Maxsun Terminator Z790M D5 Ice Review: White Micro ATX with five M.2 sockets

Sub-$190 Micro ATX board sports an icy appearance, five M.2 sockets, and dual 20 Gbps USB-C

Maxsun Terminator Z790M D5 Ice
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Maxsun’s BIOS is a bit of a blast from the past. While it’s 100% functional, it doesn’t have an Easy Mode and isn’t quite as refined (good-looking) as others. The BIOS screen has the major headings across the top (Main, Advanced, Power, Turbo, Startup, Security, and Exit) with detailed information on the left and system information (including CPU temp/speed, fan speed, vcore, memory frequency, and more) on the right. You can overclock the system in the Turbo section, and there are plenty of options to tweak. Again, it has all the functionality you’re looking for, including overclocking and tweaking memory, but it just doesn’t look as good compared to most competing brands.


Maxsun’s only Windows-based software is Maxsun Sync, which controls any attached RGBs. I can’t find any other application on the website for Windows-based overclocking and fan control, which is lacking compared to most other board partners. The Maxsun Sync app does offer several different RGB lighting modes, a couple of which you can tweak even further. It’s a functional application, but i’d like more functionality or another program for adjusting CPU parameters and fan control.

Maxsun Terminator Z790M D5 Ice

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Test System / Comparison Products

We’ve updated our test system to Windows 11 64-bit OS with all updates applied as of mid-October 2023. We kept the same Asus TUF RTX 3070 video card from our previous testing platforms but have updated the driver to the latest, keeping our games, F1 22 and Far Cry 6, the same. Unless otherwise noted, we use the latest non-beta motherboard BIOS available to the public using ‘optimized default’ settings except for the memory (XMP). The hardware and drivers we used are as follows:

Test System Components

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CPUIntel Core i9-14900K
MemoryKingston Fury Beast DDR5-6000 CL36 (KF560C36BBEAK2-32)
Row 2 - Cell 0 Teamgroup T-Force Delta RGB DDR5- 7200 CL34 (FF3D516G7200HC34ABK)
Row 3 - Cell 0 Klevv CRAS XR5 RGB (KD5AGUA80-80R380S)
GPUAsus TUF RTX 3070
CoolingCoolermaster MasterLiquid PL360 Flux
PSUEVGA Supernova 850W P6
SoftwareWindows 11 64-bit (22H2)
GraphicsNVIDIA Driver 537.42

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Benchmark Settings

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ProcyonVersion 2.6.848 64
Row 2 - Cell 0 Office Suite (Office 365), Video Editing (Premiere Pro 23.6), Photo Editing (Photoshop 25.0, Lightroom Classic 12.5)
3DMarkVersion 2.27.8177 64
Row 4 - Cell 0 Firestrike Extreme (v1.1) and Time Spy (v1.2) Default Presets
Cinebench R24Version ‘build unknown’
Row 6 - Cell 0 Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded
BlenderVersion 3.6.0
Row 8 - Cell 0 Full benchmark (all 3 tests)
LAME MP3Version SSE2_2019
Row 11 - Cell 0 Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 1.2.2
Row 13 - Cell 0 Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX)
Corona 1.4Version 1.4
Row 15 - Cell 0 Custom benchmark
7-ZipVersion 21.03-beta
Row 17 - Cell 0 Integrated benchmark (Command Line)
Far Cry 6Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HD Textures ON
F1 2022Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, Ultra High (default) Bahrain (Clear/Dry), FPS Counter ON

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  • 8086
    The disappearing connectivity on modern motherboards is very disappointing.

    Come on people. I want my pci-express slots back. And If I need 5 NVME drives, then I'll get one daughter pci-e card to run them off of. This also frees up motherboard space for other components you and I might desire and makes installing NVME drives much easier since you can just remove the daughterboard vs removing your gpu and everything else to get at the drive location..
  • Amdlova
    5 nvme will make you better at gaming...
    If you need a 10g ethernet or a capture card or other thing you can put on your @ email
  • HideOut
    The lack of M2 5th gen is a bummer, but using badwidth to put put 5 x m2 is cool, especially with 2 x 110mm. But the trend of crappy sound codecs is sad.
  • Gu3sts
    Shame the chipset does not support 36+ pci express lane's so all m.2 & gpu can run at full speed, assuming x4 lanes per m.2 drive