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 Shop Modal header SPEC OVERVIEW REDEFINING THE LIMITS MEMORY OVERCLOCKING REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN ASUS AURA SYNC ROG WATERCOOLING ZONE 3D PRINTING FRIENDLY OPTIMAL GAMING BEST GAMING PROTECTION ROG GIVE YOU MORE Spec Overview REDEFINING THE LIMITS Memory Overclocking Revolutionary Design ASUS Aura Sync ROG Watercooling Zone 3D Printing Friendly Optimal Gaming Best Gaming Protection ROG Gives You More 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! **The CES Innovation Awards are based upon descriptive materials submitted to the judges. CTA did not verify the accuracy of any submission or of any claims made and did not test the item to which the award was given. Performance Enthusiast Gaming Enthusiast Style Enthusiast 1 ClrCMOS BIOS Flashback 2 1 x PS/2 mouse port 1 x PS/2 keyboard port 3 1 x HDMI 1.4b 1 x DisplayPort1.2 4 8 x USB 3.0 ports (2 @ mid-board) 5 Intel I219-V LANGuard USB 3.1 Type-A + Type-C 6 5 x Gold-plated audio jacks 1 x S/PDIF optical out 7 Multi-GPU SLI / CFX support 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (CPU) 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots (PCH) 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (PCH) 8 Illuminated customizable nameplate 9 SupremeFX 1220A CODEC ・ Impedance sense for front and rear ・ 120dB SNR stereo playback output ・ 113dB SNR recording input 10 Full Speed Fan headers 11 2 x AURA 4-pin RGB headers 12 Overclocking Features ・ Q-Code ・ Multicolored Q-LED ・ LN2 mode ・ Condensation detect LEDs ・ Slow mode switch ・ Pause switch ・ RSVD (CBB switch) ・ ReTry button ・ Safe Boot button ・ MemOK! button ・ ProbeIt ・ PCIe slot switch ・ DRAM jumpers 13 3D-printing mount 14 Intel LGA1151 for 7th & 6th gen processors 15 DIMM.2 socket ・ 1 x M.2 2230~22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 + SATA) ・ 1 x M.2 2230~22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4) 16 DDR4 4266MHz+ (OC) ・ 2 DIMM Dual Channel ・ XMP support ・ SafeDIMM slots 17 4 x SATA 6G ports 18 Intel Z270 chipset ROG LOGO RGB LED 19 W_IN/OUT, W_Flow headers 20 6 x USB 2.0 ports (6 @ mid-board) 21 X-shaped PCB 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. *All world records and global first places were verified on January 25, 2017, and are recorded at HWBOT.org. BUILT TO WIN BCLK 584 Mhz 8 World Records 18 Global First Places 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! 1 QLED Four LEDs to show the current boot status. 2 LN2 mode jumper Jumper to enable special options and functions for liquid-nitrogen (LN2) overclocking. 3 Slow mode switch* Instantly reduces the CPU ratio to 8X to bypass finicky benchmark passages. 4 Pause switch* Activate to pause the system and fine-tune OC parameters mid-benchmark. 5 RSVD Switch (CBB Switch)* Helps the system boot under extreme temperatures (≦ -120°C). 6 PCIe switches Four switches to independently enable or disable any of the four x16-length PCIe slots, for easy debugging. 7 DRAM jumpers Two jumpers to enable or disable either of the DIMM channels. 8 ReTry button One press instantly initiates a hard reset. 9 Safe Boot Button Instantly reset the PC and boot directly into a safe mode. 10 ProbeIt Check the voltage via integrated measurement points. 11 MemOK! Instantly retune memory settings for a guaranteed boot. 12 BIOS switch (for Dual BIOS) Switch quickly and easily between BIOS one and two. *Slow mode, Pause and RSVD switches require that LN2 mode is enabled Condensation detection 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. CPU LED Flashes when condensation is detected near the CPU. DRAM LED Flashes when condensation is detected near the DRAM. PCIE LED Flashes when condensation is detected near the PCIe. best gaming performance Bar-raising memory overclocking ROG engineers adopted a two-slot memory design on an EATX motherboard, enabling a highly optimized layout for memory trace paths to minimize noise and improve signal integrity while allowing DDR4 overclocking to 4266MHz and beyond. ROG also works with all the major DDR4 memory vendors to ensure the best compatibility and real-world performance. But don't take our word for it — see what Corsair and G.Skill have to say about Apex's overclocking credentials! The ROG team has raised the bar once again on memory overclocking with its latest 7th Gen Intel Core motherboard. Maximus IX Apex has enabled Corsair to showcase our Vengeance RGB DDR4 8GBx2 kit running at an impressive 4266MHz speed at CES 2017.Thi La – Chief Operating Officer —— Corsair Over the years, G.Skill has always worked closely with ASUS and ROG to develop the highest-performance products for every new platform generation. With the extreme memory-overclocking capability of the ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard, we are able to develop the fastest DDR4 16GB 8GBx2 memory kit up to 4266MHz with rock-solid reliability — and extreme performance for the 7th Gen Intel Core processors. Tequila Huang — Corporate Vice President —— G.Skill ASUS Pro Clock technology with 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. BCLK Range (MHz) CPU Frequency * Base-clock overclocking range will vary according to CPU capabilities, cooling, motherboard support and tuning options. Ranges up to 650MHz are possible under some conditions. Advantages of ASUS Pro Clock: Reduced boot time Lower jitter under extreme conditions, for higher overclocks Increased stability under heavy overclocking MicroFine alloy chokes More stable and greater efficiency at high currents 3xfiner thanstandard 31%cooler thanlarge granules 75%hysteresisreduction 10KJapanese-made blackmetallic capacitors 5xlongerlifespan 20%greater extremetemperature enduance 50%smaller NexFET™MOSFETs Over90%more efficient revolutionary design DIMM.2 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. Maximus IX Apex And DIMM.2 WITH MEMORY FAN 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! USB 3.1 Type A+C Ultimate-Speed 10GBIT/S With Onboard USB 3.1 X-shaped PCB Maximus IX Apex has an asymmetrical X-shaped circuit board that with a radical lighting scheme that utilizes cutouts to create an impressive backlighting effect. Aircraft-inspired design The F-117 stealth fighter-inspired heatsink features sharp, chiseled edges and flat surfaces for serious visual impact. Illuminated customizable nameplate Use the bundled DIY kit to customize your nameplate, and the new text or logo will illuminate with Aura Sync lighting. * The pre-cut ROG logo is shown here as an example, but letters can be customized. **The LEDs for the customized nameplate are disabled by default by the LIGHT_BAR_2 jumper. Switch the jumper position in order to enable the LEDs. DIY KIT Black Mylar X3 Nameplate with protective film Cut Cut the black Mylar using a box cutter. Start with the ROG font template. Download Tape Remove the protective film from the custom name plate and adhere the modified black sticker. Mount Mount the new nameplate onto the board with the provided screws. Learn how to DIY best gaming 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! Static Always on Breathing Fades in and out Strobing Flashes on and off Color cycle Fades between thecolors of the rain-bow Music effect Pulses to the beat ofyour music CPU Temperature Changes color withCPU load Rainbow A rolling multi-colorglow Comet A stream of lightwith a tail Flash & dash Single-color steppedflashes * The Aura RGB-strip header supports standard 5050 RGB LED strips with a maximum power rating of 2A (12V). For maximum brightness, strip length should not exceed 2m. **One extension cable is included. LED Strips and Aura Compatible devices are sold separately. 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. *Visit the ASUS Aura microsite to learn more about Aura Sync. best gaming water cooling 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! friendly3d printing 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. Exclusive 3D Mount For Easy Installation Dedicated 3D mounts on the motherboard makes fitting 3D-printed parts easy. Using the same screws as M.2 drives and standard motherboard mounting holes, you can easily add nameplates and cable covers. *Products with the 3D Printing Friendly logo feature the specialized 3D mount and are also bundled with an extra 3D mount kit. Cable Cover Cover your cables for a tidier PC. Custom Nameplate Personalize your build with a custom logo making it unique to you. 3D-printable accessories 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. Fan grill Add some style to your build. Cable Combs 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. ROG FONTS Use ROG font files to print letters — then fully customize your build by adding your name or any other word or phrase! ROG KEYCHAIN Print a 3D keychain and show your ROG passion to the world! Guide to 3D printing Follow these steps to start printing your own 3D parts, and integrate them seamlessly into your PC build in no time! DOWNLOAD Select the 3D source files you want to download. Personalize Adjust the size or shape of the provided 3D module, add text or change other attributes. Watch tutorial Print Use your own printer, or visit a local vendor or find the ASUS store via the Shapeways site. Setup Easily assemble and fit your 3D-printed parts. Watch tutorial Optimal gaming 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. CPU performanceboost All-roundenergy efficiency Advancedfan controls Precise digitalpower control Game faster,rank higher 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! 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! next page Fan Xpert 4 Because high-end graphics cards are a significant source of heat in any build, the GPU has a bigger impact on case temperatures than any other component. Fan Xpert 4 lets you set the GPU temperature as a fan-tuning source, enabling a dynamic cooling response to system power output! DIMM.2 features two embedded thermal sensors that can be mapped to the motherboard's fan headers to keep noise levels in check. Topping it all off, a physical failsafe in the form of a small metal bracket straddles the DIMM.2 slot, preventing accidental use of DDR4 memory modules. prev page 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. Media-acclaimed UEFI BIOS The smoothest, slickest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more gorgeous. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced modes help you find your way, quickly and easily. ez mode EZ Tuning Wizard OC and RAID. Select your hardware and apply different scenarios to tune system performance, or streamline your RAID configuration for faster data retrieval and backups. Intuitive graphical fan control Fine-tune individual fans simply by dragging a curve with the mouse. EZ XMP Improve your DRAM performance with a click. SATA information View SATA port details for easy device recognition. Fast clock adjustment Use mouse controls to change the time and date. advanced mode My Favorites Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the list. EZ Flash 3 Flash the latest BIOS via the internet, and from within the BIOS. SMART Check up your storages devices' Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology logs to gauge reliability and to identify potential failures. GPU POST Automatically detect selected ASUS graphics cards to view detailed information. Secure Erase Restore your SSDs to factory-fresh condition. Last Modified Log Track last changes and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive. SATA port renaming Rename SATA ports for easy identification. Supremefx Shielded Audio, Superior Sound Maximus IX Apex's awesome SupremeFX audio technology has levelled up, delivering an exceptional 113 dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection for best-ever ROG recording quality! We've also added a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220A codec. It all adds up to audio that envelops you as never before! Premium Nichicon™ Audio Capacitors Fine-quality Japanese-made components that produce a warmer, natural sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity. Audio Line Shielding Blocks electromagnetic interference from the motherboard or add-ons to provide cleaner audio. Intel Ethernet More throughput and less processing equals faster online play ROG Maximus IX Apex features the very latest Intel® Ethernet (I219-V) for faster, smoother gaming. Intel's LAN has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there's more power for your game and your gameplay. Lower CPU workload High TCP & UDP throughput LANGuard Pumped-up throughput, best surge protection LANGuard means safer, more reliable connections for your battles! Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounting processes join forces to protect your ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard's connection, plus electrostatically guarded and surge-protected components (ESD Guards) for 1.9x greater tolerance to static electricity and 2.5x greater protection (up to 15kV) against surges! best gaming protection Safeslot SafeSlot is the PCIe slot reinvented by ASUS and engineered to provide superior retention and shearing resistance. Manufactured in a single step, a new insert-molding process integrates the slot with fortifying metal for an inherently stronger slot, which is then firmly anchored to the motherboard through additional solder points. SafeDIMM SafeDIMM slots feature a metal key-pin that increases durability, versus traditional DIMM slots. more ESD Guards 2X greater electrostatic protection than standard. ESD Guards cover the USB, audio and LAN ports. TrueVolt USB 2 dedicated USB power supplies provide rock-steady 5V to all USB ports, minimizing the potential for data loss due to power fluctuations. CPU Installation Tool 1 layer protection from socket-pin damage. Q-connector 1 piece makes it easy to sort all front-panel cables. Q-Slot 1 clip makes it easy to swap or secure your graphics card. Q-DIMM 1 -slided clips provide super-simple, super-secure handling of memory modules. DRAM Overcurrent Protection 1 additional resettable fuse protects connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage. Black nickel-coated Q-Shield 0 pain! protect your hands from nicks and cuts. roggivesyoumore Overwolf Stay in the game A clever, unobtrusive overlay keeps you in the game and allows you to browse the Web, email, IM, stream or record while you play. The overlay is dressed in color-matched ROG skins to show you're part of an elite pack. Grab it now from Overwolf's app store! In-game dock In-game calling Multi-IM support 5 customizable apps 0 missed calls during gaming 5+ clients in a single interface ROG Clone Drive image your drives, the smart way All-new ROG Clone Drive is the smart, convenient cloning solution that quickly and efficiently replicates hard drives or SSDs. Clone Drive is so smart that it can clone one drive to two target drives at the same time, or image any file from your disk at breakneck speeds. RAMCache II Speed your game loads ROG's uniquely intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds: going to work the moment it's activated. RAMCache II turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times to stratospheric levels! Automatically caches all your storage devices at the same time for optimal use of your system‘s caching resources. and.. more AI Suite 3 One-stop control panel ROG CPU-Z Shows your important system information with pride Mem TweakIt Dynamic timing monitoring, DRAM efficiency gauge RAMDisk Boost your favorite applications up to 20X faster than SSD with the junction function. Kaspersky® Anti-Virus (one year) The best protection from viruses and spyware DAEMON Tools The leading tool for optical and virtual discs PC Cleaner Accelerate your PC by eliminating clogs with simple click VR ready Maximus IX Apex isn't just VR Ready — it goes way beyond! The ASUS ROG Beyond VR Ready marque means that Apex has been tested with loads of class-leading components to ensure that your productivity, gaming and entertainment needs are tuned for maximum performance after you've taken off the headset. ASUS ROG Beyond VR Ready opens up a new way to configure and build your dream system with total confidence. the power of intel Ready for 7th Generation and 6th Generation Intel LGA1151 Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron processors The ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard supports 7th Generation and 6th Generation Intel Core™ i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors in the LGA1151 package. Integrated graphics, memory and PCI Express® controllers support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, two-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory and 16 PCIe Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for great performance. Intel® Z270 chipset The Intel® Z270 is a single-chipset design that supports 7th Generation and 6th Generation Intel LGA1151 Core™ i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the Z270 chipset provides a maximum of 10 USB 3.0 ports, four SATA 6Gbps ports, and 32Gbps M.2 and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support, for faster data retrieval. Intel Z270 also supports integrated graphics, so you'll enjoy the very latest in graphics performance.