Asus: ROG Maximus II Formula and Gene officially introduced
Manufacturer Asus has introduced the socket 1156 boards Maximus III Formula and Maximus III Gene. The Intel P55 chipset motherboards offer additional features of overclockers and gamers.
Now it's official: After several rumors about the Asus ROG Maximus III Gene and the Maximus II Formula the two new P55 boards are now listed on the company website, too.
Both motherboards support Intel's new Lynnfield processors for the socket LGA1156 and deliver - unspecified - support for DDR3-2133 RAM. Features like ROG Connect, Memperfect and Gamefirst are supposed to optimize the dataflow and adjust it to the individual requirements. Thus Asus wants to make sure that the boards become especially attractive to gamers and overclockers.
Currently the Asus Maximus III Formula and the Maximus III Gene are listed for about 205 respectively 175 Euros by European shops. The first shipments are expected for next week.
Below you can find the official features and specifications of the two high-end motherboards:
|Model||ROG Maximus III Formula||ROG Maximus III GENE|
|CPU||Supports Intel Processors in the LGA1156 Package||Supports Intel Processors in the LGA1156 Package|
|Chipset||Intel P55||Intel P55|
|Memory||4 x DIMM, Dual Channel, up to 16GB DDR3 2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1800(O.C)/1600(O.C.)/1333/1066 MHz||4 x DIMM, Dual Channel, up to 16GB DDR3 2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz|
|Expansion Slots||3 x PCIe x16 slot, (2 x 2.0 support single at x16 or dual at x8, 1 x 1.0 at x4)||2 x PCIe2.0 x16 slot (support single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode)|
|2 x PCIe 1.0 x1||1 x PCIe 1.0 x4|
|1 x PCI 2.2||1 x PCI 2.2|
|Multi-GPU||NVIDIA Quad SLI / ATI CrossFireX ready||NVIDIA Quad SLI / ATI CrossFireX ready|
|Storage||10 x SATA 3.0Gb/s||7 x SATA 3.0Gb/s|
|(2 x Speeding HDD SATA / 2 x SATA_ODD / 6 x Standard SATA)||1 x eSATA 3.0Gb/s|
|1 x eSATA 3.0Gb/s|
|LAN||Realtek RTL8110SC PCI Gigabit LAN controller||Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2|
|ROG GameFirst||ROG GameFirst|
|High Definition Audio||SupremeFX X-Fi 8-Ch. discrete audio card with EAX4.0 support, supports Blu-ray output||8-CH. SupremeFX X-Fi built-in with EAX4.0 support, supports Blu-ray output|
|IEEE1394a||2 x 1394a ports (1 port at rear, 1 port onboard)||2 x 1394a ports (1 port at rear, 1 port onboard)|
|USB||14 x USB 2.0 (5 at rear, 9 onboard)||14 x USB 2.0 (9 at rear, 5 onboard)|
|Other I/O Ports||1 x PS/2, 1 x eSATA, 1 x IEEE1394a, 1 x Clr CMOS, 1 x Optical S/PDIF||1 x PS/2, 1 x eSATA, 1 x IEEE1394a, 1 x Clr CMOS, 1 x Optical S/PDIF, 1 x ROG connect On/Off switch|
|Fan connectors||8 x fan connectors (1 x CPU / 1 x PWR / 3 x Chassis / 3 x Optional)||5 x fan connectors (1 x CPU / 2 x Chassis / 2 x Optional)|
|Software||Kaspersky Anti-Virus (1-year full edition)||Kaspersky Anti-Virus (1-year full edition)|
|Features||ROG Connect, GameFirst, MemPerfect, MemOK!, CPU Level Up, Extreme Tweaker, iROG, ASUS Q-LED, Loadline Calibration, EPU, Q-Fan plus, Voltiminder LED||ROG Connect, GameFirst, MemPerfect, MemOK!, CPU Level Up, Extreme Tweaker, iROG, ASUS Q-LED, Loadline Calibration, EPU, Voltiminder LED|
|Form Factor||ATX 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm||mATX 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm|
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