Cost-sav­ing ex­trem­ism

ASUS ROG Max­imus IX Ex­treme

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by John Law

If you were to com­pare to­day’s moth­er­boards with their pre­de­ces­sors from just three years ago, you’ll no­tice that, be­sides the ob­vi­ous evo­lu­tion­ary ad­vance­ments, man­u­fac­tur­ers have gone an ex­tra mile by pre-in­stalling wa­ter-cool­ing mods and head­ers di­rectly into their moth­er­boards. While fea­tures like these al­low DIY PC en­thu­si­ast and case­mod­ders to cut down the cost of wa­terblock com­po­nents, that ges­ture of good­will is two steps fur­ther with the ASUS ROG Max­imus IX Ex­treme.

How so, you ask? First, the en­tire pack­age is gen­uinely heav­ier than the stan­dard moth­er­board, and with good rea­son. As men­tioned ear­lier, the Max­imus IX Ex­treme is a high­per­for­mance moth­er­board that comes with a monoblock, also known as ASUS’s own ver­sion of a CPU wa­terblock. The monoblock, if and when it is put to use, snug­gly fits on top of the CPU, and even has its own in­let / out­let ports for the coolant to flow through. Be­sides its (heavy) wa­terblock, the board also sports a pretty clean-cut, no-fuss de­sign.

Mov­ing for­ward, the Max­imus IX Ex­treme also comes equipped with a host of fea­tures. The most ob­vi­ous fea­ture of the board is the dual-band MU-MIMO an­tenna, which al­lows users to max­i­mize Wi-Fi speeds. Com­bined with the In­tel Eth­er­net LAN port, users can make the two medi­ums work to­gether, such as pri­or­i­tiz­ing the band­width be­tween gam­ing and nongam­ing func­tions. The sec­ond no­table fea­ture is its over­clock­ing sup­port for DDR4 RAM, al­low­ing users to push mem­ory fre­quen­cies up to a max­i­mum of 4,133MHz.

The per­for­mance is as one would ex­pect from a high­per­for­mance Kaby Lake CPU and Z270 board. With our CPU over­clocked at 5GHz, we tested the board us­ing PCMark 8, Cinebench R15, and the lat­est PCMark 10.

On PCMark 8’s Cre­ative ac­cel­er­ated test, the board scored 6,776 points, while on PCMark 10, its scored 7,287 points on the ex­tended test, and 4,705 on the nor­mal test. For Cinebench R15, the sys­tem at­tained a mul­ti­threaded score of 1,004 points, while its sin­glethreaded score was rated at 204 points. In CPU-in­ten­sive ti­tles like To­tal War: Warham­mer, the board was able to sus­tain an av­er­age 77 fps when gam­ing at Full HD res­o­lu­tion, and be­tween 46 and 52 fps in WQHD res­o­lu­tion.

con­cLu­Sion Look­ing to shave down your wa­ter­cool­ing cost? the RoG Max­imus iX ex­treme comes with its own cpu wa­terblock.

we’re fairly cer­tain we could’ve pushed the cpu even fur­ther with this moth­er­board.

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