File-It-Under: Gaming Boards By: D.F.Skinner!~
ASUS has officially released a beast of a motherboard,the ROG Maximus VI Z87 motherboard that is geared towards gaming,and man this board has the features and beastly setup to match its very expensive price tag(More on that later).The motherboard has an extensive IO (Input/Output) that surrounds the motherboard which is complimentary to the Maximus VI Extreme.
The Maximus VI Formula uses the latest new generation Z87 chipset which of course supports the 4th generation Intel "Haswell" processor. This is a serious ironclad motherboard loaded with some serious fucking features starting with a 8+2 phase DIGI +III VRM which feeds the boards processor and memory. The components on the ROG Maximus VI Formula is cooled by an enormous CrossChill heatsink which is probably most standout feature on the motherboard. The LGA 1150 socket is paired with 4 DDR3 DIMM slots which can support up to 32GB of total RAM at 3100MHz. The DIGI + III VRM uses the NoFET MOSFET's,60A BlackWing chokes, and 10K Japanese capacitors.
The integrated audio on the motherboard doesn't come with the usual Realtek audio codec, yet its comes stocked with a SupremeFX audio chipset,will it be the replacement for PCIe soundcards,probably not,but its more than likely a big improvement over usual Realtek audio chips you'll find on most motherboards. Other features on the Rog Maximus VI Formula inculdes a Mini PCIe Combo II card that includes a 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and a NGFF lot for the latest PCIe SDD card.The board also features a integrated Ethernet chip the Intel Gigabit MIC.Like most most modern motherboards of today,the ASUS ROG Maximus comes with the latest UEFI BIOS. The board has the signature ROG Armor with a SECC black plate and also supports the company's own OC panel which is the motherboards hardware box that sits directly outside the case,this allows users to do some real time overclocking and system monitoring.
The motherboard is surrounded by a shit load of ports,it includes 10 SATA 3 6Gbps ports, three PCI-e 3.0 x 16 slots which you can SLI or CrossFire your graphic cards, and finally there is three PCIe 2.0 slots. So about the price,there is no official price point that's etched in stone, but hardware junkies around the web are suggesting this motherboard can retail for $420 which would make it one of the most expensive motherboards on the market. The ROG Maximus VI Formula Z87 motherboard is expected to be released to market on the first week of August.
Credit Source: ASUS