ASUS Maximus II Formula P45 Motherboard

Features

Features
 
Other than the usual features found on the current crop of motherboards around today, the Maximus II Formula has a few extra little features that are examined below.
 
ATI
ATI's CrossfireX is supported through 2x 8 PCIe lanes on the Maximus II Formula. While not having as many PCIe lanes as it's X48 brethren current GPU's do not seem to take full advantage of 16 lanes and so there is little performance drop in using 8 lanes but a massive leap over previous P35 CrossfireX configurations.
BIOS
The Flashback BIOS function allows the user to instantaneously go back to a previous BIOS version acting very much like a 'Save Game' function. Two BIOS ROM files can be stored on the motherboard allowing the user to recover a failed BIOS flash (thereby flashing the corrupt ROM with a working version) or it can be used to ave a whole BIOS setup rather than just the overclocked settings.
Reset
Instead of purchasing the most expensive CPU around you can simply buy a cheaper version and make use of the CPU Level Up feature which will overclock your current CPU to a performance level of a more expensive CPU. This is an excellent feature for those not accustomed with BIOS overclocking.
EPUThe latest power saving feature installed on the Maximus II is the EPU-6 Engine. This feature detects current PC loadings and adjusts the power requirements accordingly. CPU, VGA, Memory, Chipset, Drives and system fans can all be automatically adjusted (if supported) to save power and therefore money! Another handy feature is you can tell in real time how much power your CPU is using - see below:
 
 
Speeding HDD
Speeding HDD allows the end user to setup Raid configurations (0, 1) without the need for drivers or complicated BIOS setups. The graphical user interface is very easy to use and can be used to either setup a quick RAID array once in windows or be used to back up one drive to another. The whole process of setting the drives up is very simple, just plug the drives in, boot up and use the on screen instructions to set the drives to whatever configuration you like.
 
 
The SupremeFX riser card supplied with the Maximus II features an XFI based chipset allowing the use of almost all of Creatives XFI trickery including XFI Crystallizer, CMSS3D and EAX 4.0 which accurately provides a virtual 3D surround sound and enhancement experience in both games and movies. It is a strange move for Asus considering that Asus now have their own sound solution in the Xonar series but it is a welcome one nonetheless as the XFI card is much better than previous versions of the SupremeFX cards offering greater features and functionality.
 
  
 
So now you have seen what the Maximus II has to offer in terms of features, let's see if the ROG BIOS can match this impressive list of software extras...
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Most Recent Comments

10-07-2008, 09:01:45

Bungral
Tis very very nice indeed. I really like the look of it.

That said.. With the new Rampage looking just as good, If I had the wedge and was after a new mobo, I'd plump for the Rampage.Quote

10-07-2008, 09:57:02

Mr. Smith
Rich, your OC tests - is the 3.9 jiggahurtz stable or just a screenie? Also, how does that compare to other mobos you've had the chip on?

I think that is relevant...

Ta Quote

10-07-2008, 10:15:55

w3bbo
Prime95 was run for overnight (8 hours) aswell as a 1hr hour OCCT run - not exactly proof of 24/7 stability but it's good enough imo. This is compared against similar results with the MSI and P5Q deluxe. I rated the Maximus higher as, along with the ridiculous amount of BIOS tweaks available with more time and a more mature BIOS it is my belief the Maximus can at least equal the P5Q, not only that but gaming wise the maximus is already ahead of the P5Q albeit not by much.

Also overclocking on air, as I'm sure you are aware, can be heavily influenced by ambient air temps which due to the recent hot weather is limiting the possibilities. Using phase change is not realy an option as it isn't indicative of the 'average' user and wouldn't give a fair representation of the possibilities of the motherboard.

Because the P45 uses PCIE 2.0 which is double the bandwidth of PCIe 1.1 the need for 16 lanes is debatable so going for an X48 (which appears not to clock as good as P45) is not a decision that should be taken lightly. I guess it comes down to if you want every last ounce of CPU or GPU power - CPU = P45, GPU=X48 imo.Quote

10-07-2008, 11:20:50

Luigi
Wow, Nice review

One thing that was in the press release, but I didnt see demonstrated, was the removable part of heatpipe cooling on the NB?

Is this possible?Quote

10-07-2008, 11:22:20

WC Annihilus
Edit: think I read that wrongQuote
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