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Review: ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Formula Gaming Motherboard

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ASUS released a lineup of new and refreshed ROG Z790 motherboards to coincide with the launch of Intel 14th Gen Raptor Lake Refresh desktop CPUs. We reviewed the ASUS TUF Gaming Z790-Pro WiFi Motherboard a week ago, and today, we are taking a look at the ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Formula.

The ROG Maximus Z790 Formula is the ultimate motherboard, boasting a stunning Moonlight White design. Beyond its eye-catching appearance, it offers a boatload of features such as the exclusive HybridChill VRM cooling system for 14th-gen Intel processors, and advanced DDR5 settings. You also get multiple PCIe 5.0 slots for graphics cards and storage, rapid Intel Wi-Fi 7 networking, and extensive customisable ARGB lighting, ensuring whatever you build with this thing, is premium.

In terms of specifications, the ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Formula maintains its ATX form factor and incorporates a dual 8-pin CPU power connector setup. The VRM Configuration is 20+1+2(Core+GT+VCCIN) and backed up by a 10-phase supply count with 105A and 70A power stages.

The motherboard provides four DDR5 DIMM slots capable of supporting speeds exceeding 8000 MT/s and capacities of up to 192GB. The motherboard features a white shield covering its entire front, which also houses the M.2 heatsinks beneath it. Memory compatibility is a breeze with the Z790 Formula.

All XMP-certified kits can effortlessly reach their advertised speeds, as rigorous internal tests have verified these assertions. ASUS has also introduced a novel feature called DIMM Flex. DIMM Flex utilises an onboard thermal sensor located at the rear of the motherboard, beneath the memory slots, along with a microcontroller to continuously monitor temperature and dynamically optimise the memory refresh rate, providing an on-the-fly performance boost.

Regarding expansion options, the board includes two PCIe x16 slots and a diverse range of I/O ports, such as support for WIFI 7. You also get two Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 10 Gbps Type-C port, 5 GbE LAN, numerous USB 3.2 ports, and BIOS Flashback/Clear CMOS switches.

Other features of the motherboard include AI Overclocking, 2-inch Livedash OLED, AI Cooling II, and other bells and whistles. There are dual procool II power connectors, 20+1+2 power stages, and the motherboard comes with the Intel LGA 1700 socket that takes in 14th and 13th Gen Intel Core Processors, 12th Gen Intel Core processors, and Pentium Gold and Celeron processors.

In terms of I/O connectivity, you again get a boatload. The motherboard comes with one HDMI port, four USB 5Gbps Type-A ports, two Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C ports, a Realtek 5Gb Ethernet port, six USB 10Gbps ports (five Type-A and one USB Type-C), Intel Wi-Fi 7, Optical S/PDIF Out, five gold-plated audio jacks, one USB 20Gbps USB Type-C front panel connector, and four SATA 6GB/S connectors.

Inside the package, in addition to the motherboard, cables, and other accessories, you’ll find an ASUS WiFi Q-Antenna. This antenna is equipped with dual transceivers, which provide support for the 2.4, 5, and 6 GHz bands, enhancing throughput speed. It also offers directional sensitivity to boost signal quality and expand coverage over longer distances.

Undoubtedly, the ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Formula is an exceptional and distinct motherboard. With its remarkable features and capabilities, I believe it will become a top choice for both enthusiasts and gamers in their feature builds. The ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Formula is currently available at a price of AED 3070.

Price: AED 3070

ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Formula Gaming Motherboard AED 3070
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Beyond its eye-catching appearance, it offers a boatload of features such as the exclusive HybridChill VRM cooling system for 14th-gen Intel processors, and advanced DDR5 settings.

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Cooler Master Debuts LCD-Sporting MasterLiquid 360 Ion Cooler

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Cooler Master, a renowned name in PC components, today unveiled the MasterLiquid 360 Ion, its most advanced all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooler. The MasterLiquid 360 Ion boasts several groundbreaking features, including the first-ever LCD integrated into an AIO cooler. This flagship cooler promises exceptional cooling performance for even the most demanding PCs. Here’s a closer look at what sets it apart:

  1. Pioneering LCD Display: The MasterLiquid 360 Ion features a unique 2.1-inch IPS LCD screen embedded directly into the pump. This display is fully customizable using Cooler Master’s MasterCTRL software, allowing users to monitor system vitals like CPU temperature, or showcase personalized graphics and animations.
  2. Dual-Chamber Cooling Power: The MasterLiquid 360 Ion utilizes Cooler Master’s Gen X Dual Chamber Design, which optimizes thermal efficiency by separating the hot and cold coolant channels for improved heat dissipation.
  3. Unmatched Cooling Performance: Three Mobius 120P ARGB fans are included with the cooler, delivering exceptional airflow and keeping your system cool under pressure.
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  5. Simplified Installation: Cooler Master streamlines the installation process with pre-attached Mobius 120P ARGB fans and a user-friendly bracket design.

The MasterLiquid 360 Ion marks a significant leap forward in AIO cooler technology. Its innovative features and emphasis on user customization make it a compelling choice for PC enthusiasts seeking peak performance and a touch of personalized style in their builds.

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CORSAIR Debuts Daisy-Chainable RS Series Fans

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CORSAIR has launched its latest line of cooling fans today – the RS Series. Designed for both seasoned PC builders and newcomers, the RS Series promises impressive cooling performance with a focus on ease of use and affordability. The RS Series boasts a streamlined design that simplifies installation. The fans connect in a daisy-chain fashion, requiring only a single 4-pin PWM connector to your motherboard. This eliminates cable clutter and keeps your build looking clean.

For those who prefer a touch of visual flair, the RS ARGB version offers addressable RGB lighting that plugs into a single +5V ARGB header on your motherboard. Both versions feature Zero RPM Mode, which keeps the fans silent during low-load situations. The RS Series incorporates CORSAIR AirGuide Technology, which channels airflow precisely towards critical components. Additionally, the fans utilize magnetic dome bearings, known for minimizing noise and friction while ensuring a long lifespan.

The RS Series comes in 120mm and 140mm sizes, available in black or white to match your build’s aesthetics. Whether you’re a seasoned enthusiast or building your first PC, there’s an RS fan to meet your needs. RS and RS ARGB fans are available now in single and multi-fan packs from the CORSAIR webstore and authorized retailers worldwide. The fans are backed by a two-year warranty and CORSAIR’s customer service and technical support network.

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CORSAIR Launches LX RGB Fans

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CORSAIR has launched the LX RGB Series of cooling fans, the latest addition to the acclaimed iCUE LINK ecosystem. Proving that amazing lighting and high-performance cooling are not mutually exclusive, the LX RGB Series redefines the expectations of PC enthusiasts – and thanks to iCUE LINK, makes building and connecting your masterpiece easy and convenient. Available in 120mm and 140mm sizes, in your choice of black or white to match the aesthetic of your build, each LX RGB fan features 18 individually addressable RGB LEDs spread across an inner and outer light loop, creating spectacular, fully customizable lighting effects – including the iCUE LINK-exclusive Time Warp mode that creates mesmerizing optical illusions.

All of this is made possible by the new and improved iCUE 5 software, making it easier than ever before to customize and switch between lighting effects or synchronize them with your games. These great looks are backed up by rigorous engineering and meticulous testing to deliver strong, efficient cooling to match. A combination of high airflow, reaching PWM-controlled speeds up to 2,400 RPM, and high static pressure make LX RGB fans well suited for use as case fans or attached to radiators. CORSAIR AirGuide Technology, with its anti-vortex vanes, also focus airflow direction to move air more efficiently through your case.

Moreover, the LX RGB Series is designed for quiet operation, with Magnetic Dome bearings minimizing friction to ensure low noise and superior longevity. Zero RPM Mode completely eliminates fan noise at low loads, with the fans spinning up only when your system demands it. Installation is made effortless with CORSAIR’s innovative one-twist QuikTurn screws, empowering you to install a full set of fans in seconds, saving both time and effort. iCUE LINK bridge connectors included with the fans let you stack them directly together to create a seamless bank of fans with no intervening wires, making installation even easier.

With the LX RGB Series, CORSAIR continues to push the boundaries of PC cooling and aesthetics with a powerful one-two punch of brilliant lighting and exceptional cooling. The LX RGB Series is available now in multi-fan Starter Kits with an iCUE LINK System Hub or single fan Expansion Kits from the CORSAIR webstore and the CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

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