Intel Z270 EATX enthusiast motherboard with record-breaking performance, Aura Sync RGB LEDs, DDR4 4266MHz, DIMM.2 dual M.2 expansion card, and USB 3.1 Type-A/C
- LGA1151 socket: Ready for 7th / 6th Generation Intel® Core™ desktop processors
- Dual-channel DDR4 4266MHz+ (OC) supported
- Engineered for performance: Streamlined layout breaks all boundaries
- DIMM.2: Dual M.2 expansion card allows use of a memory fan to prevent throttling
- X-shaped PCB: Unique cutouts allow Aura Sync lighting to shine through
- Illuminated Customizable Nameplate: Your board, your insignia
- Aura Sync RGB LED: Stunning synchronized effects and two Aura 4-pin RGB-strip headers
- ROG Water Cooling Zone: Dominate your cooling system
- 3D Printing Friendly: Make it your own
- Made for great gaming: 5-Way Optimization, SupremeFX audio, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and LANGuard
- Best gaming durability: SafeSlot, SafeDIMM and premium components for maximum durability
MAXIMUS IX APEX BACK TO WHERE ROG BEGAN
The new ROG Maximus IX Apex delivers bold design and unparalleled power, hearkening back to the origins of the brand. With an optimized layout and radical aesthetics, the Apex is engineered to smash performance boundaries and to look good while doing it. That makes it the perfect motherboard for overclocking addicts who push their system to the limits, or for enthusiasts who want to build a showcase gaming rig!
Redefining the limits
Maximus IX Apex is a motherboard built for serious performance. The ROG R&D team redefined boundaries with the Apex design — elevating its overclocking potential to dizzying heights. Manufactured using some of the industry’s highest-quality components, the Apex features a convention-breaking two-slot memory design on EATX to enable a highly optimized trace layout that reduces crosstalk and improves signal integrity. The Apex has already surpassed performance peaks by setting multiple world records to achieve global first places, breaking several long-standing records in the process. Among these record-breaking performances is the best Intel© Core™ CPU-frequency since the X58 platform-based motherboards, with a single-core, single-thread frequency of 7.383GHz, and 7.328MHz at four cores and eight threads. The new board has also set a reference base-clock (BCLK) record at 584MHz, and a memory frequency surpassing 5GHz in single channel — turning in a breathtaking 5041MHz! In total, Maximus IX Apex has secured 8 WRs and 18 GFPs.
Overclocker’s Toolkit 12 HARDWARE-LEVEL CONTROLS
Maximus IX Apex includes an overclocker’s toolkit with a dozen hardware-level controls to aid your overclocking experience. The motherboard’s Dual BIOS allows you to experiment with different firmware versions and provides a path for recovery in case one becomes corrupt, and the onboard switch allows you to easily change between the first and second BIOS. The overclocker’s toolkit also includes a Pause switch to halt the system, DRAM jumpers for quick memory configuration, and four PCIe switches for quick slot toggling. Other tools include Safe Boot and ReTry buttons, an LN2 jumper to aid POST at sub-zero temperatures, and a Slow mode switch. Combined, they’re quick and easy time-savers designed to help you break more records!
- QLED – Four LEDs to show the current boot status.
- LN2 MODE JUMPER – Jumper to enable special options and functions for liquid-nitrogen (LN2) overclocking.
- SLOW MODE SWITCH* – Instantly reduces the CPU ratio to 8X to bypass finicky benchmark passages.
- PAUSE SWITCH* – Activate to pause the system and fine-tune OC parameters mid-benchmark
- RSVD SWITCH (CBS SWITCH)* – Helps the system boot under extreme temperatures (≦ -120°C).
- PCIE SWITCHES – Four switches to independently enable or disable any of the four x16-length PCIe slots, for easy debugging.
- DRAM JUMPERS – Two jumpers to enable or disable either of the DIMM channels.
- RETRY BUTTON – One press instantly initiates a hard reset.
- SAFE BOOT BUTTON – Instantly reset the PC and boot directly into a safe mode.
- PROBEIT – Check the voltage via integrated measurement points.
- MEMOK! – Instantly retune memory settings for a guaranteed boot.
- BIOS SWITCH (FOR DUAL BIOS) – Switch quickly and easily between BIOS one and two.
Specialized circuitry allows Maximus IX Apex to detect when condensation occurs on the back of the board. Divided into three distinct sections — CPU, DRAM and PCIe — the feature provides a useful warning when an area may be at risk of short-circuiting.
Extreme Engine Digi+
The dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 7th Generation Intel© processors is what allowed Apex to set an overclocked BCLK frequency record of 584MHz*. This custom solution works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control — providing an exciting new way to boost performance to extreme heights. And, of course, Maximus IX Apex includes Extreme Engine Digi+ — ROG’s revered digital power controller. With Texas Instruments NexFET™ MOSFETs, and with MicroFine alloy chokes, the Digi+ PWM controller with 10K black metallic capacitors and Extreme Engine Digi+ technology always delivers consistently stable power.
Maximus IX Apex’s exclusive DIMM.2 module is a bundled expansion card that allows two M.2 drives to be connected via a DDR4 interface. You can then add a memory fan to direct cool air to the M.2 drives to prevent throttling, ensuring maximum performance.
OS: Win 10 Pro 64-bit│CPU: Intel Core™ Core i7 7700K│Motherboard: Maximus IX Apex│GPU: 2 x AMD 6990 running CrossFire│Test Drive: Samsung 950 Pro 512GB│Memory: 4 x HyperX FURY DDR4-2133 4GB│Memory Cooler: Corsair Dominator Memory Cooler│Chassis: In Win Standard ATX case│Software: IOMeter 1.1.0 (performance benchmark)
Dual PCIex4 Gen 3 M.2
Maximus IX Apex features the DIMM.2 module which allows two NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 drives to be installed in RAID configurations for great performance. Add a third device to your RAID array via the PCH-side PCIe x16 slot and enjoy the world’s fastest data transfer speeds on the Intel 7th Gen platform!
The F-117 stealth fighter-inspired heatsink features sharp, chiseled edges and flat surfaces for serious visual impact.
Use the bundled DIY kit to customize your nameplate, and the new text or logo will illuminate with Aura Sync lighting.
Aura lighting control
Customize LED effects with intuitive ASUS Aura Sync lighting-control software. Aura allows you to cast a stunning multi-color glow across your build via the ROG Maximus IX Apex’s brilliant built-in RGB LEDs or attached RGB strips via the two onboard 4-pin headers. Fire up ASUS Aura and enjoy the creative freedom of nine lighting schemes ─ and watch all of the lights on your rig glow in perfect synchronization!
Outshine the competition
ASUS Aura Sync technology is the control hub for bringing your Maximus IX Apex illumination ambitions to life. With Aura Sync, it’s easy to synchronize incredible lighting effects between compatible components, including RGB LED strips, graphics cards, keyboards and even mice! Change all LEDs in unison or employ dynamic modes to flow the illumination effects smoothly across all synchronized devices.
ROG WATERCOOLING ZONE
ROG’s innovative Water-Cooling Zone lets you monitor your cooling system like never before. ROG Water-Cooling Zone’s dual water-temperature headers and flow-rate header feed information straight into ROG’s intuitive Fan Xpert 4 utility ─ so you can stay on top of the heat and stay cool in every game!
Make it your own
ASUS is the first motherboard manufacturer to support 3D printing, making it easy to customize your motherboard’s appearance and improve system performance with a range of printable parts.
Make your custom PC components stand out from the competition with 3D-printed accessories.
2-WAY SLI HB BRIDGE COVER
Clip the cover onto the PCB SLI HB bridge to add style to your build. Multiple form factors — EATX, ATX and mATX — are available.
Add some style to your build.
Keep cables organized with the multi-connector design. 3D design files are available for 24-pin, 8-pin, 8 + 6-pin, 6-pin and 4-pin PSU connectors.
Use ROG font files to print letters — then fully customize your build by adding your name or any other word or phrase!
Print a 3D keychain and show your ROG passion to the world!
One-click overclocking and cooling
You don’t need to be an expert to max out gaming performance on your ROG Maximus IX Apex build — because 5-Way Optimization sorts all the complex settings with a click, for instant, highly controllable performance boosts! Exclusive ROG technology dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system, based on real-time use — so you get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and networking settings that are tailored for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, and productivity!
- Games run swiftly and smoothly with high-performance and prioritized bandwidth.
- Fans stay whisper-quiet for everydaay computing, and ensure extreme cooling efficiency whehen gaming.
- Stutter is eliminated for smooth-running apps, even under heavy loads.
- Energy waste is reduced so you’ll save money and the earth.
COOLER BY DESIGN
Play quieter and cooler with advanced fan and water-pump controls for the ultimate in undisturbed gaming. With onboard thermal sensors and hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode detection, Fan Xpert 4 makes sure every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and low noise ─ so you enjoy all the performance you demand with none of the racket!
INSTANT CPU PERFORMANCE BOOST
Crank up your PC instantly with the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility! The TurboV Processing Unit offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for the CPU and the graphics card, enabling the freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance and maximize the potential of your graphics card*
ALL-ROUND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
With the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) you’ll enjoy real-time, system-wide power savings — for gaming kicks that won’t cost the earth! EPU automatically detects and adjusts power consumption according to your rig’s needs, so you save money without compromising on thrills. EPU will also reduce CPU wattage to a set level and deliver even more savings with Away mode, creating an extreme energy-saving scenario that shuts down unused I/O controllers and reduces the power consumption of the graphics card. That means full power for your gameplay and then total energy efficiency when you step away!
PRECISE DIGITAL POWER CONTROL
To go faster than fast you need ultra-accurate power control — so ROG Maximus IX Apex is kitted out with ASUS Digi+ Power Control for maxed-out overclocking potential, enhanced system stability and superb power efficiency. Digi+ Power Control is the industry’s leading digital power controller and it’s fully compliant with Intel specifications, for smoother, safer power.
GAME FASTER, RANK HIGHER
ASUS Turbo App is the intuitive tuning panel to boost everything to secure your victory in your favorite titles! Overclock your CPU and prioritize game data across your network. History is written by the victors, so don’t go to war without Turbo App.
Intel® for 7th/6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU
* The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
2 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR4 4266(O.C.)/4133(O.C.)/4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3800(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3500(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
* Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs.
Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support
Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB
- Multi-GPU Support
Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX Technology
- Expansion Slots
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, gray)
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode, gray)
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1 (black)
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
Intel® Z270 Chipset :
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready *1
Intel® I219V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
ASUS LAN Guard
Dual interconnect between the integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and physical layer (PHY)
ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A*2
- Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
- ESS® ES9023P
Audio Feature :
- SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
- USB Ports
Intel® Z270 Chipset :
8 x USB 3.0 port(s)
Intel® Z270 Chipset : *3
6 x USB 2.0 port(s)
ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller :
2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, , Type-A + Type-C)
- ROG Exclusive Features
ROG RAMCache II
Safe Boot Button
- Aura Lighting Control
- Aura RGB Strip Headers
Extreme Engine Digi+ :
- MicroFine Alloy Chokes
- NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
- 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
UEFI BIOS features :
- Special Features
5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5
- Aura Lighting Control
- Aura RGB Strip Headers
- Aura Lighting Effects Synchronization with compatible ASUS ROG devices
ASUS Exclusive Features :
- AI Suite 3
ASUS EZ DIY :
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 3
- ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
ASUS Q-Design :
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Code
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-Connector
Gaming Aesthetics :
- 3D printing friendly
- AURA-RGB Lighting
Performance Optimization :
- Fan Xpert 4 featuring Fan Auto Tuning function and multiple thermistors selection for optimized system cooling control
- Back I/O Ports
1 x PS/2 keyboard (purple)
1 x PS/2 mouse (green)
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
2 x USB 3.1 ()Type-A + Type-C
6 x USB 3.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
5 x Gold-plated audio jacks
- Internal I/O Ports
1 x AAFP connector
2 x RGB Header(s)
1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
2 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
9 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
1 x EZ Plug connector(s) (4-pin Molex power connector)
2 x DRAM channel jumper
1 x Reset button(s)
1 x BIOS Switch button(s)
1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
1 x Safe Boot button
1 x ReTry button
1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector
1 x Slow Mode jumper(s)
1 x W_Pump+ Header
1 x AIO PUMP Header
1 x 3D Mount screw port(s)
1 x W_IN header
1 x W_OUT header
1 x W_FLOW header
2 x Thermal sensor connector
1 x Start button
1 x DIMM.2 Slot supports 2 M.2 drives (2242-22110)
3 x 4-pin Full Speed Fan connectors
1 x MemOK! Button
1 x PCIe x16 Lane Switch
3 x onboard LED ON/OFF jumper(s)
1 x PAUSE Switch
1 x RSVD Switch
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x M.2 Screw Package
1 x Supporting DVD
1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-L)
1 x Q-Connector
1 x 10-in-1 ROG cable label
1 x DIMM.2 extension card with 2 x M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
1 x ROG Logo Sticker(s)
1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
1 x 3D printing mount package
1 x ROG coaster(s)
1 x Customizable Name Plate Accessory Pack
- Operating System
Windows® 10 64-bit
Windows® 8.1 64-bit *4
Windows® 7 32-bit *4
Windows® 7 64-bit *4
- Form Factor
Extended ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 10.7 inch ( 30.5 cm x 27.2 cm )
*1 Intel® Optane Technology only supported when using 7th Generation Intel® Processors. Before using Intel® Optane memory modules, ensure that you have updated your motherboard drivers and BIOS to the latest version from ASUS support website.
*2 Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-bit/192kHz is not supported for 8-Channel audio and due to Windows 7 limitations, 32-bit playback is unavailable for Windows 7.
*3 2 x USB2.0 port at mid-board share with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port.
*4 Windows® 8.1 64-bit and Windows® 7 32/64-bit are only supported when using 6th Generation Intel® Processors