Asus MAXIMUS IX FORMULA Review & Specifications

ASUS MAXIMUS IX FORMULA LGA1151 DDR4 DP HDMI M.2 Z270 ATX

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Designed for 7th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with Dual M.2, front panel USB 3.1, Intel Optane Memory compatibility and onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi
5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and FanXpert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
Optimize system cooling with the Cross Chill EK II VRM block
AURA Sync RGB lighting features a nearly endless spectrum of colors with the ability to synchronize effects across an ever-expanding ecosystem of AURA Sync enabled products
Integrated I/O shield ensures streamlined installation and represents ROG's attention to detail and quality

Specs Overview

Model
  • MAXIMUS IX FORMULA
  • 90MB0RX0-M0EAY0
  • ROG MAXIMUS IX FORMULA
Socket LGA1151
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z270
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz 3300Mhz 3333Mhz 3400Mhz 3466Mhz 3600Mhz 3733Mhz 3866Mhz 4000Mhz
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Onboard USB 3.0
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 6
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 2
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 64GB

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  • CPU

    Intel® Socket 1151 for 7th/6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors 
    Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU
    Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 
    * The Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 support depends on the CPU types.
    * Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list

  • Chipset

    Intel® Z270

  • Memory

    4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 4133(O.C.)/4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory *
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture 
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    ** Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. 

  • Graphic

    Integrated Graphics Processor 
    Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort 1.2 ports 
    - Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
    - Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz 
    Maximum shared memory of 1024 MB

  • Multi-GPU Support

    Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology 
    Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology

  • Expansion Slots

    2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, gray) 
    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) *1
    3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1

  • Storage

    Intel® Z270 Chipset : 
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)*2
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode only)*3
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology*4
    Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports
    Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready *5

  • LAN

    Intel® I219V
    Anti-surge LANGuard
    ROG GameFirst Technology

  • Wireless Data Network

    Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
    Supports MU-MIMO

  • Bluetooth

    Bluetooth V4.1

  • Audio

    ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220
    - Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    - High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input
    - SupremeFX Shielding Technology
    - ESS® ES9023P
    - Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback *6
    Audio Feature :
    - Gold-plated jacks
    - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
    - Sonic Radar III
    - Sonic Studio III

  • USB Ports

    ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller : 
    1 x USB 3.1 front panel connector port(s) 
    ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller : 
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s) (2 at back panel, )
    Intel® Z270 Chipset : 
    6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) (4 at back panel, , 2 at mid-board)
    Intel® Z270 Chipset : *7
    6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, , 2 at mid-board)

  • ROG Exclusive Features

    CrossChill EK (Hybrid air and liquid cooling)
    ROG Armor (including top cover and SECC steel backplate)
    ROG RAMCache II
    ROG CloneDrive
    Pre-mounted I/O Shield
    MemOK! Button
    CMOS button
    ReTry Button
    Safe Boot Button
    Start Button
    Reset Button
    LN2 Mode
    GameFirst IV
    ROG Aura
    - Aura Lighting Control
    - Aura RGB Strip Headers
    Extreme Engine Digi+ :
    - MicroFine Alloy Chokes
    - NexFET™ Power Block MOSFET
    - 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
    KeyBot II
    - X.M.P.
    - ClrCMOS
    - Power On
    UEFI BIOS features :
    - O.C. Profile
    - Tweakers' Paradise
    - ROG SSD Secure Erase
    - Graphic Card Information Preview
    ROG RAMDisk
    Extreme Tweaker
    BIOS Flashback

  • Special Features

    ASUS Dual Intelligent Processors 5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5 :
    - 5-Way Optimization tuning key perfectly consolidates TPU, EPU, DIGI+ VRM, Fan Xpert 3, and Turbo App
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    - MemOK!
    - AI Suite 3
    - Ai Charger 
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 
    - ASUS EZ Flash 3 
    - ASUS USB BIOS Flashback 
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-Code
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    - ASUS Q-DIMM 
    - ASUS Q-Connector
    Overclocking Protection :
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

  • Back I/O Ports

    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (red)Type-A
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 (black)USB Type-CTM
    4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (blue) 
    4 x USB 2.0 
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    5 x Audio jack(s)
    1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
    2 x Wi-Fi antenna port(s)
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)

  • Internal I/O Ports

    2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) 
    1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode only)
    1 x TPM connector(s) 
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
    3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (3 x 4 -pin)
    1 x H_AMP fan connector 
    1 x W_PUMP+ connector (1 x 4 -pin)
    1 x AIO_PUMP connector (1 x 4 -pin)
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
    1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
    1 x Slow Mode switch(es)
    1 x Reset button(s)
    1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
    1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
    1 x Safe Boot button
    1 x ReTry button
    1 x EXT_Fan header
    1 x W_IN header
    1 x W_OUT header
    1 x W_FLOW header
    1 x Thermal sensor connector
    1 x Start button
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 front panel connector

  • Accessories

    User's manual
    3 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    1 x M.2 Screw Package
    1 x CPU installation tool
    1 x Supporting DVD
    1 x ASUS 2T2R dual band Wi-Fi moving antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
    1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-M)
    1 x ROG big sticker
    1 x Q-Connector
    1 x 10-in-1 ROG cable label
    1 x M.2 bracket
    1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
    1 x ROG coasters

  • BIOS

    1 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 3, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favorites, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information.

  • Manageability

    WfM2.0, DMI3.0, WOL by PME, PXE

  • Support Disc

    Drivers
    ROG GameFirst IV*
    ROG RAMDisk
    ROG RAMCache II
    ROG CPU-Z
    ROG Mem TweakIt
    Overwolf
    ROG Keybot II
    CloneDrive
    Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
    DAEMON Tools Software 
    ASUS WebStorage
    Sonic Studio III
    Sonic Radar III
    RAMDisk
    Aura
    WinZip
    ASUS Utilities
    * ROG GameFirst IV is only available for Windows 10/8.1 64-bit

  • Operating System

    Windows® 10 64-bit
    Windows® 8.1 64-bit *8
    Windows® 7 32-bit *8
    Windows® 7 64-bit *8

  • Form Factor

    ATX Form Factor 
    12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

  • Note

    *1 The PCIe x4_3 slot shares bandwidth with PCIex1_3. The PCIe x4_3 is default set at x2 mode. 

    *2 When the M.2_1 Socket 3 is operating in SATA mode, SATA port 1 will be disabled.

    *3 When the M.2_2 Socket 3 is operatin in PCIe 3.0 x4 mode, SATA ports 5 and 6 will be disabled.

    *4 This function will work depending on the CPU installed.

    *5 Intel® Optane Technology only supported when using 7th Generation Intel® Processors. Before using Intel® Optane memory modules, ensure that you have updated your motherboard drivers and BIOS to the latest version from ASUS support website.

    *6 Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-bit/192kHz is not supported for 8-Channel audio and due to Windows 7 limitations, 32-bit playback is unavailable for Windows 7.

    *7 2 x USB2.0 port at mid-board share with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port. 

    *8 Windows® 8.1 64-bit and Windows® 7 32/64-bit are only supported when using 6th Generation Intel® Processors 

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