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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.

Looking at the standard ATX sized board, the Maximus V Formula we see the typical ROG black and red color scheme across the board. There are 3x PCIe slots, some really chunky heatsinks and a lot of LEDs.

Starting from the CPU section on the top, we see the two huge heatsinks spread over the 8×4 VRM layout. The unique thing about these heatsinks, which ASUS calls ‘Fusion Thermo’ is that they have an integrated copper heatpipe within which allows for watercooling; notice the pipe input leads on either end of the heatsinks. The power delivery phases are also cooled by a small heatsink, with a pulsating ROG logo on top. On the right we see the 4x DIMM slots that allow up to 32GB of RAM, supporting speeds of DDR3 2800MHz while overclocked.

Moving to the left we see the rear I/O panel which has 4x USB 2.0 ports (white one is also for ROG Connect), 4x USB 3.0 ports, 1x eSATA ports, an HDMI and DisplayPort along with Optic out for audio. There are also 5x audio jacks with Optical input and a clear CMOS button near the top.

In between the ROG Connect and Clear CMOS buttons is a small space where you can plug in the aforementioned wireless and mSATA port. While it has an mSATA port for you to plug in any mSATA SSD (and use it with Intel SRT for creating a hybrid storage system with a traditional HDD), the module also has a Bluetooth v4.0 and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n connection. This is a very interesting space saving combination where none of your USB or PCI slots are used up to hook an SSD and wireless modules.

Coming down we see the 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and 1x PCIe 2.0 slot. You’ll notice the SupremeFX chip surrounded by multiple capacitors as well as the EMI shielding and physical PCB separation denoted by the red LEDs around the circuitry.

Across the right you’ll see the massive heatsink covering the Z77 chipset, in front of which are the 6x SATA III (6gbps) ports and the 2x SATA II (3gbps) ports in black. Just to its right you’ll see the USB 3.0 header as well, although, sadly the Maximus V Formula with all of the extra accessories doesn’t come with USB 3.0 bracket.

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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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