Introducing the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex
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The new ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex delivers bold design and unparalleled power, hearkening back to the origins of the brand. With an optimized layout and radical aesthetics, the Apex is engineered to smash performance boundaries and to look good while doing it. That makes it the perfect motherboard for overclocking addicts who push their system to the limits, or for enthusiasts who want to build a showcase gaming rig!
Redefining the limits
The Republic of Gamers R&D team redefined boundaries with the Apex design — elevating its overclocking potential to dizzying heights. Manufactured using some of the industry’s highest-quality components, the Apex features a convention-breaking two-slot memory design on EATX to enable a highly optimized trace layout that reduces crosstalk and improves signal integrity. The Apex has already surpassed performance peaks by setting multiple world records to achieve global first places, breaking several long-standing records in the process. Among these record-breaking performances is the best Intel® Core™ processor -frequency since the X58 platform-based motherboards, with a single-core, single-thread frequency of 7.383GHz, and 7.328MHz at four cores and eight threads. The new board has also set a reference base-clock (BCLK) record at 584MHz, and a memory frequency surpassing 5GHz in single channel — turning in a breathtaking 5041MHz! In total, Maximus IX Apex has secured eight WRs and 18 GFPs.
*All world records and global first places were verified on January 25, 2017, and are recorded at HWBOT.org.
Overclocker’s Toolkit – 12 Hardware-Level Controls
Maximus IX Apex includes an overclocker’s toolkit with a dozen hardware-level controls to enhance the overclocking experience. The motherboard’s Dual BIOS allows end users to experiment with different firmware versions and provides a path for recovery in case one becomes corrupt, and the onboard switch allows end users to easily change between the first and second BIOS. The overclocker’s toolkit also includes a Pause switch to halt the system, DRAM jumpers for quick memory configuration, and four PCIe switches for quick slot toggling. Other tools include Safe Boot and ReTry buttons, an LN2 jumper to aid POST at sub-zero temperatures, and a slow mode switch. Combined, they’re quick and easy time-savers designed to help break more records.
Bar-Raising Memory Overclocking
ROG engineers adopted a two-slot memory design on an EATX motherboard, enabling a highly optimized layout for memory trace paths to minimize noise and improve signal integrity while allowing DDR4 overclocking to 4266MHz and beyond. ROG also works with all the major DDR4 memory vendors to ensure the best compatibility and real-world performance.
One-click overclocking and cooling
5-Way Optimization sorts all the complex settings with a click, for instant, highly controllable performance boosts. Exclusive ROG technology dynamically optimizes essential aspects of the system, based on real-time use — so end users get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and networking settings. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that the PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, and productivity.
- Games run swiftly and smoothly with high-performance and prioritized bandwidth.
- Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when gaming.
- Stutter is eliminated for smooth-running apps, even under heavy loads.
- Energy waste is reduced so end users save money and the Earth.
Aura Lighting Control
ASUS Aura Sync technology is the control hub for bringing illumination ambitions to life. With Aura Sync, it’s easy to synchronize incredible lighting effects between compatible components, including RGB LED strips, graphics cards, keyboards and even mice. Change all LEDs in unison or employ dynamic modes to flow the illumination effects smoothly across all synchronized devices
End users can customize LED effects with intuitive ASUS Aura Sync lighting-control software. With Aura, an end user can cast a stunning multi-color glow across their build via the ROG Maximus IX Apex’s brilliant built-in RGB LEDs or attached RGB strips via the two onboard 4-pin headers.
- Static – Always on
- Breathing – Fades in and out
- Strobing – Flashes on and off
- Color Cycle – Fades between the colors of the rainbow
- Music effect – Pulses to the beat of your music
- CPU Temperature – Changes color with CPU load
- Rainbow – A rolling multi-color glow
- Comet – A stream of light with a tail
Best Gaming Water Cooling
End users can fully dominate their water-cooling system. ROG’s innovative Water-Cooling Zone monitors a cooling system like never before. ROG Water-Cooling Zone’s dual water-temperature headers and flow-rate header feed information straight into ROG’s intuitive Fan Xpert 4 utility ─ so end users can stay on top of the heat and stay cool in every game.