ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula Review

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For years the ASUS ROG packaging has been predominantly red. With the last generation it moved to a red and black design, and now with the newest Z390 releases it is all black. This has, however, meant that the ROG logo has moved from a reflective colouring into an all-red one, which we think works very nicely.

ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula Preview  
ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula Preview  

If you're a regular follower of ROG motherboards then the ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula might look familiar, being very close to the Rampage VI in its design. The EK water block covering on the VRMs looks very nice, and the chrome accents are perfect for reflecting any RGB lighting you might have in your build. With the Z390 Strix going for an all-black look it's nice to have options if you'd prefer something a bit flashier. Whilst you're unlike to see the back of the Maximus XI often it's nice to know that there is a big heat-spreader to help eliminate hot spots.


ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula Preview  
ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula Preview  

We will look at the key parts of the top end of the Maximus XI on the next page, but a quick glance shows the primary elements. You have an EK hybrid cover that allows you to use the board as a basis of a water-cooled setup without needing to purchase extra water blocks. There are 8+4 CPU power inputs enabling you to drive the CPU as hard as you desire. You can also see five fan/pump headers, three at the top right area and two at the bottom left. Placing them like this frees you up from the misery of routing your cables in a clean manner.


ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula Preview  

The lower half has the shiniest parts of the armour and a giant ROG logo that lights up. You can also see the two primary PCI Express 3.0 slots are reinforced with the steel armour that allows you to install even the heaviest graphics cards without issue, whilst the area below the second PCI Express slot contains the two M.2 sockets for all your blisteringly fast storage needs.


ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula Preview 

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Most Recent Comments

23-10-2018, 08:04:03

Peace
Honestly, since the mockups suggest WAY more lighting between the PCI-Slots, I'm kinda disappointed with the looks. Is that because of the camera handling the lighting or is all that silver area really not illuminated although that's suggested by the first pictures?Quote

28-10-2018, 16:20:29

Dawelio
Couldn't find any answer in the review itself, but does anyone know if this board is compatible with both i9 9900K and i7 8700K?... And/or does it require a BIOS in order to use the latter?.

As from my understand based on reviews, it works with either CPU, without an BIOS update.Quote

28-10-2018, 17:58:35

FTLN
All Z390's are backward compatible with 8 series cpu and all new Z390 chipset features are supported.

I remember coming here a long time ago looking at reviews and getting some pretty good info on overclocking modding etc but nowadays all TTL seems intrested in is modding his cars... The depth of the reviews are going downhill....Quote

28-10-2018, 18:30:01

Dawelio
Quote:
Originally Posted by FTLN View Post
All Z390's are backward compatible with 8 series cpu and all new Z390 chipset features are supported.
Ahh cool, thanks for the info. Much appreciated!

So just to be clear; No BIOS needed? Ie, if you’ve got an 8700K and then decides to get an 9900K down the line. I assume it’s just dropping it into the motherboard and ofd you go? It will work just fine?...Quote

28-10-2018, 20:18:29

NeverBackDown
Why do you ask such easy questions you already know the answer to on how to find out?

Just go to the Asus website, check cpu support list. took me 10 seconds to find.

The CPUs are supported since the Sept 29/2018 BIOS update. It's impossible to know which board you will get. it may or may not have at least that version of the BIOS. You should already be updating the BIOS as soon as you buy any motherboard anyway. It's a critical step in any motherboard change. With ASUS boards you don't need a CPU in to update the BIOS last I checked. So even if it is an older BIOS then you will still be able to update it. If not then borrow someone's older CPU.Quote
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