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ASUS Maximus XI Formula (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASUS

Packaging and Overview




A strong design on the box and the packaging is top notch.




The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables; two weaved SATA6Gbps cables, WIFI antenna, SLI HB bridge, ROG stickers, ROG coaster, ROG thank you card, USB 3.0 to USB 2.0 adapter, Q-Connector, M.2 screws, ROG badge, Driver DVD, and manual.




ASUS has a total of eight Fan headers on this motherboard, all of them are hybrid DC/PWM mode fans. The two headers circled in green have shared control and offer 1A output. The headers circled in blue are all 1A headers as is the header circled in orange, but the one in orange runs at full speed by default. The headers circled in yellow and red offer 3A, with the one in red operating at full speed by default.



The two headers circled in purple are for the fan extension card and the new ASUS Node. There is one external temperature sensor input header and it is circled in pink. Overall the board has a large OLED display centered, and the mirror finish is delicate but looks beautiful when the RGB LEDs are illuminated below it. The back of the motherboard has a large rear shield that will reinforce the motherboard and cool the back of the VRM.




The rear IO panel features WIFI antenna, three USB 3.1 type-A ports, USB 3.1 type-C port, six USB 3.0 ports, BIOS FlashBack button, Clear CMOS, HDMI, 5G LAN, two 1G LAN, and gold plated 7.1 audio outputs with S/PDIF.




The PCI-E layout is as follows, x16/x0/x4, x8/x8, or x8/x4/x4. The bottom x16 slot is connected to the PCH and will operate at x2 by default as it shares two PCI-E lanes with two SATA6Gb/s port (5 and 6). We have six of our SATA ports angled at 90 degrees as well as one of our USB 3.0 internal headers.




We find two M.2 slots under a heat sink, both of them support PCI-E x4 M.2 drives, but one also has SATA support and will disable port 2 when used. We also have a USB 3.1 (10Gb/s) type-C internal header on the motherboard.




At the top of the motherboard, we find an addressable RGB LED header, a normal RGB LED header, our POST code display, power button, and restart button. The motherboard also features one 8-pin power plug and one 4-pin power plug.




At the bottom of the motherboard, we find two USB 2.0 internal headers near a MemOK! Switch. We find a Retry button to reapply current BIOS setting to try and book okay at the bottom of the motherboard along with an addressable RGB LED header and an RGB LED header.




We also find another USB 3.0 internal header, front panel headers, water flow sensor header, and water temperature input and output headers. The heat sinks are all of the highest quality, with the water block on the VRM coming from EKWB. The copper block is also capable of cooling the VRM without water in it.

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