Have deep pockets and an insatiable desire to overclock anything silicon-based? Then you might be happy to hear Asus has formally launched its Maximus III Extreme and Rampage III Extreme motherboards in North America. The two boards are both part of the Republic of Gamers series and are priced at $349 and $399, respectively.
Both look to be tailored for extreme overclockers. They purportedly combine "the best in digital and analog PWM designs," feature options to "minimize cold boot problems during extreme overclocking," and have dual eight-pin CPU power connectors and dual 4-pin Molex power connectors to keep both the CPU and video cards supplied with proper voltage. Other perks include the ability to enable and disable PCI Express x16 lanes so overclockers with voluminous coolers can reposition their graphics card(s) and a BIOS flashing system that works without a processor, memory, or graphics cards installed in the motherboard. Only a working power supply is required.
More details about the Maximus III Extreme can be viewed in the official spec sheet. (We're not seeing a product page for the Rampage III Extreme on the Asus Republic of Gamers website, however.) The Extreme has a P55 chipset and supports Core i3, i5, and i7-800-series processors, while the Rampage model's X58 chipset and LGA1366 socket will accommodate the cream of Intel's crop. Both boards should be "available now at authorized ASUS retailers."
As we've noted previously, TR's own Jordan Drake was on location at the 3x3 Overclocking Summit, where Asus brought in high-profile overclocking teams to try out the new boards. Look for our podcast coverage of that event soon.