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ASUS MAXIMUS IX APEX Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) E-ATX Motherboard

E-ATX (And Below), DDR4, 4 x SATA 3, 2 x M.2, 2 x USB 3.1, 8 x USB 3.0, 6 x USB 2.0, 3 x PCIE x16 Slots, SLI/Crossfire

ASUS MAXIMUS IX APEX Intel Z270 Socket 1151 E-ATX Motherboard
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£272.46 inc vat

£227.05 ex vat

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Order Code: ASU-Z27MA

Manf.Code: MAXIMUS IX APEX

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ASUS MAXIMUS IX APEX Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) E-ATX Motherboard overview

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS IX APEX

REDEFINING THE LIMITS

Overclocker's Toolkit
12 Hardware-Level Controls

Maximus IX Apex includes an overclocker's toolkit with a dozen hardware-level controls to aid your overclocking experience. The motherboard's Dual BIOS allows you to experiment with different firmware versions and provides a path for recovery in case one becomes corrupt, and the onboard switch allows you 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 you break more records!


  1. 1. QLED - Four LEDs to show the current boot status
  2. 2. LN2 MODE JUMPER - Jumper to enable special options and functions for liquid-nitrogen (LN2) overclocking.
  3. 3. SLOW MODE SWITCH* - Instantly reduces the CPU ratio to 8X to bypass finicky benchmark passages.
  4. 4. PAUSE SWITCH* - Activate to pause the system and fine-tune OC parameters mid-benchmark.
  5. 5. RSVD SWITCH (CBB SWITCH)* - Helps the system boot under extreme temperatures (<= -120°C).
  6. 6. PCIE SWITCHES - Four switches to independently enable or disable any of the four x16-length PCIe slots, for easy debugging.
  1. 7. DRAM JUMPERS - Two jumpers to enable or disable either of the DIMM channels.
  2. 8. RETRY BUTTON - One press instantly initiates a hard reset.
  3. 9. SAFE BOOT BUTTON - Instantly reset the PC and boot directly into a safe mode.
  4. 10. PROBEIT - Check the voltage via integrated measurement points.
  5. 11. MEMOK! - Instantly retune memory settings for a guaranteed boot.
  6. 12. BIOS SWITCH (FOR DUAL BIOS) - Switch quickly and easily between BIOS one and two.

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. But don't take our word for it — see what Corsair and G.Skill have to say about Apex's overclocking credentials!

ASUS Pro Clock technology with Extreme Engine Digi+

The dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 7th Generation Intel© processors is what allowed Apex to set an overclocked BCLK frequency record of 584MHz*. This custom solution works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control — providing an exciting new way to boost performance to extreme heights. And, of course, Maximus IX Apex includes Extreme Engine Digi+ — ROG's revered digital power controller. With Texas Instruments NexFET™ MOSFETs, and with MicroFine alloy chokes, the Digi+ PWM controller with 10K black metallic capacitors and Extreme Engine Digi+ technology always delivers consistently stable power.

DIMM.2

Maximus IX Apex's exclusive DIMM.2 module is a bundled expansion card that allows two M.2 drives to be connected via a DDR4 interface. You can then add a memory fan to direct cool air to the M.2 drives to prevent throttling, ensuring maximum performance.

Dual PCIex4 Gen 3 M.2

Maximus IX Apex features the DIMM.2 module which allows two NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 drives to be installed in RAID configurations for great performance. Add a third device to your RAID array via the PCH-side PCIe x16 slot and enjoy the world's fastest data transfer speeds on the Intel 7th Gen platform!

Aura lighting control

Customize LED effects with intuitive ASUS Aura Sync lighting-control software. Aura allows you to cast a stunning multi-color glow across your build via the ROG Maximus IX Apex's brilliant built-in RGB LEDs or attached RGB strips via the two onboard 4-pin headers. Fire up ASUS Aura and enjoy the creative freedom of nine lighting schemes - and watch all of the lights on your rig glow in perfect synchronization!

  • 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 3.0 port(s)
    Intel® Z270 Chipset : *3
    6 x USB 2.0 port(s)
    ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller :
    2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, , Type-A + Type-C)
  • 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 ()Type-A + Type-C
    6 x USB 3.0
    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 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 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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