ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Review
Including a game is a rare treat on a motherboard with them normally reserved for the latest GPU, but such is the big name title included with the Maximus VII Formula that the whole front of the packaging is dedicated to Watch Dogs.
There are tons of goodies inside the box, including multi-GPU bridges, SATA cables, WiFi adaptor, heck you even get a door hanger. Although to be fair this says "Champion at play" so we can imagine if you're older than 10 it will remain in the box.
This is the first of the Maximus VII range we've looked at to include the armour that first appeared on the legendary P67 Sabertooth. We absolutely adore the looks, covering up all the unimportant guff. A part of us is hoping that ASUS take the opportunity afforded to them by this covering to enrich the lighting. It would be cool to have some glow around the PCI Express slots, especially in the modern world where customisation is king. Talking of customisation Asus have confirmed if you want to remove the Armour to customise it then it will NOT void your warranty.
Hopefully the covering doesn't degrade the thermal capabilities of the Maximus VII Formula. We can't recall seeing the ASUS Armor covering a heatsink so completely before. Perhaps the increase in surface area will be enough to compensate. The CPU socket area benefits from this armour coating, really emphasising the socket itself.
Connectivity is certainly well catered for. 6 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 take up the majority of the rear of the Formula, alongside the HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, audio jacks, combined PS2 port, Intel/GameFirst III combined RJ45, and ROG connect button. At the other edge of the Formula are enough SATA ports to keep a small server happy. Given the cheap price of even decent sized SSDs these days it makes sense to allow us to string so many of them together without resorting to an add-in RAID card.
Below are the all import nerd p0rn shots of the old girl undressed. Resident fapking Shaun will be having an emptyout over a different kind of silicone when he see's this!