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  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3100(O.C.)

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ASUS Motherboard

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

ASUS Motherboard

  • 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)
  • Intel LGA 1150
  • DDR3 3300+ (O.C)
    4 DIMM, dual-channel
  • Reset button
  • Start button
  • Probelt
  • MemOK!
  • CrossChill Copper

ASUS Motherboard

ASUS Motherboard
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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ASUS Motherboard

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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ASUS Motherboard

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


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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ASUS Motherboard

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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ASUS Motherboard

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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ASUS Motherboard

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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1 Clip
to swap or secure your graphics card!

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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 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!


Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Return Policies
    • Return for refund within: Non-refundable
    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
  • This item is covered by's Replacement Only Return Policy.
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
All-in-all a Good Board 8/17/2015 2:53:10 PM

Pros: * Fast board
* Great features for gamers
* Good slot layout
* Great supporting software

Cons: * The header for the front USB ports had bent (bent flat) pins and a loose socket sleeve that popped out when I unplugged the cable
* Got the Watch Dogs bundle, and discovered the redemption code for the game expired a few days before I ordered the board :(

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Do not make a mistake and buy this board 7/28/2015 3:14:10 PM

Pros: Works well when it boots.

Cons: From day one I had intermittent boot problems with this board. Purchased it 26 Mar 2015. Doing RMA number 1 today, 28 July 2015. I should have listened to the other reviews I read.

Overall Review: If you buy this board, if you have to pull the battery out for any reason. You have to pull the board out of the system to remove the ROG Armor. Will, never buy another piece of work like this again.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Solid Motherboard 7/13/2015 9:16:44 AM

Pros: Great piece of hardware, heat management on the board is good and it looks very sleek. UEFI customizations and overclocking options are impressive, pretty easy to understand and organized well. Definitely a big improvement from the boards I've run in the past.

Various default profiles are available for overclocking on boot if you're not incredibly familiar with how to do it so people who aren't as comfortable with the process can still get an edge out of the system without running the risk of causing problems.

Hardly any tinkering had to be done with this, everything detected and ran right out of the gate on the first boot. The documentation for the board is really comprehensive and was definitely worth looking through. It would especially be helpful to those who aren't familiar with building computers.

Cons: Some of the software that comes with the board to make gaming more efficient is pretty terrible. One particular service called "gamesfirst" was causing blue screening while I was gaming about 2-3 times a week. It took me awhile to narrow this down, but this was definitely the culprit. I've had blue screening since I disabled this service. If Asus is going to include things like this, it would be really nice if it didn't blue screen my rig.

I also ran into the system locking with my Corsair k60 keyboard plugged in when trying to access the UEFI BIOS until I did a BIOS update. This wasn't a huge issue since I had another keyboard, but it could be a bit of a show stopper for someone who only has one keyboard. A small issue that had a bigger impact than I would have thought.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Do Not Buy This Board 7/11/2015 9:52:23 AM

Pros: - It looks good

.. Thats about it

Cons: - Pricey $350
- Do we pay $350 to get error codes?
- I continuously get hung up, no video and the board does not post
- I get stuck on error code 00, 13 and 19
- Continuously got BSOD

Overall Review: I submitted an RMA last week but reading what is on this website here. My hopes are not high AT ALL. I will probably switch to an MSI mobo if this RMA does not solve my issue and just sell this MAXIMUS VII

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Bad CMOS button 6/30/2015 8:02:29 AM

Pros: Board runs great. Quality components. Everything was easy to set up. Was up and running in about 15 mins.

Cons: Bad clear CMOS button. So I set up an OC on my RAM that it wasn't happy with so I went ahead and pressed the CMOS button to reset to factory settings. Problem is, the button seems to be stuck as the light doesn't turn off after pressing it again. So now I'm in a constant BIOS loop because it keeps erasing my settings. Out of all the things that could've failed, it had to be this. I'm extremely dissapointed that this is failing on a mobo I paid so much for. This is my second Asus mobo I've had an issue with. Don't think I'm buying form them again.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Dog Watch does not work 6/1/2015 8:29:00 PM

Pros: Ok so do not waste your time buying the motherboard with Watch Dogs!!!!! The code is expired !!!!

Cons: Thomas Abbott: Hello douglas

Customer Thomas Abbott: ok so I ordered the ASUS Maximus Formula VII with Watch Dogs and the code that I scratched off does not work

Agent Douglas Y.: Thank you for providing me with that information. I will be more than happy to assist you. May I please place you on hold for a moment while I look into this?

Customer Thomas Abbott: yes sir

Agent Douglas Y.: Thank you for holding, Thomas. Did you receive the codes from the retail box of the item?

Customer Thomas Abbott: Yes it was stuck on the inside of the motherboard box and then I had to scratch off the code and it had instruction to go to UBI 's website and enter it when you attempt to purchase it.

Customer Thomas Abbott: you know what im reading now? the very first sentence says this code is from May 2014 until 1st April 2015...however, I just bought the board with watch dogs which im sure you can see from my order.

Agent Douglas Y.: I see. I am sorry for this situation. Please kindly note that the codes is provided by the manufacturer directly. I recommend you contact them to recheck this issue. You can contact them at 1-510-739-3777 or
Customer Thomas Abbott: one sec please im checking someting
Customer Thomas Abbott: We have an issue but I wanted to check to make sure....I paid extra for the game to newegg so new egg owes me 50.00
Customer Thomas Abbott: Are you there?
Agent Douglas Y.: I am sorry, I have rechecked this issue. I do not see a $50 for the game. Could you please recheck your order confirmation email?
Customer Thomas Abbott: I did check the web site if you buy the board without the game it is 50.00 cheaper which is 299.00 I paid 349.00 which you can see from my order
Customer Thomas Abbott: I litteraly just received all the parts this weekend
Customer Thomas Abbott:
Agent Douglas Y.: I see that, but the game code is offered by manufacturer. You can contact them to get a good code.
Customer Thomas Abbott: But I did business with Newegg not ASUS...and if they tell me to get bent or hey just contact newegg....then what?
Customer Thomas Abbott: I just spent close to 4k on newegg and you are trying to give me an issue over 50.00.....that is bizzarre
Agent Douglas Y.: In this case I can submit a ticket to our internal help desk to recheck this issue. But it will take 3 to 7 business days. It is easier if you can contact the manufacturer directly to further check this issue.
Customer Thomas Abbott: Ill contact them.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great hardware for solid build 5/29/2015 1:23:41 PM

Pros: Works well and looks clean in the air 540 case, on board start/reset switch was a nice touch, zero issues with wifi card.

Cons: M.2 space is tight, but I wasn't planning on using it yet.

Overall Review: The first thing I do out of the box is flash the bios on any motherboard, this helps alleviate compatibility issues. Ive had this board running solid for the last 9 months, and sure I cant push the 4790k past 4.8 stable but I cant blame the motherboard for that. Don't let the plug and play gurus effect your decision on this one.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Issue after issue 5/17/2015 5:37:15 PM

Pros: Aesthetically please, great features on paper....and that's about where it ends

Cons: -Various temperature issues that shouldn't occur
-Computer will sometimes go into BIOS, but most of the time it won't

Unfortunately I've had little luck with this board in terms of functionality. With a board at this price point I shouldn't have to worry whether or not it's causing damage to other components with my system or whether it's in some way corrupting my OS due to various installation issues.

The begin with it is next to impossible to get this board to go into BIOS consistently. A majority of the time it's a sit and wait game because regardless of my internal bios settings the system appears to black screen and bypass any function keys that are pressed.

In terms of drivers once I can hobble my way into making my system work, the system does appear to like certain OS's. The functionality between windows 7 PRO 64-bit and Win 8.1 PRO is night and day....and I don't mean that in a positive way at all. Some things will work properly while in 7, while others 8.1 won't work at all and vice versa.

What's hilarious about this situation is I had a Maximus VII Hero board before this one and I absolutely LOVED IT! 0 issues whatsoever, but I figured I'd spend a bit more on a board that had additional enthusiast features....boy was I wrong in making that decision.

At this point I don't think I can put my faith in asus any longer considering that I've replaced this board twice and I am having the exact same issues as the previous board with a few added bonus issues.

To anyone who may claim that it may be another component, I've gone about replacing the following. CPU, SSD, GPU and all of these issues still come back to the board not performing basic tasks such as bios entry.

Overall Review: If ASUS actually responds to this post, I don't want to be given the run-around. I've heard some horror stories about contacting the support and receiving little to nothing and actually being put a worse position

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