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ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Formula (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 2, 2016 2:19 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASUS

BIOS

 

ASUS's Z170 UEFI is both easy to use and loaded with features. Everything you might want to do from changing your fan speed to tuning that last DRAM timing is easy to accomplish. You actually will have many more settings than you will probably ever need to change, but ASUS provides them all.

 

ASUS tucks away the most complicated settings into an OC Tweakers Paradise menu and provides many profiles for overclocking. A novice user can choose between multiple DRAM overclocking profiles for almost every single type of DDR4 currently on the market by the manufacturer of the DRAM IC and the configuration.

 

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ASUS also provides very expansive fan control in the UEFI and Windows. Many users prefer to change fan settings in the UEFI so they won't need to install motherboard software in Windows, and on ASUS's Maximus VIII Formula, fan control is as good as it gets.

 

 

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Software

 

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ASUS's AURA software can be used to control the built-in RGBs and the header. The software provides a wide variety of color options as well as operation modes and allows you to sync the RGB header and the onboard RGBs if you so choose. ASUS's AI Suite is also provided as is DIP 5. You will find much more of ASUS's included software through the suite and on their site.

 

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ASUS provides Sonic Studio II for its ROG motherboards. Keyboy II is also provided for customized macros, and RAMCACHE can be used to create a cache scratch disk from system memory. On the overclocking side, ASUS's TurboV Core does work with the Formula, MemTweakIt, and an ROG CPU-Z skin are available.

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