titleLet’s be honest, Asus has a whole product line full of good motherboards. So much that it really takes a special motherboard to stand out from the crowd. There has been one specific board that has stuck with me for the past year and a half though, back from when I took a visit to the Asus office and they pulled it out to show me. That motherboard would be the Maximus V Formula. I’m sure you are wondering what made it stand out, especially considering all of the motherboards we have in the office, including boards like the Rampage IV. Well I only have a limited amount of space in the opening; you will have to peek inside our review to find out.

Product Name: Asus Maximus V Formula

Review Sample Provided by: Asus

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

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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 
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

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)
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. 
* Refer to www.asus.com or user manual for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

Graphic

Integrated Graphics Processor 
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports 
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™

Multi-GPU Support

Supports NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
Supports AMD CrossFireX™ Technology
Supports LucidLogix® Virtu™ MVP Technology

Expansion Slots

3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8 or x8/x4/x4)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 
1 x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1

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
ASMedia® PCIe SATA controller : 
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 
- Output Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A-Weighted): 110 dB
- Output THD+N at 1kHz: 95 dB
- TI 6120A2 high fidelity headphone amplifier
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
Audio Feature :
- SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
- ELNA premium audio capacitors
- 1500 uF Audio Power Capacitor
- Blu-ray audio layer Content Protection 
- DTS Ultra PC II
- DTS Connect
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel

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 :
- RC Diagram
- RC Remote
- RC Poster
- GPU TweakIt
Extreme Engine Digi+ II :
- 8 -phase CPU power design + 4 -phase iGPU power design
- 2 -phase Memory power design
ROG Extreme OC kit :
- Slow Mode
- LN2 Mode
- EZ Plug
ProbeIt
UEFI BIOS features :
- ROG BIOS Print
- GPU.DIMM Post
GameFirst II
iROG
Extreme Tweaker
Loadline Calibration
USB BIOS Flashback
Overclocking Protection :
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Special Features

ASUS TurboV EVO :
- CPU Level Up
ASUS EPU :
- EPU 
ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
- Wi-Fi GO! Function: DLNA Media Hub, Smart Motion Control, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer, Capture & Send 
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- AI Suite II
- Ai Charger+
- USB Charger+
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Disk Unlocker
ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
- ASUS Fan Xpert 2
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 
- ASUS EZ Flash 2 
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-DIMM 
- ASUS Q-Connector

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 )


Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by Leonresevil2 #30909
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Looks pretty great, just not an Intel guy, and not prepared for that price range on mobos.
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by trgtprctc #30879
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It was the first time I ever took great care in wiring. The HAF XM case is great for that.
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by garfi3ld #30872
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I would love to see pics of your updated rig!
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by trgtprctc #30867
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I have had this board in my current gaming rig since August and love it. I am not water cooling the thermo fusion block, but it is nice to know I have the option. This is the 2nd time I have bought an Asus Maximus Formula series board, and I will absolutely buy more in the future. Definitely a great product.
Posted: 1 year 4 months ago by garfi3ld #30860
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For those of you who love watercooling your PC, this board has water cooling built in. I would highly recommend taking a look, Enjoy!

 

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