ASUS ROG MAXIMUS IX FORMULA – User Review Introduction Helloooooo People!!!! Welcome to the wonderful world of High End Gaming motherboards. The Asus Maximus Formula series has always been one of the most well-appointed gaming boards you can buy. The Maximus IX is no exemption to this. The Maximus IX Formula is based on the Intel Z270 Chipset, which means it is suitable for the LGA 1151 Socket which support of the current 7th Generation Intel Core Processors, as well as the previous 6th gen Skylake processors. This is the second highest tier board in the ROG lineup, only surpassed by the soon to be released Maximus IX Extreme. Asus, as always have had a no-holds-barred approach with the ROG line, and the current Maximus IX Formula boasts many upgrades to suit even the most die-hard gamers and modders. Features include full Aura RGB lighting and connectivity, ROG Armour Back-plate and ABS front cover, Safeslot reinforced PCIe slots to provide extra strength for heavier GPUs. For the custom watercoolers, Asus have teamed up with EK to provide VRM cooling via their CrossChill EK II VRM block. Finalising the main visual upgrades is Asus new pre-mounted IO shied, to provide better strength, easier installation, looks better aesthetically and provides for safer electrical protection. Sound is also upgraded to the latest generation too, featuring the SupremeFX S1220 Codec with the special Asus touch to add to clarity. The software included is easy to use, and includes the new Sonic Radar III for those FPS gamers looking for that little extra edge. I could easily keep going with the inclusions here, but I will save any further for the photos. The list just keeps going! Let’s keep moving…….