Asus Maximus Formula Special Edition X38 S775 Motherboard
Published: 6th November 2007 | Source: Asus | Price: £170 - £180 |Packaging & Contents
The Maximus Formula uses the same style of packaging as seen on many of Asus' previous "Republic of Gamers" motherboards. I've always been a fan of this packaging as it manages to have a "Gamer" feel to it without being covered in cheesy CGI character graphics.
• Fusion Block System Accessory
• 1x ASUS Optional Fan
• 3 in 1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit
• 1x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
• 1x Floppy disk drive cable
• 6x SATA cables
• 2x SATA power cables
• 2-port USB2.0 module
• IEEE1394a module
• I/O Shield
• Cable Ties
• User's manual
• Futuremark ® 3DMark® 06 Advanced Edition
• Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
• The hottest 3D Game: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
• LCD Poster
• SupremeFX II HD sound card
Some of the more notable accessories are the items shown above. From top left to bottom right we have: the Asus LCD poster, Asus optional fans, Fusion block accessories and the 3-in-1 Q-Connector's.
Starting with the LCD Poster, this device displays information on the motherboard POST sequence. If at any point the board fails to boot or gets stuck during POST, a quick glance at the LCD Poster should identify what component in your system is malfunctioning.
Moving on to the optional fans...These coolers have been included with many of Asus' Premium, Deluxe and ROG motherboards for quite some time. Designed to clip on to the finned heatsink that covers the mosfets at the top of the board, the fans pull air up through the heatsink fins and expel the hot air out the back of your PC case. They are reasonably quiet and come complete with 3-Pin connectors so that they can easily be controlled using the BIOS or Asus software.
Next up are the Fusion block accessories. Asus have catered for all types of water cooling with barbs ranging from 10mm up to 1/2" ID diameters. Also included in the bag are several clips for securing the tubing to the barbs to prevent leaks.
Last but not least is the 3-in-1 Q-Connectors. These three small blocks are quite simply a godsend for the enthusiast who regulary disconnects their motherboard and is then faced with the frustration of trying to place the power/reset/activity LED connectors back on the motherboard header. They are also very clearly labeled - so no need to refer to the manual while setting your new motherboard up ;)
However, in testing it has to be said that the ADI AD1988B based SupremeFX II PCIx card did offer well above average sound quality for a card of its type. Not quite on par with the likes of our Creative X-FI card, but certainly not abusive on the ears either.