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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.

BIOS

The UEFI BIOS on the Maximus V Formula is similar to the recent ROG motherboards we have covered in the past. The red and black themes continue in here, along with a host of sections and sub-sections which allows you to customize every bit of the motherboard you can think of.

Of course, the best part is the easy to understand explanation on the top right side of each menu, so even if you’re new to the whole overclocking scene, it won’t be so difficult to get into things. Entering the amounts manually for the voltage, BCLK, Turbo Ratio and XMP profile is very easy. All you need to do is enter the values depending on the type of cooling you’re using.

Of course, if you’re not planning on some extreme LN2 level of overclocking, you may want to try out the simple overclocking on the ‘Extreme Tweaker’ wherein the ‘CPU Level Up’ will overclock your Ivy Bridge processor up to 4.60GHz without touching anything else in there. Restart and you’re running a fully stable and tweaked out Ivy Bridge processor, in our case the test Core i7-3770K CPU went from stock speeds of 3.4GHz to 4.6GHz on the Intel XTS 100H heatsink without breaking a sweat.

Testbed

For testing the ASUS Maximus V Formula the below testbed was used:

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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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