ASUS Maximus V Formula ThunderFX Review
Up Close - Features
There is a lot of hardware packed in to the bottom-left hand corner of the Formula. As well as the excellent Supreme FX IV audio chip, we have the PLX 8608 to provide extra PCI Express bandwidth and the traffic-shaping GameFirst, that keeps your online gaming prioritised regardless of what your OS wants to do.
The heatsink is a clever dual purpose one dubbed Fusion Thermo, with built in potential for water-cooling should you so desire, as well as being very robust if you're merely using air-cooling. It's well designed enough that even our huge Silver Arrow fits between the barbs with plenty of room to spare.
Around the RAM slots are the ROG standards of the ProbeIt monitoring points, MemOK which helps boot stability, and the CPU Slow switch if LN2 is your weapon of choice.
The rear is well appointed with eight USB ports alongside the HDMI and DisplayPort outputs and usual audio and LAN connectors. The gap between the CMOS clear and ROG Connect buttons on the left hand side of this photo is where the mPCIe/Bluetooth/WiFi module sits. Storage is handled by six SATA 6Gbp/s ports and two of the older SATA 3Gbp/s ones.