ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Maximus IX Extreme


High-performance Z270 gaming motherboard with integrated monoblock water-cooler, Aura Sync illumination, exceptional audio, multiple safeguards, and latest connectivity

Taipei, Taiwan (9th March, 2017) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Maximus IX Extreme, a seriously powerful new Z270 gaming motherboard that’s expertly tooled to be totally cooled, with an integrated monoblock for water-cooled performance right out of the box. To create this all-new water-cooling solution, ROG teamed up with Bitspower. Designed from the ground up, Maximus IX Extreme’s monoblock has flow-rate, water-leak and temperature sensors all seamlessly integrated to keep wiring and tubing complexity to a minimum.

Based on the latest Intel® Z270 chipset and ready for powerful 7th Generation Intel Core™ processors, ROG’s latest gaming powerhouse also has ASUS Aura Sync illumination, support for ultra-fast DDR4 4133MHz memory, and the latest SupremeFX S1220 codec with a 113dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) on the line-in for exceptional audio experiences.

Loaded with comprehensive safeguards, including pre-mounted I/O shield, strengthened SafeSlot PCI Express® slots, SafeDIMM memory slots and a copper-plated PCB edge, Maximus IX Extreme is built to power through even the most frenetic gaming sessions. It’s also engineered with the latest and fastest connectivity, including dual M.2 PCIe® 3.0 x4, a USB 3.1 front-panel connector, 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and 40Gbps Thunderbolt™ 3 support

Water-cooling master: Built-in monoblock with flow, temperature and leak sensors

Maximus IX Extreme simplifies water-cooling with the integrated monoblock engineered to cool both the processor and voltage-regulator module (VRM). The embedded flow meter monitors the monoblock’s water-pump status in real time, while the temperature sensors monitor the temperature of both the water input and output. The ROG monoblock even has a built-in leak detector to alert the user and automatically shut the system down for added protection.

The water-cooled monoblock also makes direct contact with the integrated M.2 heatsink, for temperature reductions in the M.2 SSD area of up to 42.8°C — preventing throttling for maximum performance. Commenting on his company’s cooperation in creating Maximus IX Extreme’s monoblock Bitspower CEO, Vincent Yu, said: “It was an awesome opportunity to work with ROG. The brand’s expertise in hardware and thermal design combined with our water-cooling experience was the perfect storm to create this revolutionary waterblock!”.

The new motherboard also has onboard fan connectors that are conveniently located for water-cooling radiators, with eight headers divided between the top and lower edges of the board. With dedicated sensors feeding information straight into ROG’s intuitive Fan Xpert 4 utility, it’s easy for users to configure the optimum RPM fan curve for each radiator.

Exceptional audio: SupremeFX S1220 codec, plus Sonic Studio III and Sonic Radar III

Maximus IX Extreme lifts ROG’s revered SupremeFX audio technology to new quality levels, delivering an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection for best-ever recording performance, and 120dB on the line-out for crystal-clear sound. ROG engineers have also added a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS® Sabre Hi-Fi ES9023P digital-to-analog (DAC) converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments® RC 4580 op-amp for high gain with low distortion — which all adds up to audio that envelops the listener as never before. For easier identification in any li