ROG MAXIMUS IX HERO

    ROG MAXIMUS IX HERO

    Intel Z270 ATX gaming motherboard with Aura Sync RGB LEDs, DDR4 4133MHz, dual M.2 , USB 3.1 front-panel connector and type - A/C

    • LGA1151 socket for 7th/ 6th -gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors
    • ROG Water Cooling Zone : Dominate your cooling system
    • 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, LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
    • Best gaming connectivity: USB 3.1 front-panel connector, dual M.2 and both USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C
    • Best gaming durability: Safeslot and premium components for maximum durability
    • SPEC OVERVIEW

    • BEST GAMING LIGHTING

    • BEST GAMING AUDIO

    • 3D Printing Friendly

    • BEST GAMING PERFORMANCE

    • BEST GAMING Connectivity

    • BEST GAMING networking

    • BEST GAMING PROTECTION

    • 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 Hero Series motherboard is ready to defeat all challengers.

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    • 1

      Clr CMOS button
      BIOS Flashback

    • 2 M.2 (E-key)

      Ready for Wi-Fi

    • 3

      1 x HDMI 1.4b
      1 x DisplayPort 1.2
      4K/Ultra HD display support

    • 4 Intel I219-V Gb LAN

      ROG GameFirst IV
      Anti-surge LANGuard

    • 5 USB 3.1 (Type-A + Type-C)
    • 6 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)

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      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
    • 8

      Q-Code
      Multicolored Q-LED
      MemOK!

    • 9

      3D-printing mount

    • 10

      Intel LGA1151 for 7th gen processors

    • 11 DDR4 4133MHz+ (OC)

      ‧4 DIMM Dual Channel
      ‧XMP Support

    • 12

      USB 3.1 front panel connector

    • 13 Dual M.2 Socket 3 Type M

      ‧1 x 2242~2280 (PCIe 3.0 x 4 + SATA)
      ‧1 x 2242~22110 (PCIe 3.0 x 4)

    • 14

      6 x SATA 6G ports

    • 15

      Intel Z270 Chipset
      ROG LOGO RGB LED

    • 16

      W_IN/OUT, W_Flow headers

    • 17

      2 x AURA 4-pin RGB headers

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    Hollow Heat-Sink with red-hot style

    Our new heat-sink is finely engineered with an innovative perforated design for maximum heat dissipation. On its top are expertly angled facets that allow light from the platform controller hub to penetrate through — so your builds stand out unlike any other!

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    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 Hero'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 Static Always on
    • Breathing Breathing Fades in and out
    • Strobing Strobing Flashes on and off
    • Color cycle Color cycle Fades between the
      colors of the rain-
      bow
    • Music effect Music effect Pulses to the beat of
      your music
    • CPU temperature CPU Temperature Changes color with
      CPU load
    • Rainbow Rainbow A rolling multi-color
      glow
    • Comet Comet A stream of light
      with a tail
    • Flash & dash Flash & dash Single-color stepped
      flashes
    *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.
    * Two extension cables are included. RGB LED strip need to be purchased separately.

    OUTSHINE THE COMPETITION

    ASUS Aura Sync technology makes ROG Maximus IX Hero 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

    Exceptional RMAA performance (dynamic range)
    • 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 with 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

    Exceptional RMAA performance (dynamic range)

    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!

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    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

    3d printing friendly

    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, cable covers, or an M.2 fan holder in a matter of moments.

    *Products with the 3D Printing Friendly logo feature the specialized 3D Mount and are also bundled with an extra 3D Mount kit. 3D printing friendly. Make it your own.
    • Cable Cover

      Cover your cables for a tidier PC.
    • Custom Nameplate

      Personalize your build with a custom logo making it unique to you.
    • M.2 Fan Holder

      The ASUS 3D-printed M.2 fan holder keeps temperatures low for improved performance and longevity.

    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!

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      Select the 3D source files you want to download.

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    • Personalize

      Adjust size or shape, add text or change other attributes.

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    • Print

      Use your own printer, or visit a local vendor or ASUS store with Shapeways.

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    • Setup

      Easily assemble and fit your 3D-printed parts using M.2 nuts or existing case mounts.

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    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 OVERCLOCKING
    STRENGTH 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 Hero 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.

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    • All-round
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    • Advanced
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    • Precise digital
      power 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!

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    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!

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    Precise digital power control

    To go faster than fast you need ultra-accurate power control — so ROG Maximus IX Hero 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 than
        standard
      • 31%cooler than
        large granules
      • 75%hysteresis
        reduction
    • 10K Japanese-made black
      metallic capacitors


      • 5xlonger
        lifespan
      • 20%greater extreme
        temperature enduance
    • 50% smaller NexFET™
      MOSFETs


      • Over90%more efficient

    best gaming connectivity

    Super-speed connectivity ─ right where you need it

    USB-C is the future-proof reversible connector — and ROG Maximus IX Hero lets you put the connection right where it's needed! With an onboard USB 3.1 connector you can position a USB-C port on your system's front panel, so it's always within reach.

    USB 3.1 type A+C

    Ultimate-speed 10Gbit/s with
    onboard USB 3.1

    Dual PCIe Gen3 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 Hero 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 ROG Maximus IX Hero 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!

    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.

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    best gaming protection

    Protect your graphic cards investment

    SAFESLOT

    As a gamer you demand stability and durability, so ROG integrates long-lasting, premium components, plus exclusive smart DIY designs across the board — ensuring the best gaming experiences.


    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.

    Black nickel-coated Q-Shield

    0 pain!

    protect your hands from nicks and cuts.

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    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 Clone Drive

    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.

    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

    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

    ROG Maximus IX Hero isn't just VR Ready — it goes way beyond! The ASUS ROG Beyond VR Ready marque means that ROG Maximus IX Hero 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.