 8fps more as compared to the Intel DZ77GA-70K motherboard. The CPU score; however, was 6.98pts, which is a bit lower. In gaming, we received a similar score compared to our previous setup. In FarCry 2, with a resolution of 1600 x 900 and the Physics, Fire and Trees set to 'Very High', we got a score of 169fps. Dirt 2, with the same resolution and a mix of medium to low settings gave us a framerate of 146fps. Overall, the Maximus V Extreme could have performed even better had the dual-channel memory worked.
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