The 6th-generation Intel Core processors and Z170 chipset are here, and to support Skylake for the enthusiast ASUS has added three new motherboards to their Republic of Gamers ‘Maximus’ lineup: The Maximus VIII Hero, Maximus VIII Ranger, and Maximus VIII Gene.
For those unfamiliar, ASUS includes just about everything (possibly including the kitchen sink, I haven't seen the exact box contents yet) in these Maximus boards, and calling them feature-rich would be an understatement. In addition to the premium construction and overclocking focus there is now a greater emphasis on ease-of-use, with feaures inherited from the company's signature series motherboards. This "5-Way Optimization" includes "all of the enhancements enjoyed by ASUS signature motherboards…complete with award-winning automated overclocking and unmatched fan controls".
There are interesting additions to the new Z170 Maximus lineup, including customizable RGB LED lighting, which can be set to change color based on CPU temperature or “pulsate in time to the beat of your favorite tunes”. Who doesn’t want their motherboard to do that?
The micro-ATX variant: ASUS Maximus VIII Gene
While silent PC enthusiasts might not think aabout a motherboard that's engineered for overclocking performance, fan headers and speed control are a focus with the lineup. In addtion to what's installed on the motherboard ASUS is offering this nice little accessory (as a separate purchase) connects to a header on the motherboard to add an additional three PWM fans with full control.
The ultimate accessory for the enclosure enthusiast? I think so
You could already create some very quiet system builds with Maximus motherboards and the option of adding additional fans with a "Fan Extension card" is a thoughtful one.
The Maximus VIII Hero, Maximus VIII Ranger, and Maximus VIII Gene will be available immediately from the usual retailers, and ASUS states that “other Maximus VIII models will arrive soon”. Pricing was not immediately available at time of publication but I would assume this will mirror that of the existing Maximum VII lineup as in past generations.
I’m trying to save and ASUS
I’m trying to save and ASUS has to do this… Why?!
“Because it, they must do.
"Because it, they must do. Mmmmmm."
– Master Yoda
Weeellll, I was wondering if
Weeellll, I was wondering if I should wait for Skylake for an upgrade. This answers my question so fast that it’s not real.
As much as the new “Skylake”
As much as the new “Skylake” looks cool, my system does what I need for me just fine. Asus P55D-E Pro still working fantastic, with no hiccups.
“There are interesting
“There are interesting additions to the new Z170 Maximus lineup, including customizable RGB LED lighting, which can be set to change color based on CPU temperature or “pulsate in time to the beat of your favorite tunes”. Who doesn’t want their motherboard to do that?”
Well this just says that the CPU that goes in this board has not improved enough to justify its cost, along with the cost of this new motherboard and many are already in waiting mode. I guess it will take a Zen product that can actually match Sandybridge in IPC to get Intel to wake up from their dream state. So it’s we can’t give you the justifiable CPU improvements over your current builds, so we’ll give you a light show to distract you, but all the flashing lights will only annoy those that will not be so quick to jump and be disappointed. Intel has slowed to a crawl to such a degree with its overall improvements that it is competing with its own previous generation of SKUs more so than those of its competitors.