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ASUS has once again set the bar with overclocking records for motherboards that carry the Intel Z77 chipset and 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors. ASUS engineers have tweaked a P8Z77-V DELUXE motherboard to a clock speed of 7GHz; and have also set several records with the ROG Maximus V GENE for added measure.

With a little help from a LN2 (liquid nitrogen) cooling system, they achieved the former with a 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3770K processor with 16GB of DDR3 clocked at 2800MHz. The 7GHz CPU clock frequency fully demonstrates the overclocking potential of ASUS Z77-based motherboards.

In addition, the Z77-based Maximus V GENE microATX gaming motherboard set the following records as well:

  • AquaMark 3: 536638 marks using a Radeon™ HD 7970 graphics card clocked at 1600MHz core and 1900MHz GDDR5
  • PiFast: 10.3 seconds with Intel® Core™ i7-3770K set to 6930MHz
  • 3DMark®2001 SE: 164589 marks using a GeForce® GTX 580 clocked at 1553MHz core and 1250MHz GDDR5
  • SuperPi: 5 seconds 187ms with Intel® Core™ i7-3770K set to 6961MHz
  • SuperPi 32M: 4 minutes 52 seconds and 953ms with Intel® Core™ i7 set to 6735MHz

The final record has yet to be submitted at the time of writing, but has been verified by ASUS engineers.

Through the use of better materials, a more advanced component layout, and tougher components altogether, these records are testament to the overclocking potential of ASUS’ range of Intel Z77-based motherboards. In addition, select motherboards also come with exclusive features such as Wi-Fi GO! wireless capabilities, USB BIOS Flashback, and Fan Xpert 2 custom cooling management.

As for the ROG motherboards, they feature SupremeFX® III audio, Intel Ethernet connection optimization, intelligent GameFirst bandwidth control and mPCIe combo expandability.

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