ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review

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ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review

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There is more and more black creeping into the ROG packaging of late. How long before the red disappears entirely? The motherboard looks as it did on our specifications page before, so let's get a little closer.

ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review  
ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review  

With the inclusion of a built in hybrid cooling solution alongside the larger IO shield the CPU area is extremely busy. If you ever needed a reason to take the plunge into an AIO then now is definitely the time and the Maximus X Formula gives you all the tools to do so with its selection of dedicated 12v water pump headers and plentiful fan headers.


ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review  

It would be easy to look at the PCI Express 3.0 slots on the Formula and suggest it should have more, but nearly everyone runs a single GPU and with the SupremeFX audio onboard too there is little need for more than a single slot, much less three full length and three x1 slots. The M.2 sockets are neatly tucked beneath the covering, and the ROG logo above the primary PCI Express slot has a party trick up its sleeve that you might have spotted from the image at the top of our page.


ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review  

ASUS were one of the first companies to put RGB LED Strip headers on their PCBs and the Maximus X Formula shows how quickly this technological idea has expanded with headers everywhere. It's not only RGB strips that can be found on the PCB either as ASUS have included the full range of CMOS Clear, reset and onboard power buttons that are a boon to anyone testing their system for peak performance.


ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review  
ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review  
ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review  

Our love for the ASUS built-in IO shield hasn't diminished with familiarity. It lends an air of solidity to the motherboard which the "slice your fingers open squeezing it into the case" style doesn't give.

You can see a glimpse of the lighting below, but lets look at it more detail.


ASUS ROG Z370 Maximus X Formula Review  

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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