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ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Motherboard Review

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Posted September 4, 2014 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards

Overview

Hardware:
 
 
Price at time of Review: $349.99 on Newegg.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Hybrid CrossChill Copper VRM Cooling Block, Armor Shield, Fantastic Aesthetics, Stable Overclocks
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

A bit Pricey, M.2 SATA Port Location
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you take the overall performance for the Maximus VII Formula, and paired it with a set of nice graphics cards you will get a very nice set up that will last years with today's current games. Now, if you didn't need all the extra bells and whistles that the Maximus VII Formula board offers, we can see that the Hero is a very good alternative option. So when it comes to valuing the Formula, we found the board to be bit pricey for some users at $349.99 on newegg. But if you can use all the extras you get from the Maximus VII Formula, we say its worth every penny.
by Kenny
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Introduction

A few months back we took a look at the ASUS Maximus VII Hero Motherboard (HERE) . The Maximus VII Hero, which is part of ASUS’ mid range Republic of Gamer’s line, took home the Editors Choice award for its great performance and outstanding aesthetics. However, that was only the tip of the iceberg for the ROG line up. Today… we have the chance to take a look at ASUS’ flagship motherboard the ASUS Maximus VII Formula.

We are really excited to start putting this motherboard to the test. Its aesthetics alone really stand out, especially its Armor Shield. If you are an water cooling enthusiast, the hybrid CrossChill Cooling VRM block is also a great feature. Can the ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula live up to its little brother the Hero and earn another Editor’s Choice Award? Let’s dive in and take a look.

 

Closer Look 1

But before we do, let’s here a word from ASUS.

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Origin of the Name “Asus”

ASUS comes from the last four letters of Pegasus, the winged horse in Greek mythology that represents the inspiration of art and learning. ASUS embodies the strength, creative spirit and purity symbolized by this regal and agile mythical creature, soaring to new heights of quality and innovation with each product it introduces to the market.

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5 Comments


  1.  
    Ron

    Hi Kenny, just found your review, which I found very interesting do to the fact my next build is based on the same motherboard.
    I was wondering if you could give me a little advice, I was going to use the Swiftech H220-X but after seeing your setup, I see no point in cutting into a closed loop system also I am not water cooling my graphics cards, so I was wondering if I can get away with one radiator 420m Top instead of two like your setup.
    I’m using the Phanteks Enthoo Luxe and a Intel i7-4790k.
    This will be my first time at water cooling so any help would be welcome also please take into account that when I was born hot & cold running water and inside toilets had not been invented, so whats the norm to you youngsters is another world to me.
    Thanks for a great in depth review which I understood……..Ron.




    •  
      Sandy Bruce

      Hey Ron,
      Kenny does some amazing work for us at PureOC. I am glad to hear you found his review interesting. The H220-X is a good start for those not ready to jump head first into custom water cooling (aka WACO). Since you do have the stones to go custom to heck with it! Custom offers better cooling hands down anyways. A 420mm rad is more than enough to cool a single cpu and the board block on the ROG M VII. Depending on thickness of rad it can also handle a single GPU in the loop. Personally I would make sure the rad is at least 45mm thick for future expansion. I am almost 100% sure you will change your mind about that adding the GPU to your loop. water cooling is addictive.

      Also you will blend in well with the rest of PureOC. We have a good mixture of “Seasoned Vets” and spring chickens. lol Trust me, you will feel right at home. Join the forums and ask any questions you may have for this project. We are glad to help.




      •  
        Ron

        Thanks for the quick reply and advice. Thanks also for throwing me a life-line, I’ll join the forums and keep you posted.




        •  
          Sandy Bruce

          No problem at all. That is why we are here. That and to drool over parts and other peoples systems. Look forward to checking it out.




  2.  
    Kenny

    Hi Ron,

    Thanks for reading the article and thanks Sandy!
    As Sandy already mentioned, if you are not afraid of jumping right into custom watercooling, that is the route I would take.

    While Sandy is correct that a single rad will be more than enough for CPU and MB, I don’t think a 420 will fit at the top of the Luxe case. I have one here and I believe the largest rad is a 360 at the top at 30-35mm thickness, any larger and you will run into possible issues with clearance of the motherboard heatsink once you add the fans.

    But even a 360mm with a 30-35mm thickness rad at the top will be enough for just the CPU and MB. However, that limits the expansion to possible future GPU added, but the Luxe does allow for a 240mm at the front which can be added later when the times comes to upgrade.

    As Sandy said, join the forums and we will be more than happy help you. Trust me, the group the guys we have here will make you feel right at home. In any case, hope you see you on the forums and possible future build in progress in our worklog section.

    Kenny





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