Maximus vi formula

     

The Maximus VI Formula comes to market with a street price of $299.99 directly from Newegg at the time of writing. This price places the Formula in the higher area of the pricing bracket for Z87 boards with some boards as much as 100-140 dollars more but many well featured models close & below in pricing. So now lets see what the board has lớn offer in terms of features to lớn make that price tag a hit or a miss.

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Key Features

Here you can see the main overview and some of the key features directly from the asus press deck. First thing you will notice is that the Formula definitely carries a full gamut of features & many are directly targeted at the more extreme gamers which is great as the price point is placing it in the more higher priced gamers region so thats exactly where this should be. Things such as the CrossChill VRM Hybrid Air/Liquid cooling solution is cool and was done on the previous Formula but this time looks lượt thích it has been refined for a much nicer application which should fill the need quite well for many users versus the previous design as it has been changed lớn a cavity style instead of a tube style for this go around but we will look more into that later. You also see many SATA ports a new SupremeFX offering & even a Armor system noted as “ROG Armor” which reminds me very much of the Thermal Armor on the TUF series boards. And let us not forget the WiFI which on this board happens lớn be AC variant so capable of some serious wireless performance should you have a AC router in your network.

Hybrid thermal Solution

 The Hybrid thermal solutions from asus are not new things as they go very far back lớn small blocks which could be added with small tubing fittings lớn a liquid cooling loops, I remember these very well as I did not care for them much back then as they were very gimmicky & did not do much for me in terms of assisting cooling. But this has changed alot since then as the barbs back then were also very small so could not fit on the most popular larger sized tubing on custom liquid cooling installations và now with the formula you can use full G1/4 fittings of your choice khổng lồ integrate it into whatever your loop may use for barb sizing.

New CrossChill Solution

 Here is the hãng asus documentation covering the new CrossChill solution on the Maximus VI Formula and as I mentioned you can see they moved away from the embedded tube style to a sealed internal chamber with ribbing lớn give more liquid contact area & hopefully better thermal transference possibility. I think the big plus here is the beefy sealing gasket & the ability to lớn use any G1/4 fitting you want.

ROG ARMOR

 The hãng asus TUF Series started with the Sabertooth & the Thermal Armor which was a give or take as some users like it, modders loved it as it was yet another intricate layer they could mod to make even more interesting case mods và some users didnt care for the bulk. Well the Formula is officially the first non-TUF offering I have seen offering some variation of the familiar armoring but this is labeled “ROG Armor” và is styled quite a bit differently than the TUF variants và the ROG offering even has a full board backplate which not only protects the rear of the board along with stiffening the board against flex while also being an active heatsink via attached thermal pads which cảm ứng critical heat producing components. We will take a look at this in the board breakdown where I will remove the Armor và see what it looks like underneath.

Mini PCIe / mSATA full bộ Card

Extreme Engine DIGI+ III

ASUS has been known for some time for their DIGI+ solutions & on the ROG boards they now have the Extreme Engine DIGI+ III designs.

The Extreme engine DIGI+ III design is a direct implementation of the DIGI+ designs designed for optimum performance & efficiency khổng lồ meet both the extreme gamers needs along with the extreme benchmarkers needs as well. If you have ever heard the term wretched excess, the extreme engine DIGI+ III fits that description quite nicely. We all know that going excessive is not a bad thing but you must keep your goal in perspective, and hãng asus did exactly that by building a super robust VRM, but also ensuring the DIGI+ controller was capable of handling the extreme load of benchmarking while also meeting the needs of 24/7 use. This includes such features as demand based switching which throttles the VRM components so that load is shifted back and forth between VRM components so that no single component is in a constant loading state which will allow for much cooler & efficient operation. Also, if the system jumps up khổng lồ a fully loaded situation the controller can instantly transition to lớn a high power state which kicks on all of the VRM components và ensures your system has the power it needs on tap. This kind of implementation also means that even under significant overclocks you can keep nguồn saving features of the DIGI+ cài đặt active và it will still throttle as seen necessary khổng lồ keep power nguồn on tap but also allow power savings & efficiency in low load conditions. A cảnh báo to this is that if pushing for extreme clocks the DIGI+ can be mix for higher or extreme modes which will keep the VRM at a constant on state và full power will be delivered at all times which is necessary for those running in such scenarios such as LN2 benchmarking.

One important cảnh báo for the Extreme Engine DIGI+ III thiết kế is the components. Here we will look at specific components and what makes them special.

Special attention has been paid to lớn the capacitor choice as they are very highly spec’d units. A standard capacitor is rated to handle operating temps of 105C at up to lớn 2000hr, but the special đen metallic Nichicon GT series caps are rated for up lớn 5x this time at up lớn 10,000 hours at the same 105C operating temperatures. This is a huge advantage as it allows for a much higher threshold for long term usage along with the durability to handle the severe beating many users will dish out during overclocking expeditions.

Also worth noting is the fact that the Nichicon GT caps are rated for a wider thermal threshold which means that the operating temps it can handle is much better and it is even better at the extreme cold temperatures some extreme enthusiasts subject these boards to.

The Chokes are also worth checking out as they are specially selected “Blackwing” units which have a very quality look with a fin thiết kế running vertically on the outer shell of the choke allowing for even better thermal capabilities. Also the gold coating allows for minimal power nguồn loss và maximum power nguồn delivery.

SupremeFX Audio solution

The SupremeFX audio solution is something that I can no longer quantify as a unit which means a single or defining style which now SupremeFX carries multiple designs depending on the board. I guess if anything I can điện thoại tư vấn this the newest iteration of the SupremeFX Implementation which carries similar kiến thiết styling & even some similar components as previous Generations but there have been some upgrades since then. Things which are most noticeable would be the addition of the large red Block style WIMA Film Capacitors which are specially tuned for audio khổng lồ enhance crisp detail such as gunshots & footsteps & these are used in conjunction with ELNA caps which much lượt thích previous gene applications of the SupremeFX designs offers a much fuller sound in your gaming environment. Also the SupremeFX Codec shielding, Op Amp & even the Red Line shielding are all in place lớn offer the best possible audio experience for extreme gamers looking for the very best they can get.

Sonic Radar

 Sonic Radar is a very interesting development in that it offers an on screen overlay lớn show where noises are coming from which can offer you a competitive advantage in FPS games or other titles as gunshots or foot steps now not only can be heard but seen khổng lồ allow better strategic positioning against an oncoming enemy force.

I can see where some would consider this cheating & in a way I can agree but hey its still a very cool feature.

One area I can see this being advantageous would be with the hearing impaired as they are at a competitive disadvantage when playing games like FPS where hearing the noises around you can help you get a feel for where enemies may be approaching, và the SOnic Radar could be a solution to a gaming need nobody considered

GAMEFIRST II

 ASUS has pushed the Gamefirst giải pháp công nghệ even further with its cFos software which now offers a EZ mode khổng lồ allow even easier tweaking and adjust ability for all end users khổng lồ increase online gameplay performance. The Gamefirst II technology builds off of the ability to shape the network traffic to better control throughput & packet priority khổng lồ ensure the program that needs maximum speed & reduced latency such as streaming HD đoạn clip or simply online gaming is all at your fingertips.

OC PANEL

The ROG OC PANEL is the next new thing as we saw the OCKey introduced on the Rampage IV Extreme then on the Maximus V Extreme, now you see the next step in the evolution of ultimate overclocking peripherals.

 

As you can see the OC PANEL resembles a standard stand up K Type thermometer which is very familiar to lớn enthusiasts overclockers. However this device does much more than just read thermals, as it connects directly to a special header on all ROG based boards for Z87 to lớn allow full monitoring & hardware màn chơi control of the board khổng lồ allow no overhead overclocking from the remote device.

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One thing worth noting is that the remote fan hâm mộ and overclocking controls work with just the internal header connection, but if you want to get the advanced functionality of the extra overclocking devices such as GPU hotwire and all of the feature built under the cover than you are advised to lớn connect a SATA power connector for the extended functionality which we will look at below.

Subzero Sense

The Subzero Sense feature is another that we have seen previously on the Rampage IV Extreme & is based solely on the needs of an extreme benchmarking enthusiast. The Subzero Sense feature is a collection of 2 K type probe connections on a block found on the side of the OC PANEL. These are used khổng lồ keep track of the pot or LN2 container temperature to lớn ensure your running within desired temps to avoid cold bugs or issues. Normally, when running LN2 or any other kind of sub ambient cooling you would need a external thermometer of good unique to ensure you get very accurate subzero temperature readings. With the Subzero Sense feature you now have 2 ports khổng lồ which you can install K probe connections khổng lồ monitor 2 different devices temperatures which means you dont need khổng lồ spend the cash for those expensive thermometers.

Testing of the subzero sense connection found it to lớn be within a single degree of a expensive Fluke K type thermometer at -170C which means that controlling loaded temps during a benchmark run can be done efficiently và without the extra expense.

VGA Hotwire

The vga Hotwire feature is a chất lượng one as it allows for hardware cấp độ voltage modifications to lớn your graphics cards. Previously in order to lớn have hardware level control over your GPU voltage it would require specific trimmers of the correct resistance or something over then soldering it to correct points on the card so that you could fool the VRM of the card into giving it more voltage as needed for extreme overclocks. Well asus knows what its users need so they went ahead and integrated sạc pin headers on the OC PANEL so that the wires can be soldered onto the thẻ then plugged directly into the OC PANEL for hardware cấp độ voltage modification and monitoring without fumbling with external trimming devices.

One thing worth noting is that the small lower cover needs to lớn be opened and removed from the OC PANEL in order to lớn expose the multiple extreme overclocking tools and connections hidden below. We will look more at this in the overview images of the OC PANEL device directly.

Slow Mode and Pause Switches

These switches allow for quick interaction to slow down CPU speed to lớn avoid crashing along with pause switches to be able lớn pause system mid benchmark should any sort of situation come into play such as the need to lớn bring temps up to avoid bugging or anything. These two switches can make huge differences to the performance under extreme benchmark scenarios especially when otherwise you could run into a cold bug which will end your benchmark run & ultimately be very maddening.

4 Extra PWM fan hâm mộ headers

Below the cover you will find four extra PWM fan headers that can be used to lớn help blow away condensation or keep airflow over your rig during bench sessions since most areas on the board will be covered or not very accessible in those scenarios.

Main interface

After looking at all of the components available under the small cover theer are many main features built into the OC PANEL which I believe will be more commonly used. As you may have noticed the booard comes bundled with a 5.25″ adapter that allows easy mounting of the OC PANEL where only the small face is visible và this allows access khổng lồ the power button, CPU fan hâm mộ speed control button, mode switch and CPU cấp độ up switch all designed khổng lồ offer hardware cấp độ control at your fingertips without the need to lớn escape lớn the BIOS.

ROG RAMDisk

ASUS has really jumped in deep with this one as some time ago i can remember talking to the asus Rep about RAMDisk performance và possibilities for Motherboard manufacturers to bundle it. Well now is that time, and asus of course is one of the teams leading the charge. Many may quickly lưu ý that in many cases especially previously RAMDisk was simply not feasible due to the low density và high cost to get a decent amount of usable Ram. Recently higher density kits have become much more affordable meaning that now even 32GB 4 DIMM kits are reasonable accessible by common users which means since most systems rarely use over 6-8GB max means you can have a quite sizable RAMDisk ready for super high tốc độ operation for some transfer intensive tasks.

 When Creating a RAMDisk there are many things to consider such as possible form size limitations, và what data will you keep there? Well a RAMDisk is a huge measure faster than an SSD up to lớn 10X faster in some cases and with RAM it is designed lớn constantly write & copy data so saving files that are constantly performing write operations can reduce wear on your SSD as well. With this in mind it is smart lớn look into which cache files are constantly writing, và find a way lớn migrate those khổng lồ the RAMDisk. These will not only operate faster but if they are constantly being updated & written to it can save a ton of writes on your SSD. This is of huge importance for SSD longevity, as there are a limited number of write cycles on a SSD, and eliminating unnecessary write operations can actually have a very good result for the durability of your SSD.

The ROG RAMDisk software is designed with a easy to lớn use UI and as you can see there is no size limitation so you can make a RAMDisk as big as your không tính phí memory that is available. This is also awesome as DIMMs continue to lớn increase density the size of RAMDisk can grow as well.

Another cool feature has to do with creating junctions because while loading a whole game on RAMDisk may seem like a good idea it is often unnecessary, so instead let the software create junctions or redirects lớn the RAMDisk for specific large files or IO heavy files such as maps or large texture files which would normally slow down loads or texture refreshes by having it sitting in the ram.

There are some things you need khổng lồ know which is that when a system is powered off the Ram is flushed so as the software may hold critical data for you it will need lớn dump an image of the RAMDisk on to your drive so that next time you start up it can load that image into the RAMDisk & get you back to where you left off. This is not a huge issue but with larger RAMDisk volumes this can showroom a delay lớn startup & shutdown operations as time is needed to dump the RAMDisk onto the physical disk during shutdown, or lớn pull it back on to lớn memory during startup. Expect slightly longer bootup times to perform these duties. All in all that is a marginal expense with the performance improvement you can see from this implementation.

SSD Secure Erase

ASUS has performed a lot of testing when it comes lớn a high performance machine. One thing that has been noticed is that as SSDs have matured we have seen that over time performance will degrade & drives basically fill up some and rewrite data và basically just start khổng lồ get junked up and performance starts to lớn fall off. Well the solution has been found to lớn perform a secure erase which writes zeros to the whole disk creating an entirely new fresh disk data area. This is a great solution but the problem is that many users bởi vì not know how to lớn burn the Linux live CD or even more how to lớn navigate the many options khổng lồ perform the secure erase. Asus once again offers a chất lượng solution via a integrated UEFI software khổng lồ secure erase an SSD khổng lồ restore it to like new performance.

 Here you can see the standard falloff of performance simulated on the chart & how the secure erase places it in a like new state. With that considered we know it is a necessary task for optimal performance but with the ROG solution its as simple as going into the BIOS with no extra tools required or software lớn buy. You get this không tính tiền with your purchase of the hãng asus ROG board.

USB BIOS Flashback

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 Notice that the new AI Suite software has a much cleaner và I guess I could say complete feel to it as it feels alot more finished, even though the previous software felt fine I must say that after using this one it makes the old one just look I guess old. I like this direction but it does take a bit of getting used lớn as the interface has changed & so has the menu lớn get to lớn some of the features.


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