The ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme is an E-ATX format motherboard with four PCI Express 3.0 slots for graphics cards, two of which are connected to the chipset with full 16 and two with 8 lanes respectively. Additional expansion cards can be connected in PCIe x1 and x4 slots, and as X399 motherboard, the ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme also supports AMD's Crossfire and NVIDIA's SLI technology for multi-GPU setups. The eight RAM banks hold up to 128 GB of DDR4 memory, whereby the corresponding memory can run natively at a maximum of 2,666 megahertz, but clock rates of up to 3,200 MHz are supported by means of overclocking.
The board manages data carriers such as SSDs and hard disks via eight SATA 6G ports (including RAID support), three M.2 slots and one U.2 port, each connected directly to the CPU with four PCI Express 3.0 lanes. M.2 SSDs from 42 to 110 mm in length can be used and the advanced NVM Express protocol is also supported, which has been specially optimized for highly parallel data carrier access of modern PCIe SSDs. Two of the M.2 slots are located on an M.2 DIMM card, which is plugged vertically onto the board next to the DIMM slots on the right side of the mainboard. This means that the M.2 slots are in the airflow and not next to PCIe slots, which could throttle the M.2 SSDs due to waste heat.
Another highlight of the ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme is the USB 3.1 port with type C connector on the I/O panel on the back of the mainboard. The new USB type C port is particularly thin and can finally be plugged in on both sides. USB 3.1 or USB 3.1 Gen 2 reaches maximum speeds of 10 Gbit/s per port. Two LAN ports, one USB 3.1 type A port and eight USB 2.0 ports round off the connection repertoire for peripherals.
Other special features of the ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme include LED lighting with RGB LED headers and a WLAN module that even supports the particularly fast AD standard. Further internal connections include two headers for USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 for 4 ports each, a total of five 4-pin headers for CPU and case fans as well as water pumps and last but not least numerous internal status/debug LEDs, headers and switches. Another special feature of the ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme is the expansion card for a 10 Gigabit LAN port, which is connected via the PCIe-x4 slot.…more