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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

Overclocking Results

 

CPU Overclocking

 

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This test applies 1.4v VCore measured, and then I try to get the highest possible validation frequency. The Maximus VIII Formula does 5GHz just like most other motherboards.

 

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On the Maximus VIII Formula, I was able to run 4.8GHz core, 4.2GHz cache, and DDR4 2666MHz as a stable overclock. It was easy to accomplish.

 

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I measured the VCore manually at the output capacitor of the CPU VRM, I measured many different levels.

 

Compatible Memory Overclocking Kits

 

Test 1: 4x8GB (32GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666MHz C16

 

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The board was able to boot up on four of these sticks at XMP without issue.

 

Test 2: 4x4GB (16GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200Mhz C16

 

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This kit would not work with XMP, but did work when I manually set primary timings, multiplier, and voltages.

 

Test 3: 2x4GB (8GB) G.Skill Trident Z 3733MHz C17

 

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ASUS officially supports up to DDR4 3733MHz, and the TridentX kit worked flawlessly, but you might need to increase VCCIO and VCCSA.

 

Test 4: 2x4GB (8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 4000MHz C19

 

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I was very surprised when this memory kit worked on this motherboard. Up to now only a handful of motherboards were capable of running this kit, and the Maximus VIII Formula can add itself to the list.

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