ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Formula LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Formula LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Formula LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard

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Product Highlights

  • ATX Form Factor
  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • Intel LGA 1151 Socket
  • 4 x Dual-Channel DDR4-3733 (OC)
  • 8 x SATA III, 2 x SATA Express, 1 x M.2
  • 3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 Slots
  • 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 Slots
  • ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel HD Audio
  • Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1
  • USB 3.1 Type-A & Type-C
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ASUS Formula overview

  • 1Description

Built for gamers and PC enthusiasts, the Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Formula Motherboard from ASUS is designed to fit in cases that support an ATX form factor. The 12 x 9.6" Maximus VIII Formula supports 6th Generation Intel Core i7, i5, i3, Pentium, and Celeron processors, the LGA 1151 socket, and the Intel Z170 chipset. This motherboard supports Windows 10 (64-bit), 8.1 (64-bit), and 7 (64 and 32-bit).

The ATX form factor of the Maximus VIII Formula has 4 x DIMM slots that can support up to 64GB of non-ECC unbuffered DDR4 RAM, as well as dual channel memory architecture and Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules. The supported memory speeds are 3733 (O.C.), 3600 (O.C.), 3500 (O.C.), 3466 (O.C.), 3400 (O.C.), 3300 (O.C.), 3200 (O.C.), 3000 (O.C.), 2800 (O.C.), 2666 (O.C.), 2400 (O.C.), and 2133 MHz. The Maximus VIII Formula supports a total of 8 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports, 2 x SATA Express ports, 1 x M.2 Socket 3, 1 x U.2 port, 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (x16 or dual x8), 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slot (x4 mode), 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots, 1 x 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Type-C port, 1 x 10 Gb/s USB 3.1 Type-A port, 8 x USB 3.0 ports, and 1 x PS/2 port. Using the Republic of Gamers SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel High Definition audio codec, it can support 8-channel HD audio with jack detection, multi-streaming, front panel jack retasking, and a headphone amp.

The Maximus VIII Formula supports integrated graphics with 1 x HDMI and 1 x DisplayPort output. Its HDMI port supports a max resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz and its DisplayPort supports a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz. The integrated graphics can use up to 512MB of shared memory and also supports Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video, Intel Clear Video HD Technology, and Intel Insider. Multi-GPU support is also available using either NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI or AMD 3-Way CrossFireX technology.

The Maximus VIII Formula has also been designed with LANGuard, Pro Clock technology, DRAM over-current protection, ESD guards, a solid steel backplate, UEFI BIOS, Fan Xpert 3, AI Suite 3, and more. It is protected by a limited 3-year warranty.

Intel Z170 Express Chipset
The Intel Z170 Express is a single-chipset design that supports 6th-generation Intel LGA1151 Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the Z170 provides a maximum of ten USB 3.0 ports, six SATA III 6 Gb/s ports, 32 Gb/s M.2, and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support for faster data retrieval. The Intel Z170 Express also supports integrated-graphics (iGPU) functions
Ready for 6th-Generation Intel LGA1151 Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors
This motherboard supports 6th-generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA1151 package, with graphics, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, two-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory, and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for improved graphics performance
CrossChill EK
ROG teamed up with EK Water Blocks to create CrossChill EK, an extreme-performance cooling block with a copper channel that's hungry for either air or liquid. CrossChill EK is a good choice for custom-chilled builds enabling quieter rigs that run well using air and even better with water. With G1/4" threaded fittings, CrossChill EK is a quick fit for your existing setup and, when you chill with liquid, you'll lower MOSFET temperatures by up to 73°F / 23°C
Three-Way RGB Illumination
ASUS uses high-precision laser-engraving technology to carve intricate patterns across the ROG Armor that enrobes Maximus VIII Formula, allowing the RGB light of 28 integrated LEDs to shine through and illuminate parts of the board, including the MOSFET heatsink cover, PCIe area, and the ROG logo. Customize static, strobing and pulsating effects, have the colors change in time with music, or indicate CPU temperature
SupremeFX 2015 Audio
Maximus VIII Formula's onboard audio allows users to benefit from gaming-audio inputs and outputs, with special shielded designs, and a collection of carefully selected professional-grade audio components, including an ESS ES9023P digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with Hyperstream technology, an ultra-low-jitter clock, Nichicon capacitors, a 2Vrms headphone amp, and a Sonic SenseAmp that automatically detects and optimizes any headset (32-600 ohms) for pure sound quality. SupremeFX 2015 also features intuitive Sonic Studio II, so you'll apply and enjoy different audio effects for perfect entertainment, as well as Perfect Voice noise-cancellation technology for team conversations with clarity
Gaming Performance
Greater performance means smoother gameplay. With the overclocking (OC) design, UEFI BIOS, and intuitive OC gadget and utility, you'll enjoy strong performance that is coupled with a cooling design that helps ensure your system runs well
The mouse-controlled graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more user-friendly. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily
ROG's intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that games and apps launch at faster speeds. RAMCache can help turn milliseconds into microseconds to boost load times and also help minimize the risk of data loss
NVM Express (NVMe) allows your SSDs to operate with faster speeds. Just attach your drive to the built-in U.2 connector with plug-and-play and experience data transfer speeds of up to 32 Gb/s, while also freeing up a PCIe expansion slot

M.2 up to 32 Gb/s
With x4 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 bandwidth, M.2 supports up to 32 Gb/s data-transfer speeds. It is a solid choice for an operating system or application drive, making your whole PC or professional apps work faster

SATA Express
Current SSDs devour up to 550 MB/s of bandwidth, which is close to the saturation point for SATA III 6 Gb/s connections. Backwardly compatible with up to two SATA drives, SATA Express is a next-generation connectivity standard

10 Gb/s with USB 3.1 Type-A & Type-C
With one USB 3.1 Type-A port and one reversible USB 3.1 Type-C port, you'll experience data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gb/s, which is twice as fast as 5 Gb/s USB 3.0. USB 3.1 is backwards compatible with your existing USB devices and you'll also be all set for USB 3.1's faster speeds. Additionally, ASUS' USB 3.1 Boost technology automatically accelerates USB 3.1 performance even further
Gigabit Ethernet
ROG features Intel Ethernet (I219-V) for faster and smoother gaming. Intel's LAN has the double advantage of helping to reduce CPU overhead and offering improved TCP and UDP throughput
802.11ac Wi-Fi (2x2) with MU-MIMO
The Maximus VIII Formula has 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 dual-band 2.4/5 GHz antennas for up to 867 Mb/s transfer speeds, as well as Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology to help ensure that every connected user experiences efficient wireless and online speeds
- Strong ABS Top Cover: Thermal protection that blocks heat from graphics cards and helps ensure lower system temperatures for better performance
- Solid Steel Backplate: The steel, electro-galvanized, cold-rolled coil (SECC) construction helps strengthen the Maximus VIII Formula to prevent bending, employing thermal pads to efficiently conduct heat away from crucial components
- ESD Guards: Greater electrostatic protection for the PS/2, USB, audio, and LAN ports
- TrueVolt USB: Two dedicated USB power supplies provide 5V to all USB ports
- CPU Installation Tool: Single layer protection from socket-pin damage
- Q-connector: one piece sorts front-panel cables
- Q-slot: One clip to swap or secure your graphics card
- Q-DIMM: One sided clips for simple and secure handling of memory modules
- DRAM Over-current protection: One additional resettable fuse helps protect connection ports and DRAM against over-current and short-circuit damage
- Black nickel-coated Q-shield: Helps protect your hands from nicks and cuts
Keybot II
Record macros directly from the keyboard, switch profiles in moments, enable special functions with hotkeys from F1-F10, start and even boost your PC from shutdown (S5 mode)
In the Box
ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus VIII Formula LGA 1151 ATX Motherboard
  • I/O Shield
  • 9 x SATA Power Cables
  • ASUS 2-Way/3-Way SLI Bridge
  • M.2 Screw Package
  • CPU Installation Tool
  • Supporting DVD
  • ASUS 2T2R Dual-Band Wi-Fi Moving Antennas (802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
  • Q-Connector (1-in-1)
  • 12-in-1 ROG Cable Label
  • ROG Fan Label
  • ROG Door Hanger
  • Extension Cable for RGB Strips (31.5" / 80.0 cm)
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    ASUS Formula specs

    CPU - Intel Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron Processors
    - Supports Intel 14 nm CPU
    - Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    Chipset Intel Z170
    Memory - 4 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB, DDR4 3733 (O.C.), 3600 (O.C.), 3500(O.C.), 3466(O.C.), 3400(O.C.), 3300 (O.C.), 3200 (O.C.), 3000 (O.C.), 2800 (O.C.), 2666(O.C.), 2400 (O.C.), and 2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture
    Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor
    Multi-VGA output support: HDMI/DisplayPort ports
    - Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
    - Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
    Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider
    Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI Technology
    Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Technology
    Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, gray)
    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
    3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (black)
    Storage Intel Z170 Chipset:
    - 1 x U.2 port, supports PCIe 3.0 x4 NVM Express storage
    - 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIe modes)
    - 6 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports
    - 2 x SATA Express ports
    - Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
    - Intel Rapid Storage Technology support
    - Supports Intel Smart Response Technology

    ASMedia ASM1061 Controller:
    2 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports (black)
    LAN - Intel I219V, Dual interconnect between the Integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)
    - GameFirst Technology
    - Anti-surge LANGuard
    Wireless Data Network Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
    Supports MU-MIMO
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1
    Audio ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel High Definition Audio Codec
    - Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel MIC Jack-retasking
    - SupremeFX Shielding Technology
    - ESS ES9023P
    - 2 Vrms Headphone Amp into (32-600 ohms)

    Audio Features:
    - DTS Connect
    - Optical S/PDIF out port at the back panel
    - Sonic SenseAmp
    - Sonic Studio II
    - Sonic Radar II
    USB Ports Intel Z170 Chipset:
    6 x USB 3.0 ports (4 at mid-board)
    4 x USB 2.0 ports

    Intel USB 3.1 Controller:
    2 x USB 3.1 ports (2 at the back panel, Type-A and Type-C)

    ASMedia USB 3.0 Controller:
    2 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at the back panel, blue)
    ROG Features CrossChill EK (Hybrid air and liquid cooling)
    ROG Armor (including top cover and SECC steel backplate)
    ROG RAMCache
    Start Button
    Reset Button
    ROG Aura
    - Aura Lighting Control
    - Aura RGB Strip Headers
    Extreme Engine Digi+:
    - MicroFine Alloy Chokes
    - NexFET Power Block MOSFET
    - 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
    Mem TweakIt
    KeyBot II
    - One-click Overclocking
    - X.M.P.
    - DirectKey
    - ClrCMOS
    - Power On
    UEFI BIOS Features:
    - O.C. Profile
    - GPU.DIMM Post
    - Tweakers' Paradise
    - ROG SSD Secure Erase
    - Graphic Card Information Preview
    ROG RAMDisk
    Special Features OC Design - ASUS PRO Clock Technology
    - Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance
    5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    - 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
    ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
    - Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Media Streaming Hub, Smart Sensor Control, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer, Capture & Send
    - Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote app for portable smartphone/tablet, supporting iOS 7 & Android 4.0 systems
    ASUS Exclusive Features:
    - MemOK!
    - AI Suite 3
    - Ai Charger+
    - Anti-Surge
    - USB 3.1 Boost
    - Disk Unlocker
    - Mobo Connect
    - PC Cleaner
    Remote Entertainment
    - Media Streamer
    - HyStream
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution:
    - ASUS Fan Xpert 3
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    - ASUS EZ Flash 3
    - ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
    - Multi-language BIOS
    - Push Notice
    - Media Streamer
    ASUS Q-Design:
    - ASUS Q-Shield
    - ASUS Q-Code
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    - ASUS Q-Connector
    Operating System Support Windows 10 (64-bit), 8.1 (64-bit), 7 (32/64-bit)
    Back I/O Ports 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ-45) port
    1 x USB 3.1 Type-A (red)
    1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (black)
    8 x USB 3.0 (blue)
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    5 x Audio jacks
    1 x Clear CMOS button
    2 x Wi-Fi antenna ports
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button
    Internal I/O Ports - 1 x U.2 port
    - 1 x Aura RGB Strip Headers
    - 2 x USB 3.0 connectors support an additional 4 x USB 3.0 ports
    - 2 x USB 2.0 connectors support an additional 4 x USB 2.0 ports
    - 2 x SATA Express connectors, compatible with 4 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports
    - 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Supports both SATA & PCIe SSD)
    - 4 x SATA III 6 Gb/s connectors
    - 1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)
    - 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector (4-pin)
    - 4 x Chassis Fan connectors (4-pin)
    - 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
    - 1 x 8-pin ATX 12 V Power connector
    - 1 x Front panel connector
    - 1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
    - 1 x MemOK! button
    - 3 x Thermal sensor connectors
    - 1 x Power-on button
    - 1 x Reset button
    - 1 x Water Pump header (4-pin)
    - 1 x LN2 Mode jumper
    - 1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header
    - 1 x System panel connector
    BIOS 1 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, F9 Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information
    Manageability WfM2.0, DMI3.0, WOL by PME, PXE
    Support Disc Drivers
    ROG GameFirst technology
    ROG RAMDisk
    ROG RAMCache
    ROG Mem TweakIt
    ROG Keybot II
    ROG Aura (Lighting Control)
    Kaspersky Anti-Virus
    DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
    ASUS WebStorage
    ASUS Utilities
    Form Factor ATX Form Factor
    12.0 x 9.6" / 30.5 x 24.4 cm
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    Package Weight 6.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.8 x 11.7 x 4.6"

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