ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA DDR4 ATX Motherboard
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- 5-way Optimization with 1-click OC and new CrossChill EK VRM cooling
- Multi-zone LED Lighting and Aura Flex RGB header for a personalized look
- Reinvented SupremeFX 2015 Audio with top-to-bottom upgrades
- Intel Gb LAN and MU-MIMO 2T2R 802.11ac for lag-free gaming
- ROG Armor with reinforced backplate for stability
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The ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA is a definitive step forward for gamers everywhere. All-new multi-zone Aura RGB LED lighting with an additional RGB header creates the perfect customized look. 5-Way Optimization with 1-click OC and new CrossChill EK watercooling-capable VRM cooling join forces to push Intel 6th Gen Core Processors to their maximum potential.
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- 5-Way Optimization Software
- CrossChill EK Hybrid Cooling
- AURA RGB Lighting (3-zones + dedicated header)
- SupremeFX 2015 Audio
- ROG Armor
ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA
Perfect your build from cooling to color with the all new ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA, taking performance and design on Z170 to a whole new level with 5-Way Optimization, ROG Armor, CrossChill EK hybrid cooling, and Aura RGB illumination.
- Intel Socket 1151 (Intel Z170 Chipset)
- 4x DDR4 DIMMs (max 64 GB)
- USB 3.1 Type A & C ports
- Onboard PCIe M.2 x 4 and NVMe U.2
- 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet
The Perfect Formula for Z170
A Look That’s All Your Own
Building an ROG rig is as much about aesthetics as it is about performance. The ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA features three-zone RGB illumination that can be customized along the full RGB spectrum, enabling you to select your perfect color from 1.6 million available colors, and with the ROG Aura RGB Strip Header, you can completely customize the lighting of your ROG rig by installing standard 50/50 RGB LED strips without having to worry about a bulky RGB controller.
Keep Your Cool with CrossChill EK
Created in cooperation with the cooling masters at EK Water Blocks, CrossChill EK is an extreme-performance cooling block that's designed to keep ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA's cool with a hybrid solution using air or liquid. Incorporating industry-standard G1/4in threaded fittings, CrossChill EK is a quick fit for your existing setup and, when you chill with liquid, you'll shrink MOSFET temperatures by up to 23˚C!
In addition to all 4-pin headers supporting PWM & DC control, self-contained and custom water cooling systems now have a dedicated header to connect to that provides the required 1A of power for both DC- or PWM-controlled pumps without having to sacrifice a CPU fan header.
Using a combination of a strong ABS top cover and SECC backplate, the MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA is shielded from major sources of heat, such as dedicated video cards and even onboard components, while being equipped with extra rigidity in order to prevent bending.
Faster Storage by Design
Those looking to adopt speedy PCIe M.2 x4 will be happy to find the onboard slot supports 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110 lengths of drives, ready for larger capacity M.2 drives, and for even faster speed, a U.2 port is integrated on the MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA to take advantage of ultra-fast NVMe storage without having to take up a PCIe slot.
Faster Inside and Out
ASUS PRO Clock Technology
A dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel processors that allows overclocked base clock frequencies up to or beyond 400MHz*, enabling additional flexibility in overclocking methods.
Extreme Engine DIGI+
The removal of the fully integrated voltage regulator (FIVR) on 6th Gen Core CPUs has once again brought digital power delivery to the forefront. DIGI+ NexFET MOSFETs, 10K Japanese-made black metallic capacitors (rated for 10,000 hours at 105° C) and Microfine Alloy Chokes deliver stable, reliable power for sustainable overclocking.
USB 3.1, Two Ways
With both Type A and Type C USB 3.1 ports onboard, the ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA is capable of handling current USB 3.1 devices, as well as up-and-coming devices. What's more, ASUS USB 3.1 performance can take advantage of USB 3.1 Boost, pushing transfer speeds even higher than competitors' offerings.
Reinvented SupremeFX 2015 Audio
More than an evolution, ROG SupremeFX 2015 is a revolution in integrated audio design, combining high-end audio components with expertly-engineered layout. From the ROG-pioneered isolated audio layout with red-line shielding designed to minimize interference to the renowned ESS ES9023P DAC with dedicated clock to eliminate jitter, SupremeFX 2015 ensures immersive gaming audio with impeccable clarity.
Achieve Maximus Wins
Media-acclaimed UEFI BIOS
With each generation, ROG UEFI evolves to simultenaously become easier-to-use and robust in its feature set, and Z170 is no exception. EZ Flash 3 enables updates from the internet directly within UEFI, without needing to enter Windows. The EZ Tuning wizard allows builders to quickly overclock or create RAID arrays via a simple step-by-step guided process. For the enthusiasts, a pre-populated My Favorites tab provides quick access to commonly accessed settings and the ability to customize beyond that. And of course, all the settings in their full granular glory are maintained on ROG MAXIMUS VIII.
Going beyond the functionality of even the most advanced gaming keyboards, KeyBot II upgrades your existing keyboard instantly. From recording complex timed macros to reassigning F-keys to system control functions, KeyBot II links your motherboard to your keyboard in an unprecedented way.
It's no mystery that DRAM has the fastest transfer speed of any storage medium within the PC. With increasing memory densities, there is reason to ask more from RAM. ROG RAMCache intelligently caches files that are frequently accessed, minimizing load times, and automatically customizing to your behavior.
Demand more from the wire with ROG networking. With Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN as the foundation, wired connections inherently enjoy higher throughput and lower CPU overhead compared to alternatives. On the software side, ROG GameFirst advanced packet prioritization software ensures your game gets the bandwidth it deserves to minimize ping times. And because the longevity of your ethernet port is perhaps the last thing you want to worry about, LANGuard hardware-level safeguards for both ESD and surge protection so you can focus on your game and worry only about K/D.
That being said, wires aren't always there when you need them, and if you need to take your ROG experience wireless, MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA features a 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution with Multi-User MIMO for fast, reliable data transfers and lag-free gaming off the wire.
What's Inside the Box?
ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA Motherboard, User Guide/DVD, 8x SATA 6Gb/s cable, 1x RGB ext., 1x 2-Way SLI bridge, 1x Q-Shield, 1x CPU install tool, 1x external Wi-Fi Antenna.
ROG labels, case badge, and door hanger.
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Also the board components are hidden behind a plastic cover, which is neat. However, the schematics show all the visible slots, but also the M.2 slot which is hidden behind the cover. With no mention of how one can get to it.
Anyway, I'm happy, but I just think they could do a better job with the instructions that I find a bit confusing for a consumer.
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I've always gone with a $150 motherboard for all my systems but for this build I wanted to blow that and buy a fancy motheboard for a change. It does look good and I like how you can keep the LED lights on or turn them off component by component in the BIOS, which is useful if you are trying to keep a color theme. I'm not using the LED strip functionality but instead using the LED strip with my Phanteks Enthoo Luxe case. It was a decision between the standard VIII HERO (M8H) and the VIII HERO Alpha (M8HA).
M8H > vs > M8HA
ASMedia USB 3.1 >> Intel USB 3.1
SATA Express >> newer U.2 revision
No wifi or BT >> wifi and BT
old driver set >> latest driver set
Whether those features are worth the price tag to you is only something you can decide. In addition to those features I heard the original M8H had some bugs so I thought I would pay a bit more to get the board without the bugs. I probably won't use wifi or BT. Not sure on U.2 yet but I know I wouldn't use SATA Express so that is better. Only being able to use 1 due to sharing a lane with the Intel 6Gb ports isn't a big deal to me since if I did go with U.2 I would only use 1 anyway. I do prefer Intel USB 3.1 and the more updated driver set. I downloaded the drivers off of the Asus website and didn't use the disc or install the extra programs. Best part of building your own machine is removing the bloatware. Though I may install the ROG theme CPU-Z as I will get CPU-Z in some form anyway.
Lots of options for overclocking and I honestly can't think of anything that it is missing. Once I enabled XMP it automatically recognized my overclocked by factory RAM (3000MHz). It's "EZ Overclock" feature gave me about a 22% OC before I went back to stock to complete my build. I like the Start button on the motherboard, came in handy. It was very easy and fast to update the BIOS. You have 3 methods by the way, one of which you can do with a USB drive and without it being turned on (very nice!). Not a fan of how the BIOS is laid out but once you get used to it its not bad. I haven't tried it yet so only like it in theory at the moment but I like how you can save multiple profiles in the BIOS. It automatically selected the boot order I wanted (SSD first, HDD second, blu-ray drive third) so that was one less thing to tweak. I did have to apply more force than I thought I would for the RAM and video card because at first it only read half of my RAM. I waited for the clicks the first time but reseating it with more force fixed it. Despite it being 4-pin PWM it didn't seem like the Waterblock fan header is controlled the same as the CPU Fan Header is because my H100i GTX was not spinning right away, so I plugged it into the CPU Fan Header. It's ok for the case fans to be delayed at start up but I want my heatsink fan working right away.
I wish there was more dedicated USB 3.0 slots since keyboards these days almost always have 2 and gaming mice usually require USB 3.0 as well.
So far onboard sound is quite good. Signal appears clean and crisp. I don't hear any audio pops or crackles nor does it have low volume like my previous motherboard had.
The 6 SATA cables it came with were exactly what I was looking for but couldn't find on Amazon - black/white and not too long. Three 90 degree and 3 straight. Figured I would mention it since people like to plan for cable management.
The price is very high and you can find the M8H on sale for $80 cheaper. I knew what I was getting into as far as features for price so I'm not sure I should dock a star. All of my motherboards before have had headaches and lingering bugs so in comparison this is a very nice board. The only issue I've seen so far is my keyboard wasn't recognized immediately from a cold boot (PSU turned off and unplugged) right away and future attempts required me waiting on the K70's LEDs to come on. So I'm not sure if its a motherboard bug, a K70 bug or just simply waiting for the juice to circulate through the system. I'm not going to blame the motherboard unless I see it on warm boots. It also has more features than I am used to and overclocking looks easier than ever. Most of the setup was hassle free so I say 5 stars ...but seriously Asus, too expensive! Niche priced board for sure.
Code 55. Yes it showed up first boot. I powered down and double checked everything. Everything was set correctly and all pins were firmly in the right spots. Second boot Code 55. I had already updated bios to the latest build. Turns out the board simply will not run my ram at 3000. It seems to consider it an unstable overclock and throws code 55. I am at work so I don't have the numbers but it ended up running at 2900~, No idea why, but it simply don't run the full 3000 without code 55. I simply set the bios to auto detect and I was good to go.
Code 44 After first successful boot I ended up getting this code. Everything seemed to work fine, but it bugged me this was showing so I started digging. Turns out this code is thrown when the system comes out of sleep. Now the thing is I was cold booting so that was a bit confusing. It ended up being fast boot. Windows 10 stores info on second boot to speed up the system. The board thinks this is a wake event for whatever reason.I turned off fast boot in Windows 10 and bios. The code magically went away. For the record I did not see a speed reduction in cold boot with these two options disabled. I boot in a few seconds, literally.
Code Ao This poked it's head up after code 44. Turns out this is simply a code stating Bios was handing the system over to Windows 10. Nothing to fix on this code. It stays for a bit then jumps to code 99, normal operation.
Ok, here is the positives I encountered while building/using this board.
I read that the motherboard was laid out badly. I did not have this issue. As a matter of fact I am a little OCD and wire management could not have been achieved as well without this layout.
The board has software that allows you to intelligently overclock your system while in Windows 10. It stress tested the machine and suggested a safe overclock with a single mouse click. I am running at 15% stable. Very impressed how integrated overclock is on this board, for the record I did not use the CD, I got on the website and downloaded the latest version of the software. It works very well.
Stability, very stable. Once I got the the codes out of the way I have been running very stable even with the overclock. No issues at all. Boots up fast.
The board is very good looking. Enhances the look of my build. Clean and well designed. Even has color options for the onboard LED. This thing is a beast.
Here is my build.
Operating Sysem: http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Home-System-Builder/dp/B00ZSI7Y3U?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s04
Hard Drives: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-SATA-Internal-MZ-7KE1T0BW/dp/B00LF10KTE?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s04
Liquid Cooling kit: http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-PACIFIC-RL360-Cooling-CL-W113-CA12SW/dp/B01BI0X9MQ?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s05
Network Card: http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-Archer-T9E-Beamforming-Low-profile/dp/B00TQEX7AQ?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00
Power Supply: http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-Modular-Crossfire-Warranty-210-GQ-1000-V1/dp/B017ICWP82?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s03
Video cards: http://www.amazon.com/Geforce-GTX-Titan-NVIDIA-900-1G600-2500-00/dp/B00UZPYXGC?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage
If you go with a big build try and find an open tower. I feel like a standard closed tower will generate to much heat. (my opinion)
Build slow. You are in no hurry. Take you're time, check and double check. Use the manual it's very informative.
Check your parts list. Make sure everything is compatible before you hit that buy button. There are some good compatibility programs out there that will help your double check your parts compatibility. Look at the motherboards website for a compatible parts list.
Buy it, you won't regret it, this thing is a beast.