Intel Z270 ATX gaming motherboard with water-cooling features, Aura Sync RGB LEDs, DDR4 4133MHz, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, dual M.2 and USB 3.1 Type-A/C LGA1151 socket for 7th/ 6th -gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors CrossChill EK II and Water Cooling Zone: Keep your system cool when the action heats up Aura Sync RGB LED: Stunning synchronized effects and two Aura 4-pin RGB-strip headers SupremeFX: Exclusive new codec plus intuitive Sonic Studio III and Sonic Radar III 5-Way Optimization: One-click system-wide overclocking. Best gaming networking: Intel® Gigabit Ethernet, 2x2 802.11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi , LANGuard and GameFirst technologies Best gaming durability: ROG RGB Armor, pre-mounted I/O shield and premium components Best gaming connectivity: Front-panel USB 3.1, dual M.2 and both USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C Shop Modal header SUPERIOR SPECS BEST GAMING COOLING BEST GAMING LIGHTING BEST GAMING AUDIO BEST GAMING PERFORMANCE BEST GAMING CONNECTIVITY BEST GAMING NETWORKING BEST GAMING PROTECTION 3D PRINTING FRIENDLY ROG GIVES YOU MORE THE POWER OF INTEL SPEC OVERVIEW BEST GAMING WATER COOLING BEST GAMING LIGHTING BEST GAMING AUDIO BEST GAMING PERFORMANCE BEST GAMING Connectivity BEST GAMING networking BEST GAMING PROTECTION 3D Printing Friendly ROG GIVES YOU MORE For more than a decade, Republic of Gamers has delivered exemplary design and performance to thrill the world's best players and PC enthusiasts. Our journey is a road without end. Now, it's time for competitors to be warned and for gamers and enthusiasts to push the limits: The packed and pumped ROG Maximus IX Formula motherboard is ready to defeat all challengers. 1 Pre-mounted I/O Shield Clr CMOS button BIOS Flashback button 2x2 MU-MIMO 802.11AC Wi-Fi HDMI 1.4b DP1.2 2 Intel I219-V Gb LAN ROG GameFirst IV LANGuard USB 3.1 (Type-A + Type-C) 3 Multi-GPU SLI / CFX support 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (CPU) 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot(PCH) 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots(PCH) 4SafeSlot 5Backplate 6 SupremeFX S1220 CODEC ‧ES9023P High Definition DAC ‧Impedance sense for front and rear ‧120dB SNR stereo playback output ‧113dB SNR recording input Sonic Studio III & Sonic Radar III 7CrossChill EK II 8Q-CodeSTART buttonRESET button 9Intel LGA1151 10Multi-colored Q-LED 11 DDR4 4133MHz+ (OC) ‧4 DIMM Dual Channel ‧XMP Support 12USB 3.1 front panel connector 13 6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 @ front) 6 x USB 2.0 ports (2 @ front) 146 x SATA 6G ports 15 Intel Z270 ChipsetROG LOGO RGB LED 16W_IN/OUT, W_Flow headers 17 Dual M.2 Socket 3 Type M ‧1 x 2242~22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 + SATA) ‧1 x 2242~2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4) best gaming water cooling expertly tooled. totally cooled crosschill ek ii CrossChill EK II cools with air or water! Reengineered larger cooling fins maximize heat dissipation, and lower flow-resistance means faster streams for up to 23˚C-lower MOSFET temperatures with water versus air. New, thinner fins offer 4˚C-cooling improvement over the previous design ─ so you'll benefit from efficient, quiet cooling! Fully dominate your water-cooling system ROG Water Cooling 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! best gaming LIGHTING Aura lighting control Customize your own favorite LED effects with Aura, the intuitive lighting-control software, to cast a stunning multi-color glow across your build via the ROG Maximus IX Formula's brilliant built-in RGB LEDs or attached RGB strips via the two onboard 4-pin headers ─ all lights will perform in perfect synchronization! Fire up Aura and enjoy the creative freedom of nine different lighting schemes. 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 cables are included. RGB LED strips need to be purchased separately. OUTSHINE THE COMPETITION ASUS Aura Sync technology makes ROG Maximus IX Formula the control hub for your illumination ambitions — so 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 audio exquisite audio, inside and out New SupremeFX Codec ROG's awesome SupremeFX audio technology has levelled up, delivering an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection — and that means our best-ever recording quality! We've also added a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS® Sabre Hi-Fi ES9023P digital-to-analog converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments® RC4850 op-amp for high gain with low distortion — which all adds up to audio that envelops you as never before. SupremeFX S1220 codec 10 DAC channels, simultaneous 7.1-channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front-panel outputs, and an EMI cover for purer audio quality Distortion-free for enhanced audio-signal input and output ULTRA-DURABLE GOLD-PLATED AUDIO CONNECTORS Provides the perfect current and voltage for true-to-life tonality and spacious sound imaging RC4580 Buffer Creates a perfect balance for top-tier audio clarity capable of -94dB THD ESS® ESS9023P DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTER High-accuracy timing technology ensures ultra-low jitter, even when temperatures fluctuate HIGH-PRECISION CLOCK SOURCE Deliver the highest-quality sound resolution and expansion for especially warm and natural audio NICHICON CAPACITORS Unique design allows the codec's impedance-sensing function to be ported to either the front or rear headphone outputs SWITCHING MOSFETs SupremeFX S1220 codec 10 DAC channels, simultaneous 7.1-channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front-panel outputs intuitive audio-tuning suite Sonic Studio III ROG's Sonic Studio III audio effects station has been updated with an all-new routing feature to port streams to different outputs as well as app-level preferences for instant audio profiles and improved noise filtering for conversations with total clarity! musicplayers games voipapp videoplayers musicplayers games voipapp videoplayers Routing Easily assign different audio streams to different outputs, such as browser audio to headphones and game audio to speakers. App-specific profiles Apply customized audio settings to different applications, so everything you do is perfectly tuned to the way you want to listen. Noise filter Automatically detects and eliminates unwanted background noises, ensuring that communications are loud and clear. scan and detect to dominate! Sonic Radar III Sonic Radar III is all-new – with an evolved audio engine that processes sounds more accurately than ever, ensuring you're always aware of what's going on around you. A new on-screen arrow has also been added to help you pinpoint the enemy position instantly! Improved Audio Algorithm The new Sonic Radar III audio algorithm is now even more accurate, allowing enemies to be located with pinpoint precision regardless of the surrounding noise and chaos. 3D Engine Sonic Radar III is built around its all-new head-up display with an in-game three-dimensional arrow for a more intuitive experience. Audio Boost The new Audio Boost feature now allows enhanced audio to be heard directly. Audio Radar Redesigned radar based on adjustable sectors (4-16) makes the enemies' position clearer and more direct best gaming performance OC DESIGN ASUS PRO CLOCK TECHNOLOGY A dedicated base-clock generator designed for 7th Generation Intel® processors allows overclocked base clock frequencies up to or beyond 425MHz*. 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. 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 DDR4 OVERCLOCKINGSTRENGTH IN NUMBERS Third-generation ASUS T-Topology With support for DDR4 memory you're able to drive memory frequencies to 4133MHz (and beyond when overclocked)! ASUS-exclusive T-Topology circuit design plus OC Socket provides superb memory-overclocking capability to unleash the full power of DDR4 by minimizing coupling noise and signal reflection. With innovative equidistant memory channels, it delivers the most balanced control and powerful overclocking compatibility. ASUS works with almost every DDR4 memory vendor to ensure the best compatibility. ONE-CLICK OVERCLOCK AND COOLING, DONE! Performance, efficiency, digital power, fan control and networking ─ tailored to the way you play You don't need to be an expert to max out gaming performance on your ROG Maximus IX Formula 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 everyday computing, and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when 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**Please see the graphic cards QVL 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 With high-end graphics cards being a significant source of heat in any build, the GPU has a bigger impact on case temperatures than any other component. With Fan Xpert 4 you're now able to set the GPU temperature as a fan-tuning source, enabling a dynamic cooling response to system power output! prev page Precise digital power control To go faster than fast you need ultra-accurate power control — so ROG Maximus IX Formula 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's IMVP8 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. USB UEFI BIOS flashback Refresh your BIOS in a flash, even when the system is off The finest power, digitally controlled ROG's revered digital power controller now delivers even-finer power, with Texas Instruments NexFET™ MOSFETs, MicroFine alloy chokes, Digi+ PWM controller and 10K black metallic capacitors — ensuring Extreme Engine Digi+ always delivers the smoothest core voltages. MicroFine alloy chokes More stable and greater efficiency at high currents 3xfiner thanstandard 31%cooler thanlarge granules 75%hysteresisreduction 10K Japanese-made blackmetallic capacitors 5xlongerlifespan 20%greater extremetemperature enduance 50% smaller NexFET™MOSFETs Over90%more efficient best gaming connectivity Super-speed connectivity — right where you need it USB 3.1 front-panel connector USB-C is the latest USB connector technology — and ROG Maximus IX Formula lets you put it right where you need it! With a ASM 2142 USB 3.1 controller running at PCIe 3.0 x2 and featuring an onboard USB 3.1 front-panel connector, you can now achieve the highest data transferring speeds possible - easily. USB 3.1 type A+C Ultimate-speed 10gbit/s withonboard USB 3.1 Dual PCIe Gen 3 M.2 Let your SSD scream at top speed best gamingnetworking More throughput and less processing equals faster online play Intel Ethernet ROG Maximus IX Formula 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 Pumped-up throughput. Best surge protection LANGuard LANGuard means safer, more reliable connections for your battles! Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounting processes join forces to protect your Maximus IX Formula 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! 2x2 802.11AC Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO ROG Maximus IX Formula has next-level 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 dual-band 2.4/5GHz antennas for up to 867 Mbps* transfer speeds — and the very latest Multi-User Multiple In Multiple Out (MU-MIMO) technology to ensure that every connected user** experiences the best wireless and online speeds! *Actual speed varies, and Wi-Fi hotspot feature operates at 802.11a/b/g/n Windows 10 does not currently support Wi-Fi hotspot functionality **Requires MU-MIMO-ready client Team up to banish lag GameFirst IV GameFirst IV optimizes network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming — and now we've added Multi-Gate Teaming to team up to 4 networks for maximum bandwidth and smooth gameplay. You'll also enjoy all-new Intelligent mode, which automatically compiles a database by parsing new app data to ensure that every game is optimized for the best performance. best gaming protection ROG Armor Strong ABS Top Cover Stylish thermal protection that blocks heat from graphics cards and ensures lower system temperatures for better performance and chic looks! Solid Steel Backplate Steel, electro-galvanized, cold-rolled coil construction strengthens ROG Maximus IX Formula to prevent bending. Sleek anti-static connection protection Pre-mounted I/O shield ROG's patent-pending pre-mounted I/O shield offers increased protection against electrostatic discharge of 12kV and is pre-fitted to make it even easier to install the motherboard. Its sleek new design that makes it look as good as it performs. multi-colored q-led Onboard LEDs indicate power status and potential problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card or boot device, for quick diagnosis. 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 PCB through additional solder points. 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 power fluctuations for minimal data loss. 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. 3d printing friendly make it your own ASUS is the first motherboard manufacturer to provide a wide range of 3D printable accessories, making it easy to customize your system's appearance and improve functionality. Easily print a 2-way SLI HB bridge cover or custom cable combs to help with wire management. 3D-printable accessories As system parts are visible in custom PC builds, make yours 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 Start 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 size or shape, add text or change other attributes. Watch tutorial Print Use your own printer, or visit a local vendor or ASUS store with Shapeways. Setup Easily assemble and fit your 3D-printed parts. Watch tutorial learn more roggivesyoumore Stay in the game Overwolf 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 image your drives, the smart way ROG CloneDrive All-new ROG CloneDrive is the smart, convenient cloning solution that quickly and efficiently replicates hard drives or SSDs. CloneDrive 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. Speed your game loads RAMCache II 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. The free keyboard upgrade – upgraded! KeyBot II Get a free keyboard upgrade from an exclusive microprocessor and intuitive user interface. Record macros directly from the keyboard, switch profiles in moments, enable special functions with hotkeys from F1-F10, start and even boost your PC from shutdown (S5 mode)! You can even use KeyBot II to boost your PC into a specific mode with two-second press 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 beyond VR ready ROG Maximus IX Formula isn't just VR Ready — it goes way beyond! The ASUS Beyond VR Ready marque means that Maximus IX Formula 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 Beyond VR Ready opens up a new way to configure and build your dream system with total confidence. Learn more about ASUS VR Ready the power of intel Ready for 7th Generation and 6th Generation Intel LGA1151 Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron processors This 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 PCI 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, six 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.