ASUS is no stranger when it comes to motherboards, the Taiwanese giant has been crowned as the most-reliable motherboard brand based on analysis of return rates conducted by LDLC subsidiary Hardware.fr. And now it seems the pictures for their ROG Maximus VIII Formula has been leaked teasing their glorious new motherboard for Intel’s Skylake generation of processors.
The RGB lighting on the ROG Maximus VIII Formula has RGB LEDs placed all around the motherboard and lets users customize their motherboard to their personal liking and has a charcoal black PCB with a silver aluminum finish on the PCH heat sink. The entire PCB is also covered by a protective shield that is known as the ROG Armor. The ROG Armor has two parts, one of which is a strong ABS top cover that blocks the heat from graphics cards directly to achieve lower system temperature and users can apply their own personal style and a fortifying SECC steel support behind the PCB to prevent the board from bending. It also ducts heat away from crucial components via thermal pads.
ASUS has also included the CrossChill cooling, collaborating with EK Water Blocks to design a hybrid cooling solution for its ROG Maximus VIII Formula.The motherboard features the LGA 1151 socket and is ready to support Intel’s 6th generation of Skylake processors. The motherboard comes with a beefy VRM that is geared towards enthusiast overclockers. The CPU is powered by a 8-Pin connector while the board is juiced up through the 24-Pin ATX connector. The board features four DDR4 DIMM slots that can enable up to 64 GB of DRAM (System memory) with speeds that are rated beyond 3000 MHz. Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x8 electrical) and three PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots. For storage, we are looking at 8 SATA III (6 GB/s) ports, two SATA Express ports and a single NVMe SSD connector. There’s also mSATA support on the board while Audio is provided through the SupremeFX 2015 chip that is a high-end audio solution that come with ESS ES9023P (DAC) with Hyperstream technology, ultra-low-jitter clock, Nichicon capacitors, 2VRMS headphone amp, and Sonic SenseAmp.
We should expect ASUS to show off the new ROG Maximus VIII Formula in a few weeks at CES in Las Vegas.