ROG Maximus IX Apex Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 EATX Motherboard

  • Skylake/Kabylake
  • DDR4 2133-4266
  • 4x PCIEx16
  • 2x PCIEx1
  • 2x M.2
  • 4x SATA 6Gb/s
  • 1x USB 3.1 TypeC
  • 1x USB3.1
  • 8x USB3.0
  • 6x USB2.0
  • SLI/Crossfire
  • Intel LAN,
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Stock Code: MB-68P-AS

EAN: 4712900650686

MPN: 90MB0T90-M0EAY0

Manufacturer: Asus

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ROG Maximus IX Apex Intel Z270 (Socket 1151) DDR4 EATX Motherboard

Product Description

The ASUS Maximus IX APEX ROG is an E-ATX motherboard utilising Intel's Z270 chipset offering compatibility with Intel's processors from the 6th ("Skylake") and 7th (Kaby Lake) generations using socket LGA 1151. The 200-series of chipsets, "Union Point" offer up to 24 PCIe Express 3.0 lanes and generally bring more HSIO lanes (High Speed I/O), which allows more internal connections such as SATA or PCIe slots to be used simultaneously. As a Z270 motherboard this allows the ASUS Maximus IX APEX ROG to overclock K-series processors which offer an unlocked multiplier.

The Features of the ASUS Maximus IX APEX ROG at a Glance:

  • 3× PCIe (3.0) x16 (16/8/4) & 2× PCIe (3.0) x1
  • 2× USB 3.1 (Type A & Type C) / 8× USB 3.0
  • 2× M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) via DIMM.2 / 4× SATA 6G
  • Supports up to 32 GB DDR4-RAM at 4.266 MHz
  • ASUS AURA RGB-LED lighting
  • Expandable via RGB-LED header(4-Pin)
  • CPU Overclocking via multiplier & Base Clock

The ASUS Maximus IX APEX ROG in Detail

The ASUS Maximus IX APEX ROG is a luxuriously featured E-ATX motherboard for enthusiasts and overclockers with Intel's Z270 chipset for Intel's CPUs from the 6000- and 7000- series. The black board offers three PCIe x16 slots, of which one is connected by 16 full lanes to the chipset, while the PCIe x16 slots are connected electrically with four or eight data links. The board also provides compatibility with an array of expansion cards via two PCIe x1 slots and also supports NVIDIA's SLI and AMD's CrossFireX technologies.

The motherboard comes with two DIMM slot for DDR4 RAM in fast Dual-Channel mode. The memory banks accept up to 32 GB RAM in total and, depending on the processor, the board supports either 2.133 MHz (with Skylake CPUs) or 2.400 MHz (with Kaby Lake CPUs), and memory modules up to 4.266 MHz can be used by means of overclocking.

In order to connect data storage to the board it comes with a special DIMM.2 slot, which allows two M.2 SSDs utilising the particularly fast NVMe protocol to be connected via an adapter. Additionally the board supports 4 SATA 6G connections for 3,5" or 2,5" hard drives and SSDs (incl RAID support). The M.2 ports are connected via four PCIe lanes in the 3.0 standard to the chipset and, when combined with the NVMe protocol, this allows a data transfer rate of almost 4 GB/s. This means M.2 PCIe SSDs function up to 8 times faster than SATA 6G SSDs!

The motherboard provides connectivity by way of an I/O bracket which offers a new kind of USB port, Type C, which is particularly thin and can finally be plugged in using either orientation. Apart from the Type C port the motherboard also offers a backwards compatible USB 3.1 Type A port. USB 3.1 ports are capable of maximum speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s, twice as fast as previous USB 3.0 connections. Input devices and other gaming peripherals are compatible via the I/O panel's six USB 3.0 ports.

If no graphics card is available, the integrated GPU of the Skylake or Kaby Lake processors allow monitors to be connected directly to the rear of the motherboard - offering HDMI and DisplayPort for this purpose. Internally the motherboard comes with various headers, jumpers and buttons including XMP support and an array of overclocking features. Among the special features of the ASUS Maximum IX APEX ROG is the ASUS Aura RGB-LED lighting and two headers for RGB-LED strips.

Technical Details:
  • Format: E-ATX
  • Chipset: Intel Z270 ("Union Point")
    Socket: 1151 (for 6th and 7th generation Intel CPUs ("Skylake"/"Kaby Lake")
  • RAM: 2× DDR4 (Skylake: DDR4-2.133, Kaby Lake: DDR4-2.400, OC max. 4.266 MHz)
  • Slots (physical):
    1× PCIe 3.0 x16
    1× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x8)
    2× PCIe 3.0 x16 (electrical x4)
    Compatible multi-VGA configurations: 2-Way-SLI (Quad-GPU), 4-Way-CrossFireX (Quad-GPU)
    2× PCIe 3.0 x1
  • Internal Connectors:
    4× SATA 6G
    2× M.2 via DIMM.2 card (PCIe 3.0 x4, 2242/2260/2280)
    1× USB 3.1 Front panel connector
    2× USB 3.0 (one header)
    6× USB 2.0 (three headers)
    2× Aura RGB LED Strip headers
    1× CPU Fan (4-Pin PWM)
    1× CPU OPT Fan (4 Pin PWM)
    3× Fans (4-Pin PWM)
    1× Pump connector (4-Pin)
    1× Pump connector (4-Pin, for AiOs)
    1× BIOS Switch button
    1× Clear CMOS button
    1× LN2 Mode switch
    1× LN2 Mode jumper
    1× Start- Safe- Reset & Retry Button
    2× Thermal sensor header
    Power/Reset/LED/Front Audio
  • External Connectors:
    2× PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse
    2× USB 3.1 (1× Type A and Type C)
    6× USB 3.0
    1× Gigabit LAN (Intel I219-V)
    1× HDMI 1.4b
    1× DisplayPort 1.2
    1× USB BIOS Flashback Button
    1× Clear CMOS Button
    1× S/PDIF (optical)
    5× Audio (7.1 ROG SupremeFX S1220A)
  • Power Supply:
    1× 24-Pin EATX
    1× 8-Pin ATX 12V

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