ASUS Maximus Formula Motherboard Review :: ASUS Maximus Formula Features

03-26-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun

Here's the information straight from ASUS's website on their new board. One thing to note is that this is an X38 based board meaning that there is no official support for FSB 1600MHz Intel CPUs. ASUS Indicates that the board has been tested with the 1600MHz CPUs and it supports them unofficially. Every one of the X38 motherboards we've tried have booted with the Intel QX9770 CPU without issue including the Maximus Formula and the unofficial support is therefore not much of an issue in my mind.


  • Intel® Quad-core CPU Ready
  • Supports Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-core CPU
  • Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Duo Ready
  • Intel® X38/ICH9R
  • Dual-channel DDR2 1200*/1066 MHz Support
  • Extreme Tweaker
  • SupremeFX II 8-CH Audio
  • CPU Level Up
  • Voltiminder LED
  • LCD Poster
  • ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit)
  • 2-Phase DDR2
  • COP EX

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CPU Features

LGA775 Intel® 45nm Processor Ready This motherboard supports the latest Intel 45nm CPU which introduces new micro-architecture features for greater performance at a given frequency, up to 50% larger L2 caches, and expanded power management capabilities for new levels of energy efficiency.

LGA775 Intel® Core™2 Processor Ready This motherboard supports the latest Intel® Core™2 processors in LGA775 package. It also can support Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-Core CPU. With new Intel® Core™ microarchitecture technology and 1333 / 1066 / 800 MHz FSB, Intel® Core™2 processor is one of the most powerful and energy efficient CPU in the world.

Intel® X38 Chipset The Intel® X38 Express Chipset is the latest chipset designed to support the next generation 45nm CPU in high-end desktop and workstation platform; and up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR3 1066/800 MHz or DDR2 800/667 MHz memory architecture. It also supports 1333/1066/800 FSB (Front Side Bus), fully dual PCI Express x16 graphics and multi-core CPUs.

PCIe 2.0 Double Speed; Double Bandwidth This motherboard supports the latest PCIe 2.0 devices for double speed and bandwidth which enhances system performance.


Graphics Technology

ATI CrossFire™ Technology ATI´s CrossFire boosts image quality along with rendering speed, eliminating the need to scale down screen resolutions to get the high image quality you want. CrossFire ignites with the higher antialiasing, anisotropic filtering, shading, and texture settings you desire. Adjust your display configurations, experiment with your advanced 3D settings, and check the effect with a real-time 3D-rendered preview within ATI´s Catalyst™ Control Center to rule your CrossFire system.


Memory Features

Native DDR2 1066 Support To attain top performance, ASUS engineers have successfully unleashed the true potential of DDR2 memory. While in DDR2 1066 mode, ASUS´s exclusive technology offers a choice of FSB 1333 - providing great performance for 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications.

Dual-Channel DDR2 800 DDR2 is the next generation memory technology to replace the current DDR. With the highest speed up to 800MHz, DDR2 memory provides great performance for 3D graphics and other memory demanding applications.