Overclocking and Conclusion


To give a feel for the overclocking performance potential of the Maximus VIII Formula motherboard, we attempted to push it to known CPU-supported performance parameters with minimal tweaking. The board was able to hit a maximum base clock speed of 267MHz with a CPU speed of 4.5GHz, a matching 4.5GHz ring bus speed, and a 2490MHz memory speed. With the base clock rolled back to 167MHz, we were able to push the CPU to 4.67GHz with a 4.5GHz ring bus and 3340Mhz memory speeds. With the base clock rolled back to its stock 100Mhz speed, we pushed the CPU to 4.6GHz with a 4.5GHz ring bus and 3333MHz memory speeds. The memory has run faster in other boards, but wouldn't go much above 3340Mhz in this board. All overclocking sessions remained stable for over 4hrs. System stability was tested running the AIDA64 stability test in conjunction with EVGA's OC Scanner X graphical benchmark running at 1280×1024 resolution and 8x MSAA in stress test mode. Note that 16GB (2 x 8GB) of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2666 and 16GB (4 x 4GB) of Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3200 memory modules were used for the overclocking tests.

267MHz Base Clock Stats

167MHz Base Clock Stats

100MHz Base Clock Stats with 3333MHz Memory

Note that this is is meant only as a quick preview of the board's performance potential. With more time to tweak the settings to a greater extent, pushing to a higher base clock and ring bus speed may have been achievable, in addition to an overnight stability run without issue.


The Maximus VIII Formula motherboard performed well at both stock and overclocked speeds with no oddities seen in testing. Its peripherals and subsystems all performed well within spec as well.


As of September 02, the ASUS Maximus VIII Formula motherboard was available at Amazon.com for $369.00 with Prime shipping. The board was also available from Newegg.com for $364.07 and from B&H for $369.00.


There's really only one word that describes ASUS' Maximus VIII Formula board – fierce. ASUS was able to take a winning design with their Formula and improve it to the point of perfection. The board's aesthetics and features are a well-balanced synthesis meant to appeal to a wide variety of enthusiasts and gamers alike. The over-engineered design and overclocking tools integrated give enough tools to hang with just about any board out there, while the RGB LEDs, redesigned aesthetics, and stellar integrated sound system are enough to satisfy any gamer. Further, setting up and overclocking the board were an exercise in simplicity, making for a well-rounded experience out of the box. The true feather in the board's cap was in the integration of the EK VRM liquid cooler, giving any liquid-cooling enthusiast a basis from which to build an exquisite cooling solution.


  • Stock performance
  • Overclocking performance
  • Board aesthetics, layout, and design
  • Motherboard manual details and quality
  • UEFI BIOS design and usability
  • Intel GigE network controller performance
  • CMOS battery placement
  • M.2 port placement
  • EK designed VRM hybrid cooling solution
  • Configurable RGB LEDs


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