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Mar 16, 2017 Written by: Geoff_Gasior

The ROG Maximus IX Extreme motherboard is ready for your Z270 dream machine

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First unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the pinnacle of Intel Z270 motherboards is finally here. The ROG Maximus IX Extreme was designed for dream rigs that push the limits of style and performance, and it truly lives up to its name. The board chills critical components with an integrated monoblock primed for ornate plumbing and aggressive overclocking. The refined aesthetics and versatile RGB lighting elevate the look of any system, while ROG staples like upgraded audio, extensive connectivity, and thoughtful touches ensure a premium experience that lives up to the looks.

Custom liquid cooling or bust

If you want to build a showcase rig that catches the eyes of discerning gamers and enthusiasts who appreciate the finer things in life, custom liquid cooling is basically required. Hardline tubing looks absolutely phenomenal when it’s done well, and systems run much cooler with liquid coursing through their veins. That’s why we worked with the experts at Bitspower to create a bespoke block that cools the CPU, VRMs, and one of the M.2 slots.

Much more than an aftermarket add-on, the block is an integral part of the motherboard. It’s infused with Aura RGB lighting and multiple sensors for monitoring fluid temperatures and flow. For peace of mind, the fittings are surrounded leak sensors that can detect escaped droplets and sound the alarm—or shut down the system automatically to protect your investment.

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The Bitspower block is just one part of an extensive array of water-cooling features available for elaborate setups. For monitoring coolant elsewhere in the loop, the Extreme includes headers for an additional flow meter and temperature in/out sensors. It also has dual pump headers for driving multiple loops. Two groups of four radiator fan headers are split between the top and bottom of the board to keep your wiring tidy, and there are two traditional chassis fan headers in addition to those. Rigs with especially extreme cooling can also power three additional fans using the included ASUS Fan Extension Card. This auxiliary PCB expands support for temperature probes, as well, allowing you to attach as many as four to the Maximus IX Extreme.

The headers and sensors are all linked to our critically acclaimed FanXpert 4 software and UEFI. Automated tuners optimize an entire system’s cooling with just a few clicks, while extensive manual controls let experts hone their fan profiles to perfection. New for this generation, the Maximus IX Extreme and other ROG Z270 motherboards improve cooling for gamers by allowing fans to react to changes in the GPU temperature on select graphics cards. And, to ensure failsafe operation for a wide range of workloads, they can react to the hottest in a group of multiple temperature sensors. No other motherboard matches the Extreme’s comprehensive cooling management.

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Next-level styling that stands out

Our designers drew from a monochrome palette to make the Maximus IX Extreme adaptable to any color scheme. The board looks fantastic, and Aura RGB lighting supplies a full spectrum of colors and multiple effects that let you define your own look—and change it at will. LEDs illuminate the monoblock, I/O cover, and PCH heatsink. Since the most dramatic system lighting is obtained with off-the-shelf RGB strips, the Extreme features dual headers that can drive two meters of lighting each.

Lighting is mostly a visual flourish, but the cosmetic effects are balanced by functional ones that track with audio output and system temperatures. Aura Sync extends control beyond the motherboard and to other system components, like select ROG graphics cards and peripherals, plus some third-party components that are part of our ROG Certified program. With the ability to carefully control and harmonize RGB LEDs across an entire system, the Maximus IX Extreme has everything your machine needs to stand out.

While glowing LEDs can be a bit brash, the Extreme also has subtler pieces of flair. The I/O shield is fully integrated for a streamlined look and smoother installation, the PCB edges are coated with copper for extra glint and better EMI protection, the 3.5-mm audio jacks have color-coded backlighting for easy identification, and the 24-pin power connector faces the edge of the board for cleaner cable routing.

Premium features from top to bottom

The Maximus IX Extreme is loaded with all the premiere features you’d expect from our top Z270 motherboard. To support the weight of high-end graphics cards with heavy coolers, we reinforce the main PCI Express x16 SafeSlots and anchored them more securely to the board. This strengthening improves durability, and it’s not just for graphics. The Extreme’s SafeDIMM slots employ a similar technique for memory.

The onboard SupremeFX audio combines an S1220 codec, ESS Sabre DAC, and Texas Instruments op-amp to deliver exceptional sound with a range of speakers and headsets. Thanks to a 120-dB signal-to-noise ratio, the line-out produces pristine audio for games, movies, and music. The line-in’s 113-dB SNR keeps your input clean for streaming and other recording. Like with the rest of our new ROG motherboards, you can easily route audio streams to different outputs using Sonic Studio III, and map in-game audio to a visible hub with Sonic Radar III.

A full complement of connectivity rounds out the package. Networking is split between an Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, so you can jack in to any network at top speed. Onboard storage includes the usual array of SATA ports along with dual M.2 slots that let you configure the latest NVMe SSDs in an ultra-fast RAID array. And there’s USB 3.1 galore, with Type-A and reversible Type-C ports for maximum compatibility, an onboard header that lets newer chassis bring 10Gbps speeds to their front panels, and Thunderbolt integration that pushes throughput to 40Gbps.

With so many features, it’s no wonder the board occupies a super-sized EATX form factor. There’s no other motherboard quite like the Maximus IX Extreme—and no better foundation for your dream Kaby Lake build. Ask your local ASUS representative for regional availability and pricing, click the link below for the full press release, and check out the embed to see the Extreme on video.

Press Release

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

KEY POINTS

  • Water-cooling master: Cool to the extreme with the integrated ROG monoblock, liquid-conduction-cooled M.2 heatsink and eight radiator-fan headers
  • Exceptional audio: ROG-exclusive SupremeFX S1220 codec with 113dB line-in SNR, plus Sonic Studio III, Sonic Radar III and LED-illuminated 3.5mm jacks
  • Comprehensive protection: Pre-mounted I/O shield, reinforced SafeSlot and SafeDIMM, and copper-plated motherboard edge
  • Ultimate connectivity: Intel Ethernet, dual M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4, USB 3.1 front panel connector, 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO and Thunderbolt 3 support

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 lighting condition, Maximus IX Extreme even features color-coded and LED-illuminated 3.5mm audio connectors.

Maximus IX Extreme comes with Sonic Studio III, the audio-effects station that’s been updated with an all-new routing feature to port streams to different outputs, app-level preferences for instant audio profiles, and improved noise filtering for conversations with total clarity.

Sonic Radar III has also been upgraded, with an evolved audio engine that processes sounds more accurately than ever to ensure that the gamer is always aware of what’s going on around them. A new on-screen arrow has been added to help pinpoint the enemy position instantly, and there’s an all-new head-up display with an in-game three-dimensional arrow for more intuitive experiences.

Comprehensive protection: Pre-mounted I/O shield, SafeSlot, SafeDIMM, and copper-plated edge

Maximus IX Extreme is one of the toughest ROG motherboards to date, loaded with multiple safeguards to keep both itself and the user protected.

ROG’s patent-pending pre-mounted I/O shield offers increased protection against electrostatic discharge of 12kV and is pre-fitted to make it easier to install the motherboard. Its sleek new design means it looks as good as it performs, while Maximus IX Extreme’s copper-plated edge both improves the motherboard’s aesthetic appeal and provides enhanced protection against electromagnetic interference (EMI).

Maximus IX Extreme also offers PC DIYers the reassurance of SafeSlot and SafeDIMM. 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 is the exclusive DIMM slot with a metal key-pin that increases durability compared to traditional DIMM slots.

Ultimate connectivity: Intel LAN, dual M.2, front-panel USB 3.1, 2x2 Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 3

Maximus IX Extreme features the very latest Intel Ethernet (I219-V) for faster, smoother gaming. Intel's LAN has the double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there’s more power for both the game and gameplay.

The new motherboard also benefits from dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots that provide NVMe® SSD RAID support for an incredible performance boost. This enables Maximus IX Extreme users to create a RAID configuration with up to three PCIe 3.0 storage devices via two M.2 slots and the PCH-side PCIe x16 slot to enjoy the fastest data-transfer speeds on the 7th Gen Intel Core platform.

USB-C is the latest USB connector technology, and Maximus IX Extreme allows users to put it right where they need it with an onboard USB 3.1 front-panel connector. This is powered by an ASM 2142 USB 3.1 controller running at PCIe 3.0 x2 bandwidth to maximize data-transfer speeds. The motherboard also supports Thunderbolt 3, for transfers of up to 40Gbps for four times (4X) the data speeds of USB 3.1 and twice (2X) the video bandwidth.

Maximus IX Extreme is also equipped with next-level 802.11ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 dual-band 2.4/5GHz antennas for up to 867Mbps transfer speeds — and the very latest MU-MIMO technology to ensure that every connected use experiences the best wireless and online speeds.

 

SPECIFICATIONS[1]

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Extreme

Processor/CPU socket

LGA1151 socket for 7th Generation Intel® Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium® / Celeron® processors

Chipset

Intel® Z270 Express

Memory

4 x DIMMs, up to a maximum of 64GB, DDR4 4133 (OC)

Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) supported

Expansion slots

2 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 slots (x16, x8/x8)

1 x PCIe® 3.0 x16 slot (maximum at x4 mode)

1 x PCIe® 3.0 x4 slot

Graphics (VGA)

Integrated Intel® HD Graphics processor

DisplayPort 1.2 with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2304 at 60Hz

HDMI 1.4b with maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 at 24Hz /

Intel® InTru™ 3D / Quick Sync Video / Clear Video HD Technology / Insider™

Multi-GPU

2-way/quad-GPU NVIDIA® SLI™ and 3-way/quad-GPU AMD® CrossFireX™ technology

Storage

8  x SATA 6.0Gbps

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices supported (PCIe® 3.0 x4 and SATA modes)

1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices supported (PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA modes)

Networking/LAN

Intel® I219-V Gigabit LAN with ASUS LANGuard and GameFirst IV

USB/Thunderbolt™

3 x USB 3.1 ports (1 x Type-A and 1 x Type-C ports, plus 1 x Type-C mid-board)[2]

8 x USB 3.0 ports (6 on back panel, 2 mid-board)

4 x USB 2.0 ports (4 mid-board)

Audio

ROG SupremeFX S1220 8-channel high-definition audio

- High-quality 120dB SNR output and 113dB SNR recording input

- SupremeFX shielding technology

- ESS® ES9023P high-definition  DAC

- Jack-detection, multi-streaming, front-panel mic jack-retasking

- Optical S/PDIF-out port on back panel

Dimensions / form factor

E-ATX, 12 x 10.7in (30.5 x 27.2cm)

 

 

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About ASUS

ASUS is one of Fortune magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and is dedicated to creating products for today and tomorrow’s smart life. Our comprehensive portfolio includes Zenbo, ZenFone, ZenBook and a range of IT devices and components, along with AR, VR and IoT. ASUS employs more than 17,000 people worldwide and over 5,500 world-class R&D talents. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, the company won 4,368 awards and earned approximately US$14 billion of revenue in 2015.

 

[1] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.

[2]  One USB 3.1 Type-A port and one Type-C port are powered by the Intel® USB 3.1 controller. Thunderbolt™ 3 supported.

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