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First Look: The first P55 RoG board, the Maximus III Formula

Posted on 10th Aug 2009 at 10:02 by Clive Webster with 17 comments

Clive Webster
Morning! I realise that when it comes to P55, most of you just want performance numbers, but sadly I can't quite put you out of your misery. I can however, offer a preview of what's likely to be a very special P55 motherboard - the first to wear the Republic of Gamers badge, namely the Maximus III Formula. Shots and discussion below the break.

First Look: The first P55 RoG board, the Maximus III Formula First Look: Asus Maximus III Formula (first P55 RoG board)
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My first impressions were, 'so what's new?' The board looks like other RoG boards, with Asus even putting an entirely superfluous heatsink between the socket and the first PCI-E slot - P55 is really just a Southbridge that connects to the CPU socket via a DMI link. Apparently the colour scheme is new and the heatsinks are low-profile and shouldn't interfere with other components.

First Look: The first P55 RoG board, the Maximus III Formula First Look: Asus Maximus III Formula (first P55 RoG board)
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Looking closer though, there are some new additions to the RoG motherboard lineup.

  • Game First The network controller (a Realtek chip, I believe) supports this packet-prioritisation algorithm. Asus says this will allow you to play online games while Bit-Torrenting.
  • The Go Button allows you to use the MemOK technology to get the BIOS to try different settings in order to get memory working (in the case of a memory-based failure to POST), or you can load in the Go Button profile to apply an overclock while in Windows.
  • Speeding HDD sounds much like Gigabyte's hardware RAID controller **Update: and Asus reminds me that Speeding HDD is an update of DriveXpert, which did hardware RAID functions on the P5Q Deluxe**


First Look: The first P55 RoG board, the Maximus III Formula First Look: Asus Maximus III Formula (first P55 RoG board)
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The board will also support the RoG Connect header to attach the OC Station as well as the ProbeIT multi-meter read-outs for live voltage monitoring.

The Maximus II Formula also has the Mem Perfect technology, so you shouldn't need to adjust your memory speeds manually as you overclock your QPI. But then I always do anyway, just to be sure.

Possibly the most curious inclusion is this board annotation:

First Look: The first P55 RoG board, the Maximus III Formula First Look: Asus Maximus III Formula (first P55 RoG board)

I have no idea what an 'Extreme Engine' is - I'm guessing it's nothing like what this idiot has done linky. Back to motherboards though, and what do you think of the imminent P55 RoG board?

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doggeh 10th August 2009, 11:18 Quote
The title states its a Maximus but the first paragraph says its a Rampage. Which is it!?

I have the Maximus Extreme X38 board and its VERY good. Hopefully this will be more of the same :)
Sifter3000 10th August 2009, 11:26 Quote
It's Maximus, sorry!
Xtrafresh 10th August 2009, 13:22 Quote
i like the color scheme, but i wonder what's under that extra heatsink...
Paradigm Shifter 10th August 2009, 13:33 Quote
So it's got six angled SATA ports, two upright SATA ports in the middle of the board that look like they're labelled 'SATA_ODD1/2' and two upright SATA ports labelled 'SPD_HDD1/2'...

Overall, I quite like the look of the board.

I just want to know what 'SPD_HDD' means - is overclocking your HDDs the order of the day now?:|
bigkingfun 10th August 2009, 14:50 Quote
I would guess the "Extreme Engine" is a development of the EPU-6 engine.

Taken from asus.com: "The new ASUS EPU - the world´s first power saving engine........" - that was for version 6.
Aracos 10th August 2009, 15:06 Quote
lol is it bad lighting or does it look like the lower end has been too close to a fire? :P
Rocket_Knight64 10th August 2009, 15:09 Quote
Seem to have had quite a few revisons from the preview board. I note:

-Lowered 'NB' hs to not block the top slot
-2 white SATA ports under RAM
-2 chips over the SB hs (6g SATA hopefuly?)
-No IDE or Floppy ports!

Would of been nice to have all the SATA ports 90' down the edge. Also I only see one BIOS chip. No dual BIOS? But otherwise looking good!
-VK- 10th August 2009, 17:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter

I just want to know what 'SPD_HDD' means - is overclocking your HDDs the order of the day now?:|

That's to identify which of the SATA ports supports the "Speeding Hard Disk" feature.
Paradigm Shifter 10th August 2009, 17:33 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by -VK-
That's to identify which of the SATA ports supports the "Speeding Hard Disk" feature.

Which does what, precisely?
Claave 10th August 2009, 17:40 Quote
Just to prove that we do talk to each other in the office, you can also read Rich's preview of the
Asus Maximum III Formula that he did ages ago here:

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/motherboards/2009/06/19/early-look-maximus-iii-formula/1
Claave 10th August 2009, 17:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
Which does what, precisely?

Speeding Hard Disk is the hardware RAID controller - driverless, on-the-fly RAID setup.
Paradigm Shifter 10th August 2009, 18:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claave
Speeding Hard Disk is the hardware RAID controller - driverless, on-the-fly RAID setup.

Ah, thanks. :) Somehow seems less impressive than it implies. Driverless RAID might be interesting for those who can't be bothered to fiddle around setting up RAID arrays, though.
HourBeforeDawn 10th August 2009, 21:18 Quote
wow looks purty, I think that will be the board I use for my next build, do all P55 board support SLI and Crossfire? or only some and if so does this one support both, if you mentioned that already and I completely overlooked it then ya my bad ^^;
wuyanxu 10th August 2009, 22:53 Quote
very interesting board...... great colours and features.

would be nice to have a lower priced version without all those noobie addon such as OC station and Mem perfect
Elton 11th August 2009, 00:21 Quote
Looks like the Foxconn Blood Rage.
Horizon 11th August 2009, 06:05 Quote
I read 'what this idiot has had' and hit the link in anticipation of some spectacular fail. I was disappointed. All the guy was doing running his grand national on a dyno.

Someone jealous, you don't have to hide it.
pimonserry 15th August 2009, 16:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
I just want to know what 'SPD_HDD' means - is overclocking your HDDs the order of the day now?:|

YES!
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