Hey all. Over the next few weeks I am gonna be previewing, reviewing and generally having a good time (thrashing) seeing what the new Maximus 5 Gene Z77 chipset board can do. I will be building on this post nearly everyday adding new information and benchmarks as I go. All forum members please do chip in and ask for any tests you want to see. Iniially I will be showing this Z77 chipset based board with current CPU's and as soon as NDA is over with new CPU technology. I am pleaaed to say evan with current CPU's this board has pushed my limits up interms of both mhz and timings on both RAM and CPU. Its amazingly good at clocking 4 DIMM configuations a problem with previous chipset 1155 boards. Most of the testing I have done so far with the board has been with the new gen CPU's and only a couple of hours thus far have been spent on past gen. I will endeavour to add benchmark results for the current generation CPU's namely 2600K / 2700K ASAP. Bios updates by the day are keeping me busy with further testing, but each one is yielding better and better clocking, stability and performance results. Thanks to Shamino for his excellent work with this and the support he has offered me.
Common componnents Used for all testing:
M5G (various Bios)
Antec HCP 1200w PSU
GSkill RAM 16gb (4x4gb) currently 2133mhz 9-11-10-28 2T Kit with higher rated stuff on the way!!!!
2 x ASUS 7970 watercooled with Koolance blocks in Xfire
120gb Corsair GT SSD
EK and Koolance CPU waterblocks (Thanks to Specialtech.co.uk for supplying the watercooling!!!!)
Water Chiller set to 16C so as to give results that others could replicate.
Cascade -125 degrees cooling to come later!!!!! ( When if I break anything I have completed all the other tests I want to do, its been a while) LOL!!!!!!!!
Ok lets start with some pics of the board its self:
Shot at 2012-03-13
IO Panel, USB3, On CPU VGA out, Audio, ROG connect etc etc Standard IO from ASUS!!!!
Chipset Heat SInk, SATA Ports 4 Intel Ports 2 are 6gb, 2 ASmedia both are 6 Gb, 24 Pin Power, Go Button, LN2 Jumper!!! Again familiar but essential ROG stuff!!!
Robust VRM heatsink, that I must say does not get too hot at all evan with high power delivery!!!
ASUS 7970 Crossfire,, Standard 2 slot spacing.
Power and Reset are easy to reach at the base of the board along with standard USB and Audio headers
Comprehensive Pics of the extensive overclocking settings within Bios will be up next!!!!!!! This Bios is a system and memory tweakers heaven!!!
Watch this space!!!