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ASUS Maximus VI Formula Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: ASUS

Benchmark Testing

Synthetic Benchmark Testing

SiSoft Sandra 2012

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The Sandra benchmarks remain a fast and easy way to determine how well the system's CPU and memory are functioning. The Maximus VI Formula performed well compared with the other test systems, indicating that the CPU and memory subsystems are operating optimally.

LinX

LinX is a graphical interface for CPU-based testing using the Intel Linpack benchmarks. It serves as a good indicator of proper system CPU functioning and is considered one of the most intensive CPU benchmarks currently available. LinX was run with Memory set to All and for a total of 3 runs. This test was repeated three times with the highest repeatable GFlops (Giga-Floating Point Operations Per Second) score recorded.

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This CPU torture test is a proven method for identifying issues with the CPU to motherboard interface layer. The Maximus VI Formula performed well with no performance-related issues encountered.

Multimedia and System Benchmark Testing

Handbrake

Handbrake was used to convert an uncompressed version of the Iron Man Blu-ray movie in MKV format to a compressed 720P MP4 format. The Iron Man MKV file was ripped from the Blu-ray disc in the past with the file size for the uncompressed media coming in at 26 GB. Handbrake was run with default settings enforced with the exception of Anamorphic set to Loose and Video width set to 1280. This test was repeated three times with the lowest repeatable conversion time recorded.

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Video encoding is one of the more system intensive operations with good performance indicative of strong system performance. The Maximus VI Formula continues to perform strongly compared with the other Z87-based systems.

Maxon Cinebench 11.5

Maxon’s Cinebench 11.5 benchmark can be used determine a system's ability to render 3D content based on their Cinema 4D animation software. The CPU benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible Cinebench points score recorded.

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Again, the Maximus VI Formula easily keeps pace with the other board's tested.

PCMark 7 Professional

Future Mark Corporation’s PCMark 7 can be used to reliably ascertain a given system’s performance in a Windows 7-based non-gaming type use environment. The professional version of the benchmark test was run three times, with the highest reproducible PCMark scores recorded.

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This business application-centered benchmark indicates how well the board will perform in real-world business applications. The Maximus VI Formula outperforms the other systems in most of the tests, proving out the board's design.

February 28, 2014 | 10:39 PM - Posted by Flawedbydesign (not verified)

Those 3 weaknesses seem like it should not get a gold but a bronze. I can not agree with that score at all. 2 thumbs down on this board and extreme.

March 3, 2014 | 05:33 PM - Posted by kanc3r (not verified)

bronze? You're on crack Flawedbydesign

Because its hard to get to the CMOS battery? The one you change every 5 years? Not..

The other two are minor and really only would apply to someone who would buy the extreme board anyway.

You have no clue what your talking about, and most likely can't afford this board.

Good review PCP ... It deserves a gold - What an enthusiast board!

March 6, 2014 | 10:34 PM - Posted by Dave (not verified)

Your analysis is FLAWED, I own this board and it is Golden.

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March 3, 2014 | 10:32 PM - Posted by PapaDragon

Flawedbydesign

"Those 3 weaknesses seem like it should not get a gold but a bronze. I can not agree with that score at all. 2 thumbs down on this board and extreme."

Meh, 3 very minor negatives. Non of them will affect the board anyhow.

Excellent review Morry, this is is indeed my favorite Z87 board. Just look at it..plus the review which confirms its greatness. Very detailed review. Thumbs up

March 6, 2014 | 09:01 PM - Posted by DisturbedJim83 (not verified)

I own this board myself with a I5 4670K running 4.4Ghz@ 1.264V just using the AI Suite 3 software's 4 way optimization, looks great performs really well and very happy with the performance foe the money, will be mounting 1 Powercolour PCS+ O.C R9 290 and if there's space hopefully 2 in Crossfire

March 6, 2014 | 11:57 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Nice setup.  Glad to hear that you are having as good an experience with the board as I did when testing it.

Good luck...

April 8, 2014 | 11:47 AM - Posted by Arham Shams Samir (not verified)

GREAT GREAT AND GREAT AND ITS A 4th GEN BEAST

April 12, 2014 | 12:26 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

ten Sata ports ?? need 4 for win 7 raid, 1 for win8, 1 for Linux mint, plus two for storage raid that's 8, 1 for external Esata ...... is this possible ?

Plus would this MB run a 4.5GHZ now ?

July 18, 2014 | 04:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hey guys,
I have bought this motherboard and want to use the wifi-card but my system can´t find it...
do you have any ideas ?

August 2, 2014 | 06:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

hi

you need to enable the card in the bios! it is disabled by default

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