• CPU Support: Intel Core Processor
  • CPU Socket: LGA 1150
  • Chipset: Intel Z87 Chipset
  • Memory Type: Dual Channel Memory
  • Pros:
  • New ROG Armor
  • 10 SATA and USB ports
  • Excellent overclocking capabilities
  • Cons:
  • Very pricey
  • Benchmark Results:
  • PCMark 7: 5,405 points
  • PCMark 7 (Productivity): 5,559 points
  • PCMark 7 (Computation): 7,786 points
  • PCMark 7 (Entertainment): 5,959 points

Formula For A Powerful Gaming Machine

The Maximus VI Extreme we reviewed last month was one heck of a motherbard that maybe only enthusiasts would consider. This time around we have the ASUS Maximus VI Formula, the Extreme’s little brother, which doesn’t have as many bells and whistles, but makes up for it with other things instead.

The Maximus VI Formula is one heck of a looker as it is clad in what ASUS calls the ROG Armor. Similar to the Thermal Armor that is used on the TUF series of motherboards, it helps keep heat away from the motherboard’s components, and to prevent the board from warping when heavy components are attached.

ASUS has equipped the board with four DIMM slots, capable of supporting dual channel memory configurations and up to DDR3 3,000MHz memory sticks. Gamers and hoarders of videos will also love the fact that the Formula comes with 10 SATA III 6.0Gbps ports.The three PCIe 3.0 ports meanwhile support 3-way SLI and CrossFireX, which certainly helps if you’re thinking of building an over-the-top gaming machine.

Another new feature introduced on the Formula is the CrossChill hybrid thermal system, which allows users to choose between using air or water cooling solutions. With a water-cooling solutions, using the CrossChill system will reduce the temperature of the MOSFETs up to 23 degrees Celcius for more stable overclocking.

Audiophiles can also rejoice as the SupremeFX Formula on-board DAC provides users with excellent audio quality, regardless if you’re using headphones or speakers, as it is powered by a Cirrus Logic DAC, and is capable of supporting up to 8.1 surround sound speakers.

Performance-wise, with the right setup, the Formula blows the competition out of the water. We were able to overclock our i7-4770K processor to 4.0GHz from 3.5GHz on air, and with a watercooling system in place, we’re sure the numbers can go up even further.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ASUS Maximus VI Formula may still be somewhat expensive for most users to consider, but if you’re willing to spend the cash for it, know that you’re getting one of the most premium, cool-looking and feature-packed motherboards money can buy.

(previously published in issue September 2013)