Asus ROG Announces Maximus VIII Formula Z170 gaming motherboard with CrossChill EK hybrid cooling block
Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Maximus VIII Formula, a Z170 Express chipset-based ATX gaming motherboard with exclusive CrossChill EK cooling, epic aesthetics and strength with Aura RGB lighting and ROG Armor, and 5-Way Optimization, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and LANGuard to deliver game-conquering performance. Equipped with an LGA1151 socket and optimized to unleash the maximum performance of 6th-generation Intel Core (‘Skylake’) processors and DDR4 memory, Maximus VIII Formula is also engineered with champion-level SupremeFX 2015 audio technology to elevate even the smallest in-game sound details — making every battle arena sound as real as life.
To create gaming cooling that’s the best in its class ROG teamed up with the cooling masters at EK Water Blocks to develop CrossChill EK — exclusive to Maximus VIII Formula. This extreme-performance cooling block has a high-conductivity copper channel that’s ready for either air or liquid, and is literally the coolest choice available for custom-chilled builds, ensuring quieter, cooler gaming rigs. For those that like to chill with liquid, CrossChill EK shrinks MOSFET temperatures by up to 23˚C.
The new Maximus VIII Formula, a Z170 Express chipset-based ATX gaming motherboard is also kitted out with the newest and fastest connectivity, with NVM Express (NVMe) U.2 and M.2 for up to 32Gbps transfers, USB 3.1 Type-A and reversible Type-C for the best compatibility and any-way-up convenience, and latest 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) wireless connections.
Maximus VIII Formula is the gaming motherboard that delivers style, strength, and cooling in one, with all-new Aura RGB LED illumination and tough ROG Armor. The style begins with high-precision laser-engraving technology, which our engineers employ to carve beautifully intricate patterns across the ROG Armor that enrobes Maximus VIII Formula, allowing the radiant RGB light of 28 integrated LEDs to shine through and illuminate key parts of the board — including the MOSFET heatsink cover, PCI Express area and the striking ROG logo on the PCH cover.
To control the illumination, Maximus VIII Formula includes the Aura lighting-control utility. This allows users to manage the motherboard’s powerful built-in RGB LEDs or an attached RGB strip, or both — and in perfect synchronization. The Aura utility also offers the ability to change LED colors in time with music, or have them indicate CPU temperature. For the very fastest wireless connections, Maximus VIII Formula has 802.11ac Wi-Fi integrated, with an external 2×2 (2 transmit, 2 receive) dual-band 2.4/5GHz antenna included.