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Asus Maximus III Formula Review
The Asus Maximus 3 formula, initially the Intel P7 Intel P55d from Asus, is the highest-line motherboard. They have packed with features for overclocks. It's got some cool stuff, but taking it a step higher, this is the return Republic of gamers. So very high-end ROG motherboard. They're using a new extreme design idea on this motherboard and extreme design with the most excellent features. It's got cooling for your MOSFETs and your VRMs. It's got two ounces of copper in the printed circuit board like gigabyte has been doing with their ultra-durable motherboard. This feature is the same and, you know, an excellent stack. So if you look at the back, you've got an excellent bolted bolt-on CPU. All the coolers on here are all bolts on there, not pins. So you can remove them if you want to water cool. You have this big plate back of the motherboard for stack cool. It's going to keep everything nice and cool. Also, you'll notice that the CPU coolers, VRMs, chipset coolers, and everything are very small. So this is your main chip cooler. It is a heat pipe connected to your VRMS and your MOSFETs. You will also notice that the harder ones are ridiculous solid caps.
All these phases are a total of sixteen plus three phases of power. So you have three phases for your memory of 16X for your CPU. You have an additional three for your terminal voltages for your processor. So that's a lot of power, and it's running cool because I have new technology that ensures the heat is distributed evenly. So all these VRMs provide an even amount of heat going through them because sometimes you, like sixteen phases, only two of them. Let's talk a little about the specs, and then we'll get into the high-end features of this motherboard. Now, first of all, as far as going for the CPU socket. You know this is a socket LGA 1156 and supports Intel core i5 and core i7 processors. There is four DIMM DDR3 dual channel memory up to 1600mhz native and then 2100mhz plus with overclocking.
There are two SATA ports at the end of the RAM slots. These are for your optical disk drives. So quite interesting they give you a separate. They also give you two other separate ones down at the bottom of the motherboard in red color. So basically, these are zero, and a J microcontroller controls these. They will give you a high-speed read of your performance, and then you have an additional six SATA ports beside the motherboard. These go directly to Intel P55. These are also going to give you a very nice rate of performance. Also very nice to mention this thing comes with a Supreme FX card. This card is a PCI Express X1 card. It will do 7.1 channel HD audio and SPF optical and analog. So you can do both the optical, the analog, and the digital with no problems. It also has a SPDIF input on the back. So that's pretty normal for a high-end card, and it does light up. So it looks cool in your case will let a blue one in your system. This card doesn't have onboard graphics, and this card is going to populate the last PCI slot from the bottom of the motherboard and start from over the top of the PCI slot. This red PCI slot is PCI Express X16, and then you have PCI Express X1, a standard PCI, another X16 PCI, and finally, no PCI Express x16.
One PCI card appears at around an x16, and two PCI cards are going to x8, x8. This third PCI card down underneath the motherboard with white color is locked at x1. This PCI card is a dual SLI or Quad SLI system. It's not going to do triple SLI very well. You do have two PCI slots, and you do have an extra x1. So you can add a lot of stuff there; you do a lot of cool with that extra slot. While we're down under the white card slot, it's a start and reset button. If you're working on a tech bench, you can use those, but there's almost no reason not to hook up. The front panels because these do come with the convenient dandy cute connectors from Asus. So this makes plugging up the front panel very simple. You shouldn't have any problems, you know, doing those at all. So this front panel is very convenient to have all of those. Now let's move on. I want to show you a couple of chips on the motherboard. You are starting with the IROG chip under the BIOS battery. This chip does it gives you hardware connected to your BIOS. It's overclocking from your BIOS. So that's the overclock with Aeuss's ROG connect, which is another really exciting feature.
Let's jump right into that and check out the ROG cable. It's a regular old USB cable, no big deal, but it has a specific place. You're to plug it in on the back of the motherboard.
So back I/O of the motherboard first your PS2 port, nine USB ports, firewire, e-SATA, and Gigabit Ethernet designed explicitly for gaming. You have this cool little button called ROG connect, and you plug in your ROG cable under the ROG port and just push on the button, and it will hook up to your laptop or your netbook. It's a turn that into a BIOS controller. It will give you all control of the BIOS; pretty much every feature in the BIOS is controllable on the fly through a netbook or a laptop using this ROG connect cable. So that's a plus for overclockers. Now, if you're not going to be overclocking this motherboard, you do have a lot of other cool stuff.
I'll show you another pretty exciting chip. The EPU engine chip is placed a little bit down from the motherboard if you're not going to be overclocking and care about power efficiency. The EPU engines and another chip top from the EPU chip, if you throttle your memory and graphics cards, even pretty much throttle everything on the motherboard to help you save a ton of energy. It even tells you as far as pounds of CO2 gas that you're saving by the amount of energy you're saving. So it's exciting to have that, and if you're going to overclock, you're not going to use the EPU six engine or the software that comes with it, but you will be using the Turbo-V or the Extreme Tweaker engine. Turbo-v that's you check all your voltages and Extreme Tweaker. It lets you adjust everything else, all your frequencies, settings, and multipliers. You can overclock from inside the BIOS.
Now there also is a host of other cool overclocking features. Let me show you the 24pin ATX power connector. Those little points are your voltage Reed points. Look at them; there are all of them, and those platform control hub memory—the integrated media controller CPU. The PLL termination voltages and there also have the cool Q LEDs. Those tell you your voltages with a light. The green light for a stock voltage, yellow for a slightly altered voltage, and red shows you when you're really up there cranking up the voltage. You also have the MemOk button and this button. Suppose you're throwing in some pretty high-end memory that is not run standard. You're going push this; it's dropping your latency and increasing your voltages. It's going to get your memory running, no matter what. So you do not have to worry too much about what memory is running if it's compatible, you throw some excellent DDR3 in the DIMM slots, and it will get it to run at least to make it post and then in turn when you're done with that. You can go into the BIOS and set it to what you want it to be set up if you are a hardcore overclock. There are a bunch of other cool features.
Let's talk a little bit about some of the accessories. There are a huge of USB 2.0 and firewire headers on this motherboard. There are nine SATA ports on the back panel, hidden USB 2.0 ports on the motherboard, and a bunch of firewire headers.
Some 90-degree SATA cables are suitable for hard drives or SSDs and some stuff like that, and optical drives are a little bit more convenient at 90 degrees. Again the Q connectors are very useful for more SATA cables; you get an SLI bridge included in the package crossfire with the video card that's the light that comes with the motherboard. You get a driver disc and a cool sound card; as I mentioned earlier, it's the supreme FX-fi, MAX 4.0; the I/O shield is very nice with a grounding method that you cannot accidentally set off a static electrical discharge. It also is padded to protect against electromagnetic interference. As far as I/O shields go, this is the cream of the crop, very high-end another incredible feature. This little set of stickers is really awesome. It will help you determine which hard drive goes where, which optical drive goes where, and matching colors so that you can run a raid array and know which ones are part of the array and which are not extremely genius in Asus's. One more big sticker in the box; it's a case emblem or badge. It's very large; it would go in the corner of your case, and it would probably look pretty darn cool on just about any computer, regardless of whether. It's got a nice case or not, and it's just a really neat sticker, and then, of course, this is not exactly the most simple motherboard. There are a lot of cool features. You have a very, very nice thorough, extremely thorough book because there is a lot of good stuff, features, and stuff in the box. They made it look cooler.
Basically, they got rid of the older style ROG a bit over the top. You'll notice at Intel P55 since it doesn't have a Northbridge doesn't have Southbridge. It runs cleaner and is a lot more low profile. All these ROG series motherboards had huge coolers in the middle, and they were just over the top with the VRM and the Mosfet cooling; that's no longer the case with the very low-profile motherboard.
Asus Maximus III Formula Specs
|Asus Maximus III Formula|
|Release Date||September 04, 2009|
Core i7 (LGA1156) / i5 (LGA1156)
|Model||Maximus III Formula|
|Memory||DDR3 Dual Channel 2133 Mhz up to 16GB|
|Audio||8 Channel SupremeFX X-Fi discrete Audio Card|
|Internal I/O Ports||✔ 8x 4-pin Fan Header
✔ 1x 24-pin ATX Power
✔ 1x 8-pin 12V Power
✔ 1x FireWire 400 Header
✔ 10x SATA2
✔ 3x USB 2 Header
|Back I/O Ports||✔ 1x PS/2
✔ 1x RJ-45
✔ 1x FireWire 400 6-pin
✔ 1x eSATA2
✔ 9x USB 2 Type-A
|Other Features||✔ ROG Connect
✔ SupremeFX X-Fi discrete Audio Card