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ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA LGA1200 Motherboard Review

There’s a whole lot of shroud in this board and pretty much 90% of the surface area is covered in that shroud. the M12F also has a large backplate at the back and a M.2 slot as well. As mentioned, this board hide’s a lot behind a shroud but surprisingly, majority of the headers are all accessible without the need to remove the shroud. Also notice the mirror gloss on the shroud which is a nice touch but being a fingerprint magnet, I’m not really too keen on that.

ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA (Z490) LGA1200 Motherboard

The Maximus XII Formula shares the same 16-phase power delivery design like the Maximus XII Extreme, making them much more alike. This 16-phase is built on the same teaming principle that ASUS used on the Maximus XI but was met with confusion as to what it really is. Dr. Albert Chang from ASUS explained this in-detail during COMPUTEX 2019 and sheds a lot of light what ASUS is going down that path despite the marketing challenges it creates.

ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA (Z490) LGA1200 Motherboard

This VRM is cooled by a EKWB water-channel/heatsink block which has always been a signature and welcome touch.


ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA (Z490) LGA1200 Motherboard

The board supports up to DDR4-4800 and should handle double-density modules on all four slots on higher frequencies.

ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA (Z490) LGA1200 Motherboard
ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA (Z490) LGA1200 Motherboard


ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA (Z490) LGA1200 Motherboard

The bottom area of the shroud hides two M.2 slots which is perfectly-placed.

ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA (Z490) LGA1200 Motherboard

Lights on the board are a bit more subdued with the OLED LiveDash being the most visible light on this board.

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  1. Hmm, why is it though performing worse in certain benchmarks? May this also be due to bios version and could still be improved?

  2. This is explained in the Behavior page: https://www.back2gaming.com/reviews/b2g-hardware/hw-components/cpu-mobo/rog-maximus-xii-formula-lga1200-motherboard-review/7/#split_content

    Basically out-of-box settings for ROG uses default Intel behavior with MCE disable so only runs at 120W TDP vs AORUS running at 250W TDP or basically near 5Ghz vs 4.4Ghz or so ROG/Stock

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