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ASUS ROG Maximus X Formula Motherboard Review

ATTO Disk Benchmark

The ATTO disk benchmark is a Windows-based utility for testing storage performance of any storage drive or controller. We use the default benchmark setup.

M.2 PCIe Performance

For M.2 testing we use a Toshiba OCZ RD400 256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD.

M.2 performance was the maximum the drive was capable of and thermal throttling was prevented by the thermal cooling solution. After ten minutes of constant ATTO load we still weren’t able to hit the throttling threshold of the Toshiba RD400.

USB Performance

We test USB 3.0 and 3.1 performance using a pair of Transcend SSD370S 512GB SSDs in RAID 0 connected to an Icy Box RD2253-U31 2-bay USB 3.1 enclosure powered by an ASMedia ASM1352R controller.

USB 3.1 and 3.0 performance were consistent with what we’ve seen from other X299 and Z370 motherboards running the same tests.

SATA 6Gbps Performance

For SATA 6Gbps testing we use an OCZ Trion 150 480GB SSD.

SATA performance was standard-fare.

Audio

Rightmark Audio Analyser is a freeware benchmarking utility designed to objectively test the performance characteristics of audio solutions. We setup a line-in line-out loop and execute the record/playback test before generating the results report you see below. A sampling mode of 24-bit, 192 kHz is tested where available. If unavailable the closest alternative operating mode available is used and clearly marked.

Audio performance is representative of a well-executed implementation of the Realtek ALC1220 codec. Maximus X Formula owners will be happy with the quality of the audio provided especially with the benefits of the Sabre ESS DAC and Texas Instruments operational amplifier.

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