ASUS MAXIMUS IX HERO Review & Specifications

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS IX HERO Z270 ATX LGA1151

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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

Specs Overview

Model MAXIMUS IX HERO
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

Score Pangoly

93

Critic Reviews

92

After testing Asus Strix Z270G Gaming and Maximus IX Formula, I chose to get Maximus IX Hero for a spin. I made this choice with the idea that I got boards from the Strix segment and the upper side of ROG series, so I decided to go for the...

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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(O.C.) MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
    Dual Channel Memory Architecture
    Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. 
    * Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).

  • Graphic

    Integrated Graphics Processor
    Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort 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
    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 *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 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*2
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*3
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports*4
    Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology*4
    Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready *5

  • LAN

    Intel® I219V
    Anti-surge LANGuard
    ROG GameFirst Technology

  • Audio

    ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220
    - 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 port(s) (2 at back panel, , Type-A + Type-C)
    Intel® Z270 Chipset :
    6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, blue, 2 at mid-board)
    Intel® Z270 Chipset : *7
    6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, black, 2 at mid-board)

  • ROG Exclusive Features

    ROG RAMCache II
    ROG CPU-Z
    ROG CloneDrive
    MemOK! Button
    Overwolf
    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
    Mem TweakIt
    KeyBot II
    - One-click Overclocking
    - X.M.P.
    - DirectKey
    - ClrCMOS
    - Power On
    UEFI BIOS features :
    - O.C. Profile
    - Tweakers' Paradise
    - ROG SSD Secure Erase
    - Graphic Card Information Preview
    ROG RAMDisk
    Loadline Calibration

  • 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 4, and Turbo Core App
    TPU
    - Fan Xpert 4 featuring Fan Auto Tuning function and multiple thermistors
    Gamer's Guardian:
    - SafeSlot
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    - ASUS EZ Flash 3
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-Shield
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-DIMM
    - ASUS Q-Connector

  • Back I/O Ports

    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    1 x USB 3.1 (black)Type-C
    1 x USB 3.1 (red)Type-A
    4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
    4 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out
    1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)
    5 x Gold-plated audio jacks

  • Internal I/O Ports

    2 x RGB Header(s)
    1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 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 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
    1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
    1 x TPM connector(s)
    6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
    1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
    1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)
    3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
    1 x H_AMP fan connector
    1 x W_PUMP+ connector
    1 x AIO_PUMP connector
    1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
    1 x 8-pin EATX 12 V Power connector
    1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
    1 x MemOK! button(s)
    1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
    1 x Reset button(s)
    1 x LN2 Mode switch(es)
    1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
    1 x USB BIOS Flashback button(s)
    1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
    1 x Safe Boot button
    1 x ReTry button
    1 x Slow Mode jumper(s)
    1 x System panel connector
    3 x 3D Mount screw port(s)
    1 x EXT_Fan header
    1 x W_IN header
    1 x W_OUT header
    1 x W_FLOW header
    1 x Start button
    1 x USB 3.1 front panel connector

  • Accessories

    User's manual
    ASUS Q-Shield
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    1 x M.2 Screw Package
    1 x CPU installation tool
    1 x Supporting DVD
    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 Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
    1 x 3D printing mount package
    1 x ROG coasters

  • BIOS

    1 x 128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI3.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.0, 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
    AURA
    ROG GameFirst IV*
    ROG RAMDisk
    ROG RAMCache II
    ROG CPU-Z
    ROG Mem TweakIt
    ROG Keybot II
    Sonic Studio III
    Sonic Radar III
    Overwolf
    CloneDrive
    Kaspersky® Anti-Virus
    DAEMON Tools Software
    Winzip
    ASUS WebStorage
    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 operating in PCIEX4 mode, SATA port 5. 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 comes from the 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
    *9 ROG GameFirst technology is only available for Windows 10/8.1 64-bit

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