Asus ROG Maximus IX Apex Review & Specifications

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex DDR4 M.2 EATX

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Designed for 7th generation Intel Core processors to maximize connectivity and speed with USB 3.1 Type A and Type C connections, vertically mounted dual M.2 and Intel Optane Memory compatibility
Record-shattering overclocking design with features like dual BIOS chips, LN2 mode switch, water-cooling system headers, thermal sensor connectors and problem measurement points
5-Way Optimization with Auto-Tuning and Fan pert 4 automatically tailors overclocking profiles to your unique build for maximum OC performance and dynamic system cooling
Three patent-pending Safe Slots feature an injection molding process that integrates metal framing for stronger, firmly anchored Pie slots built for heavyweight GPUs
Unmatched personalization with ASUS exclusive AURA Sync RGB lighting, two additional RGB headers and a 3D-printing friendly design

Specs Overview

Model
  • MAXIMUS IX APEX
  • ROG MAXIMUS IX APEX
Series ROG
Socket LGA1151
Form factor EATX
Chipset Intel Z270
Supported Memory DDR4:
2133Mhz 2400Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 3000Mhz 3200Mhz 3300Mhz 3333Mhz 3400Mhz 3466Mhz 3600Mhz 3733Mhz 3800Mhz 3866Mhz 4000Mhz 4133Mhz 4266Mhz
Audio Chipset ROG SupremeFX High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A
Audio Channels 8 Channels
LAN Chipset Intel I219-V
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Onboard USB 3.0
SATA 3 Gbps Ports 0
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 4
SATA Express Ports 0
M.2 Ports 2
mSATA Slots 0
RAM Slots 2
Maximum Supported RAM 32GB

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  • CPU

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

  • Chipset

    Intel® Z270

  • Memory

    2 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR4 4266(O.C.)/4133(O.C.)/4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3800(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3500(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 
    * Hyper DIMM support is subject to the physical characteristics of individual CPUs. 

  • Graphic

    Integrated Graphics Processor- Intel® HD Graphics support 
    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® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology 
    Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology 
    Supports AMD 4-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 (max at x4 mode, gray) 
    2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1 (black) 
    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)

  • Storage

    Intel® Z270 Chipset : 
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 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)
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
    Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology 
    Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
    Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready *1

  • LAN

    Intel® I219V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller(s)
    ASUS LAN Guard
    Dual interconnect between the integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and physical layer (PHY)

  • Audio

    ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A*2
    - Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
    - Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
    - ESS® ES9023P
    Audio Feature :
    - SupremeFX Shielding™ Technology
    - Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel

  • USB Ports

    Intel® Z270 Chipset : 
    8 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) 
    Intel® Z270 Chipset : *3
    6 x USB 2.0 port(s) 
    ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller : 
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port(s) (2 at back panel, , Type-A + USB Type-CTM)

  • ROG Exclusive Features

    ROG RAMCache II
    ROG CPU-Z
    ROG CloneDrive
    MemOK! Button
    Slow Mode
    CMOS button
    Overwolf
    ReTry Button
    Safe Boot Button
    Start Button
    Reset Button
    LN2 Mode
    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
    UEFI BIOS features :

  • Special Features

    5-Way Optimization by Dual Intelligent Processors 5

    SafeDIMM slot
    AURA :
    - Aura Lighting Control
    - Aura RGB Strip Headers
    - Aura Lighting Effects Synchronization with compatible ASUS ROG devices
    ASUS Exclusive Features :
    - MemOK!
    - AI Suite 3
    - Anti-Surge
    ASUS EZ DIY :
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3 
    - ASUS EZ Flash 3 
    - ASUS USB BIOS Flashback 
    - ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
    ASUS Q-Design :
    - ASUS Q-Shield
    - ASUS Q-Code
    - ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
    - ASUS Q-Slot
    - ASUS Q-Connector
    Gaming Aesthetics :
    - 3D printing friendly
    - AURA-RGB Lighting
    Performance Optimization :
    - Fan Xpert 4 featuring Fan Auto Tuning function and multiple thermistors selection for optimized system cooling control

  • Back I/O Ports

    1 x PS/2 keyboard (purple)
    1 x PS/2 mouse (green)
    1 x DisplayPort
    1 x HDMI
    1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
    2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 ()Type-A + USB Type-CTM
    6 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 
    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

    1 x AAFP connector
    2 x RGB Header(s)
    1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1 port(s) 
    3 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 6 USB 2.0 port(s)
    4 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 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
    2 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
    1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
    9 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
    1 x EZ Plug connector(s) (4-pin Molex power connector)
    2 x DRAM channel jumper
    1 x Reset button(s)
    1 x BIOS Switch button(s)
    1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
    1 x Safe Boot button
    1 x ReTry button
    1 x 14-1 pin TPM connector
    1 x Slow Mode jumper(s)
    1 x W_Pump+ Header
    1 x AIO PUMP Header
    1 x 3D Mount screw port(s)
    1 x W_IN header
    1 x W_OUT header
    1 x W_FLOW header
    2 x Thermal sensor connector
    1 x Start button
    1 x DIMM.2 Slot supports 2 M.2 drives (2242-22110) 
    3 x 4-pin Full Speed Fan connectors
    1 x MemOK! Button
    1 x PCIe x16 Lane Switch 
    3 x onboard LED ON/OFF jumper(s)
    1 x PAUSE Switch 
    1 x RSVD Switch

  • Accessories

    User's manual
    I/O Shield
    4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
    1 x M.2 Screw Package
    1 x Supporting DVD
    1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-L)
    1 x Q-Connector
    1 x 10-in-1 ROG cable label
    1 x DIMM.2 extension card with 2 x M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
    1 x ROG Logo Sticker(s)
    1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
    1 x 3D printing mount package
    1 x ROG coaster(s)
    1 x Customizable Name Plate Accessory Pack

  • Operating System

    Windows® 10 64-bit
    Windows® 8.1 64-bit *4
    Windows® 7 32-bit *4
    Windows® 7 64-bit *4

  • Form Factor

    Extended ATX Form Factor 
    12 inch x 10.7 inch ( 30.5 cm x 27.2 cm )

  • Note

    *1 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.

    *2 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.

    *3 2 x USB2.0 port at mid-board share with ROG extension (ROG_EXT) port. 

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

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