New Asus mobo supports smart-phone overclocking

— 6:00 AM on December 1, 2009

If you can afford it, you might just be overclocking your next PC from your cell phone. Asus has announced a new Intel P55 motherboard that features, among other things, the ability to monitor and control settings via a smart phone with Bluetooth connectivity. The description in Asus' announcement is a tad vague, but it goes like so:

Perhaps the most innovative addition to ROG Connect, however, is RC Bluetooth, a feature which allows users to review the status of their systems' hardware and tweak parameters wirelessly from a Bluetooth-enabled PDA phone. RC Bluetooth is also capable of performing standard Bluetooth functions, such as stereo music playback, Skype messaging, Internet access via a Bluetooth phone, and mobile phone or PDA synchronization. All it requires is the press of a button located on the rear I/O panel to toggle between overclocking and standard modes.

The Maximus III Extreme is part of Asus' Republic of Gamers series, too, so it also includes all the trimmings you'd expect from a super-high-end enthusiast mobo. Asus' spec sheet lists compatibility with LGA1156 Nehalem processors, five PCI Express x16 slots (purportedly workable in a quintuple x8 setup), 10 Serial ATA ports (including one eSATA and two 6Gbps ports), a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and a multitude of other overclocking and tweaking options. You can even overclock from another PC via the ROG Connect tool.

Asus doesn't quote pricing or a release schedule for this newcomer. However, in light of the $250 price tag on the slightly less-tricked-out Maximus III Formula, we wouldn't be surprised to see the company charge an even greater premium for the Maximus III Extreme. (Thanks to PC Perspective for the link.)

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