New ASUS ROG Maximus VII Formula Z97 Motherboard Specs

By Published July 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Component and systems manufacturer ASUStek has just announced the availability of its next ROG ( Republic of Gamers ) motherboard, the Maximus VII Formula. ASUS has a somewhat mystifying naming convention, though we've defined the company's board names in the past. The Maximus Formula series of motherboards is considered ASUS' flagship -- the highest of the high-end -- and is iterated with Roman numerals. The Z97 family is indicated by the VII numeral.

ASUS' newest Maximus Formula uses the familiar thermal armor that we've seen on other TUF-series boards, including full liquid cooling support for the VRM heatsink. The VRM heatsink is considered a "hybrid" cooling solution, in that it will accept 1/4" fittings for liquid or use the more traditional passive copper cooling; the company calls this "CrossChill Copper," which is a corrosion-resistant copper channel traveling through the heatsink to allow transport of liquid coolant.

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Things are somewhat normal beyond that. The board has 3xPCI-e slots with unspecified pin-out, though inspection of board images reveals that they are x16 / x8 / x8 (some sites are reporting x16/x16/x16, but a look at the above image refutes that). One slot is PCI-e 3.0 x16, one is PCI-e 3.0 x8, and the third is PCI-e 2.1 x8. An additional 3xPCI-e 2.x x1 slots are present alongside a single mini-PCI-e 2.x x1 expansion card slot.

RAM support is listed on ASUS' website as DDR3-3300+ (32GB), so if you're trying to be the next "hicookie," this board will get you pretty close.

Storage support is listed as:

  • 6xSATA III
  • 4x Shared SATA III / SATA-e
  • 2xSATA-e
  • 1xM.2 Socket 3 w/ M Key

The motherboard should become available next week, ASUS says, and has an initial MSRP of $320.

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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