Computex 2014: ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula

Subject: Motherboards | June 2, 2014 - 11:28 PM |
Tagged: ROG, Maximus VII Formula, Intel Z97, haswell, computex 2014, asus

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Today, ASUS announced the latest member of their Z97-based ROG line of boards, the Maximus VII Formula. The board features many enhancements in its design and integrated components to make it a worthwhile successor to its predecessor.

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For better board performance and cooler running, ASUS revised the hybrid cooler in the Maximus VII Formula, dubbing it the Crosschill Copper. Unlike the previous version of the Crosschill hybrid cooler, the Crosschill Copper is made entirely of copper for optimized heat transfer in either air or water-based operation, as well as to alleviate mixed-metal corrosion concerns when used in a multi-block cooling loop. The board also comes with the mPCIe Combo III card, supporting 802.11ac wireless operation,  as well as M.2 SSDs operating at up to 10Gbps, utilizing bandwidth up to PCIe x2 speeds.

Like other ROG Z97-based offerings, the Maximus VII Formula board comes standard with the SupremeFX 2014 audio subsystem and the Radar II in-game audio enhancements. The SupremeFX 2014 subsystem integrates an audio processor capable of up to 120dB signal-to-noise ratio output, as well as the Sonic SenseAmp technology that automatically adjusts headphone impedance for the best audio gaming experience. The board also includes the ROG Thermal Armor overlay and ROG Fortifier under plate, as well as the ROG KeyBot functionality. ROG KeyBot is an in-built macro system that creates gaming macros for any keyboard attached to the supported USB port to elevate your gaming experience to the next level.

ASUS has not yet announced price or availability specifics for the ROG Maximus VII Formula, but expects the board to be available for purchase at North American-based retailers by late July 2014.

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Source: ASUS

June 3, 2014 | 12:46 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

This is exactly the same as older Formula board except for addition of SATA-express.

June 3, 2014 | 02:29 AM - Posted by PapaDragon

Not that there's anything wrong with that! Best looking motherboard out there along with the new ASUS Z97 Sabranco

June 3, 2014 | 09:34 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

It is very similar, but it does have updated sound hardware as well as an updated cooler design.  The Crosschill cooler on this new version is fully copper instead of the aluminum block used on the Z87 version of the Formula board...

June 4, 2014 | 03:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yeah, not much different.... just 2 x16 pcie slots in addition to the other revisions. Enough to hold me over till x99 haswell-e

June 3, 2014 | 03:12 PM - Posted by Mike Reilly (not verified)

As Morry said the CrossChill is Copper this time around which some custom loop water cooling ppl will dig

the SupremeFX usually gets upgraded with each Model as well so some kinks may have been ironed out

the fan headers on all the 7 series boards are rumored so far to have voltage and pwm support this time around

only flaw ive seen, which isnt 100% yet cause there isnt many pictures is it seems like you still need to remove the ROG Armor to replace the Bios battery which was a big no no design flaw on the VI, all that awesome looking armor, then you need to totally disassemble the PC to get to those screws on the back to remove the plastic armor on the front just to replace a battery when the TUF models i believe it was have a little door to give you access without removing the armor, i dont understand why they dont just implement that but again to soon to tell about this one till more picture and reviews and such

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