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Asus Reveals Maximus VI Formula LGA1150 Motherboard

Asus has revealed its ROG Maximus VI Formula motherboard at Computex 2013. Its design is actually quite different from its predecessor because of the ROG Armor that Asus has placed over the motherboard. This armor is made of strong SECC steel and uses thermal pads to cool the relevant parts underneath. The most notable feature of this armor, though, is the CrossChill feature. CrossChill is a watercooling feature that allows users to connect their water cooling loops to the part of the armor that cools the VRMs.

The motherboard is based on the Z87 chipset, and thus features an LGA 1150 socket for Intel's 4th generation of core processors. The board will also feature four DDR3 memory slots, three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, and three PCIe x1 slots. The board also carries a total of ten SATA ports, and even though no word was given, six of these are likely controlled by the Z87 chipset and four by a third party controller.

Another notable feature of the motherboard itself is the SupremeFX-audiochip. The SupremeFX-audiochip takes care of sound using a 600 ohm headphone amplifier. In combination with its other parts, it features an SNR (Signal-to-Noise Ratio) of an impressive 120 dBA. Another feature that will be found on all ROG boards is the wireless 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • esco_sid
    I have the gene 5 from them and the soundcard is just upgraded realtek one its just a marketing gimmick in my opinion i upgraded it to soundblaster z and theres miles of difference.
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  • vmem
    Between the thermal armor and the upgraded realtek sound, the whole thing looks like a marketing gimmick...
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  • lp231
    So what's the difference between this ROG armor vs the armor on the TUF?
    Still waiting for IB-E or Haswell-E
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  • Orlean
    If the Armor is made out of steel and is attached via thermal pads to certain components essentially the Armor acts as a big heatsink and thus is already more usefull than the Z77/Z87 Sabertooth thermal armor. As far as the SupremeFX sound chip I would assume unless you have high quality speakers and stuff to support it the average person using cheap to mediocre speakers won't be able to tell the difference really.
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  • lazykoala
    So all ROG boards have wifi 802.11ac? I was under the impression that the Hero board did not.
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  • dingo07
    Looks like a great board - we'll see how it performs compared to the rest of 'em soon enough...
    all these new releases should be out and over by next month - then we'll really know what's what on the market
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  • Cons29
    ill take asus's sound card's over creative's in a heart beat.
    like looking board, doubt it would make a big diff esp for the price premium
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  • lazykoala
    I really don't think the hero has 802.11ac contrary to what this article says. Can anyone confirm/deny this?
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  • TheMentalist
    First off that armor looks just awesome. I think the difference between this armor and TUF's armor is like orlean already said in the steel backplate. It will work as a big heatsink, so heat absorbs there, Secondly that on board sound card work well, you just need some high quality speakers to hear the difference between this one and regular sound cards. Other than that quality, that red led is also awesome. It may be a marketing gimmick, but just compare the look of this mobo with any other mobo, you can tell this one is a beast in many ways.
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  • ezeglace
    The rog hero is the only rog Maximus vi motherboard that does not come with 802.11ac. Source I bought on thinking it did because of this post and was extremely disappointed when I found out it didnt
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