The Maximus IX Series goes beyond expectations with the new Intel 7th generation processors and shows amazing performance by breaking long-standing records. It includes the best Intel Core family CPU frequency, previously achieved on an X58 based motherboard, and new world records for PiFast, SuperPi 1M and 32M. In total, Maximus IX Series broke 8 World Records (WR) and achieved 13 Global First Places (GFP). Extreme overclockers achieved an additional 8 Global First Places with i3-7350K processors.
An introduction to Maximus IX Apex
The Maximus IX Apex is one of the new members of the ROG Maximus family along with Maximus IX Code, compatible with Intel 7th generation processors. The Apex is the results from 10 years of experience and engineering to create a model optimized for performance. Available in the EATX form factor, with an X-Shaped PCB, this particular model comes with two DIMM slots, the PCB trace optimization and components of choice to allow improved performance for enthusiasts and extreme overclocking.
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Overclockers have a new weapon, and it redefines the limits.
Redefine the limits
Using extreme cooling, these world-class overclockers already went beyond the limits and achieved some incredible scores using the Maximus IX Apex and the Intel Core i7-7700K during an Absolute Zero event. In addition, discover scores achieved on Maximus IX Apex and i3-7350K. All the scores has been verified on HWBOT.org, the platform that gathers benchmark submissions and establishes rankings. To see the submission details and screenshots, hit the score link.
CPU and Memory frequencies
The first score to highlight is the best Intel Core family CPU frequency by slamms, with a new high at 7.383GHz enabling one core and one thread using the i7-7700K. Enabling four cores and the eight threads, der8auer was able to reach 7.328GHz. Both used liquid helium (LHe = -269°C) which comes incredibly close to absolute zero (−273.15°C) to cool the processor.
The previous best CPU frequency achieved in the Intel Core category was made with an i7 Extreme 980X processor, reaching 7.195GHz. Part of the Gulftown family, it was released in Q1'10 and had 6 cores and 12 threads.
For memory frequencies, Coolice reached 2,520.9MHz. In term of BCLK, Xtreme Addict reached 584MHz.
2D Benchmarks - 3 World Records
Three World Records have been broken, shattering the previous scores. Even if it's only a few milliseconds, in term of extreme overclocking, it's a big step forward. It's like beating the world record by a few milliseconds in the 100m dash.
In PiFast, the previous score was set at 9sec 30ms. It's a 52ms improvement! For SuperPi 1M, a 125ms improvement on the previous 5sec 062ms. Both scores have been achieved using liquid helium (LHe) and SuperPi 32M using liquid nitrogen (ln2).
* Previous score excluding i7-7700K
2D Benchmarks - 8 Global First Places in 4 cores category
Since i7-7700K has 4 cores, the overclockers competed in the 4 cores category to achieve Global First Places (GFP). In total, extreme overclockers achieved eight GFPs!
Legacy Benchmarks - 4 World Records and 4 Global First Places
Four World Records (WR) have been achieved for the following benchmarks:
Four Global First Places (GFPs) has been achieved as follows:
3D Benchmarks - 1 World Record and 1 Global First Place
Last but not least, Dancop achieved a new World Record for Unigine Heaven using two graphics cards, and also snatched a new Global First Place using a single graphics card!
||WR - New Score
|Unigine Heaven Xtreme Preset 2xGPU
||GFP - New Score
|Unigine Heaven Xtreme Preset 1xGPU
Front row left to right: Fredyama, elmor, slamms, Shamino, der8auer
Back row left to right: coolice, Raja, Xtreme Addict, Dancop
Push it further with i3-7350K
Dancop and Xtreme Addict took some time to bench the newly i3 unlock processor - the i3-7350K - with his two cores and four threads . If you wonder where the limits stands in term of performance, have a first glance in the table below. The Maximus IX Apex bundled with the i3-7350K take 8 additional Global First Places.