As part of the ROG series, the ASUS Maximus V Formula ThunderFX comes absolutely loaded for the most complete gaming and enthusiast experience possible. The ASUS Maximus V Formula leaves no aspect overlooked with the highest quality onboard components seen on a motherboard, and an audiophile class outboard sound card with headphone amp and multiple platform capabilities. At the heart of the Formula is the Z77 chipset, offering two each SATA 6G and 3G and four USB 3.0, with an ASMedia controller adding four additional SATA6G and USB 3.0 headers. The 8-Phase Extreme Digi II+ VRM gets a hybrid heatsink with heatpipe //and//liquid cooling capabilities to keep the board running cool. To further help this along, the Formula`s extremely rigid PCB is slightly oversized, allowing for better component spacing and heat dissipation. The Formula is 2-way SLI and 3-way CrossfireX ready, with PCIe slots spaced in order to give your multiple cards extra airflow. Should you be using the ThunderFX elsewhere, the Formula`s Supreme FX IV uses hyper-grounding along with audio specific ELNA caps to provide the best onboard audio that we have heard to date. The included mPCIe combo card comes with dual band WiFi/Bluetooth 4.0 preinstalled, and is ready to accept an mSATA component in the second slot. Rounding out the connectivity is an Intel Gigabyte LAN built onboard./"
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