ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME LGA1200 Motherboard Review

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Unboxing

This part of the review is lifted from our Maximus XII Extreme First Impressions

ASUS packs the ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME in its standard ROG box. Its actually the same box we’ve seen for around 2 years now and nothing much has changed.  Over at the back we have details about the board which we’ll talk about in this article.

ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME (Z490) LGA1200 Wifi/Bluetooth Antenna, 30mm cooling fan, and fan mounting bracket for 30mm fan

This box has a lot of compartment so we’ll just walk through the inclusion. First-up: the Bluetooth and WIFI antenna. Together with that we have a 3omm miniature fan along with a mounting arm. This is similar to the cooling solution used on the first Zenith motherboard ASUS has released from time to time for boards that may need supplementary cooling on their VRMs which seems to be the case with the Maximus XII Extreme.

ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME (Z490) LGA1200 Motherboard M.2 mounting screws, pads, screws, Q Connector, ROG badge, and ROG installation USB drive

You get a bunch of M.2 screws to hold your device to the slots as well as pad stickers for support. You also get a Q-connector which allows easy placement of front panel headers to the board. You get some extra screws which I believe are for the Fan Extension Card II and you get a logo badge and USB installation flash drive.

ASUS has included a Thunderbolt III expansion card with the Maximus XII Extreme: the ThunderboltEXT3-TR. This card required 6-pin PCIe power as well connection to a Thunderbolt header on the motherboard as well as USB. The card support two (2) mini-DisplayPort input and two (2) Thunderbolt3 Type-C output.

ASUS has also included a Fan Extension Card II daughtercard with the M12E which allows expanding the already rich array of fan headers with 6 more plus a pair of RGB headers. The extension card can be connected via ASUS Node cable for further control and monitoring.

Most high-end Extreme boards from ASUS support the ROG DIMM_2 module which is a special M.2 host card for the Extreme boards. Underneath the heatsink, you can mount two M.2 devices.

ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME (Z490) LGA1200 Motherboard Cables

Cables included with the ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME are 3 pairs of sleeved SATA cables,  two DisplayPort to mini-DisplayPort, RGB headers, thermal probes, a node cable, a USB internal header and a Thunderbolt internal header.

In terms of extras, ASUS has included a screwdriver with a replacement head as well as a nice little tag.

Rounding up the package are the manuals, a sticker sheet and the power cable for the fan hub.

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