ASUS Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX Intel LGA 1155

ASUS Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX Intel LGA 1155

Intel Z77 Express Chipset »

Introduction


Another week goes by and another board has crossed my test bench! You know, I've covered many Intel Z77 Express products in the past few months, but a couple of them just stick in my head. The one that really sticks is, of course, the Maximus V Gene.

I've always been one to post many pictures of my rigs on the forums. In recent years, I've had the Maximus III Gene, which I bought myself to start off my motherboard reviews, then the Maximus IV Gene which ASUS sent, and, lastly, the Maximus V Gene, another board ASUS sent me. I used all three in my gaming rigs, pictures of which you can find posted on the forum. Having had the two previous iterations of the Maximus mATX product line was a great experience, not only because I happened to have some of the best mATX overclocking board products. I got to, at the same time, see how the technology progressed with Asus's own vision of the ROG product line.

As I normally do, I sent an email or two back to ASUS discussing how I felt about the products I review, and what I'd like to see changed. During this discussion, I was notified that a new board was coming my way, and, since I had become a multi-GPU gamer, a larger board was due. I haven't had the chance to play with the larger ATX or EATX brethren of my mATX Maximus products, but that has changed. Today we look at none other than the ASUS Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX, a product that takes what the Maximus V Gene offered, shaping it into a larger, more functional package, while adding a few things of its own; things I never expected!




Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:2nd & 3rd Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor family for the LGA 1155 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 8+4 Phase
PCH Power: 1 Phase
Memory Power: 2 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z77 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 3000+
BIOS:AMI EFI BIOS with 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x0/x0 or x8/x8/x0 or x8/x4/x4)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 slots
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
2 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
1 x eSATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
1 x mSATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (ASMedia 1061)
NETWORKING:Intel PCIe Gigabit LAN
PORTS:8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at back panel, 4 at front panel)
6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 at back panel, 2 at front panel)
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port with 5 audio jacks
2 x SPDIF Output(Optical)
1 x HDMI port
1 x Display port
1 x FireWire port
1 x eSATA port
1 x CMOS Clear button
1 x USB BIOS Flashback button
AUDIO:SupremeFX IV w/Realtek HD CODEC
FAN HEADERS:8 x 4-pin PWM
FORM FACTOR:EATX Form Factor (305 mm x 257 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • ASUS Slow Mode
  • ASUS LN2 Mode
  • ASUS ROG Connect
  • ASUS Extreme Engine Digi+ II
  • ASUS EZ Plug
  • ASUS ProbeIt
  • ASUS ROG BIOS Print
  • ASUS GPU.DIMM Post
  • ASUS GameFirst II
  • ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
  • ASUS mPCIe Combo (mPCIe/mSATA combo card)
  • ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)
  • ASUS TurboV EVO
  • ASUS EPU
  • ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
  • ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution
  • ASUS Fan Xpert 2
  • ASUS EZ DIY
  • ASUS O.C. Profile
  • ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
  • ASUS EZ Flash 2
  • ASUS Q-Design
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