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ASUS Maximus V Formula/ ThunderFX Review

By on June 20, 2012
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A feature rich package for Ivy Bridge.

Good: Good layout, liquid cooling option on VRM heatsinks, wireless & mSATA adapter, all the bells & whistles of Z77 chipset, ThunderFX soundcard provides additional level of audio superiority & connectivity, and easy overclocking.
Bad: For the high asking price ASUS could've provided a larger mousepad and a USB 3.0 bracket.
Price: AED 1,450
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

 

When it comes to enthusiast motherboards, you’d be hard pressed to find any series as popular or as feature filled as ASUS’ Republic of Gamers. If you pick up an ROG motherboard, rest assured that you’ll be getting the highest-end components and a plethora of accessories packed inside the big red box. Today I’ll be looking at the Maximus V Formula/ ThunderFX motherboard, and true to heritage, there’s tons of stuff packed inside the box, besides an incredible motherboard.

The Package

The first thing you’ll notice once you open up the flaps on the box is the Diablo III branded mousepad inside. This isn’t just some random mousepad with Diablo III printed on top either, but the Steelseries QcK mini Diablo III surface. The rubber base sticks well to any table top, and the cloth surface is exceptionally well designed for my Razer Naga mouse to literally glide on it.

Once you open the box completely you’re greeted with a plethora of accessories. Apart from the manuals and driver CD, we have the rear I/O panel, a sticker sheet to label all the myriad cables inside your case, an ROG logo badge and door placard.

Following on we see the Q-Connector pins, ROG Connect cable, an SLI bridge and 6x SATA cables. You’ll notice two WiFi antennae and two cables to connect the antennae to the Bluetooth & WiFi module.

Last but not least is the ThunderFX external soundcard which comes with a 3.5mm connector cable and as well as USB cable to hook it up to the motherboard. One of the cool things about the ThunderFX soundcard is that it can accept input from the Xbox 360, including the mic input as well. In turn you can hook up a pair of really powerful headphones because the ThunderFX card has amplification up to 300 ohms. Another cool feature is the built-in hardware level audio preset (three in total) customized for different environments.

In my opinion the onboard SupremeFX soundcard on the Maximus V Formula is more the enough to handle every situation for your current headphones. The only way I can see someone using the ThunderFX is if they have a really powerful set of headphones that would require an amplifier anyways, or if you play your Xbox 360 (or PS3) on your PC monitor anyways, and would like to consolidate all the cables and connectivity options in one place.

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Comments
  • Andrew Yang

    When is this coming out?

  • Waiting on M5 Formula

    I hear you Andrew and i repeat “WHEN IS THIS COMING OUT” & ” WHAT WILL IT COST”

  • Sick of waiting

    Im honestly sick of hearing about how well this board is in relation to how well it over clocks and the features it has, etc etc. Its getting tiresome and i think i speak for allot of people who have been interested in buying this mobo for what seems to be coming up to 6-8 months now. If this continues to be delayed people will start to move away from asus as the PR regarding this motherboard has been pushed passed a likeable threshhold. Another important point is price, if this mobo comes out at some drastically stupid cost especially after all the delays i think this might turn into another Nintendo pricing issue and result in people going elsewhere.

  • Viper

    yea we all sick of waiting !

  • kells2k

    Has anyone noticed that these test boards (like other reviews, a common trend) are not at the same category or level? This in regard to features. This review should include a Sniper 3 z77 and the EVGA Z77 ftw as well. Instead it has an ud5-z77 and another lower end Asus board (in regards to features). Just lacking.

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      That’s because we don’t always get the high-end boards from all manufacturers. ASUS gives their motherboards immediately upon (or just before) release, and if we don’t have anything else to compare it to (features wise) we have no choice but to compare it to something not in the same category.

  • kells2k

    Has anyone noticed that these test boards (like other reviews, a common trend) are not at the same category or level? This in regard to features. This review should include a Sniper 3 z77 and the EVGA Z77 ftw as well. Instead it has an ud5-z77 and another lower end Asus board (in regards to features). Just lacking.

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