Although it’s really no surprise that ASUS has included a MPCIe/802.11ac Combo with their latest Maximus VI offerings, the fact that this M.2 adapter is only limited to a single PCIe lane is a bit disheartening. Not that it really matters to the typical consumer, as they probably won’t be able to get their hands on a compatible card for a few motherboard revisions at least, but limiting it to a single lane means 5Mbps throughput, or 500MB/s transfer speeds which is less than we are seeing in todays SATA 3 SSDs.
Why ASUS only did half a job to encorporate M.2 is a bit confusing, especially since they took away Intel Z87 6Gbps ports 5 and 6 in result. Don’t get me wrong, the adapter is definitely a benefit to reviewers, however, the most useful part of this card is, without a doubt, the 802.11ac speeds that extend our wireless network by leaps and bounds. Not only are we getting speeds up to 860Mbps on 802.11ac capable systems such as our MBA, but also, all 802.11 systems are at a solid 5 bars and 300mbps at all times. - ASUS Maximus VI Pricing -
QUICK AND EASY SSD SECURE ERASE
MPCIe wasn’t the only SSD related add on that ASUS included in the Maximus VI family as their is also a very easy to use secure erase utility found in the BIOS. For those not understanding the purpose of a SSD secure erase, SSDs may slow in performance over time where a secure erase can set it back to its factory fresh state. This is also a desired characteristic when passing an SSD for anothers use.
We apologize in advance that it isn’t possible to get a screen capture of the bios applications and the literature on the screen was very bright. We did our best to make it as legible as possible. Clicking on any picture will bring a larger and clearer resilution.