If you are working on building yourself a new gaming computer, you need to know about the new Asus ROG Maximus VIII motherboard that was just announced. This is the new, better and more beautiful version of the motherboard that is in our very own Moebuilt test system.
Just like our Maximus board, this new piece of hardware features built in wifi and Bluetooth, support for four sticks of ram, can hold three video cards for SLI or Crossfire goodness, and it has a great, high-end built-in sound card. The differences are this board now supports the faster DDR4 memory standard, Intel’s latest generation of CPUs, and basically every single component is now faster, lasts longer, and works better. The even added variable RGB lighting to the ROG Armor cover, so you can make it light up whatever color matches best with your system build.
In short, Asus took what I honestly believe to be its best enthusiast motherboard, and cranked it to 11.
If you want all the real nerdy details like what exact chipset its using, the CPU socket, and what its physical size is, I’ve included the full specifications set from Asus below.
ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Formula
|Processor/CPU socket||LGA1151 socket for 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors|
|Chipset||Intel® Z170 Express|
|Memory||4 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB, DDR4 3733 (OC)
Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
|Expansion slots||2 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x8/x8 mode)
1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 slot (maximum at x4 mode)
3 x PCIe® 2.0 x1 slots
|Graphics (VGA)||Integrated Intel® HD Graphics processor
DisplayPort 1.2 with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2034 at 60Hz
HDMI with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz
Intel® InTru™ 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider™
|Multi-GPU||Two-way/quad-GPU NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD three-way/quad-GPU CrossFireX™ technology|
|Storage||1 x U.2 (supports PCIe® 3.0 x4 NVM Express™ storage)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, supports 2242/2260/2280/22110 devices
2 x SATA Express
8 x SATA 6.0 Gbps (4 shared with SATA Express)
|Networking/LAN||Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN and ASUS LANGuard|
|USB||2 x USB 3.1 (1 x Type-A; 1 x Type-C)
10 x USB 3.0 ports (6 on back panel, 4 mid-board)
4 x USB 2.0 ports (mid-board)
|Audio||ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-channel high-definition audio
– ESS® ES9023P high-definition DAC
– 2VRMS Headphone Amp into (32-600 ohms)
– SupremeFX shielding technology
– Sonic SenseAmp
– Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front-panel mic jack-retasking
– Optical S/PDIF-out port on back panel
|Dimensions / form factor||ATX, 12.0 x 9.6in (30.5 x 24.4cm)|