• Socket: LGA1151
  • CPU: Intel Z370
  • RAM Slots: 4
  • RAM Type: DDR4
  • Ports: 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LAN port, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB Type-C, 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0, 1 x Optical S/PDIF out, 5 x Audio jack, 1 x Clear CMOS button, 1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button, 1 x ASUS 2x2 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Pros:
  • Cooling design
  • Backplate
  • LiveDash and Q-Code
  • Cons:
  • None

Formulate A Plan

Has an upgrade been long waiting for you? Well, it’s time to put the pedal to the metal and aim big. The time is now, to unleash your inner enthusiast and become the overclocker you always wanted to be. Now, let’s dive into one of ROG’s flagship motherboards that’s packed to the brim with plenty of features suitable for gamers and modders.

The ASUS ROG MAXIMUS X FORMULA uses the Z370 chipset and the LGA1151 socket, which supports the latest eight generation Intel Core processors. It’s important to note that the new socket will not support older processors despite the similar ‘‘fit”. Right out of the box the MAXIMUS X impresses us with its design, because not only does it have a beautiful I/O shield but also a solid backplate. Overall, the MAXIMUS X is built like a tank and we’re not worried of breaking it.

The motherboard takes its cooling seriously with a specialised cooling features packed into its entire surface. Take for example the CrossChill EK found close to the top of the motherboard. Using redesigned cooling fins you can deliver water cooling loops to to cool the MOSFETs. It also uses standard fittings, which easily fits into newer or older cooling setups. But that’s not all, even your M.2 SSD’s get a piece of the cooling hijinks with a M.2 Heatsink found under the glowing ROG eye logo. Furthermore, you can customise your headers to monitor and react to three user-configurable thermal sensors via Fan Xpert 4.

Something we’ve never seen before is probably the LiveDash OLED panel, a small 1.3-inch display that shows useful information such as CPU frequency and temperatures, as well as fan speeds. Aura Sync RGB lighting is also available on the MAXIMUS X, if you didn’t already see it coming, which can be further customised with RGB strips using onboard RGB headers.

One thing we also love is how overclocking is made easy for those just beginning to dabble in it. The MAXIMUS X does this with its 5-Way Optimisation, which dynamically optimises your computer, providing overclocking together with cooling profiles that are suited for your computer. As you change parts in the future, the optimisation will also work to bring the best out of your computer.

CHIP CONCLUDE: With amazing design and features, not to mention performance that satisfies, the MAXIMUS X FORMULA is something worth showing off to your friends.

(previously published in issue February)asus-rog-maximus-x-formula-600x500