ASUS Maximus V Extreme review: ultimate Z77 board for overclockers

New Republic of Gamers board with all kinds of special overclocking features


Energy consumption

What's more interesting than performance is the energy consumption, and we did three tests in this area. The chart at the top shows the idle usage on the Windows desktop, the average over a five-minute period. The second chart shows the average usage during a complete run of 3DMark Vantage on the integrated GPU. The third chart shows the maximum energy consumption during Cinebench 11.5.

There are some larger differences here, particularly for idle usage. The least efficient board uses twice as much as the most energy-efficient one. Since every chip on a motherboard needs power, the more features there are the higher the usage will be. Still, some manufacturers have optimised their board better than others.

It's no surprise then that the Maximus V Extreme use more power than average, but there are other Z77 motherboards that are even more power-hungry.

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Asus Maximus V Extreme

Extended ATX, Socket 1155, Intel Z77, DDR3

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