ASUS Z270 Maximus IX Extreme Preview

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS Z270 Maximus IX Extreme Preview


When we first looked at the middle options in the Maximus IX range we must confess that we had quite a few conversations over a pint about what exactly ASUS could do with the Extreme. Both the Maximus IX Code and the Maximus IX Formula came equipped with the ASUS Armor which we first saw back in the P67 days and has been refined ever since. Both had plenty of SATA slots, AURA lighting, M.2 support, blazing DDR4 speeds, front panel USB 3.1 and all the rest. In fact we struggled to work out what was missing from the Code and Formula, let alone how ASUS could justify calling the next model the Extreme, especially given how fast we could overclock the other Maximus IX models.

Today we get our answer, and it is, as answers so often are, desperately simple when you boil it down.

So what did ASUS do to justify this model being the Maximus IX Extreme, and perhaps that lofty price tag? In short, they threw everything they had at it, and quite a few things we didn't realise they had. It is, to borrow a phrase from Nigel Tufnel, a motherboard that goes up to eleven.

Technical Specifications

If you're here then you already know the plentiful features available from the Z270 chipset, so let's only focus on what is - to our knowledge at least - either unique to the Maximus IX Extreme or extremely rare to find elsewhere. Firstly we have support for the forthcoming Intel Optane technology. This promises to deliver the holy grail combination of blazing fast access times whilst not requiring you to give up your first born and an internal organ to achieve those access speeds on large storage mediums. Now this isn't the first time we've heard claims about a technology which unifies the processor, chipset and storage devices to give the best of both speed and capacity worlds, but with Intel behind it there is a serious chance it might be the first to do so successfully.

Next up you'll notice that the WiFi supports MU-MIMO. "So what?", we hear you say, "our AC WiFi is plenty fast enough". So it might be, but it is a single pipe delivering data across the myriad of wireless devices that we have in our homes. Sure the gap between each packet being sent is so small you'll struggle to notice, but it is only serving a single packet of data to a single device at a time. The MU-MIMO (Multiple User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technology serves packets of data to all your devices continuously. So as our bandwidth becomes ever more saturated with 4K Netflix streaming whilst downloading a Sky boxset, checking Twitter and pwning n00bs in Overwatch, so eventually you're left waiting around. Not with MU-MIMO. It will be as revolutionary as Fibre internet.

The next element to be worthy of mention requires pictorial accompaniment, so click on to the next page.

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Most Recent Comments

24-03-2017, 17:51:55

Nice looking MB but the waterblock looks like an old cassette tapeQuote

24-03-2017, 18:18:37

Originally Posted by Greenback View Post
Nice looking MB but the waterblock looks like an old cassette tape
haha yeah it does.Quote

24-03-2017, 20:24:42

lol Intel & AMD fan boys/girls will never ever get on so that bit make me laugh.

To anyone moaning about the pricing there's a reason why this cost more than a normal motherboard.....lolQuote

02-04-2017, 14:08:11

After the show they did on the 1st im really not impressed by asus right now, they shouted about future products and they only stated intel and nvidia stuff. The fact they arnt doing this board for am4 is shocking.

I dont understand this mindset where companys think people who support amd are cheapskates. I would happily throw £500 at this mb for my ryzen build if not more. And the limited scope of the asus line up when you compare it to others is a bit lack luster.

Yes we can say the components are bulletproof, but the lack of more then 1 m.2 connector, the fact the crossy doesnt even come with the wifi connected onto it out of the box, the fact they are having the worst problems right now just via ram screams they simply dont care.

To me what they are doing right now is tokenism and for the first time in over a decade im actually thinking of not going asus. And its a shame because this extreme motherboard is a thing of beauty and for anyone who is thinking of watercooling this is the go to board.


03-04-2017, 04:58:11

Originally Posted by Shingara View Post
After the show they did on the 1st im really not impressed by asus right now, they shouted about future products and they only stated intel and nvidia stuff. The fact they arnt doing this board for am4 is shocking.

A £600 AM4 board wouldnt sell.

£250 is high enough in the grand scheme of things.

Im sure youll get something else AM4 wise but there is a limit and you have to think they know a bit more than you may, especially as I doubt youd buy a £600 Ryzen board even if they did make one...Quote

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