ASUS Announces ROG Maximus VIII Formula Motherboard with EK Hybrid Liquid Cooling

Subject: Motherboards | December 30, 2015 - 04:06 PM |
Tagged: Z170, water cooling, water block, Maximus VIII Formula, EKWB, ek, crosschill, ATX motherboard, ASUS ROG, asus

ASUS ROG has announced the Maximus VIII Formula, a premium ATX motherboard with integrated EK hybrid liquid cooling which allows users to choose liquid or air cooling for the board's hottest components.

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"The latest ROG Z170 motherboard now comes with the exclusive CrossChill EK hybrid cooling block! ROG teamed up with the guys at EK to create a high-conductivity channel, so you will be ready for liquid-cooling goodness right out-of-the-box. Don’t worry if you don’t intend to upgrade to liquid-cooling straight away, because this also runs on air cooling. Why spend more money on a third-party waterblock when it’s already built-in and looks this good?"

In addition to the integrated water cooling support the Maximus VIII Formula includes the usual bells and whistles we've come to expect from these ROG motherboards, including advanced overclocking support and premium audio, and the Formula also offers RGB headers and lighting controls and "ROG Armor". There is also advanced storage support from both M.2 and U.2 connectors, and provides advanced wireless via built-in 2x2 802.11ac with an external antenna included.

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Specifications from ASUS:

  • Processor: LGA1151 socket for 6th-generation Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron processors
  • Chipset: Intel Z170 Express
  • Memory: 4x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB, DDR4 3733 (OC), Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
  • Expansion slots: 
    • 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x8/x8 mode)
    • 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (maximum at x4 mode)
    • 3x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
  • Graphics (Integrated Intel HD Graphics processor):
    • DisplayPort 1.2 with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2034 at 60Hz
    • HDMI with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz
    • Intel InTru 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider
  • Multi-GPU: Two-way/quad-GPU NVIDIA® SLI and AMD three-way/quad-GPU CrossFireX technology
  • Storage:
    • 1x U.2 (supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVM Express storage)
    • 1x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, supports 2242/2260/2280/22110 devices
    • 2x SATA Express
    • 8x SATA 6.0 Gbps (4 shared with SATA Express)
  • Networking/LAN: 
    • Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN and ASUS LANGuard
    • Integrated 2×2 dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi with external antenna included
  • USB: 
    • 2x USB 3.1 (1x Type-A; 1x Type-C)
    • 10x USB 3.0 ports (6 on back panel, 4 mid-board)
    • 4x USB 2.0 ports (mid-board)
  • Audio: ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-channel high-definition audio
    • ESS ES9023P high-definition DAC
    • 2V RMS Headphone Amp into (32-600 ohms)
    • SupremeFX shielding technology
    • Sonic SenseAmp
    • Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front-panel mic jack-retasking
    • Optical S/PDIF-out port on back panel
  • Dimensions / form factor: ATX, 12.0 x 9.6in (30.5 x 24.4cm)

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Pricing and availabilty were not announced. Full press release after the break.

TAIPEI, TAIWAN—29 DECEMBER, 2015

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Maximus VIII Formula

Z170 gaming motherboard with best-in-class CrossChill EK liquid cooling,
sleekly strong ROG Armor and Aura RGB LED lighting

 

KEY POINTS

Best-in-class cooling: Exclusive CrossChill EK hybrid cooling block offers air or liquid cooling for up to 23˚C temperature reduction

Epic aesthetics and strength: RGB Illumination with Aura 4-pin RGB-strip header and lighting controls, plus ROG Armor reinforcement

Game-conquering performance: One-click 5-Way Optimization, SupremeFX 2015 audio, Intel Gigabit LAN, and LANGuard protection

Next-gen connectivity: Up to 32Gbps transfers with NVM Express U.2 and M.2, USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C, and 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO

 

Taipei, Taiwan (29th December, 2015) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Maximus VIII Formula, a Z170 Express chipset-based ATX gaming motherboard with exclusive CrossChill EK cooling, epic aesthetics and strength with Aura RGB lighting and ROG Armor, and 5-Way Optimization, Intel® Gigabit Ethernet and LANGuard to deliver game-conquering performance.

Equipped with an LGA1151 socket and optimized to unleash the maximum performance of 6th-generation Intel Core™ (‘Skylake’) processors and DDR4 memory, Maximus VIII Formula is also engineered with champion-level SupremeFX 2015 audio technology to elevate even the smallest in-game sound details — making every battle arena sound as real as life.

The new board is also kitted out with the newest and fastest connectivity, with NVM Express™ (NVMe) U.2 and M.2 for up to 32Gbps transfers, USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C for the best compatibility and any-way-up convenience, and latest 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) wireless connections.

 

Best-in-class cooling: Exclusive CrossChill EK hybrid cooling with air or liquid

To create gaming cooling that’s the best in its class ROG teamed up with the cooling masters at EK Water Blocks to develop CrossChill EK — exclusive to Maximus VIII Formula. This extreme-performance cooling block has a high-conductivity copper channel that’s ready for either air or liquid, and is literally the coolest choice available for custom-chilled builds, ensuring quieter, cooler gaming rigs.

CrossChill EK gets to work right away with air, requiring no specialist knowledge or equipment to reduce temperatures across the board. The exclusive block is also equipped with standard G1/4in-thread fittings, so it’s compatible with many existing liquid-cooling setups. For those that like to chill with liquid, CrossChill EK shrinks MOSFET temperatures by up to 23˚C.

 

Epic aesthetics and strength: Aura RGB header and controls, plus ROG Armor reinforcement

Maximus VIII Formula is the gaming motherboard that delivers style, strength, and cooling in one, with all-new Aura RGB LED illumination and tough ROG Armor.

The style begins with high-precision laser-engraving technology, which our engineers employ to carve beautifully intricate patterns across the ROG Armor that enrobes Maximus VIII Formula, allowing the radiant RGB light of 28 integrated LEDs to shine through and illuminate key parts of the board — including the MOSFET heatsink cover, PCI Express® area and the striking ROG logo on the PCH cover.

Maximus VIII Formula also eliminates the hassle of using external RGB controllers to create striking illumination. With an integrated Aura RGB-strip header and included extension cable, it’s quick and easy to cast brilliant colors across any gaming rig or light up LAN parties. A standard 12V RGB strip simply slides onto the Maximus VIII Formula’s integrated 4-pin Aura RGB-strip header, enabling gamers to weave lighting any way they please.

To control the illumination, Maximus VIII Formula includes the Aura lighting-control utility. This allows users to manage the motherboard’s powerful built-in RGB LEDs or an attached RGB strip, or both — and in perfect synchronization. Aura provides rig-builders with the creative freedom to experiment with six different lighting schemes, including static, strobing and pulsating effects. The Aura utility also offers the ability to change LED colors in time with music, or have them indicate CPU temperature.

ROG Armor is Maximus VIII Formula’s high-style thermal protection that blocks heat from graphics cards, ensuring lower system temperatures for better performance — and all with sleek looks. In addition, a steel, electro-galvanized, cold-rolled coil (SECC) backplate that strengthens Maximus VIII Formula to prevent bending, employing thermal pads to efficiently conduct heat away from crucial components.

 

Game-conquering performance: 5-Way Optimization, SupremeFX 2015, Intel LAN and LANGuard

Maximus VIII Formula extends ROG’s boundary-busting heritage to stretch performance further than ever before, with the best overclocking (OC) design, friendly and multi-award-winning UEFI BIOS and intuitive control utility for exceptional gaming experiences — and unmatched overclocking opportunities.

No-one needs to be an expert to max out gaming performance with Maximus VIII Formula, because 5-Way Optimization sorts all the complex settings for instant, highly-controllable performance boosts. This exclusive technology dynamically optimizes essential aspects of Maximus VIII Formula systems based on real-time use, maximizing CPU performance and minimizing energy use. With ultra-stable digital power ASUS ROG Digi+, cool and quiet fans and even networking and audio settings that are tailored for the apps being using, 5-Way Optimization ensures that the PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or anything else — and all with a single click.

Maximus VIII Formula is also engineered with crystal-clear gaming audio, in the shape of SupremeFX 2015. This brings together the best gaming-audio inputs and outputs, special shielded designs, and a collection of carefully selected professional-grade audio components, including an ESS® ES9023P digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with Hyperstream™ technology, ultra-low-jitter clock, Nichicon capacitors and 2VRMS headphone amp. Sonic SenseAmp is incorporated to automatically detect and optimize any headset (32-600 ohms) for purest sound quality.

SupremeFX 2015 also features intuitive the Sonic Studio II suite for the quick application of the best audio effects for different listening scenarios, plus Perfect Voice noise-cancellation technology for team conversations with total clarity.

For faster online gaming with greater throughput and minimized lag, Maximus VIII Formula has the very latest Intel® Ethernet (I219-V) Gigabit LAN. This has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there’s more power for gaming and gameplay. The port is protected by exclusive LANGuard technology for safer, more reliable connections, employing advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounting processes both to protect Maximus VIII Formula and deliver pumped-up throughput.

 

Next-gen connectivity: NVM Express U.2 and M.2, USB 3.1 Type-A/C, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi

Maximus VIII Formula enables gamers to join the NVMe revolution and unlock the full potential of the latest solid-state drives (SSDs), with both U.2 and M.2 connectors on board for data-transfer speeds of up to 32Gbps — and all with plug-and-play ease.

With both USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible USB 3.1 Type-C built in, Maximus VIII Formula also offers the speed and convenience of both variants of the latest USB standard. ASUS-exclusive USB 3.1 Boost technology automatically accelerates USB 3.1 performance even further.

For the very fastest wireless connections, Maximus VIII Formula has 802.11ac Wi-Fi integrated, with an external 2×2 (2 transmit, 2 receive) dual-band 2.4/5GHz antenna included.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS[1]

ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Formula

 

Processor/CPU socket

LGA1151 socket for 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors

Chipset

Intel® Z170 Express

Memory

4 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB, DDR4 3733 (OC)

Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

Expansion slots

2 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x8/x8 mode)

1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 slot (maximum at x4 mode)

3 x PCIe® 2.0 x1 slots

Graphics (VGA)

Integrated Intel® HD Graphics processor

DisplayPort 1.2 with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2034 at 60Hz

HDMI with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz

Intel® InTru™ 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider™

Multi-GPU

Two-way/quad-GPU NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD three-way/quad-GPU CrossFireX™ technology

Storage

1 x U.2 (supports PCIe® 3.0 x4 NVM Express™ storage)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, supports 2242/2260/2280/22110 devices

2 x SATA Express

8 x SATA 6.0 Gbps (4 shared with SATA Express)

Networking/LAN

Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN and ASUS LANGuard

USB

2 x USB 3.1 (1 x Type-A; 1 x Type-C)

10 x USB 3.0 ports (6 on back panel, 4 mid-board)

4 x USB 2.0 ports (mid-board)

Audio

ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-channel high-definition audio

- ESS® ES9023P high-definition DAC

- 2VRMS Headphone Amp into (32-600 ohms)

- SupremeFX shielding technology

- Sonic SenseAmp

- Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front-panel mic jack-retasking

- Optical S/PDIF-out port on back panel

Dimensions / form factor

ATX, 12.0 x 9.6in (30.5 x 24.4cm)

 

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About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 16,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 5,200 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.

[1] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

Source: ASUS ROG

December 30, 2015 | 04:31 PM - Posted by shawnf77

Drool......

December 30, 2015 | 04:52 PM - Posted by jrm (not verified)

That thing looks completely ridiculous, over the top, silly, and I want one.

December 30, 2015 | 05:13 PM - Posted by Sebastian Peak

I agree on all points :)

December 30, 2015 | 07:41 PM - Posted by fvbounty

My 950 pro would cook in that M.2 placement!

December 30, 2015 | 09:34 PM - Posted by kunglao

best looking mobo EVER

December 31, 2015 | 02:40 AM - Posted by ImmenseBrick

Seems fairly pointless to run water through a mobo....I mean if you had no fans and run your pc out in the saraha then maybe. Looks neat though. Much like ram heatsinks these days, completely useless and a pain in my ass for cpu cooler clearance. If only I could go back in time....Thanks for the article. I think you need to make another troll video sebastian. Tape some ram to the case, cut off two mobos and screw them together and connect them with some wires etc. I really enjoyed your intro to PCPER.

January 2, 2016 | 01:07 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Or a better troll would be, PC Per does a build with this board in a circa 2003 beige ATX mid-tower and in the video have the slo-mo close-up glory shots of it feature loosely hanging yellow and green and red power supply and front panel connector wires twisted all over the top obscuring the fancy ROG sculpted plastic.

December 31, 2015 | 07:55 AM - Posted by Anonymously (not verified)

That is one horrible case!
I use ASUS products all the time, and this case will never reach my shopping list.
ASUS please stick to what you do best!

December 31, 2015 | 11:14 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I think this red and black color scheme is starting to catch on.

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