Asus Max­imus IX Code

www.asus.com £290

PC GAMER (UK) - - Hardware -

This is just a cou­ple of steps down from Asus’s most ex­pen­sive Z270 moth­er­boards and as such it’s packed with fea­tures and per­for­mance. The most strik­ing thing about it, how­ever, is that it’s cov­ered head to toe in plas­tic ar­mour.

4This pro­tects the board and makes it look bet­ter too. On the flip­side, it can be quite an in­con­ve­nience if you drop a screw and get it stuck un­der that lot.

There are also sev­eral RGB-lit zones, in­clud­ing a Repub­lic of Gamers logo in the mid­dle of the board. RGB light­ing is get­ting a lit­tle out of hand at the mo­ment but the bal­ance here is about right and it can all be con­trolled from the desk­top soft­ware.

It’s a top-tier board, so you get masses of fea­tures in­clud­ing 2x USB 3.1 and 6x USB 3.0 ports on the back­plate, with sup­port for sev­eral more via head­ers. There are also two M.2 SSD slots, though their po­si­tion­ing is far from ideal. You also get top notch au­dio and in­built ac-Wi-Fi.

All this, and ex­ten­sive over­clock­ing op­tions from a UEFI that’s sim­ple and quick to nav­i­gate. I couldn’t get the mem­ory to hit its XMP-de­fined 3200MHz top speed but oth­er­wise the board over­clocked the 7700K CPU to 5GHz with no prob­lems. Its re­sul­tant per­for­mance took sec­ond place in our charts.

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