ASUS’ Republic of Gamers product line offers a clear commitment to the highest quality and most innovative hardcore PC components, peripherals, and the like. The ASUS ROG Maximus IX Formula motherboard is certainly no exception. Featuring critical new improvements over its bestselling predecessor, the Maximus VII, this motherboard provides an all-in-one solution that can efficiently and effectively make use of the new Intel® 7th generation Kaby Lake processors.
Arguably the most notable feature in terms of functionality and optimizing performance, the ASUS ROG Maximus IX provides a hybridized cooling system, allowing the user to cool their system with either water or air. The new design also boasts reengineered fins that cool quieter and more efficiently. ROG’s innovative CrossChill EK II not only provides top quality cooling, but it additionally provides real-time information and monitoring of the entire system. At any point, you can examine the temperature at the input/output of any individual component as well as the overall flow rate of the water coolant throughout the loop.
For those who appreciate quality aesthetics, even in a motherboard, look no further. The ASUS ROG Maximus IX’s black steel design paired with the onboard AURA lighting control software creates an alluring visual experience that can be tailored to fit anyone’s preferences. There are multiple RBG LEDs and LED strips built into the board that perform in perfect synchronization, with a wide variety of modes. For example, the LEDs can breathe, strobe, cycle, pulse to music, convey CPU temperature and even integrate with other compatible hardware. The ASUS Aura Sync technology creates a central hub to control all your LED enabled devices in unison.
ROG has upgraded their onboard audio with a new SupremeFX S1220 codec that drastically increases the sound and recording quality as well as an ESS Sabre Hi-Fi ES9023P digital-to-analog converter to provide similar quality sound from the front panel. The goal behind the added sound technology is to create a more immersive and three-dimensional sonic experience ideal for gamers and casual users alike. They also included an audio-tuning suite that can manage all your outputs, create audio profiles, and dynamically filter out unwanted noise. Speaking from experience, background static and white noise can seriously impact immersion when playing games or even streaming online videos.
Aside from some of the showier features, the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Formula motherboard has a variety of useful and important characteristics that makes it a top-tier board. It features DDR4 memory, one-click overclocking, multi-GPU support, dynamic cooling, a graphical mouse-controlled BIOS, USB 3.1, USB-C connectors, advanced surge protection, rear I/O shield, 3D printing templates, and much more. Unlike a lot of motherboards, it has built in 802.11ac Wi-Fi with dual-band antennas to make optimal use of any type of wireless connection you have available.
This is merely the condensed version, highlighting the key features and important aspects. I’ll let the ASUS ROG Maximus IX’s specifications speak for itself.