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ASUS MAXIMUS VII FORMULA/WATCH DOGS LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3100(O.C.)
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Best Hybrid-Cooling Z97 Gaming Motherboard with 120dB SNR, 600-Ohm Audio Amplifier and Double-Sided Covers

  • LGA 1150 socket for the 4th-, new 4th- and 5th-generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5, i7, Pentium®, and Celeron® processors
  • Intel® Z97 Express chipset with M.2 (SATA/PCIe x2) support
  • CrossChill Copper – Air or liquid – it's cooler with copper
  • Intel Ethernet + LANGuard + GameFirst III – Game networking taken to the next level.
  • SupremeFX Formula 2014 + Sonic Radar II – New and improved audio that's beyond compare
  • Best gaming power – Rock-steady power, inside and out
  • Best gaming interface – Grab a free keyboard upgrade and mPCIe Combo III compact card
  • Best gaming protection – Luxuriate in the smart design, premium components, durable materials and tough double-sided armor
  • USB UEFI BIOS and Secure Erase - Award-winning simplicity and factory-fresh conditioning for superb performance
  • ROG gives you more – Free Watch Dogs™ full game bundle and multiple gaming toolkits

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  • mPCIe Combo III
    M.2 Socket 3 slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi/Bluetooth v4.0
  • Extreme Engine Digi+ III
    10K Black Metallic Caps, 60A BlackWing Choke
  • Intel Ethernet GameFirst III
  • 3 x PCIe 2.0 X 1 slots
  • 2 x PCIe 3.0 X 16 slots, 1 x PCIe 2.0 X 16 slot (Max. x4 mode), Support SLI/3-Way CFX
  • SupremeFX Formula 2014
    • SupremeFX Shielding Technology
    • Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC
    • WIMA film capacitors
    • Texas Instruments LM4562 Amp
    • ELNA Premium Audio Capacitors
    • Sonic Studio
    • Sonic SoundStage
    • Sonic SenseAmp
  • Thunderbolt 2 header
  • Sonic SoundStage
  • ROG EXT connector
  • KeyBot
    DirectKey/ XMP / CPU Level Up
  • Dual SATA Express
  • 10 x SATA 6Gb/s (4 ports shared with 2 SATA Express)
  • 8 x USB 3.0(2@board; 6@rear); 6 x USB 2.0(4@board; 2@rear)
  • 3 x PCIe 2.0 X 1 slots
  • Intel LGA 1150
  • Reset button
  • Start button
  • Probelt
  • MemOK!
  • CrossChill Copper

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CrossChill Copper

Air or Liquid — It's Cooler with Copper!

All-new CrossChill Copper is engineered with a copper cooling channel that's incredibly effective at removing heat. It's great on air, and with liquid you'll lower MOSFET temperatures by up to 73.4°F (23°C)! The G1/4" threaded fittings mean CrossChill Copper is ready for your existing cooling setup!

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Intel® Ethernet. LANGuard. GameFirst III
This is game networking taken to the next level. This is ROG.

Intel® Ethernet

More throughput, less CPU usage and great gaming experiences!

Maximus VII Gene features the very latest Intel® Ethernet for faster, smoother gaming — always. Intel's LAN has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput. This significantly reduces the processor's workload, so there's more power for your game and your gameplay!

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ASUS engineers used IxChariot, an independent network-assessment test tool, to determine just how much quicker Intel Gigabit Ethernet deals with the smaller (sub-256 bytes) UDP data packets that are vital for responsive gaming. The results are in — and with Maximus VII Formula your game-data packets flow up to two times (2X) faster than competing gaming-LAN technologies!

LANGuard – RJ45 Reinvented!

Pumped-Up Throughput. Best Surge Protection.

ROG has reinvented the LAN port. Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors improve throughput, while surge-protected and electrostatically-guarded components (ESD Guards) protect your motherboard from lightning strikes and static electricity!

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GameFirst III

Network-Optimization Software for No-Delay Gameplay!

Exclusive GameFirst III has been upgraded with even more gamer-helping features and an interface that's even more intuitive! GameFirst III helps you to assign top priority to game packets and allocate more bandwidth to the game, ensuring the best online gaming experience.

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Choose from a preset mode to suit what you're doing – Optimization, Game, Media Streaming or File Sharing. You can manage bandwidth down to the level of individual applications, with five priority levels (highest, higher, normal, lower, lowest) and even the ability to block specific traffic. GameFirst III even has a built-in Network Monitor tool, so you can supervise your network traffic and test your connection speed to check that you're getting the bandwidth you pay for!

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SupremeFX Formula 2014 and Sonic Radar II
New and improved onboard audio that's beyond compare.

SupremeFX Formula 2014

120dB SNR Audio for Gaming Punch and Hi-Fi Excellence!

SupremeFX Formula 2014 delivers audio that's as great as a dedicated sound card! Cutting-edge electromagnetic interference (EMI) isolation and exceptionally-premium components deliver best-in-class 120dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) output. Exclusive SenseAmp technology automatically detects headphone impedance and adjusts accordingly, and SupremeFX Formula 2014 is able to drive up to 600ohm headphones. Moreover, Sonic SoundStage applies the best audio settings for popular game genres.


Sonic Studio - Brilliant One-Click Virtual Sound!

Sonic Studio is a brand-new audio-tuning suite that provides an aural treat. Use the one-click Virtual Surround function to 7.1 channels, even through a stereo (2.0-channel) headset. It offers five more superb audio controls, including Reverb, Bass Boost, Equalizer, Voice Clarity and Smart Volume — ensuring that everything you hear sounds just amazing!


Sonic Radar II

Scan and Detect to Dominate!

Designed for first-person shooters (FPS), Sonic Radar II displays a stealthy overlay that shows what opponents and teammates are up to. See the precise direction and origin of in-game sounds such as gunshots, footsteps and call-outs, and practice your enemy-pinpointing skills — and exclusive Audio Enhancement further improves in-game sound for superb hearing awareness. The all-new Sonic Radar II includes a redesigned control panel with customizable game list!

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KeyBot and mPCIe Combo III + 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.0
Instant keyboard upgrade, fast Wi-Fi and M.2 connectivity

KeyBot

Your Keyboard, Instantly Upgraded!

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Fancy a free keyboard upgrade? That's what KeyBot gives you — instantly. Just plug your existing keyboard into the dedicated USB socket to activate the exclusive KeyBot microprocessor on the Maximus VII Formula. Use the easy-to-use utility to assign macros to function keys F1-F10, launch any application with a single press or control multimedia playback.


mPCIe Combo III

Your Connectivity Companion!

Maximus VII Formula's mPCIe Combo III + 802.11ac / Bluetooth 4.0 module delivers the latest connectivity, with mini PCI Express (mPCIe) on one side and M.2 (PCIe/10Gbit/s and SATA/6Gbit/s) on the other.

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UEFI BIOS and Secure Erase
Award-winning simplicity and factory-fresh conditioning for superb performance.

Award-Winning UEFI BIOS

Acclaimed by World Media as the Most-Intuitive UEFI BIOS!

The smoothest mouse-controlled graphical UEFI BIOS has been upgraded to deliver faster setup and easier functions, with an even more appealing design for better overclocking and DIY experiences. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced Modes help you find your way, quickly and easily.


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EZ mode

  • Fan Profile:Detailed CPU and case fan information for instant cooling!
  • SATA Information:Displays SATA port details for you to easily recognize devices!
  • Fast Clock Adjustment:Use mouse controls to change the time and date!
  • EZ XMP:Improve your DRAM performance with a click!

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Advanced Mode

  • Shortcut:Right-click to create shortcuts to frequently-used settings or press F4 to manage your list!
  • Quick Notes:Make notes and capture BIOS-related ideas, quickly and conveniently!
  • Last Modified Log:Track recent changes and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive!
  • SATA Port Renaming:Rename SATA ports for easy identification!
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Extreme Engine Digi+ III & TrueVolt USB
Rock-steady power, inside and out

TrueVolt USB

Stable Supply of 5V - Front and Back!

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Forget the USB Power Drop-Outs!

ROG's TrueVolt USB design delivers a rock-steady 5V supply to both the front and back USB sockets – no drop-outs!

Two 5V Isolated Linear Power Supply for All USB Ports

  • Low noise, low loss
  • Stable 5V* supply to provide clean 5V USB power to minimize potential fluctuations
  • All connected equipment (e.g. USB DAC or thumb drivers) benefits from the clean, stable 5V supply at the same time.

*5V Output varies from PSUs to PSUs



Extreme Engin Digi+ III

Hardcore Power Delivery with Premium Components

Maximus VII Formula's completely digital power architecture along is engineered with premium components to provide total control over the Fully Integrated Voltage Regulators (FIVR) found in the latest Intel® processors. Dynamic speed adjustments and intricate manual controls let you the push the processor and memory further than ever — with the assurance of the highest stability and precision.

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While you protect your back in the game, Maximus VII Gene protects all sides in the real world.

ROG Armor

Style, Strength, and Cooling in One

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A. Strong ABS Top Cover
Blocks graphics card's heat and ensures lower system temperature for better performance.

B. Solid SECC Steel Backplate
Strengthens the motherboard to prevent motherboard bending, employing thermal pads to efficiently conduct heat away from crucial components.


Gamer's Guardian

All-Round Protection Provides the Best Quality, Reliability and Durability

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Black Nickel-Coated Q-Shield

0 Pain!
Protect your hands from nicks and cuts!

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Q-Slot

1 Clip
to swap or secure your graphics card!

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Q-DIMM

1-Sided
clips mean handling memory modules is a cinch – super simple and super secure!

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DRAM Over-Current Protection

1 Additional
resettable fuse protects connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage!

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Backplates

2+
Backplates fitted with thermal pads to provide additional cooling, protection and reinforcement!

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ESD Guards

2X Greater
Electrostatic protection than standard. ESD Guards cover the PS2, USB, audio and LAN ports!

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Stainless Steel Back I/O

3X Longer
life-span than ordinary panels!

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0K Black Metallic Capacitors

20% Greater
Temperature endurance

5X Longer
Lifespan than generic capacitors!



Learn more about the ASUS MAXIMUS VII FORMULA/WATCH DOGS

Quick Info

Warranty

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


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  • CAROLYN H.
  • 3/23/2015 11:37:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMaximus VII Formula

Pros: Obviously looks great, BIOS and included software is great, stays very cool, performs awesomely, the wireless adapter is absolutely wonderful- with a wired connection you can set it up as an access point and get awesome speeds for wireless devices near the PC. just in general its packed full of everything you possibly could want feature-wise as well as things you didnt realize you wanted. Good stuff.

Cons: This is a $350 motherboard. The problems I have with it, I should NOT have. I mean really. 4 of the USB3 ports on the back sometimes work, sometimes dont. Trying different devices has no effect on whether they work or not, and while I havent experimented with it a ton its simply annoying to have to pull my pc out and unplug/plug back in my keyboard or whatever is plugged into a bad port every once in a while. Needless to say Im annoyed that this is an issue on this not so cheap motherboard.

The USB issue is my greatest annoyance, that simply shouldnt happen. Some other cons I have are:

-I wish there were more internal USB2 ports
-I get some annoying noise out of the right audio channel sometimes (in the rear, tested with different headphones/speakers)

Other Thoughts: Its an awesome board. It really is. But its expensive. And clearly mine has some quality issues that simply should not be there. Normally this would in theory be an easy 5 star product, but yea. No. Maybe next time asus.

Conclusion: Even with my annoyances and poor score, I still love this board. If the price doesnt scare you off and you want to risk having a not perfect board, go for it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Will,

We appreciate your time posting this review and we want to thank you for it. Its good to know that your still satisfied with the product even if there are some quality issues that you encounter with this product which should not supposedly be there. For further assistance, please email at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150379207 in the subject for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/18/2015 7:37:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice board

Pros: Looks great, plethora of features.

Cons: The front panel USB 3.0 housing came off when I disconnected the cable.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/18/2015 2:47:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZ97 platform

Pros: Best MB I've ever owned! Z97 series really took the time to make everything top notch.

Cons: M.2 60m max length if your looking for M.2 it's worth noting.

Other Thoughts: A bit expensive but looking at other boards in it's class it's comparable to GB Gaming, and MSI Gaming Z97 boards. I felt it was the best out of these boards.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/10/2015 4:29:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHaswell Matured

Pros: This board speaks for it self through it specifications. All the parts are high-quality and able to support a five year warranty.

This board represents the maturity in engineering that led up to this point. Devils Canyon plus this board is the cream of the crop currently.

Cons: M.2 will only support up to 60 mm storage.

Other Thoughts: Whether your water cooling this or not you're paying for real quality that you can't circumvent with cheap products. The MOSFETs cooling is a water coolers perk.

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  • John V.
  • 3/10/2015 5:52:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMore features than practically anyone would need

Pros: Very high build quality. Shroud is also very cool and adds durability to the board. Generous connections. Soooo many features. If you're looking to get into overclocking like I was, the number of features and settings is mindboogling, but allows one to tweak and modify in any number of ways.

Cons: The ROG armor shroud can make some add-ons trickier to install.

Most notable con to me is the positioning of the Combo M.2 slot. It's located in the upper left portion of the board, above the back panel I/O. This means it's rendered somewhat unusable by my 140mm exhaust fan. Thankfully I'd been planning on using a wired connection anyways, so the difficulty of getting the wifi module installed isn't an issue for my setup.

Other Thoughts: Seeing as how this was my first significant computer build, I may be a bit awed by features that are available on motherboards at half the price. However, I can tell that the design and build quality of this mobo does, to me, justify the steep price.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/6/2015 7:51:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat when works

Pros: Lots of bells and whistles
Good audio
Cross Chill
BIOS Flash feature
CMOS clear (if works)

Cons: Very flaking on reboots - Need clear CMOS
Bad Design for ROG Armor
Popping on reboot/shutdown
Hangs after sleeping
Very Expensive
Medicore Software

Other Thoughts: Could be a great MOBO with a lot of neat features. Using the cross chill in a 295x2 water cooled setup. Updated BIOS and ran fine.

The PC went to sleep and couldn't wake it. Now can't POST

Q-Codes 92/99 - USB Detect and initialize PCI-e.

The bios had a USB 3.1 update which I might suspect but I rolled back BIOS and reset the RTC RAM many times.

Tried everything. To remove the CMOS battery you have to remove the armor which requires MOBO to be removed. This is a major task as it's part of a water system.

I have had issues before but I let the CMOS sit over night and it was able to post.

Could not get this pc to wake consistently since owned no matter what configurations I tried in the BIOS.

The TEMP_1 sensor will not work to control the fans. It will read fine but the fanxpert will not turn on when suppose to. Seems to be a known issue that they have not resolved. It is a pity since this is geared toward extreme/water people.

Bottom line is - Lots of bells and whistle but not a polished product. I think the BIOS updated had an issue I can't clear since unable to get past the USB Detect Q-Code.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I do understand the issue that you are having right now and my sincere apology for any inconvenience it has caused you. It's unfortunate if you think the "Product" is a huge disappointment. On the contrary, there are lots of very satisfied customers that are having positive experience using the product. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, the issue with the product is an isolated case. ASUS provides warranty for the product in order to fix or repair any isolated factory escape defect. I would like to personally assist you on this matter. Kindly email back at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150343924 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
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  • Anonymous
  • 2/24/2015 2:33:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOffsetting same review

Pros: Solid build with high qaulity parts all around.

Cons: M.2 limited to 60mm size.

Other Thoughts: Offsetting the reviewer who gave one egg many times because he was upset. The eggs are not being shown as it should be when you have same person over same problem reviewing it over and over.

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  • Darren C.
  • 1/20/2015 6:38:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLong time ASUS supporter, not anymore

Pros: -Easy Setup
-Wifi/Bluetooth Included
-Solid / aesthetically pleasing design with ROG Armor
-Excellent BIOS capabilities

Cons: -Pricey
-Ethernet adapter was spotty, only connecting after several restarts. ASUS declined to honor my RMA citing damage to the board when I sent it back a few weeks after initially receiving it and being returned more than well packaged
-AISuite doesn't play well with certain drivers for Fan Management
-USB ports are also spotty and unreliable

Other Thoughts: I've been a long time Newegger, first time reviewer and it's a shame that it has to be for this product. I've always been a fan of ASUS products and their ability to innovate and design gaming components. However, after the nightmare of trying to troubleshoot a brand new motherboard and RMA it (brand new) only to get poor customer service and get charged for a replacement was a dealbreaker. From henceforth, I'm refraining from purchasing ASUS products and recommend the same as they come with little to no warranty.

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  • Ryan S.
  • 1/18/2015 6:30:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother Great by Asus

Pros: - Fairly easy setup
- Very feature rich bios settings
- Onboard wifi/bluetooth is nice
- Onboard sound better than most
- Overcllocking a breeze!!

Cons: - Pricey
- Some of the USB ports can be fussy
- Confusing SATA ports if you don't carefully read

Other Thoughts: I didn't knock off any eggs for the cons for this board. It all comes down to reading carefully and honestly some trial by error. I had a few mishaps with the board and at one point thought it was a bad board... only to find out it was my own fault. I think many bad reviews for boards can be related to user err. I am no expert but this board is fantastic to me. I have never in my life OC'd and this board made me have to try it (if you pay 300 for a board and don't utilize it's features, then don't pay 300).
I used the EZWizard for overclocking and I am running my i5 3.5 @ 4.4 solid. It also has my ram OC'd as well. I have not experienced any setbacks and temps are no issue.

My only thought I will say is on the onboard sound. I have always owned Sound Cards. When I got this board I told myself I would finally give onboard a go. It really does have decent sound after you tweak some settings around. At the end of the day though, you just can't beat a dedicated sound card. So I have a decided to go with a sound card again.

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  • Martha N.
  • 1/8/2015 7:35:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsMaximus Formula

Pros: Looks great, real solid contruction, nice bios, watch dogs, sweet box

Cons: included asus software is almost useless. Ai suite seriously botched my "auto" overclock on a very easy and healthy 4690k and had my very common g skill memory way off and out of timing. the rest of the stuff doesnt do to much the only useful thing is keybot. a little pricey

Other Thoughts: they should sell this board without all the software for a better price!!!

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