Asus Maximus Formula Special Edition X38 S775 Motherboard
Published: 6th November 2007 | Source: Asus | Price: £170 - £180 |
Board Layout & Features
Asus certainly know when they are on to a good thing and this is undoubtedly reflected in the layout of their "Republic of Gamers" boards, which all share much the same overall layout. Therefore it's no surprise to see the Maximus following suit, with a strong resemblance to the recently reviewed Blitz Extreme board.
Thankfully Asus have also kept the inoffensive blue, black and white colour scheme found on the rest of the ROG series. This not only looks much more professional than multi-coloured combinations used by some other manufacturers, but also ensures that the Maximus doesn't stand out in modified cases with windows.
In terms of general layout, the 8-Pin EPS-12v connector has been placed at the very top left of the board, keeping any cables trainling across the board to a minimum. Over on the right side of the board, the ATX connector sits just above the floppy disk connector and allows for easy routing of the PSU's ATX cable around the top of the motherboard without interfering with the CPU socket area.
Asus have also answered the prayers of many overclockers by providing a CMOS clear button on the I/O panel. I personally can't count the number of times I've been forced to pull the side off my PC case and fumble around for the CMOS jumper after a bad overclock. This little button will undoubtedly prove to be a life (and time) saver for many enthusiasts!
In addition to this, Asus have installed a large heatsink to the left of the Fusion Northbridge block. This should not only help reduce temperatures when using the Maximus with watercooling, but also provide some level of passive cooling for the Northbridge when watercooling is not available.
Last but not least is the illuminated Power and Reset switches. These make it extremely easy to use the motherboard outside of your PC case when benching (on a bench!) or testing other components.