Maximus VIII Formula Review
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The Asus ROG lineup from its inception was meant for the enthusiasts who like to stay at top. The lineup gradually matured into a foray of products which contained something for everyone at different pricepoints. Taking the current lineup Asus has eight different SKU’s for enthusiasts with different tastes and spending capabilities. Today we will be taking a look at something that belongs to the upper end of the spectrum of the ROG Z170 lineup.
Meet the ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Formula , a motherboard designed for Intel core processors Skylake with socket LGA 1151 and has the top end Z170 chipset. Boasting customizable RGB LED system,excellent integrated audio, factory-installed CrossChill EK hybrid cooling block and 2×2 802.11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi – The ROG MAXIMUS VIII Formula hits every every point when it comes to making an all-round motherboard.
|CPU||Intel® Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors|
|Memory||4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3733(O.C.) MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory, Dual Channel Memory Architecture|
|Onboard Graphics Outputs||Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports
– Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
– Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
|Multi-GPU Support||Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
|PCI Slots||2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, gray)
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (black)
|Storage||Intel® Z170 chipset :
1 x U.2 port, support PCIe 3.0 x4 NVM Express storage
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
2 x SATA Express port,
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
ASMedia® ASM1061 controller
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), black,
|USB||Intel® Z170 chipset :
8 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at mid-board)
Intel® Z170 chipset :
4 x USB 2.0 port(s)
Intel® USB 3.1 controller :
2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, , Type-A + Type-C)
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
2 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)
|Audio||ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel High Definition Audio|
|LAN||Intel® I219V Gigabit LAN|
|WIFI/Bluetooth||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor – 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )|
[nextpage title=”Closer look at the board”]Taking a closer look at the board, the motherboard features the LGA 1151 socket to support Intel’s 6th generation of Skylake processors.
The CPU is powered by an 8-Pin connector with power being regulated by an 8+2 phase VRM controlled by a single PWM.
Short VRM Analysis for the CPU
The single CPU VRM is controlled by a single ASP1405 PWM, which is an unidentified International Rectifier PWM (most likely IR35201 or IR35203) providing 4+2 phases. The first four phases are doubled to eight phases by four IR3599 phase doublers. Those four IR3599 doublers then feed eight PWM lines to eight IR3535 MOSFET drivers. Each MOSFET driver controls a Texas Instruments CSD87350 NexFET, which produces high-quality output power. The NexFETs essentially are power blocks; each has one high-side and one low-side MOSFET built-in, to provide high efficiency at high switching frequencies for better overclocking. The iGPU gets the remaining “+2” phases and utilizes two IR3535 and two more NexFETs for power delivery and regulations.
The board features four DDR4 DIMM slots that can enable up to 64 GB of DRAM with speeds up-to 3733 MHz. The memory VRM is controlled by an ASP1105 (unknown 2+ phase PWM) and is powered by two phases made up of unidentified MOSFETs hidden behind the ROG Armor
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 along with
The onboard Audio solution is one of the main selling point for Maximus VII Formula. The Supreme FX audio solution consists of Realteks ALC1150 enhanced by an ESS Sabre ESS9023P DAC, a dedicated clock, Nichicon Gold series audio capacitors, Texas Instruments R45801 amplifier, a sense pre-amp, and an NEC relay for de-pop. Overall a nice solution that would handle a gamers need.
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[nextpage title=”Benchmarks”]Now let’s take a look at some benchmarks
Point Calculations -3D Movement Algorithm Test
This benchmark encodes a full HD (1080p) video into a high quality x264 video. This is especially CPU intensive and prefers more cores.
This benchmark encodes a full HD (1080p) video into a high quality x264 video. Like its big brother its CPU intensive and prefers more cores.
X265 Hwbot Benchmark
This benchmark is a variation of the original X265 Benchmark devolpoed by Hwbot along with a wrapper so that it can be used be for competetive benchmarking
WPrime v 1.55
Super PI XS Mod 1.5
CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D.
Dolphin Emulator Benchmark
This benchmark runs a Wii program that raytraces a complex 3D scene inside the Dolphin Wii emulator. An excellent indicator for single core cpu performance.
WebXPRT is another free online benchmark that gives you objective information about how well a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or pc device handles common Web tasks. Another good indicator of overall system performence.
ASUS’s Maximus VIII Formula provides high performance across the board as is evident from the benchmarks.The Maximus VIII Formula manages to uphold our high expectations from the ROG lineup.
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