ASUS ROG Maximus IX Extreme
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.