ASUS Republic of Gamers has recently introduced the new Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly and Matrix GTX 980 TI. The flagship Z170 gaming motherboard is focused at epic gaming performance and overclocking and the true enthusiast-grade graphics card providing record-breaking performance with great overclocking potential. Both of this has been finessed with ROG’s all new futuristic Plasma Copper scheme for color matched extreme gaming and overclocking rigs.
ROG Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly: Best gaming and OC, plus SupremeFX Hi-Fi and 10G Express
The Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly is the new ROG flagship gaming motherboard for elite enthusiasts, leveling up Maximus VIII Extreme’s superiority with ROG’s Plasma Copper colors, and including the new SupremeFX Hi-Fi front-panel headphone amp and ROG 10G Express card, the fastest onboard consumer Ethernet.
Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly, like the Maximus VIII Extreme, is based on the Z170 chipset and LGA 1151 socket continuing ROG’s world-record-breaking heritage to offer the best gaming performance with multiple ROG-exclusive innovations. These also includes the 5-Way Optimization auto-tuning for instant performance boosts, Pro Clock to push base-clock frequencies way better than before, second generation T-Topology technology for extreme DDR4 overclocking and the new Extreme Engine Digi+ for precise, smooth core voltages.
ROG 10G Express is the enterprise-speed Ethernet card, powered by Aquantia and Tehuti Networks: these key partners are both members of the NBASE-T alliance, and worked closely to produce the new 2.5Gbit/s and 5Gbit/s standards that will be compatible with the existing Category 5e (Cat 5e) cabling and ports. With PCI Express 2.0 x4 speed, it equips Maximus VIII Extreme/Assembly gamers for next-generation LAN speeds of up to 10Gbit/s or up to ten times (10X) faster than today’s fastest consumer Ethernet on any motherboard.
SupremeFX Hi-Fi is the front-panel headphone amp that aims to deliver sounds exactly how the studio intended, being pure, unadulterated audio straight to the listener’s ear no matter for streaming or gaming. The ESS ES9018K2M digital-to-analog converter (DAC), dual Texas Instruments LM4562 op-amps and TPA6120A2 headphone amp work in pairs to reproduce every detail without distortion or jitter, delivering audiophile-grade 32-bit/384kHz and DSD128 playback, and output of over 6VRMS to 600ohm headphones.
ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti: Record-breaking performance with best OC and gaming innovations
ROG’s new Matrix GTX 980 Ti houses the latest GeForce GTX 980 Ti GPU which is individually tested by an ASUS-exclusive GPU-sorting system to assess its overclocking potential. This ensures only the very best GPUs selected for inclusion on Matrix GTX 980 Ti. Only the very best GPUs that rank in the top 15% of those tested are reserved for use in the ROG Matrix. This precise attention to detail and commitment to quality results in a graphics card that offers gamers and overclockers extreme performance and overclocking stability. ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti delivers up to 18.7% faster performance than reference cards and 21.6% faster in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Matrix GTX 980 Ti is fitted with ASUS-exclusive technologies, including DirectCU II and patented wing-blade fans that deliver maximum airflow over the heat sink for 30%-cooler and three times (3X) quieter performance. It has many advanced and exclusive hardware and software features designed to make overclocking as simple and safe as possible. Memory Defroster quickly defrosts the graphics card’s memory during below-zero overclocking to ensure sustained stability. A Safe Mode that allows users to overclock with complete confidence, as a single button push will restore default BIOS settings instantly. Extreme overclockers will also appreciate the liquid-nitrogen (LN2) jumper switch as it enables even more overvolting options, allowing the most adventurous users to unleash maximum greater power from their graphics cards.
To support stable overclocking, ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti is also equipped with exclusive Digi+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with 14-phase Super Alloy Power II technology. All ASUS graphics cards are now produced using Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-only, 100% automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality and reliability.
ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti is also equipped with a gorgeous color-coded LED that changes shade to reflect the GPU’s load level. Shining brightly through four resplendent color gradients, it provides a real-time visual guide to performance, even providing an awesome internal glow.