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    ASUS ROG Launches the Maximus V Formula Gaming Motherboard

    Intel® Z77-based gaming board arrives packed to the edges with advanced cooling, powerful audio, and intelligent bandwidth optimization

    the ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus V Formula brings the ROG tradition of gaming excellence to the newest generation of PC hardware and gaming. With the Intel® Z77 chipset implemented, it supports both 2nd and 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors. For the complete thermal confidence gamers and modders demand, the board employs Fusion Thermo™, an exclusive dual configuration that enables both air and water cooling. SupremeFX IV™ audio upgrades sound output in games and all multimedia content, while GameFirst II™ ping time reduction and latency mitigation contributes to smoother and more responsive online gaming and VoIP. The bundled mPCIe Combo with dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 offers added connectivity options for greater flexibility, and the Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX™ SKU further ships with a powerful multi-platform headphone amplifier.

    Ready for both air and water cooling

    The exclusive Fusion Thermo™ design makes the Maximus V Formula an ideal platform for DIY gamers, as it comes pre-installed with all the makings of advanced air and water thermal configurations, giving users the choice of which route to go. A custom air-cooled heatsink with anodized aluminum fins is included, keeping critical components well-chilled even during high-load usage. Should gamers opt for water cooling, ROG makes the choice easier to implement, with an all-cooper water channel that uses electroplated nickel barbs already inside the heatsink, with openings on both ends to make fitting hoses easier. These features render the Maximus V Formula a ready-made motherboard for high end gaming, competitive overclocking, and case modding. Fusion Thermo™ has been designed with feedback from the community, and reflects the close contact ROG maintains with gamers worldwide.

    Premium capacitors drive crystal-clear in-game audio

    Enhanced SupremeFX IV™ audio hardware comes standard on the Maximus V Formula, utilizing meticulously-selected premium Japan-made ELNA audio capacitors, plus an additional extra-large 1500uF main capacitor. These can handle far more impactful output than standard onboard audio hardware, generating superior effects and surround fields for enveloping sound in-game, driven by a powerful 300ohm headphone amplifier. ROG engineers have also created exclusive Red Line Shielding technology, which isolates SupremeFX IV™ hardware from the rest of the board to ensure precision analog/digital separation and greatly reduced interference. To top these features off, an EMI protection cover has been placed on the SupremeFX IV™ audio chip to further protect it from unwanted interference.

    Next generation multiplayer optimization

    Exclusive GameFirst II™ technology offers an even more sophisticated network optimizer than the previous version of GameFirst. It actively oversees and shapes online traffic to reduce ping times and overall latency, allowing users to enjoy smoother online gaming and better VoIP call quality. Easier to use than before and now upgraded with cFosSpeed Traffic Shaping technology, GameFirst II™ carries out constant packet inspection routines to minimize transfer queuing, resulting in noticeable network performance gains. It features the exclusive EZ Mode, which uses an intuitive interface to make features accessible even to new users, plus Advanced Mode for more in-depth tuning. GameFirst II™ combines with an Intel® Ethernet chip to power faster and smoother online play.

    Excellent multi-platform headphone performance

    Available only on the Maximus V Formula/ThunderFX™ as of this writing, ThunderFX™ drives headphone sound with the finest capacitors and a 300ohm amplifier. It uses environmental noise cancelation (ENC) technology with a 120dB SNR digital-analog converter (DAC), and includes a dedicated relay for the purpose of de-popping sharp audible feedback during boot up and power down. ThunderFX™ supports desktops, notebooks, Xbox 360®, and PlayStation® 3, and offers GamEQ with three preset profiles for different game genres (first person shooter, racing, and real time strategy). GamEQ also gives users access to detailed tuning, bringing out greater sound effect clarity so that everything from engines to footsteps comes across loud and clear via headphones.

    World records set yet again

    The ROG Maximus V Formula has already asserted itself as a power player in the global overclocking and benchmarking scene. Over the last few weeks, the gaming motherboard clocked several major achievements. More information on them can be found at these links:

    3DMark05: http://hwbot.org/submission/2277409_andreyang_3dmark05_radeon_hd_7970_66344_marks
    3DMark03: http://hwbot.org/submission/2279755_andreyang_3dmark03_2x_radeon_hd_7970_253506_marks
    Unigine Heaven DX11: http://hwbot.org/submission/2277151_andreyang_unigine_heaven___xtreme_preset_(dx11)_3x_radeon_hd_7970_7943.57_dx11_marks
    wPrime 32M: http://hwbot.org/submission/2281499_andreyang_wprime_32m_core_i7_3770k_3sec_437ms