ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review

Introduction

There is always a disconnect between the hardware, or indeed the anything, that we read about, stare at, dream of, and have on our wishlists, and the hardware that we can actually afford.

Nobody spends their days looking at a Fiat Panda and dreaming, and although we might all have posters of Ferrari's and Lamborghinis on our walls, few of us will ever see one much less own one.

Such is the way with PC Hardware too. When we recently reviewed the ASUS ROG Maximus X Apex it was a thing of outstanding beauty and performance capability, but our forums and other channels were swamped with people who had found their interest piqued but their wallet wanting and thus asked us to put the Maximus X Formula through its paces to see how it compares to the flagship model in the ASUS ROG Z370 range.

One of the great benefits we have by being an independent website is that we're able to respond to the needs of our readers in a timeous manner, rather than being beholden to the needs of satisfying our advertisers or overlords. You asked, we answered, so sit tight, grab your favourite warming beverage on this most wintery day, and let's find out if the Maximus X Formula is as good as its more lauded Apex brethren.

Technical Specifications

Although the Formula naturally has a slight reduction in the feature set when compared to the Apex, but we still think that you'd be hard pressed to complain. The design is truly spectacular with ASUS finding the sweet spot between the full cover idea of the Sabertooth and the blended IO shield that appeared a few models ago. With built in waterblocks, a steel backplate and the cover there is little PCB left showing and it's all the better for it. The inclusion of dedicated pump headers and plentiful fan headers combine with the water flow monitoring to ease any cooling worries you might have, whilst the M.2 slots also have heatspreaders in place to keep everything cool.

It isn't just in cooling that the Formula ticks a lot of boxes either, there are plenty of USB 3.1 headers, the Intel LAN, PCI Express slots with the Safeslot technology and RGB lighting nearly everywhere you look. Let's get on to the pictures for a closer look.

ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review  

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Most Recent Comments

03-12-2017, 12:57:56

Gothmoth
as it looks it is not 100% clear if the next generation intel CPU´s (at least the rumored 8 cores) will run on Z370.

i am not sure if i would be willing to gamble and buy a Z370.

but i am happy with my ryzen and threadripper systems anyway.Quote

03-12-2017, 13:00:38

CyberScy
I noticed in the video that it only has one USB 2.0 internal header - can anyone else confirm? Bit of a let down but certainly not a deal-breaker for me. Just waiting for stock in the UKQuote

04-12-2017, 10:30:54

g0ggles1994
Great looking board, wish we had a Ryzen equivalent

Ace review as always Guv!Quote

07-12-2017, 00:05:41

Mysterymunch
I have been waiting for this board for ages, just how dissapointing are these benchmarks?

I realise Tom seems to think the Apex is top of the line but i think he has it confused with the Extreme (that so far doesnt exist for the Z370 platform).

He has spoken as if its a mid range board from one of the top tier models (ROG Line) and that its cheaper/more affordable for some, but as it stands, unless they bring an extreme out, then the Formula is very much the best Asus ROG has to offer in terms of cost.

He also gives it an enthusiast award but has he seen the price to go with those poor figures? Its change over £400!!! Its not a cheaper model, its their current best, meaning it should show figures to beat the Hero in all aspects and certainly should be closer if not better than the Apex which is in fact their 3rd current best board in terms of cost (with the Code just above it).

The Apex is well over £100 cheaper and the more affordable board if anything and the hero is cheaper still (the cheapest one in the ROG line up) and thats outperforming the formula in some tests and that's nearly £150 cheaper!...quite how Asus justifies this extra money and quite how this gets an award for those figures at its pricepoint is beyond me.

I have to say i am thoroughly disappointed here, not just for the benchmark figures (especially those at stock) but it has an EK waterblock and pump/temp/flow headers designed and aimed at custom loop builders, yet puts an AIO header on the board when there is also a code available (same board minis the ek block) and it further sticks an OLED display smack bam above where a typical loops pipework and fittings would come directly out of the top of a gpu waterblock (obscurring display)...

I'm hoping theres an issue with the way hes set it up on stock bios settings or theres an issue with the test bench or even that Asus fixes the performance issues with a bios revision because i sure as hell don't fancy spending £400+ on a board with one usb 2 header that gets spanked by boards costing around 40% less!

What a disappointment :-( I'll wait for a couple more reviews but ive had an 8700k for nearing 2 months whilst waiting for this board, now i may have to end up buying one i could have done weeks ago.Quote

07-12-2017, 03:22:25

Warchild
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Originally Posted by CyberScy View Post
I noticed in the video that it only has one USB 2.0 internal header - can anyone else confirm? Bit of a let down but certainly not a deal-breaker for me. Just waiting for stock in the UK
sadly I only had one on my Maximus IX Extreme. also disappointed by thatQuote
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