Perfect your build from cooling to color
LGA1151 socket for 6th-gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors.
Dual DDR4 3733 (OC) support
Best gaming cooling – CrossChill EK for both air and liquid cooling
Best gaming lighting – Three-way RGB illumination, Aura 4-pin RGB-strip header & lighting control
Best gaming audio – Reinvented SupremeFX 2015 with intuitive Sonic Studio II
Best gaming performance – 5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning, second-gen T-Topology, and OC-friendly design
Best gaming networking – Best-in-class Intel® Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
Best gaming protection – ROG Amor plus carefully-selected premium components for maximum durability
Best gaming connectivity - 2x2 802.11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi, U.2 and M.2, plus Intel-powered USB 3.1 Type A+C
ROG gives you more – More gaming-oriented utilities, all free!
BEST GAMING COOLING
If build bold, crave quiet and demand the coolest of the cool then Maximus VIII Formula is the only motherboard for you. With an all-new dedicated cooling block primed for your favorite liquid-cooling pipes, Maximus VIII Formula is the winning formula.
EXPERTLY TOOLED. TOTALLY COOLED.
ROG teamed up with the cooling masters at EK Water Blocks to create CrossChill EK, an extreme-performance cooling block with a copper channel that's hungry for either air or liquid. CrossChill EK is the coolest choice for custom-chilled builds enabling quieter rigs that run great on air — and even better with water. With G1/4in threaded fittings CrossChill EK is a quick fit for your existing setup and, when you chill with liquid, you'll shrink MOSFET temperatures by up to 23˚C!
BEST GAMING LIGHTING
Build with Maximus VIII Formula and you'll build… BRIGHT! With a built-in Aura RGB-strip header and easy lighting controls, it's never been easier to light up your rig — and your LAN parties!
LIGHT UP AS EASY AS RGB
RGB ILLUMINATION, AURA 4-PIN
RGB-STRIP HEADER & LIGHTING CONTROL
We use high-precision laser-engraving technology to carve beautifully intricate patterns across the ROG Armor that enrobes Maximus VIII Formula, allowing the radiant RGB light of 28 integrated LEDs to shine through and illuminate key parts of the board — including the MOSFET heatsink cover, PCIe area and the striking ROG logo on the PCH cover! Forget the faff of external RGB controllers! With ROG's Aura RGB Strip header, it's quick and easy to cast brilliant colors across your rig and room: Just slide standard 12V RGB strips onto the 4-pin Aura RGB-strip header, then weave your lighting any way you like. Customize static, strobing and pulsating effects, or have the colors change in time with music or indicate CPU temperature.
*The Aura RGB-strip header supports standard 5050 RGB LED strips with a maximum power rating of 2A (12V). For maximum brightness, strip length should not exceed 2m.
*One extension cable is included. RGB LED strips need to be purchased separately.
Maximus VIII Formula also includes the amazing Aura lighting-control utility to cast stunning multi-color glows across your gaming rig, via the motherboard's powerful built-in RGB LEDs or attached RGB strips, or both — and in perfect synchronization! Fire up Aura and then enjoy the creative freedom of six different lighting schemes:
BEST GAMING AUDIO
You'd never win with your eyes closed, so open your ears up to the best audio for the battlefield! ROG's awesome audio expertise is the result of extensive R&D, and SupremeFX is the crystal-clear result — onboard sound as superior as your gaming rep!
CHAMPION-LEVEL AUDIO FROM SUPREMEFX 2015
Maximus VIII Formula's onboard audio isn't just good — it's as good as you can get! You benefit from the best gaming-audio inputs and outputs, with special shielded designs, and a collection of carefully selected professional-grade audio components, including an ESS® ES9023P digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with Hyperstream™ technology, ultra-low-jitter clock, Nichicon capacitors, 2VRMS headphone amp, and Sonic SenseAmp that automatically detects and optimizes any headset (32-600ohms) for purest sound quality. SupremeFX 2015 also features intuitive Sonic Studio II, so you'll apply and enjoy different audio effects for perfect entertainment — plus Perfect Voice noise-cancellation technology for team conversations with total clarity!
A. ULTRA-DURABLE GOLD-PLATED AUDIO CONNECTORS
Distortion-free for enhanced audio-signal input and output.
B. SUPERMEFX AUDIO PROCESSOR
Ten DAC channels, simultaneous 7.1-channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front-panel outputs, and an EMI cover for purer audio quality.
C. ESS® ESS9023P DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTER (DAC)
Creates a perfect balance for top-tier audio clarity capable of -94dB THD.
D. HIGH-PRECISION CLOCK SOURCE
High-accuracy timing technology ensures ultra-low jitter by preventing fluctuating temperatures.
E. NICHICON CAPACITORS
Deliver the highest-quality sound resolution and expansion for especially warm and natural audio.
F. 2 VRMS HEADPHONE AMP
Provides the perfect current and voltage for true-to-life tonality and spacious sound imaging.
G. SONIC SENSE AMP
Automatically detects and optimizes headphone impedance (32-600 ohms)
H. DE-POP RELAY
Dedicated relay eliminates the popping sound when the system is powered on or off, or devices are attached or removed.
I. SUPREMFX SHIELDING
Blocks electromagnetic interference from the motherboard or add-ons to provide cleaner audio.
INTUITIVE AUDIO-TUNING SUITE
SONIC STUDIO II
Casting Enhancer improves both streaming and recording audio quality, reducing noise artifacts and stabilizing overall voice volume. It also improves all the rich details and boost bass effect of in-game sounds and music playback.
Perfect Voice reduces noise during in-game chat so every teammate is heard, and no command is missed.
One-click virtual-surround function emulates 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 EQ — ensuring that everything you hear sounds just amazing.
BEST GAMING PERFORMANCE
Greater performance means smoother gameplay — and that means more chances to win. With the best overclocking (OC) design, UEFI BIOS and intuitive OC gadget and utility, you'll enjoy unmatched performance — coupled with an exclusive cooling design ensures your system never breaks a sweat.
ONE CLICK OVERCLOCK AND COOLING, DONE!
GET PERFORMANCE, EFFICIENCY, DIGITAL POWER, FAN CONTROL AND EVEN NETWORKING AND AUDIO TUNING TAILORED FOR YOU — AND THE WAY YOU PLAY!
You don't need to be an expert to max out gaming performance on your Maximus VIII Formula build's gaming performance — because 5-Way Optimization sorts all the complex settings with a click, for instant, highly-controllable performance boosts! Our exclusive technology dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system based on real-time use, so you get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and even networking and audio settings that are tailored for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, productivity or just about anything else!
Games run swiftly and smoothly with high performance, prioritized bandwidth and vivid sound.
Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when gaming.
Stutter is eliminated for smooth-running apps,
even under heavy loading.
Energy waste is reduced so you'll save money.
ASUS PRO CLOCK TECHNOLOGY
Thought you'd taken overclocking as far as it could go? Meet ASUS Pro Clock, a dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 6th-generation Intel® processors that ramps BCLK frequencies up to 400MHz or even beyond*. This custom solution works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control — providing an exciting new way to boost performance to extremes!
Advantages of ASUS Pro Clock
Reduced boot times
Lower jitter under extreme conditions for higher overclocks
Increased stability under heavy overclocking
* BCLK-overclocking range varies according to CPU capabilities, cooling, motherboard support and tuning options.
Ranges up to 650MHz are possible under select conditions.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Second-generation ASUS T-Topology pushes DDR4 memory overclocking to over 3733MHz
with all memory slots populated — and that means the best-ever gaming performance
from your Maximus VIII Formula rig! Featuring a customized trace layout for reduced
crosstalk and coupling noise, second-generation T-Topology ensures time-aligned
signal transfer for improved memory stability and compatibility.
MEDIA-ACCLAIMED UEFI BIOS
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.
EZ Flash 3
Flash the latest BIOS via the internet, and from within the BIOS.
Check up your storages devices' Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology (SMART) logs to gauge reliability, and even determine if they're about to fail.
EZ Tuning Wizard– OC and RAID
Select your hardware and apply different scenarios to tune system performance, or streamline your RAID configuration for faster data retrieval and backups!
Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the list.