Asus Maximus Formula Special Edition X38 S775 Motherboard
Published: 6th November 2007 | Source: Asus | Price: £170 - £180 |Conclusion
Just when we thought that things couldn't get any better than the recently reviewed Blitz Extreme motherboard, Asus prove us totally wrong with the X38 based Maximus. Not only does the Maximus have all the best features of every Asus "Republic of Gamers" board before it, but it also adds a plethora of extra BIOS options and insane voltage selections that will have even the most hardened of overclocker trembling with fear.
As you'd expect from an Asus board, the Maximus has a superb layout. All connectors on the board are just where you'd expect to find them and there are no stray molex connectors or other anomalies that are often common on motherboards from other manufacturers. Asus have also made significant improvements to the Fusion cooling system that allows the board to run without the need for watercooling, even when overclocked, unlike on previous Fusion cooled boards.
Throughout our testing over the previous pages, the Maximus performed consistently faster than the P35 based DFI Lanparty board and even managed to come within a whisker of 500FSB on our quad-core Q6600 chip. Whether or not this is directly down to the use of the X38 chipset, Asus playing with chipset and memory sub-timings or a combination of both is up for debate - but either way, Asus certainly have come up trumps yet again with another top motherboard in their ROG lineup.
Priced at £170-180 on most websites, there's no doubt that the Maximus Formula SE will burn a hole in your pocket. But with the wealth features and excellent overclocking abilities of the board, it's worth every penny!
• Sexy looking board with no stupid colour schemes.
• Full x16 Crossfire support on both PCI-E slots.
• Decent quality add-in sound card.
• Insane range of voltages in BIOS
• Ability to save BIOS settings.
• Managed to outperform our P35 based DFI Lanparty board in almost all benchmarks.
• Great layout, and handy features such as 3-in-1 Q-Connectors and right-angle SATA connectors.
• Good package including a full version of S.T.A.L.K.E.R, plenty of cables and a diagnostic LCD display.
• Fusion water block system for keeping Northbridge, Southbridge, Crosslinx and Mosfets cool.
• Running Crossfire will more than likely only leave you with one PCI slot!
• Price = OUCH!
• Nothing to report.
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