ASUS ROG Maximus II Formula motherboard launched

Posted on Thursday, Jun 12 2008 @ 02:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Asus has officially released the ROG Maximus II Formula motherboard, this model is based on the Intel P45 chipset and features a SupremeFX X-Fi audio card.
High-Fidelity Environmental Sounds with SupremeFX X-Fi
The Republic of Gamers (ROG) is dedicated to delivering unsurpassed gaming experiences for the serious gamer. In the ROG Maximus II Formula, the bundled new SupremeFX X-Fi audio card provides gamers with life-like sound effects and 3D surround sounds to fully immerse them into their games. With an emphasis on high quality design, the Supreme FX X-Fi utilizes the ADI 2000B audio codec, Creative X-Fi suite, CMSS3D and Crystalizer technologies, and authentic EAX sound effects to produce top-notch virtual 3D surround sounds to bring gamers one step closer to “being really there” in their games.

Easily Upgrade CPUs with CPU Level Up
With CPU Level Up, gamers will be able to easily obtain CPU boosts to suit their gaming needs. All they have to do is select their desired CPU model from a list in the BIOS. Once it is chosen, the system will do the rest of the work and fine-tune the original processor to run at the speed of the desired CPU. Obtaining CPU boosts never been as easier!

Extreme Engine Design for Exceptional Performance
ASUS’ legendary engineering prowess has culminated in the new ROG Extreme Engine – a next-generation multi-phase power design that provides additional overclocking headroom for extreme user experiences. Comprising of a 16-phase power design for the CPU, 2-phase for memory and 3-phase for the north bridge; Extreme Engine will provide users with additional voltage options in the BIOS for higher performances. With only the best quality components used, stable power to components provides reliable operations; while a power efficiency of up to 96% and automatic power management ensure less energy is wasted and less heat produced – allowing gamers to enjoy the most stable potentials for the ultimate gaming experience.


LGA775 socket for Intel® Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Duo / Pentium® dual-core/Celeron® dual-core /Celeron® Processors


Intel® P45/ICH10R with Intel® Fast Memory Access Technology

System Bus

1600/1333/1066/800 MHz


Dual-channel memory architecture max.16GB, DDR2-1200/1066/800/667 MHz, non-ECC and un-buffered memory

Expansion Slots

- 2 * PCIe2.0 x16 slots
- 3 * PCIe x1 slots (the PCIEx1_1 (black) is compatible with audio slot)
- 2 * PCI 2.2 slots


ICH10R Southbridge:
- 6 *Z SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports

Marvell® 88SE6121 controller:
- 1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66/33 for up to 2 PATA devices
- 1 x External SATA 3.0 Gb/s port (SATA On-the-Go)

Silicon Image Sil5723
- 2 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports


Dual Gigabit LAN controllers, both featuring AI NET2

High Definition Audio

SupremeFX X-Fi Audio Card:
- ADI® AD2000B 8-channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Creative X-Fi capability
- X-Fi interface
Coaxial/Optical S/PDIF out ports


max.12 USB 2.0 ports(6 ports at mid-board, 6 ports at back panel)

ROG Exclusive Overclocking Features

Pin Fin Thermal Module
Extreme Engine:
- 16-phase power design for CPU
- 3-phase power design for north bridge
- 2-phase power design for memory
Extreme Tweaker
- CPU Level Up

ROG Special Features

- LCD Poster
- Onboard Switches: Power / Reset / Cls CMOS (at rear)

About the Author

Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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