OC3D: So if the new Intel chips have got you slavering, you must be considering a motherboard to put them in. Of course there will soon be a swathe of new boards from the usual manufacturers ready to tempt you.
Today we'll be looking at the latest in the long line of 'Extreme' motherboards from Asus. Nomenclature makes it easy to see what series this is part of, as the Rampage is for the top-end Intel CPUs, the Crosshair for the AMD chips, and the Maximus for the middle-range Intel processor line-up.
Last time we saw a Maximus board it was the Maximus III designed for the LGA1156 socket P55 chips, so it makes sense that for their replacement we have the Maximus IV.
ASUS is going all-in with its processor platforms and before Sandy Bridge it has loaded the warehouses with 17 different models. Leading them we have the Republic of Gamers line and in this case ASUS Maximus IV Extreme. The company has now published a flashy video walkthrough of the board.