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ASUS MAXIMUS VI FORMULA LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX gaming board with double-sided ROG Armor, 23C-degrees cooler CrossChill and 120dB SNR, 600ohm audio

  • Intel Z87
  • 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3100(OC)/3000(OC)
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The Winning Formula!

Maximus VI Formula series is the ultimate ATX gaming motherboard. Why? Just count the reasons. ROG's sixth-generation Formula packs even greater cooling performance, the very best onboard audio, incredible strength, amazing heat dissipation and advanced shielding technology. With ultrafast Intel® Ethernet plus attention to design that goes right down to the level of audio capacitors and amplifiers, the Maximus VI Formula arms you with gaming-dominating advantages that other motherboards just can't match - that's why it's the winning formula.

Excited? Then our Maximus VI Formula video is sure to get you truly pumped. ®


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CrossChill Hybrid Thermal Design

Great on Air. And 73°F (23°C) Cooler with Water.
Choose between air or water cooling: it works with both! Unlike competing hybrid thermal solution, CrossChill requires no fan, so there's no noise or dust build-up. For those who do venture into water cooling, you can achieve up to 73°F (23°C) lower MOSFET temperatures for more stable overclocking! Internally the water channel fins help to maximize the surface area for heat transfer, and thanks to its G1/4 threaded fittings, CrossChill even fits into any existing setup! Don't settle for a second-best solution. ®


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SupremeFX Formula

Amazing 120dB Signal-to-Noise Ratio, 600ohm Audio
SupremeFX Formula delivers premium sound card quality. Combining SupremeFX Shielding technology through physical PCB isolation, grounding separation and EMI cover shielding, while premium components such as ELNA® audio capacitors and German-made WIMA® film capacitors deliver audiophile grade performance. Lossless audio quality is ensured thanks to differential circuit design with high-fidelity operational amplifiers (op-amps) and Cirrus Logic® CS4398 headphone digital/analog converter (DAC) delivering a brilliant 120dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Finally the Texas Instruments® TPA6120A2 600ohm headphone amplifier is able to boost every sound detail. ®


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Perfect Voice

Upgraded noise cancellation
Simple and effective technology greatly improves internet calls (VoIP) with crystal-clear communications and no additional array microphones needed.

Noise Gate

Exclusive digital signal processing removes noise during pauses in speech and other periods of silence.

Noise Reduction

Spectral-subtraction algorithm analyzes and determines the amount of ambient noise to be countered. ®


Sonic Radar

In-Game Sound Visualization Overlay
Dedicated to FPS gamers, Sonic Radar is a stealthy overlay that shows you what opponents and teammates are up to. Gunshots, footsteps, and call-outs appear with precise directioning via the on-screen radar. Includes a hotkey that allows you to switch sound detection focus for specific effects within games, and intuitive settings that provide greater gaming experiences:

Four optimized game presets: three fine-tuned presets based on major FPS games, plus one general preset, all ready for your arena of engagement.

Six key sound effects detected: visualize major game sound effects to help you complete your mission every time. ®


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ROG Armor

Style, Strength, and Cooling in One
100% exclusive to ASUS, the ROG Armor is more than just a stylish addition to the ultimate gaming motherboard, it contains two parts; a strong ABS top cover that blocks the heat from graphics cards directly to achieve lower system temperature as well as DIYers can apply their own personal style to, and a fortifying SECC steel support behind the PCB to prevent bending. It also ducts heat away from crucial components via thermal pads.®


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Extreme Engine Digi+ III

Hardcore Power Delivery with Premium Components
Completely digital architecture attains total control over the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulators (FIVR) of Intel® processors to supply the highest stability and precision for the CPU and memory. The design features dynamic speed adjustments alongside intricate manual controls that allow you to push processors and RAM beyond their limits.

Power components are also upgraded. NexFET MOSFETs handle up to 90% efficiency in high current delivery under normal operation and better durability in half the size of standard MOSFETs. Exclusive BlackWing chokes remain cool even when sizzling with as much as 60 amps of power with 35 - 40°F (3 - 5°C) lower temps and minimal-loss power delivery. Japan-made 10K Black Metallic capacitors last five times longer and deliver 20% greater extreme temperature endurance than generic solid state capacitors, easily standing up to hardcore demands. ®


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mPCIe Combo II with 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.0

Extra Connections with M.2 (NGFF) Support
The next evolution of the mPCIe Combo card gives you even better expandability with the latest standards in connectivity and easy install. You get mini PCI Express 2.0 plus USB 2.0 with an included dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 module, powered by ASUS-exclusive Wi-Fi GO! Remote and Wi-Fi Engine, which maximize performance for better experiences. It's an instant upgrade to the fastest wireless right on your desktop. All without having to sacrifice a PCI Express slot!

The compact but versatile mPCIe Combo II further future-proofs your build with M.2 (NGFF, Next Generation Form Factor) connectivity for SSDs. M.2 is a fast and power-efficient standard that aims to replace mPCIe and mSATA, designed to optimize SSD performance. mPCIe Combo II works with your high speed M.2 SSDs and makes the most of their potential, helping you reduce load times to run your OS and games even faster. ®


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Dual Intelligent Processor IVs with Four-Way Optimization

One click for better performance, efficiency, digital power control, reduced noise, and improved cooling.
Starting with the Turbo Processing Unit (TPU), Four-Way Optimization performs Auto Tuning, which automatically overclocks the CPU to within about 95% of its potential, a process that typically could take up to two days to manually overclock. Auto Tuning is even able to overclock two cores at a time, and can configured to prioritize either multiplier (default) or BLCK if desired.

The process then moves to the Energy Processing Unit (EPU), which customizes power saving profiles for periods of light use or idle states. Within this module are options to set a TDP cap for low power scenarios, as well as selectively shut off SATA and USB ports when idling.

Next, DIGI+ VRM optimizes digital power settings to take full advantage of the CPU's built-in digital power delivery, creating a more precise and stable overclocking experience through OCP and LLC presets.

Finally, Fan Xpert 2 tests and calibrates each individual case fan connected to your motherboard to create selectable cooling profiles that can be further customized upon completion. The ability to assign customized fan curves and/or all-or-nothing temperature thresholds to profiles is also included. ®


Upgraded UEFI BIOS

Most Award-Winning in Segment
The new ROG UEFI BIOS includes a Last Modified feature that records recent changes. And to make sure you never forget a tuning idea, the in-BIOS Quick Note is perfect for jotting down memos and system details. It sure beats easily-misplaced paper notes! There's also F4 for My Favorites and Shortcuts for easy access to the BIOS features you need most, and you can even adjust boot logo size. The new BIOS also lets you name individual SATA ports so you can easily identify them to save time when defining boot sequences and other drive-related settings.

With ROG Pulse, a cool flashing ROG logo indicates system activity, and very importantly, the helpful SSD Secure Erase has been added, restoring SSD speed from inside the BIOS and with no need for less compatible third party utilities. Click the upper right tab to learn more. ®


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SSD Secure Erase

Recover Lost Performance. Back to High Speed.
SSD performance degrades with time due to overwrite action. ROG is the world's first motherboard brand to integrate SSD Secure Erase into UEFI BIOS for better compatibility and easier use, offering the best removal method to completely delete all data on an SSD to recover lost performance and restore factory speeds. ®


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ROG RAMDisk

Don't Waste Your RAM: 20X Faster Storage than an SSD!
ROG RAMDisk easily turns RAM into superfast temporary storage to accelerate operating system performance and reduce load times. It can use up to 80% of available system memory, and accesses files without relocating them to protect data integrity and minimize accidental corruption. To do this, the utility creates junction points which serve as quick links between files and RAM storage. All files are automatically saved and restored to their specific locations on hard drives when you turn your PC off, then go back to RAM when you power on again. ®


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Intel® I217Gb LAN with GameFirst II

Less Lag for More Win
Combines superior hardware with intuitive software to control your gaming experience, intelligently lowering pings and prioritizing bandwidth ®


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ROG – That Special Extra

Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
The best protection from viruses and spyware Kaspersky® Anti-Virus Personal offers premium antivirus protection for individual users and home offices. It is based on advanced antivirus technologies. The product incorporates the Kaspersky® Anti-Virus engine, which is renowned for malicious program detection rates that are among the industry's highest. ®


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ROG CPU-Z

Whole new design of CPU-Z
ROG CPU-Z is a customized ROG version authorized by CPUID. It has the same functionality and credibility as the original version, with a unique design. Use the whole new look of ROG CPU-Z to truly report your CPU related information and your uniqueness. ®


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DAEMON Tools Pro Standard

The Real Tool for Optical and Virtual Discs
DAEMON Tools Pro offers essential functionality to backup CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs. It converts optical media into virtual discs and emulates devices to work with the virtual copies. DAEMON Tools Pro organizes data, music, video and photo collections on a PC, notebook or netbook. ®


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Mem TweakIt

Dynamic Timing Adjustments, DRAM Efficiency Gauge
When changing DRAM settings in BIOS, it always takes time for the system to reboot. Worry no more! With Mem TweakIt, you can do DRAM tuning in real-time and view your DRAM efficiency score. ®


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Intel® LGA 1150 4th Generation Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® Processors Ready

This motherboard supports Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package, with iGPU, memory and PCI Express controllers integrated to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, 2-channel (4 DIMM) DDR3 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0 / 2.0 lanes. This provides great graphics performance. Intel® 4th generation Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors are among the most powerful and energy efficient CPUs in the world. ®


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Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

The Intel® Z87 Express Chipset is a single-chipset design that supports socket LGA1150 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, Z87 provides a maximum six USB 3.0 ports and six SATA 6Gbps ports for faster data retrieval. Moreover, the Intel® Z87 Express Chipset also supports iGPU functions, letting users enjoy the latest Intel integrated graphics performance. ®


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RoHS

GreenASUS
Motherboards are EU Energy-related Products (ErP) ready, which requires products meet high efficiency standards with regards to energy consumption. This is in line with the ASUS vision of creating environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient products through design and innovation that reduce the carbon footprint of products and thus mitigate ecological impact. ®


What's in the Box

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Learn more about the ASUS MAXIMUS VI FORMULA

Model

Brand
ASUS
Model
MAXIMUS VI FORMULA

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 1150
CPU Type
4th Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron
Supported CPU Technologies
Turbo Boost Technology 2.0

Chipsets

Chipset
Intel Z87

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 3100(O.C)/3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2500(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1800(O.C.)/1600/1333
Maximum Memory Supported
32GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x16
3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8 or x8/x4/x4)
PCI Express x1
3
Mini Card Slots
1 x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1

Storage Devices

SATA 6Gb/s
10 x SATA 6Gb/s(6 by Intel Z87 chipset,4 by ASMedia ASM1061 controller)
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
ROG SupremeFX Formula
Audio Channels
8 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Intel I217-V
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless LAN
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth
Bluetooth V4.0
Bluetooth V3.0+HS

Rear Panel Ports

HDMI
1 x HDMI
DisplayPort
1 x DisplayPort
USB 3.0
6 x USB 3.0
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
2 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0
Other Connectors
1 x TPM connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
3 x Optional Fan connector(s)
1 x S/PDIF out header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s)
1 x DirectKey Button(s)
1 x DRCT header(s)
1 x MemOK! button(s)
10 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x Power-on button(s)
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x FastBoot switch(es)
1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
1 x mPCIe Combo II connector(s)

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Dimensions
12.0" x 9.6"
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
CrossChill - Great on air. Cooler with water

SupremeFX Formula - Amazing 120dB signal-to-noise ratio, 600ohm audio

ROG Armor - Style, strength, and cooling in one

Sonic Radar - Scan and detect to dominate

mPCIe Combo II With Wi-Fi - Extra connections with new gen support

Extreme Engine Digi+ III - Hardcore power delivery with premium components

GameFirst II + Intel LAN - Put Your Frags First

RAMDisk - Double up on speed with RAM

ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 4 with 4-Way Optimization:
-The tuning key perfectly consolidates ASUS-exclusive DIGI+ Power Control, TPU, EPU, and Fan Xpert 2 optimize the digital power setting, system performance, power saving and whole system cooling configuration

CPU Level Up

ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
-Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Media Streaming Hub, Smart Sensor Control, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer, Capture & Send
-Wi-Fi Engine for network sharing and connection: Client Mode, AP Mode
-Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote for portable Smartphone/Tablet, supporting iOS & Android systems

ASUS Exclusive Features:
-GPU Boost
-USB BIOS Flashback
-AI Suite 3
-Ai Charger+
-USB Charger+
-USB 3.0 Boost
-Disk Unlocker

ASUS EZ DIY:
-ASUS O.C. Profile
-ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
-ASUS EZ Flash 2

ASUS Q-Design:
-ASUS Q-Shield
-ASUS Q-Code
-ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
-ASUS Q-Slot
-ASUS Q-DIMM
-ASUS Q-Connector

Overclocking Protection:
-ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

Packaging

Package Contents
MAXIMUS VI FORMULA Motherboard

User's manual

I/O Shield

8 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)

1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)

1 x SLI bridge(s)

1 x Q-connector(s) (2 in 1)

1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)

1 x mPCIe Combo II card(s) with dual-band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth v4.0/3.0+HS module

1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Frederick P.
  • 4/14/2014 1:55:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGood Mobo

Pros: Good looking motherboard. Great for theme builds (ROG theme or just red/black combination). A great deal of helpful functionality with the bios. Easy to navigate and modify settings for over clocking. Good optional feature for water-cooling your (cross chill design is a nice-to-have but not needed as the board tends to stay pretty cool especially since i am water-cooling the cpu).

Cons: This mother board supports dual memory (not quad memory) so if you plan to use 4 memory stick kits, the board will recognize this and process it dual channel (not quad channel). If you plan to use the AI Suite 3 for over clocking using their 4 way optimization, you may be disappointed as it does not provide full functionality on this motherboard (it only allows 4 way optimization at set 4.2, 4.4 or 4.6 ghz).

Other Thoughts: Fan control through the bios is a nice to have but you may want to grab a third party fan controller to give you more on-the-fly control (to use with your case fans but cpu fan control may be best through the bios as you can set your fan curve based on the cpu temperature (if water cooling cpu, your temps will stay pretty low so you won't notice much fan ramping up and down on the cpu). Even with the memory being dual channel instead of quad channel, I can't take away an egg from this board as it performs so well (very good design and over clocks fairly easy if you are familiar with OCing). The 4 way optimization is not an issue for me as I like manual control when I OC (as the AI suite 3 tends to use move voltage than needed for higher OCs).

I really like this motherboard as you can push it pretty hard (I'm currently running 4.4 ghz stable (4770k) and will soon ramp up to faster memory so that I can push it a bit higher.

Other areas were not enough for me to remove an egg as I didn't know it was dual channel instead of quad channel when I purchased it (that's my fault and I could have sent it back but I like the board too much).

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/8/2014 11:41:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Took me a while to choose a motherboard and finally decided on Asus maximus vi formula for a couple a reason. It had built in 802.11AC wifi just in case we move and I cant hook up an Ethernet cable. Option for water cooling built in, and it just looks sick. Been running just under a year with no issue at all. I love when you first start the computer it loads a replubic of gamer icon in a black background and nothing more. Bios looks great as well with the black and red theme. I guess I mainly went for looks but I dont regret it. No issue with overclocking, set at 4.0ghz with intel i7 4007k. I have no reason to go any higher it handles anything I throw at it. Actually It handle everything pretty well in stock format but I just wanted to test out the overclock feature.

Cons: None! This thing just looks and performs well

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/7/2014 8:07:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsthe rating is for the look

Pros: i have no idea since i dont have it.

Cons: i have no idea since i dont have it.

Other Thoughts: i have not bought this motherboard. but im looking to build my own gaming pc and i was wondering if anyone knows if this one comes in green?

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  • Juan L.
  • 4/2/2014 4:05:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBeautifully made

Pros: I have only positive things to say about this baby since I've purchased it. Looks beautiful, performs amazing. Just greatness! Has everything I am looking for in a MOBO and then some. No issues that I can think of for this product. Other than price of product but I think that's to be expected. It's pretty good!

Cons: No cons

Other Thoughts: Ummm... buy it! Do it now. Quickly!

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  • stephen T.
  • 3/26/2014 10:30:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS Maximus VI Formula

Pros: A Truly wonderful MB. I have used ASUS MBs on the last few builds I have done and once again I wasn't disappointed when I purchased the Formula.
Out of the box I was impressed with the clean look and 'heft' of the MB. The armor front and back not only adds nice rigidity for hanging huge graphic cards, it also protects (and hides) most of the MB giving it a very neat look.
This MB had the features I was looking for:
* Support for 2-3 way SLI which is a down the road goal for me.
* Robust Bios that is intuitive and feature rich especially for over-clocking
* Plenty of USB 3.0 ports and some 2.0s as well
* A very good on-board sound system. PCIe slots are few especially when I eventually upgrade to SLI so this on-board solution without burning a PCIe slot was good for me and the sound is rich.
* More SATA connections than I know what to do with
* A nice on-board Wi-Fi dual band solution and though it has a nice external antenna, the MB has 2 external connections and I replaced the antenna with an ASUS 9db high gain pole antenna (around $25).
* Support for 32 gigs of memory and OC speed supported
* on-board RAID support

This board has all this and many features I haven't tapped into yet with many of those targeted to gamers but also to maximize the performance of your hardware.

It installed with no problems with the Intel i7-4770k with no BIOS upgrade necessary, it saw and I easily configured my 2 1Tb data drives in a striped RAID, I easily set the memory speed, changed the Wi-Fi antenna and it was up and running.
On a purely cosmetic note, the red/black color scheme is very nice and shown off nicely in my Corsair 650D case.

Since I only build one of these beasts every 3 years or so, I wanted a high end board to compliment the other high end components. It came down to this board and its bigger brother the Extreme for $80 more. The ROG armor on this model, not needing the 5 way SLI of the extreme and potential for water cooling the MOSFETs were the deciding factor.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Everything I was looking for in a board and much more. Definitely the backbone of my system and depending on what Intel does with the Haswell line of processors (1150 compatible?), it will be kept for upgrades. It is sad that my i7-4770k is the weakest link (performance wise) in my new rig.

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  • Alexander I.
  • 3/24/2014 5:18:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsBeautiful Board/Bad Support

Pros: Fantastic board, low profile, easy to configure,

Cons: Dead CMOS Battery less than three months after purchase. I called tech support, they told me it sounds like a dead battery and I will have to replace it. I mentioned the board should still be under warranty its new, he tried to pawn me off on the retailer and after I told him it was past that point he was like "I can give you another number you can call and they can send you a battery......."

Other Thoughts: Really pricey board poor customer service. EVGA sent me out parts for a board 3 years out of warranty for free, no hassle, phone call was less than 5 min. Looks like I'll be going back to EVGA.

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  • Richard B.
  • 3/18/2014 4:38:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAwesome Until...

Pros: Awesome software. Easy BIOS. Looks amazing.

Cons: ASUS support.
Died after 2 months

Other Thoughts: Worked wonderfully for the first 2 months. Almost 2 months to the day I shut down my computer and unplugged it, after plugging it back in it would not power up. So I troubleshot it, Verified it had to be my motherboard. So I started an inquiry with ASUS support that being the next logical step. A week later not having heard from them i resubmitted. I received an email the following day telling me to clear my CMOS, and if that did not work begin the RMA process. Needless to say it did not work, so I followed the link in the email to begin the RMA process. After a week of not having heard anything again I resubmitted. Another week passed, I decided to call them. They found my original email to support, and decided to blame my PSU. I told them that I had already verified that my PSU was working properly. They insisted that it was my PSU. They decided to shoot me an email with a list of troubleshooting steps. It was almost verbatim what I sent them detailing my initial troubleshooting. Step 5 was to contact NewEgg for an exchange inside of the 30 day return policy. I ordered it Jan 1. It is March 18, I'm not sure what calendar they are using but it must be different than mine. So to wrap this up it has been over 3 weeks and I am no closer to getting my computer working again. Their product was great, while it worked and getting it working again has been a nightmare and it will likely to continue to be one. This has been my worst experience with any company's support. If this goes on much longer I will never buy ASUS again, and will likely go out of my way to replace all ASUS components currently installed.

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  • Stephen B.
  • 3/17/2014 1:53:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsInsane Board

Pros: This is an awesome Motherboard. I wound up buying it on a different site because newegg was sold out at the time.

The features on this motherboard are awesome! Plenty of tweaking and modifying features for both the technically advanced and newcomers like my self.

The ability for some one with little or no knowledge of Bios navigation to overclock with one button is amazing. You can choose between 3 different pre-loaded profiles of overclocking at the touch of a button.

Wireless is really nice too. Just be aware if you plan on gaming with a wireless connection make sure you have a good router.

Q-code is another awesome feature if you should have difficulty with something on your board there are numbers displayed in the upper right hand corner of the board that can easily be looked up in the manual that will let you know what the issue is.

Another great feature about this board is the bios flashback feature. It basically guarantees you can't mess up your board. All you need is the current version of the bios formatted correctly on a flash drive. Even if your board won't post all you have to have connected is the board power and CPU socket power, insert the flash drive and hold down the flash button on the back of the board for 3 seconds and it will begin downloading the bios update from the flash drive. You don't have to have the CPU or the Ram installed to do this. In fact, you have to do this before you install the CPU and the RAM. On the driver update on Asus's website it states you need to update the bios using the flashback or EZupdate BEFORE you install the CPU in order for the bios to be compatible with the 4th gen Haswell CPUs. If you do buy this make sure to check the drivers and everything prior to beginning building, a lot of people don't realize this has to be done first.

I could go on about the features of this board but just don't have the time.

Cons: Dosen't give blowies

Other Thoughts: I was hesitant to get this board at first because of the reviews on newegg; however, after my journey through many forums and more in depth research I decided to make the plunge, and I'm so glad I did. Lots of the reviews on here complain about socket pins being bent, mPCIe wireless card not working, or failure to boot, now I can expect that I'm sure there were a couple DOAs but come on. I read a review where a guy said the thing wasn't working and he listed his tech level at above average then says in the review its his first PC build. Are you kidding me?

Anyway this was my first PC build and I managed to have no problems as I did my research before my purchase making sure everything was compatible and what steps I had to do in what order prior to setup, even contacting Asus support a few times prior to my build. They were pretty good for the most part.

As for the problems other people were having, with the rare exception of factory damage, if CPU socket pins were bent they probably didn't install it correctly then blame the product. If the wireless card wasn't working for them, chances are they tried to install it after installing the mother board in the case, which is difficult, and bent a pin on it. It's not like a card and has several long thin pins, and it fits very closely to the heatsink.

If the motherboard failed to boot, chances are they didn't update the bios either via flashback or ezflash prior to installation of the CPU and RAM. In order for the bios to be compatible with the 4th generation Haswell CPUs you first have to update the bios either via flashback (which is an awesome feature) or EZ flash BEFORE you install the CPU and the RAM. Many do not know this but it says it on the update on Asus's website. If people did some research and took their time instead of just jaming things in it would probably turn out better. I was able to make everything function properly the first time and this was my first PC build, but I did my research.

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  • James J.
  • 3/10/2014 6:56:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInitial Reactions

Pros: Have had this board installed for about a week. Build went very easy. The board is obviously high quality given the price point. Sure you could get another 10 port SATA for $160-$180, but this board has about ten billion crazy addons that make up the price differential.

BIOS is decent. Overlclocking profiles do make things easier, but those will only work to a certain point...Make sure you switch to XMP profile if you purchase high speed DDR3. It's easy, and I did find the board detected the profiles correctly. The core i7 and GSKILL overclocked easily to 3.9 on the basic mobo profile.

Board comes with some whiz-bang stuff. Most of it's good, some of it's useless. At least the SATA ports have 90deg angles on them. Works well since the SATA ports are mounted to the side.

Plenty of fan leads, though I found I ran at the top of the board and I had to route some fan cables down to find slots on the motherboard.

Since my install ultimately went down extremely easily and this board has performed as expected I think it's worthy of the 5 eggs. That's my initial reaction, will update as time passes.

The 10x SATA, socket 1150, Z87, and extras were what sold me. Now it just needs to work reliably for the duration. I have had Asus in the past with no problems on the mobo, lets see how this one does.

Cons: Wish it was cheaper, but it's understandable.

Other Thoughts: If all you need is Z87 and 10x SATA you can save $100 by sacrificing on all the extras. If you don't care, like Asus, want the extras, then this works great.

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  • Justin B.
  • 3/9/2014 2:06:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsmPCIe Combo 2 WiFi dead

Pros: The motherboard comes with great features for overclocking and tuning. Great overall look.

Cons: The mPCIe combo two wireless broke. I called ASUS tech support, we tried some troubleshooting. (didn't fix the problem) Then they wanted me to clear my CMOS by taking out the battery in the motherboard, I asked if the clear CMOS button on the I/O shield is fine but they said no so I would have to take apart my computer. I hung up and called back and got someone different, they did say that using that button was fine. I cleared the CMOS and still the WiFi was not fixed. I asked Asus if they could just send me a replacement mPCIe combo 2, they replied saying that I had to send in my motherboard. This is a work PC and a motherboard RMA was not an option. The WiFi is still broken and Asus has horrible tech support. When I asked for a replacement mPCIE combo two the representative would get angry and said that would not work. I called Newegg and they were very helpful and they called ASUS for me and ASUS turned them down as well. This broke 31 days after I bought the motherboard so it could not be returned. I doubt I will ever buy anything from ASUS again unless this problem is resolved.

Other Thoughts: I am very unhappy with ASUS. I know they have some great products but their tech support is horrible.

Manufacturer Response:

Greetings,

I am sorry that you are having issues with the motherboard. When you have the chance, please contact me through email regarding this case, as I may have a solution. Within the email, please include your case number. 3558710.

Thank you,

Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty
cl-mark@asus.com

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