ASUS Launches ROG Maximus VI Formula Z87 Gaming Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 30, 2013 - 03:33 AM |
Tagged: Maximus VI Formula, maximus vi, atx, ASUS ROG, asus

ASUS has officially launched the Maximus VI Formula motherboard which the company showed off earlier this year. This board has extensive IO and other enthusiast friendly features and is a complement to the Maximus VI Extreme that PC Perspective reviewed back in June.

The Maximus VI Formula uses the Intel Z87 chipset and supports Intel’s latest 4th Generation Core “Haswell” processors. The board is is clad in ASUS technology and a red and black Republic of Gamers color scheme. A 8+2-phase DIGI+ III VRM feeds the processor and memory on the board and is cooled by a massive CrossChill heatsink that can air cool the VRMs or integrate into your custom water loop. The LGA 1150 socket is paired with four DDR3 DIMM slots, and the board supports a maximum of 32GBs at 3100MHz. The DIGI+ III VRM uses NoFET MOSFETs, 60A BlackWing chokes, and 10K Japanese capacitors.

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An integrated SupremeFX audio chipset, Mini-PCI-E Combo II card (802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and a NGFF slot for SSDs), Intel Gigabit NIC, UEFI BIOS, and ROG Armor with SECC back-plate are also featured on this board. The board also supports the company's OC Panel, which is a hardware box that sits outside the case and allows real time overclocking and monitoring.

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The Maximus VI Formula further includes 10 SATA 3 6Gbps ports, three PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (x8+x8 or x8+x4+x4 when in SLI or 3-way CrossFire), and three PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots. ASUS is bundling GameFirst II (QoS that prioritizes gaming traffic), Sonic Radar (visual cues point out direction noise is coming from in games), and ROG RAMDisk software with the motherboard.

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Rear IO on the Maximus VI Formula is extensive and surpasses even the Maximus VI Extreme. Port options include:

  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 6 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 jack (Intel NIC)
  • Video outputs
    • 1 x HDMI
    • 1 x DisplayPort
  • Audio outputs
    • 1 x optical S/PDIF
    • 6 x analog audio

The Maximus VI Formula is shaping up to be a beastly flagship board that enthusiasts should get a lot out of when it comes to features and overclocking ability.

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ASUS has not provided official pricing or release dates, but postings around the Internet suggests that it will be available sometime within the first half (first or second week) of August for around $310. An ASUS representative on the company's ROG channel stated that "currently the projected price is 300 to 310." You can find the product page with more photos and specifications on the ASUS website.

Source: ASUS

July 30, 2013 | 05:56 AM - Posted by tabuburn (not verified)

JJ from ASUS said on an overview video on their YouTube channel that this board only supports 2-way SLI but can support 2-way and 3-way CrossfireX.

July 30, 2013 | 07:14 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

You are correct, the way it is listed on the product page seemed to suggest tri-SLI was possible but upon further inspection only triple Xfire is possible. Article has been updated.

July 30, 2013 | 08:03 AM - Posted by raxx (not verified)

I read on the asusrog youtube channel that the price would be in the 300 range.

July 30, 2013 | 08:36 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

I was under the impression that the Formula would be more expensive than the Extreme mobo, though I've seen rumored prices up to $499 so I'm not sure. I reached out to ASUS for comments Sunday night but did not hear back from them in time for publication :/. If they do reply, I'll update the article accordingly.

July 30, 2013 | 04:09 PM - Posted by Pascal (not verified)

I saw the 420 USD price tag and thought Asus had gone nuts.

Then I checked my usual German price comparison site. They've finally updated and now there are two stores listing the board at 279 Euros. Of course it's not available yet. :)

July 30, 2013 | 04:17 PM - Posted by Lester (not verified)

When are you guys planning to have a full review out of this monster?

July 30, 2013 | 08:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

now THIS is a g'dam sexy board

July 30, 2013 | 11:40 PM - Posted by Mark Harry (not verified)

You got that right, it would actually be a shame to put it in a case, maybe do an open air case.

July 31, 2013 | 12:10 AM - Posted by raxx (not verified)

this is a quote under the asusrog channel by an Asus rep:
"asusrog 1 day ago
Thanks we worked quite hard on it. Currently the projected price is 300 to 310. Thanks for the view and support."

October 23, 2013 | 01:55 PM - Posted by Motex64 (not verified)

What is a good open loop cooling system for the Maximus formula vi

October 23, 2013 | 02:01 PM - Posted by Motex64 (not verified)

My case is cooler master HAF X BLUE ED RC-942-KKN3.
I'm not sure what the best open loop cooling system is
Any recommendations?

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