Asus Maximus Formula Special Edition X38 S775 Motherboard

The BIOS

The BIOS

As with all of Asus' most recent motherboards, the Maximus Formula is based around a BIOS from Phoenix Technologies. Some enthusiasts tend to favour the Award BIOS layout over Phoenix, but it's extremely hard to find fault with the overall wealth of features available on the Maximus

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The "Extreme Tweaker" section of the BIOS is where you'll find most of the overclocking related options. Settings such as CPU multiplier, FSB/NB Strap, FSB Frequency, Memory Frequency, Memory Timings and Transaction Booster can all be adjusted in the upper section of this page.

Asus have also included a new feature called "CPU Level Up" on the Maximus. This essentially allows you to pick a new model of processor from the list and the BIOS will automatically adjust the frequency/multiplier settings to bring your existing processor up to the speed of the chosen one. This is certainly a good idea for people without previous overclocking experience, or those who are just after a quick bump in speed without getting their hands dirty.

The table below details the selections available from some of the more notable options on this section of the BIOS:

OptionAvailable Range
CPU Multiplier
x6 upwards
FSB/NB Strap
200/266/333/400mhz
FSB Frequency
200-800mhz (1mhz steps)
PCI-E Frequency
100-150mhz (1mhz steps)
  
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When we previously reviewed the Blitz Extreme board, we were simply blown away by the number of options and range of voltages avaliable in the BIOS. Asus clearly wanted to take things one step further with the Maximus, and as a result have furnished the boards BIOS with some eye-watering voltage options. Not even the most hardcore cooling could prevent your precious silicon from melting this time around!
  
OptionAvailable Range
CPU Voltage
1.1v-2.40v (0.00625v steps)
FSB Termination Voltage
1.20v-2.00v (0.02v steps)
Northbridge Voltage
1.25v-1.81v (0.02v steps)
DRAM Voltage
1.50-3.40v (0.02v steps)
Southbridge Voltage
1.050v-1.225v (0.025v steps)
PLL Voltage
1.05-3.00v (0.02v steps)

With so many of these voltage options cleary being dangerous to the health of hardware, Asus have gone to the trouble of placing LED's at various points on the motherboard (CPU, Northbridge, Southbridge, DRAM Slots) that change from green to orange to red depending on how much voltage you are putting through the components.
 
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Having such an extensive range of options available in the BIOS the last thing you wan't to do is lose your configuration once you've found the sweet spot for your overclock. This is where the Asus O.C Profile comes in to play. Allowing you to save all of your BIOS settings to one of two available profiles in the CMOS or to an external storage device, your settings can then be restored easily at a later date.
 
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The "Hardware Monitor" section of the BIOS has also been given a re-vamp too since we last visited it on the Blitz. Temperature monitoring of three 'Optional' temperature points has been added and can be activated simply by inserting a thermal probe into one of the headers availabe on the motherboard. Asus have also consolidated all of the thermal shutdown options under a single header of "COP EX".
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Most Recent Comments

06-11-2007, 04:26:00

JN
"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."

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...163812699s.jpg

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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

JN
Quote:
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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