Asus Teases New 'Formula' Haswell-Based Board

Asus sent over a little "evolution" teaser revealing that information about the Maximus VI Formula Haswell-based motherboard will be arriving soon.

The upcoming motherboard builds on the previous two released in 2011 and 2012, the Rampage IV Formula and the Maximus V Formula motherboards respectively, both of which feature the previously discrete audio solution, SupremeFX. However as shown above, the company is refraining from providing specific details regarding the new board until a later date. Perhaps during Computex next month?

"As you know, ROG has lead the industry with more [firsts] than any other board vendor including our Supreme FX discrete/isolated audio design 'Redline'," the company said. "We are now introducing an even more advanced version of Supreme FX on the upcoming Formula. This is addition to the specialized features such as Sonic Radar and Perfect Voice already included for SupremeFX enabled boards for Z87."

 

In 2011 Asus released the Rampage IV Formula motherboard supporting the second-generation Core i7 processor family for the LGA 2011 Socket. It sports SupremeFX III which introduces a backlit "RED Line PCB isolation" feature that highlights the physical separation of the audio aspect from the rest of the motherboard components. Also added is a 1500uF buffer cap for line conditioning (and a clearer signal), a dedicated audio layer, and SupremeFX shielding.

Then in 2012, Asus launched the Maximus V Formula motherboard featuring a LGA1155 socket for Intel second and third-generation Core i7/ i5/ i3/Pentium/Celeron processors. It features the newer SupremeFX IV which builds upon the previous version by adding a TPA6120 headphone amp and premium ELNA capacitors specifically designed for audio applications along with all the goodies introduced in the 2011 motherboard.

So what's next? We can only speculate until the company release more information soon, so stay tuned.

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  • vmem
    one thing I've been curious about is that ASUS hybrid VRM heat-spreader. by the looks of their z87 ROG boards, they've dropped that design, whereas MSI and Gigabyte seem to have started doing that on their high-end boards. I wonder what made ASUS drop it...
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  • WithoutWeakness
    I wonder what the Z87 Formula will have that justifies it's place between the new Z87 Hero and the Z87 Extreme. The Z87 Hero comes with the same SupremeFX audio package shown here. The Z87 Formula may bring the mSATA/mPCIe combo card from the Z87 Extreme or possibly a Thunderbolt port. ASUS must be doing something to differentiate the boards but unless this has some really compelling feature(s) that the Z87 Hero doesn't have while still being priced well below the flagship Z87 Extreme then I can't imagine anyone buying it.
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  • tului
    Anonymous said:
    one thing I've been curious about is that ASUS hybrid VRM heat-spreader. by the looks of their z87 ROG boards, they've dropped that design, whereas MSI and Gigabyte seem to have started doing that on their high-end boards. I wonder what made ASUS drop it...


    If you mean as on the Maximus V, it blocked me being able to use an H80 with both fans on both the top AND back of a large case. Versus how many will actually use that crap, I imagine it garnered several complaints. I used my dremel tool to saw the damn nubs off so my H80 would fit. Not everyone has the time or tools to do so.
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