MAXimus ix Apex
BACK TO WHERE ROG BEGAN
The new 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!
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Redefining the limits
Maximus IX Apex is a motherboard built for serious performance. The ROG 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™ CPU-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.
BUILT TO WIN
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!
- 1QLEDFour LEDs to show the current boot status
- 2LN2 MODE JUMPERJumper to enable special options and functions for liquid-nitrogen (LN2) overclocking
- 3SLOW MODE SWITCH*Instantly reduces the CPU ratio to 8X to bypass finicky benchmark passages
- 4PAUSE SWITCH*Activate to pause the system and fine-tune OC parameters mid-benchmark
- 5RSVD SWITCH (CBB SWITCH)*Helps the system boot under extreme temperatures (≦-120°C)
- 6PCIE SWITCHESFour switches to independently enable or disable any of the four x16-length PCIe slots, for easy debugging
- 7DRAM JUMPERSTwo jumpers to enable or disable either of the DIMM channels
- 8RETRY BUTTONOne press instantly initiates a hard reset
- 9SAFE BOOT BUTTONInstantly reset the PC and boot directly into a safe mode
- 10PROBEITCheck the voltage via integrated measurement points
- 11MEMOK!Instantly retune memory settings for a guaranteed boot
- 12BIOS SWITCH (FOR DUAL BIOS)Switch quickly and easily between BIOS one and two
*Slow mode, Pause and RSVD switches require that LN2 mode is enabled
Specialized circuitry allows Maximus IX Apex to detect when condensation occurs on the back of the board. Divided into three distinct sections — CPU, DRAM and PCIe — the feature provides a useful warning when an area may be at risk of short-circuiting.
- CPU LEDFlashes when condensation is detected near the CPU
- DRAM LEDFlashes when condensation is detected near the DRAM
- PCIE LEDFlashes when condensation is detected near the DRAM
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!
The ROG team has raised the bar once again on memory overclocking with its latest 7th Gen Intel Core motherboard. Maximus IX Apex has enabled Corsair to showcase our Vengeance RGB DDR4 8GBx2 kit running at an impressive 4266MHz speed at CES 2017.
Thi La – Chief Operating Officer
Over the years, G.Skill has always worked closely with ASUS and ROG to develop the highest-performance products for every new platform generation. With the extreme memory-overclocking capability of the ROG Maximus IX Apex motherboard, we are able to develop the fastest DDR4 16GB 8GBx2 memory kit up to 4266MHz with rock-solid reliability — and extreme performance for the 7th Gen Intel Core processors. Tequila Huang — Corporate Vice President
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 the stable and smooth core voltages.
BCLK Range (MHz)
* Base-clock overclocking range will vary according to CPU capabilities, cooling, motherboard support and tuning options. Ranges up to 650MHz are possible under some conditions.
Advantages of ASUS
- Reduced boot time
- Lower jitter under extreme conditions, for higher overclocks
- Increased stability under heavy overclocking
- MICROFINE ALLOY CHOKESMore stable and greater efficiency at high currents
- 3xfiner than
- 31%cooler than
- 3xfiner than
- 10KJAPANESE-MADE BLACK
- 20%greater extreme
- 50%SMALLER NEXFET™
- Over90%more efficient
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.
MAXIUMS IX APEX AND DIMM.2 WITH DRAM COOLER
OS: Win 10 Pro 64-bit│CPU: Intel Core™ Core i7 7700K│Motherboard: Maximus IX Apex│GPU: 2 x AMD 6990 running CrossFire│Test Drive: Samsun 950 Pro 512GB│Memory: 4 x HyperX FURY DDR4-2133 4GB│Memory Cooler: Corsair Dominator Memory Cooler│Chassis: In Win Standard ATX case│Software: IOMeter 1.1.0 (performance benchmark)
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!
Maximus IX Apex has an asymmetrical X-shaped circuit board that with a radical lighting scheme that utilizes cutouts to create an impressive backlighting effect.
The F-117 stealth fighter-inspired heatsink features sharp, chiseled edges and flat surfaces for serious visual impact.
Illuminated customizable nameplate
Use the bundled DIY kit to customize your nameplate, and the new text or logo will illuminate with Aura Sync lighting.
*The DIY kit includes a black Mylar backplate, allowing for easy customization. (Note: The pre-cut ROG logo is shown here as an example, but letters can be customized.) **The LEDs for the customized nameplate are disabled by default by the LIGHT_BAR_2 jumper. Switch the jumper position in order to enable the LEDs.