ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula Review

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ASUS ROG Z390 Maximus XI Formula Review

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EK waterblocks have got a huge reputation for good reason, combining excellent build quality with intelligent design and reliability. The use of them on a factory ASUS motherboard only emphasises the esteem with which their products are held.

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Whenever you're using a cover on the PCB it can be difficult to have enough spaces to provide sufficient cooling headers or RGB LED Strip headers without cutting away so much of the cover that it might as well not be there, but we think the Maximus XI Formula has managed to do it successfully. The Rampage VI design is particularly echoed with the start and reset buttons.

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There are all the usual connection options we've become accustomed to such as the 6 SATA ports, USB 3.0 and 3.1 headers and plenty of fan options. At the very bottom you can see the beginnings of the Water Cooling Zone, more of which in a moment.

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Amongst the more common features such as COM ports, front panel USB and the like we find a new header, the ASUS Node. What exactly this does is somewhat of a mystery as even ASUS are being somewhat vague. All we know so far according to the documentation is that it is a "bi-directional interface that allows ASUS motherboards to communicate with other system components". So far the FSP HDP1000 Hydro DPM PSU allows users to control the PSU fan from the AI Suite, whilst In Win are currently developing a 301 Chassis that has a LiveDash compatible OLED front panel. Anything that gives us more control of our system without necessitating routing thermal probes and the like has to be a good thing. Let's hope it lives up to the promise. 

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The Maximus X used a vertical mount for one of the M.2 drives, which was an odd aesthetic choice. The Maximus XI Formula instead goes for both of the M.2 drives being mounted together, and beneath an attractive heat-spreader. It's a clever bit of design. If you cast your eyes to the right hand edge you'll see the flow and temperature monitoring points (the white square of four prongs) which are compatible with the latest Bitspower meters and are integrated into the ASUS AI Suite.

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The IO section of the Maximus XI Formula shows how much there is on the Z390 chipset and the ASUS additions. More than enough USB 3.1 2nd Gen ports to satisfy even the most hardcore peripheral collector, whilst you also have the Intel LAN and AC WiFi. Additionally ASUS have included the Aquantia AQC-111C 5G Ethernet, if you happen to already be running the very latest hardware that supports it.

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Most Recent Comments

23-10-2018, 08:04:03

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

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

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

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

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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