It looks like its Z87 reveal day today! We just showed you MSI’s Z87 MPower overclocking motherboards and now we have the scoop on ASUS’s upcoming Z87 Republic of Gamers Motherboard Series. If you remember we already revealed ASUS’s Z87 Motherboards, but now it is official. These boards are part of the Overclocking line and include the Maximus VI Extreme, Maximus VI Hero and Maximus VI GeneZ.
The Flagship of the ROG series is the Maximus VI Extreme. It features a 12-phase VRM in which the CPU is powered by an 8+4pin connector. Expansion slots include a five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, a single PCI Express 3.0 x4 slot and a mPCIe combo slot for mSATA solid state drives and WiFi modules. For storage you have a total of ten SATA 3 ports. Other connectivity options include eight USB 3.0 ports and dual Gigabit Ethernet. Overclocking features include voltage measurement points, on/off switches and clear CMOS switches.
The Maximus VI Hero is a more cut down version of the Maximus VI Extreme. So you only have three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots. There are only 8 SATA 3 ports, four USB 3.0 ports and a single Gigabit Ethernet connection. It does have the SupremeFX onboard audio with ground-layer isolation which the Maximus VI Exteme does not. The board does have the same overclocking options as the Extreme board.
The Maximus VI GeneZ is the micro-ATX board in the ROG lineup. It has the same 12-phase VRM on the other boards. It has two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and a single PCI Express 2.0 x4 slot. For storage you have eight SATA 3 ports and there is a mPCIe Combo III slot near the rear I/O.
ASUS’s Z87 ROG Motherboards are bundled with the OC Panel and OC Hot Key devices. The OC Panel is a readings panel and controller that will allow you to monitor and change various settings on the motherboard.