A lot of work went into getting you this information today, but there are so many questions yet to be answered. To be sure, you’ll hear from me again soon. In the meantime, chew on this… Sandy Bridge looks very good for daily systems, gamers, and benchers who focus on ambient cooling. Based on the rumors of poor scaling with extreme cooling, I’m a bit hesitant to recommend Sandy Bridge to extreme overclockers. But for benchers focused on ambient cooling techniques, this is shaping up to be an excellent choice! The gamer in me is even more excited, as having this much power will bode well going forward with ever increasing demands in the latest titles. Remember that 2011 is a big year for PC gaming, with numerous high-profile releases on the horizon!
I’m working on a large suite of real world testing, including multi-GPU configurations, and comparisons against a highly overclocked X58 system. So please check back for those results which will be posted in the coming weeks!
Concerning the Asus Maximus IV Extreme, from all appearances and with the hands-on experience that I’ve gathered thus far, I am very impressed with this package! While I’ve expressed my quibbles over the bits and pieces that I think could have been done better, overall this is a very competent platform that seems very mature and stable. My biggest complaint is that it’s a bit over the top, but hey, if this is the board that you are looking at, then that probably sounds more like a praise. Overall, well done Asus! We will officially assign it an award after I have completed the remainder of my testing.
I’d like to thank Asus for sending the motherboard and CPU for testing.