ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA LGA1200 Motherboard Review

Looks the same, feels different, but still a good board, just not as good as the one before


Test Setup: Intel “10th-Gen”
Processor Intel Core i9-10900K, Intel Core i7-10700K (both engineering samples)
Motherboard ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA
RAM Gskill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 32GB (8GB)x4 CL16
VGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
Storage Seagate FireCuda 510 1TB
Power Supply Seasonic Platinum 1050w

Test Setup: Intel “9th-Gen”
Processor Intel Core i9-9900K, Intel Core i7-9700K
Motherboard ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XI EXTREME
RAM Gskill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 32GB (8GB)x4 CL16
VGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
Storage Seagate FireCuda 510 1TB
Power Supply Seasonic Platinum 1050w
Test Setup: AMD
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Motherboard ASUS PRIME X570
RAM Gskill TridentZ RGB DDR4-3600 32GB (8GB)x4 CL16
VGA NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
Storage Seagate FireCuda 510 1TB
Power Supply Seasonic P1000 Platinum 1000w

Cooler: ROG Ryujin 360mm AIO Cooler

Monitor: ROG PG27UQ 4K 144hz HDR10 Gsync Monitor

All tests are performed in an open bench with ambient room temperature kept at 35*C (Because its summer in the Philippines.)

Motherboards are updated to the latest BIOS during time of testing kept at their out-of-box settings aside from XMP frequencies when running stock benchmarks.

As many already know, most motherboards will have varying frequency multipliers and this may affect performance overall. As this is part of their out of the box configuration we see it fit to use them as is. All data presented here in are with the default motherboard settings for stock performance. Overclocked performance will be indicated where needed. For non-Z series motherboards, all benchmarks are performed on DDR4-2133 default settings.

As always, we’ll let the numbers do the talking.

Best Practices

  • Same thermal paste and same application method used on all cooler mounting. A pre-benchmark stress test is performed to let the TIM settle. We use Noctua NT-H1 for all our testing.
  • A fresh install of Windows 10 Pro is used for every sample testing. The OS image contains all benchmarks and games. Drivers are installed after image is installed.
  • An average of 3 benchmark runs is used for test sampling.

Benchmarks Used

  • Maxon Cinebench R20 – Multi-threaded CPU benchmark
  • Blender 3D – BMW 2.7 CPU Render benchmark
  • POV-Ray 3.7.1 – Multi-threaded Render benchmark
  • HWBot x265 – 4K x265 CPU encoding benchmark
  • 7zip Benchmark – a compression benchmark
  • wPrime 1024M – multi-threaded prime benchmark
  • SuperPI 32M – single-threaded prime benchmark
  • PugetBench for Photoshop – an Adobe Photoshop benchmark developed by PugetSystems
  • Adobe Media Encoder – an encoding benchmark
  • Corona Bench 1.3 – a rendering benchmark
  • V-ray 4.10.07 – a raytracing benchmark
  • 3DMark Time Spy – a DirectX12 gaming benchmark
  • 3DMark Fire Strike – a DirectX 11 gaming benchmark
  • PCMark10 Extended – a complete system benchmark
  • PCMark10 Digital Content Creation – the content creator sub-score from the Extended test

Other Software

  • Latest LAN Speed Test via LST Server
  • Latest AIDA64 (Stress Test) -or-
  • Prime95 26.6 non-AVX version – Custom 12K (Stress Test)
  • Latest CPU-Z
  • Latest GPU-Z
  • Latest HWnfo 64-bit

Test OS Environment

  • Windows 10 Pro 1909
  • Latest NVIDIA GeForce Game-Ready drivers
  • Latest AMD Chipset/Radeon drivers (when applicable, AMD boards)
  • Latest DirectX end-user runtime

Measuring Equipment:

  • Flir One USB Thermal Camera via Thermal Imaging+ app
  • HP-9800 AC wattmeter with USB interface for app logging
  • Sound level meter

Network Hardware

  • ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Router

We would like to thank the following for our reviews:

Thanks to UL Benchmarks for providing access to their benchmarks for our reviews.

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