ASUS Maximus Formula Motherboard Review :: ASUS Maximus Formula Layout

03-26-2008 · Category: Motherboards

By Ben Sun

ASUS put a lot of thought into the layout of this board. The CPU area has a row of capacitors on the top and on the right hand side of the Socket. The MOSFETs are on the side of the capacitors. No issues with installation of an after-market cooling solution should be found as thereís plenty of clearance between the Socket and the heatsink surrounding the Socket.


ASUS Maximus Formula Motherboard Review   CPU area

CPU area

ASUS Maximus Formula Motherboard Review   rear heatsink

rear heatsink

ASUS Maximus Formula Motherboard Review   Passive Cooling

Passive Cooling

ASUS Maximus Formula Motherboard Review   Heatsink

Heatsink



ASUS Maximus Formula Motherboard Review   Heatpipe

Heatpipe


The layout is dominated by the ASUS passive cooling system. There is a Republic Of Gamerís logo on the SouthBridge with a heatpipe leading out to the Northbridge heatsink. From there, there is three more heatsinks dissipating the heat from the NB and SB. The heatpipe is low profile and wonít interfere with any device installations.


ASUS Maximus Formula Motherboard Review   8-pin power

8-pin power

ASUS Maximus Formula Motherboard Review   Marvell controllers

Marvell controllers


The 8-pin power connector is on the top right hand side of the board, next to the PWR Fan header. The positioning is the perfect place as it lies nearest where the PSU will snake out to provide unobstructed access to the connection. The 24-pin power connector is on the bottom right hand side of the board, next to the FDD connector.

ASUS outfits this board with a Power and a Reset button to provide out of the box installation help. I always start off with First boot of a video card, the memory and the CPU connected to see if the computer will boot past POST. The buttons allows me to do this without installing the motherboard inside a case (a motherboard box does nicely for this purpose).