Asus Maximus VII Formula Schematic, Manual, Driver, and BIOS || Asus Maximus VII Formula Motherboard Review

 Asus Maximus VII Formula Schematic, Manual, Driver, and BIOS || Asus Maximus VII Formula Motherboard Review

Asus Maximus VII Formula Motherboard

We know that CPU performance is equal across every motherboard running a given chipset. Asus' approach to justifying the high price of a formula-grade Republic of gamers board is to load. It is full of features that they hope will enrich the gaming experience. Let's find out if they succeeded. First, a physical tour starts with an attractive, eye-catching plastic ROG armor plate on the front of the board. It may save you a motherboard RMA if not an exceptionally functional feature and a steel backplate. Suppose you tend to scratch the backs of your boards accidentally. The LGA 1150 socket is powered by an eight and 4-pin connector setup, although you only really need to plug in one of them thanks to the improved DIGI+ eight-phase power design. It performs optimally with any Intel CPU that fits in. It is a similar story with digital power delivery and support for up to 33 hundred megahertz DDR3 RAM in dual channels. We're talking DDR4-type range speed here on board Tweaker; friendly dials include onboard power, reset, memOk, and sound stage buttons more on those. The last two later and finally to go along with a header for their external overclocking panel. There are built-in voltage checkpoints, although I prefer the implementations of some manufacturers who include multimeter-friendly adapters instead of relying on my steady hands to get a reading moving further down the storage configuration. This board is super-premium with dual SATA Express slots.

Asus Maximus VII Formula Accessories

One from the Intel chipset and a second Media powered. One each of which can become 2 SATA-3 slots for a total of 10 and yet kind of lacking in others with no rear eSATA, and while it has an M.2 slot on the M PCIe combo, three things that come pre-loaded with Bluetooth and dual-band AC wireless card. The M.2 only works with short-style drives due to clearance issues with the ROG Armour. Maybe that's why Asus also sent over their hyper M.2x4 expansion card that plugs into a PCI Express slot. Something that's an extra for this board, it's not something that. I'm likely to use it soon with M.2 drives not being that plentiful and not offering a tangible performance benefit yet, but they also have other expansion options available. Such as their Thunderbolt 2 module that works on their Z97 boards, including this one. One PCI Express GEN3 expansion is handled by three PCIe 1x slots, 2 PCIe 16x slots that are split to 8X 8X from both are in use, and a final PCIe 4x slot that can be used for a graphics card and 3-way crossfire, but unfortunately isn't usable for 3-way SLI. Now, 3-way graphics configurations are something other than what I really encourage anyway. The Asus's best onboard audio implementation, high-quality and premium audio grade capacitors aren't exactly new. Still, the ability to amplify is new with the 2014 edition of their supreme effects audio solution. Your games and music can provide a great listening experience. No matter where you plug into with the number of people, using front panel audio connectors is a great step forward.

Now let's take a quick look at the rear panel with its useful, clear CMOS button and abundant USB3 ports. Some people won't care about this, but I do PS2 port. Before moving on to the features and extras that Asus feels will help this product justify. It's a high price compared to the more basic options available for DIY PC builders. First up is the best onboard fan control setup. This motherboard has eight sensibly positioned fan headers with what has become standard on Asus board's individual control of either PWM or DC fans via curves that can be adjusted according to onboard or manually positioned temp sensors. Awesome next up is the key bought an onboard chip that sits electrically between your USB port and your keyboard and allows you to remap your function keys to other key macros functions. Like media playback or program shortcuts. The UI isn't particularly intuitive, but once you set it up, it works pretty well when you toggle it on and off with this can be done in software or with an onboard button. There's a bit of a delay longer the first time, but nothing horrible it works on to sound features. There are a lot of these first is their sonic radar, which visualizes where noises are coming from on the screen.

It lets you adjust opacity and turn it on or off for different games with profiles. Next, they've got their soundstage Hardware level EQ presets. They only work on the front panel audio, and if you live in the bizarre universe, you can press an onboard button to toggle them and use the post LED. If you're in FPS or sports mode or an average person, you can change them in the control panel, where you'll find a lot more stuff that I don't use, like artificial reverb effects, smart EQ, and Virtual Surround. The good news is that within the panel, there's also a ton of helpful stuff like software EQ DTS settings and their voice clarity feature to make in-game communications pop more and be easier to hear in summary. The hardware of the audio on this board is excellent. I mean, it even auto-detects the impedance of your headphones when you plug them in and adjusts the output accordingly, but there are some dials in the software that many purists would never touch. Thankfully they have a test feature so you can do listening to see what sounds best for you. I wish they'd add a few more different sample audio tracks. That would make it more beneficial to gain first networking. The features here are excellent and for a long time. So this being powered by an Intel chipset instead of a Bigfoot one should be much better. Still, I've had a fair bit of trouble with network connections working correctly with AI sweet and game first installed over the years, and unfortunately, this time around is no exception with my network connection. You are sometimes taking five to even 15 minutes to start working correctly. When I unplug it, the saving grace is that once it runs. It works awesome, though, so your mileage may vary. Let me know in the comments how game first works for you if you have an Asus motherboard.

Asus Maximus VII Formula Back IO

Finally, we've got their cross-chill copper air/water VRM cooler. They finally nailed it, mostly like the last gen. It's got G 1/4 thread. So I can use my fittings, but we get copper internals this time. So I'm not mixing metals in my loop way to go an Asus. The only issue left is ensuring enough clearance for large compressions for those who like those, but my preferred 3/8-inch thick wall ones fit just fine. The real world with the 4770k switching from air to water goes from 66 to 56 degrees on the VRM Center. The board feels much cooler than that to the touch, which leads us to conclude that the Asus Maximus 7 formula is a luxury item. You do get some software extras like Kaspersky antivirus and daemon tools Pro. It's better built and looks a lot nicer than the other stuff, and you do get those little ROG extras like additional support over the longer term, but I see more value in a high-end board. Day by day, the generational CPU performance improvements from Intel are so small that you're likely to get a few generations out of it. The same could be said about Asus's Z97 pro, which is available for a little over half the price. So the bottom line is yes, it's a luxury item, but at least it's a cool one.

Asus Maximus VII Formula Specs

Asus Maximus VII Formula
Price Newegg
Release Date 2013
CPU LGA 1150
Chipset Intel Z97
Form Factor ATX (244 x 305mm)
RAM DDR4 288-pin DIMM
Dual Channel Max 3300MHz
Audio Realtek ALC1150 7.1
LAN Intel I218-V 1000 Mbit
Internal I/O Ports ✔ 8x 4-pin Fan Header
✔ 1x ROG Extension Header
✔ 1x 24-pin ATX Power
✔ 1x 4-pin 12V Power
✔ 1x 8-pin 12V Power
✔ 2x SATA Express
✔ 10x SATA3
✔ 2x USB 2 Header
✔ 1x USB 3 Gen 1 Header
Back I/O Ports ✔ 6x Analog Audio Jack
✔ 1x Optical SPDIF Out
✔ 1x PS/2
✔ 1x RJ-45
✔ 2x USB 2 Type-A
✔ 6x USB 3 Gen 1 Type-A
✔ 1x DisplayPort
✔ 1x HDMI Out
Crossfire & SLI  ✔ AMD Crossfire
✔ Nvidia SLI

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