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Maximus VIII Formula

The Maximus VIII Formula is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1151 socket.

It has 4 GB DDR4 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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Maximus VIII Formula

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1151help iconGraphics Card InterfaceNot sure
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconSLI Support3 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetIntel Z170help iconCrossfire Support3 graphics cards
help iconRelease Date05 Jan 2016help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 3 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x4 v3.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v3.0
help iconMax RAM4 GB DDR4help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots4 x DDR4help iconSATA 2.00
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR4 2133 MHz
  • DDR4 2400 MHz
  • DDR4 2666 MHz
  • DDR4 2800 MHz
  • DDR4 3000 MHz
  • DDR4 3200 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots2help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 4 x fan header
  • System Panel Connection
help iconUSB 3.0 Internal2help iconBack Panel I/O
  • Display Port">Display Port
  • Line In Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
help iconUSB 3.0 Rear8

Maximus VIII Formula compatibility review

The Maximus VIII Formula uses the Intel LGA 1151 CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR4 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 3200 MHz, and 0 DDR4 slots allowing for a maximum total of 4 GB RAM.

Released on 05 Jan 2016, the Maximus VIII Formula is over 1 year old, meaning while it is probably beginning to look old compared to newer motherboards, manufacturer support should still be readily available.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the Maximus VIII Formula should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The Maximus VIII Formula does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of Not sure, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Maximus VIII Formula's Not sure. The Maximus VIII Formula supports up to 3 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards or up to 3 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

The Maximus VIII Formula has 2 USB 2.0 slots and 10 USB 3.0 slots. USB 3.0 slots are theoretically capable of data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is over 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 top speed of 480 Mbit/s. Although USB 2.0 slots alone currently serve as well as ever, an upgrade would better future-proof your system as more USB 3.0 compatible peripherals emerge. USB 3.0 is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, which means you do not even have to use the newer slot functionality if you do not wish to.

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