ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula Review

Conclusion

ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula Review

Conclusion

We know that you've probably read an awful lot of Z390 coverage today, and we appreciate your time. The nature of the beast is such that a lot of what we're about to say will be familiar, but it is only a reflection of the excellent consistency that the newest generation of Intel hardware obtains.

The ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula looks a lot different to either the Hero or the Extreme, with the Armor lending a very attractive aesthetic to proceedings whilst also enabling the ASUS designers to go all out on utilising the AURA Sync lighting. We've been huge fans of the Armor looks ever since it first appeared and this latest iteration that combines smoothness with mirrored sections is especially attractive. With so many of us running RGB lighting, and the proliferation of lights on the Maximus XI Formula itself shine well off the reflective portions to give a glow to your system that only enhances the Armor aesthetic. 

Performance wise the Formula puts up a very good showing. One thing that has become clear is that any of the Z390s have excellent stock performance, squeezing a lot from the Core i9-9900K. If you're determined to extract all the calculative capacity that the newest 9th Generation Intel CPU has to offer then the overclocking prowess of the Z390 is endlessly consistent. Understandably if you're looking to use more complicated cooling solutions than our AIO or push into the absolute overclocking limits then the extra headers and power phases of the motherboards higher in their respective ranges will provide you with more tools to flex your skills. The Maximus XI Formula might not quite have the leading edge stuff of the Extreme variant, but it's darn close and certainly in our graphs it clearly has plenty of performance for almost everyone.

On the feature side of things nobody could accuse the ASUS ROG range of being lacking in fancy features and it certainly doesn't. All the main ROG elements that you've come to know such as GameFirst and SonicRadar have been revised and updated. One area that has seen a significant increase in things to play with is the 5 Way Optimisation. Until now it's been great at ensuring your system has all the cooling it requires without running the fans at ear-splitting levels, but now it also comes with an AI Overclocking tool that lets you expand the performance of your new purchase automatically. If you are new to overclocking then it also will provide you with a great CPU specific baseline from which to launch your own overclocking efforts.

With a huge array of features, high bandwidth connectivity options, great performance and glorious looks the Maximus XI Formula is an awful lot of motherboard for an attractive price tag and thus wins our OC3D Enthusiast Award.

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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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