ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review :: Layout

09-07-2009 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Board

Board

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review 8-pin power

8-pin power

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Rear of PCB

Rear of PCB

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Solid Capacitors and PWM

Solid Capacitors and PWM


Starting on the upper left hand corner of the board we find that ASUS has included a 8-pin power connector. Many of the lesser priced boards on the market have 4-pin power connectors but ASUS has included the 8-pin variety on this board. To the right of the Power connector is a 4-pin PWRFan header. ASUS has put a heatsink over their main ROG chip with a heatpipe leading to another heatsink covering the MOSFETS.


ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review CPU Socket

CPU Socket

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review CPU Socket 2

CPU Socket 2

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review ROG Heatsink

ROG Heatsink

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review MOSFET heatsink

MOSFET heatsink


The CPU area is relatively clear of obstacles allowing for large after-market CPU coolers to be installed on the Maximus III Formula. Two rows of low-profile capacitors surround the CPU Socket. One thing to note on the CPU Socket is the installation of the LGA-1156 CPU is slightly different than previous Intel CPUs. Lift the lever then the cover, insert the CPU making sure the notches align lower the lever below the screw, and install the CPU cooler.


ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review 24-pin power

24-pin power

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Go button

Go button

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Capacitors

Capacitors

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review CPUFan header

CPUFan header


The DIMM slots are located on the bottom right hand corner of the board. ASUS includes four DIMM Slots allowing for up to 4GB of DDR3-2133 (OC) memory to be installed. The memory controller is on the CPU, meaning that the Core i5 CPU will natively support DDR3-1333MHz. memory, but the board will support higher clocks with overclocking. The bottom edge of the board has five positions where you should position your multi-meter called ProbeIt.


ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review 24-pin power

24-pin power

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Go button

Go button

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Capacitors

Capacitors

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review CPUFan header

CPUFan header


On the bottom right area is the 24-pin power connector. To the left of that is a Go button. The Go button automatically overclocks the CPU when in Windows to a preset with the press of the button. There is a Go LED next to the button that blinks when MemOK is operating. Above that button is a Fan header. The CPUFan header is next to the DIMM Slots.


ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review 24-pin power

24-pin power

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Go button

Go button

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Capacitors

Capacitors

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review CPUFan header

CPUFan header


Storage on this board is rather interesting. The P55 Express chipset natively support six SATA ports which this board has in the sideways facing orientation. This prevents a long video card such as the HD 4870 X2 from ATI or the NVIDIA GeForce GTX295 from interfering with the SATA ports as some boards have a tendency to do. Whatís interesting is on this board ASUS includes six further SATA ports, two next to the memory slots, two on the back I/O and two Speed HDD SATA ports on the left side of the board. A JMB322 controller offers hardware RAID using these ports. The other two ports are for ODDs.


ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Expansion

Expansion

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review iROG 0829C

iROG 0829C

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review iROG 0918G

iROG 0918G

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review PEM

PEM


Expansion on this board is dominated by the need to support SLI and or Crossfire. There are three full-length PCI Express slots on the board. The first two have enough distance on them to install two dual-slot cards like two HD 4870 x2s or two GTX295s. The third slot is designed for PCI Express x16 operation and can have another graphics card using the first generation PCI Express standard. The board also has two PCI Express x1 slots and two legacy PCI slots.


ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review RTL8110C

RTL8110C

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review USB headers

USB headers

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review EPU2

EPU2

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Via chip

Via chip


Onboard sound on the motherboard is provided by a Supreme X-Fi add-in card that is installed in the first slot of the motherboard. This card offers support for Creative Labís EAX 4.0 effects, which is more advanced than the 2.0 effects supported by most other onboard audio solutions from Realtek. The Supreme X-Fi uses an ADI 2000b chip and is a self-contained add-in card. This card has all the audio jacks, freeing up space on the Rear I/O of the board.


ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review FP I/O

FP I/O

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Winbond

Winbond

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Firewire

Firewire

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Rear I/O

Rear I/O


The Rear I/O of the board does away with the legacy PS/2 and keyboard port. Frankly, this port issuperfluous in this day and age of 8 USB ports on a board means thereís little use for a PS/2 keyboard. The Formula III Maximus has 8 USB ports, a 9th USB port for the ROG Connect, a Clear CMOS button, a IEEE-1394 port, a RJ-45 jack for the onboard Gigabit LAN, and an external SATA port. The board supports up to 12 USB ports and 2 external SATA ports


ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Audio screenshots

Audio screenshots

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Audio screenshots

Audio screenshots

ASUS MAXIMUS III Formula Motherboard Review Audio screenshots

Audio screenshots