So, the back panel of Asus Maximus III Formula mainboard contains nine USB ports and another five are available as onboard pin-connectors. The last USB port of the fourteen provided by Intel P55 Express chipset is located next to the GP Connector marked as “13” on the layout scheme below. This connector is used for Asus OC Station panel selling separately and the single USB port can serve to communicate with it.
We haven’t yet mentioned a bunch of small pleasing trifles that make working with this mainboard a lot easier. For example, they have very convenient wide retention latches on graphics card connectors and unique memory DIMM slot design with latches only on one side. You can connect up to eight fans to Asus Maximus III Formula mainboard and all fan connectors are four-pin ones. There are special connectors for thermal diodes right next to three of them. We also found ProbeIt contact spots 9although it took us some time, since there was no mention of them anywhere in the manual), which can be used for manual monitoring of the most important voltages.
Overall, Asus Maximus III Formula is very well designed and boasts a significant list of features and functions, which are more numerous than they normally would be on a board like that. You can clearly see it from a pretty long specification summary chart: