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    Apex vs Extreme

    Of course, used Apex's are a pain to find, and new Extremes are very pricey. I found both second-hand, so am deciding which to get. I plan to use a 9900KS with a custom water loop, and push for all-core above 5 GHz with the coolest VRM's, etc possible.

    I found descriptions of the Apex VRM's which sound adequate for more than the 9900KS, but fewer details about them on the Extreme. Otherwise, I see the differences in ram sockets and comm. Does anyone familiar with both have a preference?

    Wonder why both are discontinued - planned limited production, or price tier didn't sell?
    Last edited by hdtvnut; 01-15-2020 at 09:35 AM.

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    apex have 8 phase VRM no iGPU VRM. 2 ram slots. extreme have 5 Phase VRM + iGPU VRM 4 ram slots and other difference is back ports and internal ports. so in summary apex is strongest Z390 Asus has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdtvnut View Post
    Of course, used Apex's are a pain to find, and new Extremes are very pricey. I found both second-hand, so am deciding which to get. I plan to use a 9900KS with a custom water loop, and push for all-core above 5 GHz with the coolest VRM's, etc possible.

    I found descriptions of the Apex VRM's which sound adequate for more than the 9900KS, but fewer details about them on the Extreme. Otherwise, I see the differences in ram sockets and comm. Does anyone familiar with both have a preference?

    Wonder why both are discontinued - planned limited production, or price tier didn't sell?
    If you plan on overclocking, benchmarking, and running 4000MHz + memory,.. the Maximus XI Apex is your best option.

    Maximus XI Apex PCB Breakdown. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifKz50yBTXw

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    Buy apex.
    I was debating between same motherboards and bought Extreme. If you can find Apex for adequate money ( cheaper than Extreme) go for it.
    Note that Extreme will require Eatx case. eventhough if case can fit e atx motherboard doesn't mean that you will be able to pass cables through rubber holes.
    There is actually downsides. If I could get back to that time, I wouldnt go for Extreme. Apex has more room for overclocking. Extreme requires 4 ram stick to reach good freq speed.

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    Thanks for your inputs. I was leaning in the direction of the Apex, but not knowing them very well,

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    Since the Extreme has more "bling", ask yourself the following:

    Will you ever regret having put an atx board in an eatx capable case?

    Best Regards
    An Apex owner who did not have this dilemma

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