ASUS Maximus VII Formula Preview
Published: 10th July 2014 | Source: ASUS |
Contrary to the more regular way reviews work, we haven't started with the Maximus VII Extreme and then gradually drip down towards the cheaper models. Instead we started with the Hero, took a look at the Ranger, and today we're giving you a preview of the Formula before our full review later on.
If you've been following along, and you have haven't you, then you'll know that the Intel Z97 chipset is an absolute stone cold stunner, with plenty of features and enough performance that pretty much every motherboard we've looked at so far has been outstanding. The ASUS Maximus VII models in particular have been staggering, providing fantastic performance and looks at rock bottom prices.
The Ranger was stripped down, but not lacking in features. The Hero was a noticeable step up in both looks and performance. Now, with the Maximus VII Formula we have the model that represents the ROG motherboard that finds a home in more systems than any others, the Formula.
There are plenty of updates to the Formula when compared to its Z87 predecessor. ASUS have helpfully highlighted these in red for an easy 'at a glance' view. Sadly red on black doesn't work very well with the JPEG compression format, despite running at 100% quality. Then again any text on a black background is hard to read. So this specification table is brought to you courtesy of your local optician.
If you have been keeping up with what the Z97s have to offer then a lot of this will be very familiar to you. The big changes are faster DDR3 (up to 3300MHz), updated Intel I218-V LAN port that annihilates the KillerNIC for traffic shaping, SATA Express support for blistering transfer speed, improved ASUS Sonic sound reproduction, full PWM support on all 8 fan headers and finally the expected incremental updates to the ASUS technologies.