In most cases, a single line of motherboards differ quite significantly. For example, for some additional wired circuits and connectors, improved power supply of the system and so on… The combination of such minor, difference divides the board top-end segment and entry.
However, there are other options when boards have unique points throughout the series. One of those members just got to our review. Meet the ASUS Maximus VIII Formula motherboard aimed at the segment of gamers and enthusiasts. What is it unique? Now we learn.
ASUS Maximus VIII Formula came to us in a heavy pack a decent size. Like other members of the Republic of Gamers Series in its design there are a lot of saturated red color. With informative all right, even hinged cover on the front side made such as to be able to list them all. To carry a pen.
Package extended. It includes as already familiar positions such as labels for labeling drives, and more unique as an antenna for the Wi-Fi module. Full list has turned out like this:
ASUS Maximus VIII Formula is made in the full-size ATX form factor and has dimensions 305h244 in millimeters. When looking at the board immediately notice the presence of a protective casing, which covers almost the entire area of the PCB. It is made of plastic, and provided with a plurality of visual transitions and RGB-illumination zones.
If we recall the fundamental points in their Formula it is not much different from many colleagues. It is also ready to take on its board processor Intel 6th generation Socket 1151, has the support of 64 GB DDR4 RAM, and allows you to set two PCIe 3.0 graphics cards, which can operate in a mode x8 + x8.
On the reverse side of the board has a Solid metal bekpleyt. He participates in the cooling system of the power zone and protects the board from possible deformations.
The general layout ASUS Maximus VIII Formula, in more detail.
List of slots panel I / O in the test as follows:
In contrast to the same Gene, Power and Reset buttons have found a place in the memory slots. They are integrated into the housing, and the name of the key is highlighted in white. Slightly less elegantly decorated POST-code indicator.
At the bottom of the housing area of the combined housing and radiator chipset. This series combination is viewed logo. Here, under the hood is a socket for mounting M.2 devices.
On the border of the board there is an interesting connection, Aura Strip Header – here is the white in the photo below. With it, you can connect to Formul’e RGB LED strip. Of course, the function of the connection, as such, is not very interesting, but the ability to manage through the utility Aura Lighting, together with a core group of lighting is a logical solution.
To connect the drive, there are eight ports SATA 3.0, two of them implemented by the additional controller ASMedia ASM1061. Next to them there are U.2 connector.
Default thread the water-block is covered by two rubberized covers. As with most of the blocks seating for fittings is not in the plane of the seats for the CPU water-block. Here we note that the card housing is very good disguises its presence.
General structure of the protective casings principle is already well familiar to us on cards TUF series, here he is called ROG Armor. As with the other cards attached to the board manufacturer with two batches of bolts. It captures first plastic part to the metal, the second metal part to the PCB.
For plastic parts, there are two strips of LED units, they provide the backlight board.
After removing the casing the motherboard looks more familiar. However, in view of the heat sink chipset and the lack of visual elements as it becomes a workhorse.
A set of expansion slots already met us on ASUS motherboards for this platform:
Very interesting, but in contrast to the earlier models in the supply chain there are many binding elements, plus the system memory is represented by two phases. This approach should give a margin for overclocking pridelnyh frequencies.
The increased number of binding elements observed in the structure of the Socket’a. All previously reviewed boards based on Socket 1151 looked a little different.
Bases, strengthening of small elements, and the basic components of the power system are made without doublers. Those. on ASUS Maximus VIII Formula processor powered by a fair ten phases, all of them are under the control of the controller Digi + APS1405I.
No wonder that the ASUS as the water-block maker chose EK WaterBloks. These guys make all the blocks on it. I note immediately, by weight formula is superior to all competitors who have previously come across in my hands. Clot copper uniquely good.
Sam waterblock is made of three parts. The basis of some kind of alloy aluminum type, that it removes the heat from the batteries, use thermo – pressing of good and uniform. Next is a copper insert, which to my surprise, has teeth.
And the third element – a cover, forming a closed circuit. For sealing use a small rubber insert.
Conclusions of the heroine of this review will not be as extensive. When tested on the frequency, our poster Intel Core i5-6600K are not surprised, but only able to repeat the result in 4900 MHz, which was obtained earlier on Gene. When connected to the circuit water-block EKWB EK-KIT X240, any temperature measurements on the power system indicators duplicate water temperature in the circuit.
At the time of publication of the material, in the metropolitan retail for ASUS Maximus VIII Formula asked about 25,000 rubles. What 6k more than the cost HERO ALPHA and 12k than RANGER. What the user gets for this price? As for me, one of the main advantages can write honest desyatifaznuyu power system and reinforced piping elements. The next point to notice the presence of bekpleyta and housing – they should protect the card against possible impacts. And in combination with backlight makes fee visually interesting.
But it does not say, the main feature of the model is water-block on the power supply system from EK Water Blocks. It enables the motherboard to the circuit water cooling and use the iron in good time “water” overclocking. Perhaps that approach dispersals your CPU does not increase significantly – here we ran into a copy of the restriction, but the margin of safety will increase for sure. So if you plan to CBO system with full overlapping components, Maximus VIII Formula may be a great choice;) because now find a ready-made blocks on its board is not an easy task …