Excerpt: It’s official: People who buy motherboards with mainstream chipsets such as the P45 don’t want to pay for DDR3. At least, that’s what it seems like to us. Asus’s impressive Maximus II Formula is the third P45-based board we’ve tested, and not one of them sports DDR3 slots. But that doesn’t take anything away from the MIIF, the coolest P45 board we’ve encountered.
Pros: Tons of SATA ports, some X-Fi support, an eye-pleasing color scheme.
Summary: Initially I had my doubts about the performance of the Asus Maximus II Formula. I thought that Asus's ROG - "Republic of Gamers" was nothing but a marketing ploy, a gimmick to entice gaming enthusiasts to buy their boards ... but how wrong was I. During our tests, the Asus Maximus II Formula produced excellent scores in all of our tests and benchmarks. In fact, it was one of the fastest P45 motherboard we tested to date.
Pros: - Uses Intel's aslready proven P45 chipset, - Supports DDR2 ram, - Excellent performance, - Good overclocking ability (with some tweaking), - Separate Creative X-Fi HD audio card, - LCD poster for diagnostic purposes, - Internal Power-on and Reset switches, - Lots of innovative features from Asus, - New Asus Extreme and EPU engines
Cons: - Pricey for a P45 motherboard, - May not suit everyone. It's very enthusiast.