Asus Maximus Formula Special Edition X38 S775 Motherboard

Packaging & Contents

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.

Asus Maximus Formula Box Front 

As you can see from above, the cardboard outer-box is printed with a grey gradient along with a bullet hole effect situated just above the large silver "Maximus" lettering. Very little information can be found on the front of the box, with only: Fusion, Intel X38 and Asus logos being displayed at the bottom.

Asus Maximus Formula Box Front Asus Maximus Formula Box Front Flap

However, as with the previously reviewed Blitz board, Asus have placed a flap at the front of the box. Once opened you are presented with two plastic windows that show off the Fusion water block system along with the SuppremeFX II soundcard. Also at the top of the flap is a wealth of information regarding the features of the board along with brief explanations on what they do.

Asus Maximus Formula Box Back

Around the back of the box Asus have printed the technical specifications for the Maximus. As we saw on page 1, the board provides provides support for all LGA775 processors along with backward compatibility for DDR2 memory (1066/800/667) and ATI Crossfire (with both cards in x16 mode).

Asus Maximus Formula Box Side Asus Maximus Formula Box Open

To allow the motherboard to be seen from the top and side of the outer-box, Asus have placed the board inside a clear plastic moulded shell. This provides good protection against courier inflicted damage and keeps the board seperate from other items that could possibly be responsible for damaging the fragile components on the board during transit.

Asus Maximus Formula Box Contents Asus Maximus Formula Contents

As you'd expect from motherboard coming from Asus' "Repubic of Gamers" series, the Maximus is bundled with a whole host of goodies including a full version of the popular FPS shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R all packaged up inside the accessories box. Also included in the pack are the following items:

• 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

Asus Maximus Formula LCD Poster Asus Maximus Formula Q-Fan

Asus Maximus Formula Fusion Block Accessories Asus Maximus Formula Q-Connector

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 ;)

Asus Maximus Formula SupremeFX II

Asus Maximus Formula SupremeFX II Asus Maximus Formula SupremeFX II PCB

It's great to see that Asus have decided to go for an add-in sound card on the Maximus Formula. With so many decent after-market sound cards available, users of high-end motherboards are more than likely to already own a PCI based solution that will generally outperform any type of onboard sound.

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.
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Most Recent Comments

06-11-2007, 04:26:00

"Asus once again add some more firepower to their "Republic of Gamers" linup with the X38 based Maximus range. We take a look at the DDR2 based "Formula" version."

Asus Maximus Formula ReviewQuote

06-11-2007, 05:08:01

Mr. Smith
God that took some reading!

It doesn't perform much better than the P35 dfi and is almost identicle to the blitz, bar a few extra insane/unusable voltage options so I feel no inclination to buy this.

Nice to see the score being penalised for the pretty outragous price!

Overall, ROG ftw!Quote

06-11-2007, 05:20:13

Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
God that took some reading!

It doesn't perform much better than the P35 dfi and is almost identicle to the blitz, bar a few extra insane/unusable voltage options so I feel no inclination to buy this.

Nice to see the score being penalised for the pretty outragous price!

Overall, ROG ftw!
Yeah, personally I wouldn't upgrade from a Blitz or other high-end P35 board to it as it doesn't really have much more going for it (not until we see some PCI-E 2.0 ATI cards worth CF'ing).

But as a purchase for a new rig it's one hell of a beastly board - and I'm real glad that watercooling isn't a requirement anymore. That was a pretty big downer on the Blitz.Quote

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