ASUS Z87 Maximus VI Formula Review


ASUS Z87 Maximus VI Formula Review


Let's start with the looks. To some degree it's the typical black and red you would expect to see from ASUS, and particularly their Republic of Gamers arm. However, the inclusion of the vanity cover that we first saw back on the P67 Sabertooth, and the metal riser on the reverse, means that this is one of the most gorgeous motherboards it's been our pleasure to review. It's extremely good looking.

Looks without anything to back it up though would move the Formula in to art territory, and as we're not an art critic then the performance must be looked at. Indeed the performance of the Maximus VI Formula is so striking that you can't help but look at it. In a world where Intel have honed the Z87 chipset to within an inch of its life, finding any performance differential is a challenge, but the Formula is relentlessly good. No matter whether we were testing synthetic bandwidth, actual use, or just gaming potential, the Maximus VI Formula at stock lit up our graphs with tremendous performance. Overclocking was a breeze too and in no time at all we'd managed a rock solid 4.9GHz from our i7-4770K. This wasn't all show and no go though, as nearly every benchmark saw a new OC3D Z87 record taken by the Maximus VI Formula. It is a stunning piece of kit.

If we had to find a negative, and we do else we'd be in advertising, the Maximus VI Formula is, perhaps, a tiny bit expensive when compared to some of the other motherboards if you don't require the many features it has to offer. But really, you're getting so much for your money that it's actually good value. We haven't even mentioned the outstanding sound quality thanks to the Texus Instruments headphone amplifier. Or the hybrid heatsinks that mean you don't have to buy a separate waterblock. Or the dual-band WiFi, or RAMDisk or. Well we could go on.

In short the ASUS Maximus VI Formula is outstanding, and could easily pass for the Extreme version such is the high level of performance and array of features. It looks amazing and goes like a scalded rat. We unhesitatingly award it our OC3D Gold Award. Welcome back, ROG.


Thanks to ASUS for supplying the Maximus VI Formula for review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D forums.

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04-11-2013, 11:02:01


Does the Asus Maximus Formula have what it takes to tempt our purse strings?

Continue ReadingQuote

04-11-2013, 11:06:56

YES! it is the mother of boardsQuote

04-11-2013, 11:34:34

Looks like the presentation should've been 11 Quote

04-11-2013, 14:36:23


04-11-2013, 15:36:16

Can anyone tell me can I mount a Cooler Master V8 GTS on this would be a dream combination..... :-DQuote

04-11-2013, 15:39:04

I happen to be reviewing the V8 GTS a the moment, so if Tom will send me over the board I'll let you know (don't expect to get I back though matey)Quote

04-11-2013, 19:09:28

Thnx man,much appreciated!Quote

05-11-2013, 01:01:31

Sexiest motherboard i have ever seen. Would be better if they made a blue or white version though.Quote

05-11-2013, 21:04:56

This board really looks promising. Question: What material is the integrated water block made of? Some boards with water blocks built in use aluminum, which to me is just horrendous. Can we hope that if it's not copper or nickel that it's at least brass?Quote

05-11-2013, 21:20:26

Never liked them panels ASUS do on some boards. They cover all the sexy looking stuff Quote

06-11-2013, 06:20:11

Originally Posted by ThisMaySting View Post
This board really looks promising. Question: What material is the integrated water block made of? Some boards with water blocks built in use aluminum, which to me is just horrendous. Can we hope that if it's not copper or nickel that it's at least brass?
It's aluminium. Asus claims the coating will pervent any corrosion but who knows.Quote

06-11-2013, 06:25:49

Originally Posted by KTM_RULZ View Post
It's aluminium. Asus claims the coating will pervent any corrosion but who knows.
Yeah it will work fine, this is just n000bs worrying about nothing tbhQuote

06-11-2013, 14:34:16

I have to say this looks amazing.

I've been waiting to see a 'premium' board, with good PCI-E layout for SLI GPU's meaning : once PCI space to the CPU so large CPU air cooler and GPU dont almost touch, and then at least 3 units between first PCI-E slot to the next, so the a dual slot GPU can breathe, AND quality on-board sound.

I simply cannot believe how rare such a board is - nor how common it is for boards to try to accommodate 3 or 4 GPU although hardly any uses such a setup = waste.

It almost makes me sad, that I cannot justify a upgrade at this point as this would go VERY nicely with my Asus GTx780 OC DCUII, but my x58 board with a i7-950 @ 4.0 Ghz is actually still a very capable setup.Quote

06-11-2013, 17:47:32

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Yeah it will work fine, this is just n000bs worrying about nothing tbh
Was I just called a n000b by Tiny Tom Logan? That would be awesome. If it wasn't directed at me, damn, guess I am going to have to try harder.

I wasn't aware they "coated" it. This is an interesting take on it. I like this board, a lot.

Time to buy and delid a Haswell...Quote

06-11-2013, 17:53:54

Looks great, I love the armor on it. Nice to see they're toning down the ROG stuff (as in less logos), never been a fan of it.Quote

06-11-2013, 17:58:16

Can't decide wether I love the stealthy look or I think it looks like a plastic piece of legos.

Seems like a nice performer though and... less overpriced than ROG boards used to be? Quote

07-11-2013, 08:42:21

Think this may be the first major "warning shot across the bow" of sound card manufacturers? The three bits (preview & review vids + article) got my attention. Another great job by TTL & OC3D!Quote

08-11-2013, 18:00:23

I would buy it but I would buy an after market NB water block. Call me a noob I honestly could not care less, when I am paying for something I want what I want, and since I work my arse off for my money, then yeah, I am going to GET what I want. Not aluminum with a "coating" and "faith" in ASUS...put too much "faith" in ASUS in the past, and it did sting.Quote

14-04-2014, 16:02:27

Hi guys + gals + Gov'

May i suggest a topic/focus area in the reviews on something that just hit a mate of mine really hard:

He got this mobo, + 2 Asus gtx780 Posidon's AND a ASUS RAIDR "SSD" PCIe card. Now, I'd say he has done his homework, but it turned out he missed one critical detail:

When installing two Nvidia GPU's, the last PCIe slot becomes useless. There are no more PCI lanes, as the two previous slots are using 8 each, and there is only 16 to begin with. There is nothing left, for the bottom slot. This is where the RAIDR card, his boot / OS drive, was supposed to go!

Now, this may be apperent to some of you - but unless you really educate yourself in the deepests details of PCI lanes, I have to say it's VERY easy to get this wrong.

It's "ROG" mobo - with 3 PCIe slots. It's SLI certified. What, exactly, is it - that should alert you yo the fact, that the 3 slot cannot be used if you run SLI?

It's not mentioned ANYWHERE and I do not think it's fair to say that it should be obvious to anyone.

It's not like a PSU and QUAD SLI where you can run out of power. The watt needed are clearly mentioned on cards, and the PSU's output is usually printed in big fat numbers.

Now, PCI lane count is just as important as power or physical room inside your case - but nowhere do you seem to get warned or (clearly) informed about this. It is a 'hidden' detail and with no physical manifestations.

In the review here, yes, it does get said that you will get x8, x4, x4 if using all slots. However, it does NOT say (in any clear way) that it means your 3rd physical PCIe slot is now useless if you use SLI.

With (hopefully) more SSD's taking the form of a PCIe card (and thus doing away with the stupidity of using a controller though out for mechanical/rotating discs to access NAND/flash based storage) information on this subject could be useful for many.

Or so I think :-)Quote

25-04-2014, 11:21:47

to me the sexiest part of this mobo is the lack of a ps2 port.Quote

25-04-2014, 11:26:08

Originally Posted by vajoiner View Post
to me the sexiest part of this mobo is the lack of a ps2 port.

vajoiner hahahahaaaaaaaaaa

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