ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Formula (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review (Page 7)

| Mar 2, 2016 at 8:19 am CST
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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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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