ASUS Maximus III Formula
The ASUS Maximus III Formula is certainly a premium LGA1156 motherboard, and by definition it is enthusiasts that will look to a board like this. In response, ASUS has really focused their Republic of Gamers products toward those consumers who want big features and top performance, and don’t mind the big price tag that accompanies it. The Maximus III Formula brings an abundance of features, ease of use, stability, overclockability, innovation, and quality to market, proving this motherboard is for those who want the very best.
This board packs some amazing features, but what is perhaps the most impressive advancement is the combination of Auto Overclocking and external tweaking ability through the ASUS TurboV EVO, BIOS OC Tuner, and RoG Connect features. For novice overclockers who may be hesitant or overwhelmed by the abundance of settings, the Auto Tuning (whether through Windows or BIOS) features are simply top-notch, providing a huge jump in performance with rock solid stability. Achieving a 1GHz overclock for 30 seconds worth of work is nothing short of outstanding. While that type of performance increase and peace of mind may not have a dollar amount attached, it’s worth something in my book.
In terms of usability and stability, the Maximus III Formula is rock solid. The Auto Tuning utilities ran like a champ through all type of stress tests, and manual overclocking resulted in the highest numbers we’ve achieved to date. An if you’re a bit hesitant to tweak much in the BIOS, then just dial in a higher BCLK, set your RAM speed, let the Auto settings take care of the rest, and you’ll be pleased with the quick and easy results. A failed overclock recovers nicely here as well, and the GO button is very handy for the more experienced users who push things to the limit.
In terms of price, this is really the only detraction on the Formula. Premium boards come with premium prices, and at $250 USD, the Maximus III Formula sits at the top of the pricing heap. We do believe that price is justified if you want top performance, however, as the uber-enthusiast LGA1366 platform will set you back quite a bit more money than this. We’ve seen several LGA1156 motherboards, and the ASUS Maximus III Formula is undoubtedly the king of the hill, even better than its P7P55D Deluxe sibling that’s better suited to the all-round consumer that wants excellent performance but doesn’t have visions of hardcore overclocking grandeur. The Formula costs about $25 more but it brings X-Fi audio, RoG Connect, and better overclocking performance to the table that the P7P55D Deluxe lacks.
Similar to a Ferrari that satisfies those seeking the very best, the ASUS Maximus III Formula also commands a hefty price tag but sits in a class of its own, showcasing an extensive feature set, outstanding performance, gorgeous aesthetics, and innovative technologies for the discerning enthusiast.
ASUS Maximus III Formula
Our thanks go to ASUS for providing the Maximus III Formula for this review.