Asus is the leading manufacturer of PC mainboards, but you may not get this impression if you look at the list of Intel LGA 1155 based mainboard reviews in our Mainboards section. It so happened that we dedicated more time to mainboards from ASRock and Gigabyte, having tested five models from each maker by now. The large number of Gigabyte mainboards among our product reviews isn’t surprising, but actually quite logical, because they have always been Asus’ long-time closest competitor. Our interest towards ASRock mainboards is quite easy to explain, as over the past several years the company has not only expanded their product range, but also dramatically improved the quality of their products. And as for the Asus mainboards, we started our review series with the Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe review and have been very happy with this choice. This mainboard has become a great reference point for our comparisons and is used in every review as an etalon. After that we checked out Asus Sabertooth Z77 from “TUF” (The Ultimate Force) series and just recently we posted an article about the entry-level Asus P8Z77-V LX.
Reviewing three mainboards is definitely not enough to cover the entire functionality range of Asus mainboards, because they are current offering as many as almost 2 dozen models on Intel Z77 Express. We have already talked about a flagship mainboard and one of the entry-level offering, reviewed a “TUF” product, but haven’t had a chance to check out any of the “ROG” (Republic of Gamers) boards targeted for overclockers and gamers. Time to fix that and today we are proud to offer you our review of the Asus Maximus V Formula mainboard.
Packaging and Accessories
Asus Maximus V Formula is shipped in a vertical box with a convenient plastic handle for transportation:
The package design is quite traditional for “ROG” mainboards. There are mainboard photos on the back of the box illustrating some of its features and a list of its technical specifications.
The mainboard inside sits inside an individual cardboard box with a clear plastic cover, because there is a large window in the packaging front under the flip cover attached with Velcro pads, which allows to see the entire mainboard through the clear plastic panel. The inside of the flip cover contains a brief description of Asus Maximus V Formula peculiarities. The top box with the mainboard is complimented with a second box for all the bundled accessories:
- Six Serial ATA cables with metal L-shaped connector locks. Two pairs are specifically designed for SATA 6 Gbps devices (with white inserts in the connectors);
- “12-in-1 ROG Cable Lable” – a sheet with twelve paper tags that can be used to label SATA cables;
- A flexible bridge for two-way Nvidia SLI graphics configurations;
- Mini-PCIe Combo card with a Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4/5 GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0 module;
- Two Wi-Fi ring antennas and two cables for them;
- I/O Shield for the back panel;
- “Asus Q-Connector” kit including adapters for easy connection of the system case front panel buttons and indicators and a USB 2.0 port;
- “ROG Connect Cable” – a cable with two USBs to connect to other PCs;
- User manual;
- “I’m gaming, do not disturb” door tag;
- Accessory Guide describing proper use of additional accessories;
- DVD disk with software and drivers;
- “Powered by Republic of Gamers” sticker for the system case.