Asus Maximus VIII Formula Z170 Socket 1151 HDMI DisplayPort 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

  • Intel Z170 Chipset
  • Intel Socket 1151
  • 8 Channel Audio
  • ATX Motherboard

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    Asus Maximus VIII Formula Z170 Socket 1151 HDMI DisplayPort 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard Product Description

    Perfect your build from cooling to colour

    LGA1151 socket for 6th-gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors.
    Dual DDR4 3733 (OC) support
    Best gaming cooling - CrossChill EK for both air and liquid cooling
    Best gaming lighting - Three-way RGB illumination, Aura 4-pin RGB-strip header & lighting control
    Best gaming audio - Reinvented SupremeFX 2015 with intuitive Sonic Studio II
    Best gaming performance - 5-Way Optimisation with Auto-Tuning, second-gen T-Topology, and OC-friendly design
    Best gaming networking - Best-in-class Intel® Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
    Best gaming protection - ROG Amor plus carefully-selected premium components for maximum durability
    Best gaming connectivity - 2x2 802.11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi, U.2 and M.2, plus Intel-powered USB 3.1 Type A+C
    ROG gives you more - More gaming-oriented utilities, all free!

    For almost a decade, Republic of Gamers (ROG) has delivered exemplary design and performance to thrill the world's best gamers and PC enthusiasts. But our work has only just begun. Maximus VIII Formula has been pumped up and packed to the brim with enhancements, so competitors be warned, gamers get set and enthusiasts prepare to push your limits - ROG is ready to accept all challenges!

    ROG teamed up with the cooling masters at EK Water Blocks to create CrossChill EK, an extreme-performance cooling block with a copper channel that's hungry for either air or liquid. CrossChill EK is the coolest choice for custom-chilled builds enabling quieter rigs that run great on air - and even better with water. With G1/4in threaded fittings CrossChill EK is a quick fit for your existing setup and, when you chill with liquid, you'll shrink MOSFET temperatures by up to 23˚C!



    Intel® Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
    Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU
    Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
    * The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types
    * Refer to Asus website for CPU support list


    Intel® Z170


    4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3500(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs
    * Refer to Asus website for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists)


    Integrated Graphics Processor
    Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports
    - Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
    - Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
    Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
    Supports Intel® InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™

    Multi-GPU Support

    Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
    Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology

    Expansion Slots

    2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, gray)
    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
    3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (black)


    Intel® Z170 chipset :
    1 x U.2 port, support PCIe 3.0 x4 NVM Express storage*
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)*
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
    2 x SATA Express port,
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports*2
    Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology*2
    ASMedia® ASM1061 controller : *3
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), black,


    Intel® I219V, Dual interconnect between the Integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)
    GameFirst technology
    Anti-surge LANGuard

    Wireless Data Network

    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
    Supports MU-MIMO


    Bluetooth V4.1


    ROG SupremeFX 2015 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel MIC Jack-retasking
    - SupremeFX Shielding Technology
    - ESS® ES9023P
    - 2VRMS Headphone Amp into (32-600Ohms)
    Audio Feature :
    - DTS Connect
    - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
    - Sonic SenseAmp
    - Sonic Studio II
    - Sonic Radar II

    USB Ports

    Intel® Z170 chipset :
    8 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at mid-board)
    Intel® Z170 chipset : *4
    4 x USB 2.0 port(s)
    Intel® USB 3.1 controller :
    2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, , Type-A + Type-C)
    ASMedia® USB 3.0 controller :
    2 x USB 3.0 port(s) (2 at back panel, blue)

    Overclocking Features

    CrossChill EK (Hybrid air and liquid cooling)
    ROG Armor (including top cover and SECC steel backplate)
    ROG RAMCache
    Start Button
    Reset Button
    ROG Aura
    - Aura Lighting Control
    - Aura RGB Strip Headers
    Extreme Engine Digi+ :
    - MicroFine Alloy Chokes
    - NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
    - 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
    Mem TweakIt
    KeyBot II
    - One-click Overclocking
    - X.M.P.
    - DirectKey
    - ClrCMOS
    - Power On
    UEFI BIOS features :
    - O.C. Profile
    - GPU.DIMM Post
    - Tweakers' Paradise
    - ROG SSD Secure Erase
    - Graphic Card Information Preview
    ROG RAMDisk

    Special Features

    OC Design - ASUS PRO Clock Technology
    - Full BCLK range for extreme overclocking performance
    5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
    - 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
    ASUS Wi-Fi GO!
    - Wi-Fi GO! Function: Cloud GO!, Media Streaming Hub, Smart Sensor Control, Remote Desktop, Remote Keyboard & Mouse, File Transfer, Capture & Send
    - Wi-Fi GO! & NFC Remote app for portable smartphone/tablet, supporting iOS 7 & Android 4.0 systems
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    - MemOK!
    - AI Suite 3
    - Ai Charger+
    - Anti-Surge
    - USB 3.1 Boost
    - Disk Unlocker
    - Mobo Connect
    - PC Cleaner
    Remote Entertainment
    - Media Streamer
    - HyStream
    ASUS Quiet Thermal Solution :
    - ASUS Fan Xpert 3
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    - ASUS EZ Flash 3
    - ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
    - Multi-language BIOS
    - Push Notice
    - Media Streamer
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-Shield
    - ASUS Q-Code
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    - ASUS Q-Connector

    Operating System Support

    Windows® 10 , 64bit
    Windows® 8.1 , 64bit
    Windows® 7 , 32bit/64bit

    Back I/O Ports

    1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    1 x USB 3.1 (red)Type-A
    1 x USB 3.1 (black)Type-C
    8 x USB 3.0 (blue)
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    5 x Audio jack(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
    2 x Wi-Fi antenna port(s)
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)

    Internal I/O

    1 x U.2 port
    1 x Aura RGB Strip Headers
    2 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 3.0 port(s)
    2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
    2 x SATA Express connector: , Compatible with 4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key design, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (Supports both SATA & PCIE SSD)
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
    4 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (4 -pin)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
    3 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
    1 x Power-on button(s)
    1 x Reset button(s)
    1 x Water Pump header (4-pin)
    1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
    1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
    1 x System panel connector


    User's manual
    I/O Shield
    8 x SATA power cable
    1 x ASUS 2-Way/3-Way SLI bridge
    1 x M.2 Screw Package
    1 x CPU installation tool
    1 x Supporting DVD
    1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n compliant)
    1 x Q-connector(s) (1 in 1)
    1 x 12 in 1 ROG Cable Label(s)
    ROG Fan Label
    1 x ROG Door Hanger(s)
    1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)


    1 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, F9 Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.


    WfM2.0, DMI3.0, WOL by PME, PXE

    Support Disc

    ROG GameFirst technology
    ROG RAMDisk
    ROG RAMCache
    ROG Mem TweakIt
    ROG Keybot II
    ROG Aura (Lighting Control)
    Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
    DAEMON Tools Pro Standard
    ASUS WebStorage
    ASUS Utilities

    Form Factor

    ATX Form Factor
    12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )


    *1 The The M.2 slot shares bandwidth with U.2 slot and SATA Express 1 slot
    *2 This function will work depending on the CPU installed
    *3 These SATA ports are for data hard drives only. ATAPI devices are not supported
    *4 2 x USB2.0 ports at mid-board shares with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port

    Asus Maximus VIII Formula Z170 Socket 1151 HDMI DisplayPort 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard Product Reviews

    Technical Specifications

    Expansion / Connectivity

    Storage Interfaces SATA-600 / PCIe 3.0 -connectors: 6 x 7pin Serial ATA, 1 x M.2, 2 x SATA Express port, 1 x U.2 port - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / RAID 10 / RAID 5 ¦ ASMedia ASM1061: SATA-600 -connectors: 2 x 7pin Serial ATA - 2 devices
    Expansion Slots 1 x CPU ¦ 4 x DIMM 288-pin ¦ 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ( dual x8 mode; single card: x16 mode ) ¦ 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 ( x4 mode ) ¦ 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1
    RAID Features Intel Rapid Storage Technology
    Interfaces 1 x HDMI ¦ 1 x DisplayPort ¦ 1 x LAN (Gigabit Ethernet) ¦ 1 x USB 3.1 ¦ 1 x USB-C ¦ 6 x USB 3.0 ¦ 1 x PS/2 keyboard / mouse ¦ 1 x audio line-in - mini-jack ¦ 1 x audio line-out - mini-jack ¦ 1 x microphone - mini-jack ¦ 1 x audio line-out (center/subwoofer) - mini-jack ¦ 1 x audio line-out (rear) - mini-jack ¦ 1 x TOSLINK
    Internal Interfaces 4 x USB 2.0 - header ¦ 4 x USB 3.0 - header ¦ 1 x audio - header
    Power Connectors 24-pin main power connector, 8-pin ATX12V connector


    Chipset Type Intel Z170
    Product Type Motherboard - ATX
    Processor Socket LGA1151 Socket
    Max Processors Qty 1
    Compatible Processors Pentium, Celeron, Core i5, Core i3, Core i7

    Supported RAM

    Max Size 64 GB
    Technology DDR4
    Bus Clock 2133 MHz, 2800 MHz (O.C.), 2666 MHz (O.C.), 2400 MHz (O.C.), 3000 MHz (O.C.), 3200 MHz (O.C.), 3300 MHz (O.C.), 3400 MHz (O.C.), 3466 MHz (O.C.), 3733 MHz (O.C.), 3600 MHz (O.C.), 3500 MHz (O.C.)
    Supported RAM Integrity Check Non-ECC
    Registered or Buffered Unbuffered
    Features Dual channel memory architecture, Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (XMP)


    Max Allocated RAM Size 512 MB


    Type HD Audio (8-channel)
    Audio Codec SupremeFX 2015
    Compliant Standards DTS Connect, High Definition Audio


    Network Controller Intel I219V
    Network Interfaces Bluetooth, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac


    BIOS Type AMI
    BIOS Features WfM 2.0 support, Multilingual BIOS, ASUS O.C. Profile, USB BIOS Flashback, UEFI BIOS, ACPI 5.0 support, ASUS EZ Flash 3, DMI 3.0 support, SMBIOS 3.0 support
    Sleep / Wake Up Wake on LAN (WOL), wake on PME
    Hardware Features Jack retasking, ASUS Anti-Surge Protection, MemOK!, ASUS Q-Design, ESD Guards, Q-DIMM, ASUS EZ DIY, Q-LED, Q-Slot, ASUS Extreme Engine Digi+, CrashFree BIOS 3, ASUS Q-Connector, audio jack detect technology, ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit), ASUS Q-Shield, Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) support, NVIDIA Quad SLI Technology Support, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, ASUS TPU (TurboV Processing Unit), GPU.DIMM Post, ASUS DIGI+ VRM, Intel Clear Video HD Technology, Intel Smart Response Technology, Q-Code, SupremeFX Shielding technology, AMD 3-way CrossFireX technology support, ASUS Wi-Fi GO!, Intel InTru 3D Technology, Intel Insider, Intel Quick Sync Video, Disk Unlocker, ASUS SSD Secure Erase, Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE), Clear CMOS Button, ROG Armor, NexFET, ASUS Fan Xpert 3, Dual Intelligent Processors 5, LANGuard, Sonic Radar II, Sonic SenseAmp, TrueVolt USB, USB 3.1 Boost, ASUS PRO Clock Technology, Water Cooling Ready Heatsink Design, Sonic Studio II, KeyBot II, Lighting Control, GameFirst IV, CrossChill EK


    Included Accessories ROG Door Hanger, cable labels, ASUS 2T2R Wi-Fi moving aerials, 1 x M.2 screw, I/O back cover, ROG fan stickers
    Cables Included 8 x Serial ATA cable ¦ 1 x 3-way SLI bridge ¦ 1 x SLI bridge
    Software Included Drivers & Utilities, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, ASUS AI Charger+, ROG CPU-Z, ROG GameFirst Utility, ROG Mem TweakIt Utility, DAEMON Tools Pro Standard, ASUS WebStorage, ASUS AI Suite III, ROG RAMDisk, ASUS Turbo App, Mobo Connect, PC Cleaner, Media Streamer, HyStream, ASUS RAMCache, Overwolf, ROG Aura
    Compliant Standards Plug and Play
    Width 30.5 cm
    Depth 24.4 cm

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