ASUS ROG Maximus V Formula Motherboard Review

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Ever since its inception in 2006, the ASUS Republic of Gamers brand (ROG) has provided PC gaming and overclocking enthusiasts worldwide with some of the best hardware and most innovative motherboard technologies that money can buy. It takes one glance at a ROG board such as the Maximus V Formula to see that it has quality, performance, and a unique fashion sense all rolled into one rosy package. A never before seen Hybrid Thermal Solution provides an unprecedented level of cooling flexibility, while SupremeFX IV audio technology delivers uncompromised sound thanks to unique shielding and premium audio caps. Of course, being that this is an ASUS board, the addition of value isn't limited to a few hallmark features. Check in after the jump for a full breakdown of what makes this Formula winning.

 

Overview

ROG again delivers the tools you need to stay ahead, presenting full readiness for mature DirectX® 11 gaming. With new processors, advanced 28nm graphics, and PCI Express 3.0 now available, there’s no time for half-measures. Maximus V Formula gives you the perfect starting point for a build that will make every new and upcoming game look, sound, and run to the max.

 

Both air and water cooling-ready, Maximus V Formula eliminates heat with patent-pending Fusion Thermo Solution, a design featuring an aluminum heatsink that combines an all-copper water channel and heatpipe. The first concept of its kind in the industry, Fusion Thermo Solution accelerates heat removal, giving DIY mavens greater flexibility when picking their cool.

 

Reinforced using premium Japan-made ELNA audio capacitors and isolated from the rest of the board via exclusive interference-eliminating Red Line technology, SupremeFX IV also uses a massive 1500uF main capacitor. It pumps out extra-clear 300ohm headphone amplification, and even features a metal cap to keep distortion out and the best audio in.

 

ROG delivers smart cFosSpeed network traffic shaping technology that cuts your pings and latency with background data packet inspection. This gives you better online gaming and VoIP, together with an intuitive interface that offers exclusive EZ Mode and Advanced Mode to cater to all users.

 

The compact mPCIe Combo card includes an mSATA slot and an mPCIe slot with bundled dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi. It instantly adds more storage options (perfect for SSD) and wireless connectivity to your machine, both of which are sure to come in very handy!

 

*Courtesy of ASUS

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Specifications

CPU Intel® Socket 1155 for 3rd/2nd Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
Supports Intel® 22 nm CPU
Supports Intel® 32 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Chipset Intel® Z77
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Graphic Integrated Graphics Processor
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports
Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology
Supports LucidLogix® Virtu™ MVP Technology *1
Expansion Slots 3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8 or x8/x4/x4) *2
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
1 x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1 *3
Storage

Intel® Z77 chipset :

2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red
2 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s port(s), red
1 x mini-SATA 3Gb/s port(s) , black
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *4

ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller : *5

4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), red

LAN Intel®, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
Wireless Data Network Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
Bluetooth Bluetooth V4.0
Bluetooth V3.0+HS
Audio SupremeFX IV built-in 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
USB Ports Intel® Z77 chipset :
4 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z77 chipset :
8 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black+white, 4 at mid-board)
ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
2 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)
Overclocking Features

mPCIe Combo™ (mPCIe/mSATA combo card)
ROG Connect

Extreme Engine Digi+ II

ROG Extreme OC kit

ProbeIt
UEFI BIOS features

GameFirst II
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
Loadline Calibration
USB BIOS Flashback
Overclocking Protection

Special Features

ASUS TurboV EVO

ASUS EPU

ASUS Wi-Fi GO!

ASUS Exclusive Features

ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution

ASUS EZ DIY

ASUS Q-Design

Back I/O Ports 1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
4 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
1 x Optical S/PDIF in
5 x Audio jack(s)
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x ROG Connect On/ Off switch(es)
Internal I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
2 x SATA 3Gb/s connector(s)
2 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
3 x Optional Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
1 x Slow Mode switch(es)
8 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x LN2 Mode header(s)
1 x EZ Plug connector(s) (4-pin Molex power connector)
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x Go Button(s)
1 x mPCIe Combo header(s)
Accessories User's manual
I/O Shield
2 x SATA 3Gb/s cable(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x SLI bridge(s)
1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)
1 x ROG Connect cable(s)
1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
1 x mPCIe Combo card(s) with dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n module + Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS module
1 x 2-in-1 RF Cable(s)
2 x Wi-Fi Ring Moving Antenna(s)
BIOS 64Mb UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.5, ACPI2.0a Multi-Language BIOS
Manageability WfM2.0, DMI2.0, WOL by PME, PXE
Support Disc Drivers
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
GameFirst II
ROG CPU-Z
Mem TweakIt
ASUS AI Suite II
ASUS WebStorage
ASUS Utilities
Form Factor Extended ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 10.1 inch ( 30.5 cm x 25.7 cm )
Note *1: LucidLogix Virtu MVP supports Windows 7 operating systems.
*2-1: PCIe 3.0 speed is supported by Intel® 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Core™ Processors.
*2-2: x8/x4/x4 mode is supported by Intel® 3rd generation Ivy Bridge Core™ Processors.
*3-1: The mPCIe 2.0 x1 slot is located on mPCIe Combo™ expansion card.
*3-2: The mini-PCIe slot is pre-installed with an Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module.
*4: Supports on Intel® Core™ processor family with Windows® 7 operating systems.
*5: These SATA ports are for data hard drives only.

*Courtesy of ASUS

**More detailed specifications available at the ROG Maximus-V-Formula product page

 

Onboxing

Love the red and black color scheme? Well then you're going to love breaking into the Maximus V Formula's tastefully designed container. You can catch a glimpse of the lovely board and read about its features by opening up a front velcroed panel. The inside is comprised of two partitions; one for the board and one for the various cables, enhancement hardware, and literature. Some assembly is required if you want to attach the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module. The inclusion of a sheet of cable labels and chassis cable adapter is a nice touch. Of course, once you have your system up and running, you will want your gaming marathon to go uninterrupted, so ASUS has thrown in a Republic of Gamers door sign for good measure.

 

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