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Jul 28, 2013

ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula ATX Gaming Motherboard

Eager to take a hold of an Intel fourth-generation Haswell Core-series central processing unit, the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Maximus VI Formula high-end motherboard has arrived.

ASUS was bound to launch a new Maximus Formula motherboard sooner or later, since it basically does it every time Intel unveils a new high-end processor series. The Maximus VI Formula is powered by the Z87 chipset, which means it doesn't fall under the causes of annoyance that Intel made a move against recently. Which is to say, CPUs can be overclocked on this platform, aided by the dual-channel DDR3-3100 memory (up to 32 GB via 4 slots). Speaking of slots, the newcomer has three PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (in single x16 mode or x8/x8) and three-way CrossFireX support, or NVIDIA SLI. Three PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots are available as well. They are of the shorter variety.

Moving on, the ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula boasts 10 SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, for a lot of storage, via HDDs, HHDs, SSHDs or SSDs. Eight USB 3.0 ports are available as well, along with eight USB 2.0 connectors, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 (Intel Ethernet with ROG GameFirst II technology mPCIe). Other specifications include SupremeFX Formula AUDIO, DTS Connect, Sonic Radar V, and ASUS OC Panel (optional). All in all, it's definitely a heavyweight feature set for a full ATX motherboard, and it's a good thing that ASUS implemented the Extreme Engine DIGI+ III technology. Without the 8+1 phase VRM (voltage regulation module), the NexFET MOSFETs, 60A BlackWing chokes, 10K black metallic solid-state capacitors, the motherboard, and the hardware installed on it wouldn't run at full efficiency or stably, especially when overclocking is involved.

Speaking of which, clock tweaking should be easy enough to accomplish thanks to the upgraded UEFI BIOS. Finally, the ROG RAMDisk utility allows up to 80% of a computer's available RAM to be turned into a high-speed virtual drive “that accelerates game loading times and extends SSD lifespan by reducing the number of write operations.” Sadly, the press release didn't have pricing and availability details.

ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
Image credits to ASUS


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