Drawing from a heritage that spans more than a decade, the latest incarnation of the Maximus series augments Intel’s Z370 chipset with all the enhancements that enthusiasts crave. Each model sports a unique blend of features to cater to a distinct audience, yet the core ROG DNA ripples through the entire lineup. From overclocking and cooling options to satiate die-hard fanatics, to clean, refined aesthetics that are tastefully accented by RGB lighting, Maximus X-series motherboards bring the octane to your build.
Generation after generation, ROG takes the Maximus Formula to new heights. Follow its evolution, from inception, all the way to the latest incarnation.
The first Maximus Formula motherboard was launched in 2008. In its first guise, the Formula followed the footsteps of the ubiquitous Maximus Extreme. Armed with robust heatsinks, essential overclocking features, and a dedicated soundcard, the Formula targeted gamers who wanted a performance edge.
Aesthetics were refined for the second iteration. Grey and black anodized heatsinks replaced the copper colored arrays of the first Formula, while red accents added a dash of personality. The classic ROG logo also made its first showing.
In 2010, the Formula made its third outing. A backlit ROG logo was added at mid-board, and the blue and the white slots of previous models were ditched in favor of a black and red pairing – a color theme that became iconic in the industry. Audio trends were also changing. Online play demanded focused audio, so gamers replaced their cluttered multi-channel speaker setups with headsets. The bundled SupremeFX IV soundcard evolved to follow suit, featuring a dedicated amp capable of driving a wide range of cans.
With Intel releasing chipsets back to back, development timeframes were too short for an IV Formula. However, the path was clear for a dramatic comeback in 2012. Water cooling was growing in popularity, and enthusiasts were starting to favor clean looking builds. The Maximus V Formula was equipped with a hybrid design VRM heatsink cooled with air or water. And to save slot space, the dedicated soundcard of previous models was replaced with a radically redesigned onboard audio solution that set new performance standards.
Six generations in, the Formula raised the bar on multiple fronts. ROG armor was added to elevate builds to showcase standards, while the rear of the board was structurally reinforced by a steel backplate. CrossChill hybrid cooling adopted G1/4” threads to accommodate the latest water-cooling fittings. And onboard audio took another leap forwards by utilizing a dedicated DAC and a more robust headphone amplifier to deliver crystal-clear sound to hi-fidelity headphones.
Number VII continued the process of refinement. The CrossChill hybrid VRM heatsink was upgraded with a copper water channel to improve thermal transfer. Slots and ports received a simple cosmetic overhaul, utilizing color-matched levers as opposed to the white latches of previous models.
RGB lighting and a monochromatic theme made its way to the Maximus VIII Formula, allowing enthusiasts to tastefully accent their build with color. For the first time, we teamed up with water cooling specialists at EK, who helped enhance the Formula’s hybrid water block to offer even better performance.
The ninth incarnation focused on attention to detail. We pioneered the integrated I/O shield to make DIY more convenient and to ensure a snug fit for all chassis. Unlike iteration VIII, the Maximus IX Formula featured extra RGB lighting zones for the onboard power buttons and the PCIe slot latches, adding a sense of balance to the aesthetics.
A decade of refinement brings us to the Maximus X Formula. Painstakingly crafted for showcase builds, and carefully enhanced to deliver optimal performance, the latest incarnation strikes the perfect balance between function and form.
Clr CMOS button
BIOS Flashback button
2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11 AC Wi-Fi
USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type A + Type C)
・ 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (CPU)
・ 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (PCH)
・ 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots (PCH)
・ ES9023P High Definition DAC
・ Impedance sense for front and rear
・ 120dB SNR stereo playback output
・ 113dB SNR recording input
・ Sonic Studio LinkSonic Radar III
CrossChill EK II
・ 4 DIMM Dual Channel
・ XMP Support
6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1(2 at front)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 at front)
6 x SATA 6G ports
W_IN/OUT, W_Flow headers
Dual M.2 Socket 3 Type M
・ 1 x 2242~22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 + SATA)
・ 1 x 2242~22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
CrossChill EK II lets you cool with air or water, no fan required! Redesigned cooling fins deliver up to 35˚C-lower MOSFET temperatures on water, and the standard G1/4" threaded fittings mean CrossChill EK II easily fits existing setups — so you you’ll benefit from efficient, quiet cooling with the minimum of effort!
ROG Maximus X Formula is equipped with an M.2 heatsink integrated into the PCH heatsink. With a huge cooling surface, the heatsink perfectly chills an inserted M.2 SSD — for maximum performance and reliability. Featuring a stylish angular design replete with an awesome glowing ROG eye logo, the heatsink adds a beautiful touch to the build, while the T-sensor allows you to connect a thermal probe and monitor M.2 drive temperatures in real time.
ROG Maximus X Formula features the most comprehensive cooling controls ever, configurable via Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS:
Multiple temperature sources
4-pin PWM/DC fan
Fan Extension Header
Each header can be set to monitor and react to three user-configurable thermal sensors, for workload based cooling. All easily managed by Fan Xpert 4 or UEFI.
A dedicated header that can supply over 3A to high-performance PWM or DC water pumps.
Every onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans.*W_PUMP+ and AIO PUMP are also PWM/DC controllable.
Allows expansion of three additional DC or PWM fan headers, plus three thermal-probe headers.
A dedicated integrated circuit that protects each fan header from over-temperature and over-current.
Allows for monitoring of temperature at the input/out of any component.
Allows for constant monitoring of the flow rate of entire loop
A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups.
Maximus X Formula is equipped with LiveDash, a built-in 1.3" OLED panel that displays useful information and customizable graphics. During the power-on, self-test (POST) phase, LiveDash shows key progress stats in simple language and via traditional POST codes. Then, during normal operation, the panel shows a choice of CPU frequency, device temperatures, fan speeds or information from the Water Cooling Zone. You're even able to customize the default LiveDash GIF, so that it'll display your own image or animation.
ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the built-in RGB LEDs as well as strips connected to the onboard RGB headers. And it can all be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware.
Maximus X Formula features a pair of onboard 5050 RGB headers and a pair of addressable headers that can be connected to compatible lighting strips, fans, coolers, and PC cases, creating a new world of illumination possibilities.
*The addressable RGB header supports WS2812B addressable RGB LED strips (5V/Data/Ground), with a max power rating of 3A (5V) and a max of 60 LEDs.
*The Aura RGB-strip header supports 5050 RGB LED strips with a max power rating of 3A (12V). For maximum brightness, strip length should not exceed 3m.
*RGB and addressable RGB LED extension cables are included. LED strips and Aura Sync-compatible devices are sold separately.
ASUS Aura has evolved and is friendlier than ever.
Aura now supports RGB color codes, for easier setup
You can also customize temperature thresholds to choose how CPU and GPU temps are expressed via RGB lighting
ASUS Aura SDK allows developers to take full advantage of the vast eco-system of Aura Sync-capable PC gear. From in-system illumination to peripherals and beyond, the SDK provides an evolving toolkit of options to enhance games and software with RGB lighting. Game effects, alerts, and audio can all be portrayed via Aura-compatible hardware, creating subtle or dazzling visual cues to augment the action. There's also scope to map system parameters such as temperatures to lighting, giving enthusiasts new ways to monitor vital information.
Visit the ASUS Aura microsite to learn more about Aura SDK.
ROG Maximus X Formula is engineered with 2x2 dual-band 2.4/5GHz antennas for up to 867Mbps* transfer speeds — and the very latest Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) technology** to ensure that every connected user experiences the best wireless and online speeds!
* Actual speed varies, and Wi-Fi hotspot feature operates at 802.11a/b/g/n Windows 10 does not currently support Wi-Fi hotspot functionality.
** Requires MU-MIMO-ready client.
Featuring the latest Intel® Ethernet(I219-V) for faster, smoother gaming. Intel Ethernet controllers have a natural synergy with their CPUs and chipstes, reducing processor overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there's more power for games and other tasks.
LANGuard means safer, more reliable connections for your battles! Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounting processes join forces to protect your ROG Maximus X Formula motherboard’s connection, plus electrostatically guarded and surge-protected components (ESD Guards) for 1.9x greater tolerance to static electricity and 2.5x greater protection (up to 15kV) against surges!
GameFirst IV optimizes network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming — and now we've added Multi-Gate Teaming to team all your networks for gargantuan bandwidth and the smoothest-ever gameplay. You'll also enjoy all-new Intelligent mode, which automatically compiles a database by parsing new app data to ensure that every game is optimized for the best performance.
ROG Maximus X Formula supports two M.2 drives, delivering lightning-fast transfer speeds of up to 32Gbps. The first slot sits neatly below the PCH heatsink, and accommodates M.2 drives of up to 110mm in length (type 22110). The second slot is placed at the lower edge of the board and is oriented for vertical mounting, taking advantage of chassis airflow to help keep your high-performance M.2 drive cool.
ASUS OptiMem preserves memory signal integrity by routing memory traces and vias to the optimal PCB layer, and our T-Topology layout ensures time-aligned signaling by balancing trace lengths between memory slots. These enhancements lead to more headroom for overclocking and improved stability, allowing memory speeds of DDR4-4133 and beyond with all slots populated.
A dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator that extends CPU and memory overclocking margins. This custom solution works in tandem with the TPU to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control, providing the flexibility to extract every ounce of performance from 8th Generation Intel® processors.
One click is all you need to take care of all that complex tuning. ASUS 5-Way Optimization makes your PC smart. It dynamically optimizes essential aspects of the system, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailored for your rig.
・ An automated tuning utility that optimizes overclocking and cooling profiles for your unique system configuration.
・ Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and deliver optimal airflow when the system is crunching through CPU or GPU-intensive tasks.
・ All-new stress test that allows users to optimize and overclock for CPU or memory-centric workloads.
Unleash your PC's full performance with the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility. The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) is the intelligence behind our automated system-tuning utility, offering the ability to fine-tune voltages, monitor system stats, and adjust overclock parameters for optimal performance.
With the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) you'll enjoy system-wide power savings. The EPU automatically optimizes power consumption and maximizes savings with Away mode — a smart setting that creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused I/O controllers.
With Maximus X Formula you have comprehensive control over fans, water pumps and even all-in-one (AIO) coolers, via either Fan Expert 4 or our award-winning UEFI. Whether you're cooling with air or water, Auto-Tuning mode intelligently configures all parameters with a single click. There's also an Extreme Quiet mode, which reduces all fan speeds to below the default minimum — keeping your system whisper-quiet when performing light tasks.
ROG’s Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) delivers real-time control over voltage droop, switching frequency and power-efficiency settings, allowing you to fine-tune CPU voltage regulation for ultimate stability and performance.
Intel's latest processors feature per-core tuning, and the ASUS Turbo Core app makes use of this feature by enabling you to assign applications to specific processor cores, allowing you to prioritize compute power where it's needed most.
The smoothest, slickest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more gorgeous. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily.
ROG's awesome SupremeFX audio technology has levelled up, delivering an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection — and that means our best-ever recording quality. We've also added a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS® Sabre Hi-Fi ES9023P digital-to-analog converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments® RC4580 op-amp for high gain with low distortion — which all adds up to audio that envelops you as never before.
10 DAC channels, simultaneous 7.1 channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front panel outputs
Creates a perfect balance for top-tier audio clarity capable of -112dB THD
Fine-quality Japanese-made components that produce a warmer, natural sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity.
Prevents oxidization to ensure a reliable connection
Unique design allows the codec's impedance-sensing function to be ported with either the front or rear headphone outputs
Sonic Studio supports HRTF-based (head-related transfer function*) virtual surround for VR headsets, casting an immersive aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action. The intuitive Sonic Studio interface also offers a range of EQ options, allowing you to tailor acoustics to suit personal preferences or the characteristics of your headset.
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Sonic Radar III features an evolved audio engine that processes sounds more accurately than ever, ensuring you're always aware of what's going on around you. A new on-screen arrow has also been added to help you pinpoint the enemy position instantly!
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A tough, thermoplastic top-plate helps to keep your build neat and tidy , and adds style that’s both unique and understated.
The steel, electro-galvanized, cold-rolled coil construction strengthens Maximus X Formula to prevent bending, and is finished in motherboard-matching black.
ROG's patent-pending pre-mounted I/O shield offers increased protection against electrostatic discharge of up to 12kV and is pre-fitted to make it even easier to install the motherboard. Its sleek new design that makes it look as good as it performs.
Overwolf is a clever, unobtrusive overlay that keeps you in the game and allows you to browse the Web, email, IM, stream or record while you play. The overlay features color-matched ROG skins that show you're part of an elite pack. Grab it now from the Overwolf Appstore!
5 customizable apps
0 missed calls during gaming
5+ clients in a single interface
ROG Clone Drive is the smart, convenient cloning solution that quickly and efficiently replicates hard drives or SSDs. Clone Drive is so smart that it can clone one drive to two target drives at the same time, or image any file from your disk at breakneck speeds.
ROG's uniquely intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds, getting to work the moment it's activated. RAMCache turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times to stratospheric levels!
Automatically caches all your storage devices at the same time for optimal use of your system‘s caching resources.
You can even use KeyBot II to boost your PC into a specific mode with two-second press
AI Suite 3
One-stop control panel
ROG theme CPU-Z
Shows your important system information with pride
Dynamic timing monitoring, DRAM efficiency gauge
Boost your favorite applications up to 20X faster than SSD with the junction function
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus (1 year)
The best protection from viruses and spyware
DAEMON tools software
The leading tool for optical and virtual discs
Accelerate your PC by eliminating clogs with simple click
ROG Maximus X Formula isn't just VR ready — it goes way beyond! The ASUS ROG Beyond VR Ready marque means that ROG Maximus X Formula has been tested with loads of class-leading components to ensure that your productivity, gaming and entertainment needs are tuned for maximum performance. ASUS ROG Beyond VR Ready opens up a new way to configure and build your dream system with total confidence.
Intel® Z370 chipset
The Intel® Z370 chipset supports 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the Z370 provides a maximum of 10 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, six SATA 6Gbps ports, and 32Gbps M.2 and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support, for faster data retrieval. Intel Z370 also supports integrated-graphics, so you'll enjoy the very latest in graphics performance.
Ready for 8th Generation Intel LGA1151 Core processors
This motherboard supports 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors in the LGA1151 package, with integrated graphics, memory and PCI Express controllers to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, dual-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for great performance.