A new motherboard from Asus, aptly named Maximus III Formula, is another model under the Republic of Gamers label. As such, one will obviously notice the striking red and black design of the board.
The Maximus 3 Formula is built for Intel’s Core i5 and i7 — sporting an LGA1156 socket that can run the 45nm Lynnfield and 32nm Clarksdale processors.
Specs and features:
4 x DIMM with 16GB maximum DDR3 RAM
2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 support single at x16 or dual at x8 mode
1 x PCIe x16 supports at x4 mode
2 x PCIe x1
2 x PCI 2.2
NVIDIA® SLI Technology / ATI® CrossFireX Technology Support
6 x SATA 3.0 GB/s ports
2 x 1394a ports
There’s also a separate card — a SupremeFX X-Fi audio card as shown below (powered by Creative).
SupremeFX X-Fi discrete Audio Card
8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
EAX® Advanced HD 4.0
Supports 1 x S/PDIF out header
Supports Coaxial/Optical S/PDIF out ports on rear
This one’s got the most number of ports we’ve seen yet — 14 USB 2.0 ports.
Similar to other RoG motherboards, the Maximus III Formula gets big scores for overclockers:
Extreme Engine Power Design (16-phase CPU power, 3-phase VTT power, 3-phase Memory power)
CPU Level Up
Memory Level Up
Intelligent overclocking tools (ASUS AI Booster Utility, O.C. Profile)
Overclocking Protection (COP EX (Component Overheat Protection – EX, Voltiminder LED, ASUS C.P.R. or CPU Parameter Recall)
We don’t have a suggested retail price but this item is listed on TipidPC for Php18,999.