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Motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX Review

Latest Asus development, motherboard Asus Maximus V Formula, is notable for a rather high price. This is explained primarily by the implementation of high-end overclocking options and support of advanced brand technologies. Moreover, one might find this model at even higher price due to the availability of ThunderFX sound board in the nominal delivery set. Despite the pricing policy, this model is a desirable acquirement, since it provides unmatched performance and limitless facilities for overclockers.

Specifications

Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX is developed in XL-ATX form factor. The model is based on Intel Z77 chipset specifically for Socket LGA 1155 CPU slot. CPU supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Asus TurboV EVO technologies which give access to overclocking facilities. Dedicated facilities allow the customer to alter Bclk frequencies from 80 MHz to 300 MHz (with 0.1 MHz shot) and to change voltage index in CPU, memory chips, PLL, CSA.

This motherboard houses four 240-contact slots of DDR3 (1066-2800) SDRAM memory type; the overall memory capacity equals to 32 GB. There is two-channel access towards memory chips and Intel XMP technology support. Graphics subsystem is represented by three PCI-Express x16 slots. Thus, the board is compatible with AMD CrossFireX, Nvidia SLI, and Intel HD Graphics technologies. Power supply subsystem consists of a basic 24-contact ATX power socket, and three additional sockets: 8-contact, 4-contact and 4-contact Molex socket.

The standard delivery kit of Asus Maximus V Formula motherboard involves user's guide, DVD with dedicated software and drivers, plug for the rear panel, ROG cable, SLI bridge, a set of additional connectors, six SATA cables, mPCIe Combo module, a couple of RF cables, and two antennas for Wi-Fi module. The delivery kit of Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX is supplemented also with audio cable, USB-cable for PC connection, and a cable for Xbox 360.

Layout

The manufacturer took special attention to the power supply converter while developing this motherboard model. Hence, power subsystem embraces not only high-quality components and multi-channel chip, but also a voluminous heatsink with two joining pipes for the connection to the water cooling system. The board houses a line of additional power sockets which will be beneficial on conditions of several graphics cards. In addition to three PCI-Express x16 slots, the board also accommodates three PCIe x1 slots and a single PCIe x4 slot. The shortage on PCIe bus line is reduced thanks to a dedicated PLX PEX8608 bridge.

This model is peculiar for the availability of several sockets for the connection of fans. CPU environment contains CPU_FAN, CHA_FAN3, OPT_FAN3, and CPU_OPT sockets; DIMM environment accommodates CHA_FAN2 and OPT_FAN2 sockets, while the left side of the board houses two more sockets: OPT_FAN1 and CHA_FAN1. Fan rotational speed is controlled by BIOS and brand AI Suite II applet; besides, each OPT_FAN socket is equipped with special connectors for thermal sensors which help in adjusting fan operation by means of Fan Expert 2 and Q-Fan options.

This motherboard gladdens PC enthusiasts by useful and necessary facilities like: Power, Reset, Go, ROG, Clear CMOS buttons, power supply indicator, seven-segment POST-indicator, S/P-DIF In/Out, and STR. The spectrum of facilities also includes the possibility to trace CPU temperature, voltage index, and fan rotational speed.

Extension Options

Due to the implemented Z77 chipset, Asus Maxmus V Formula is able to support four SATA 3 Gb/sec channels (in red color) and six SATA 6 Gb/sec channels (in black color). This model additionally accommodates two ASMedia ASM1061 chips, each of which supports two SATA 6 Gb/sec channels, and audio controller SupremeFX IV (8-channel sounding). The interface panel is represented by ten USB 2.0 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA port, video outputs (HDMI, DisplayPort), and RJ-45.

UEFI

Asus Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX supports multi-language BIOS (with Enhanced DMI, Green, ACPI, PnP features) and the following brand technologies:
— OC profile;
— USB BIOS Flashback;
— MyLogo 2;
— CrashFree BIOS 3;
— EZ Flash 2;
— Ai Charger+.
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  • 04 October 2012, 17:53
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