ASUS Z270 Maximus IX Extreme Preview

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These first two images still make us do a double take and we have it in front of us. Have you ever looked at a motherboard and begrudged having to also invest in a ton of fan extension cables and a controller? Do you wish that your front-mounted radiator could go push-pull but the lack of headers is holding you back? Welcome to the Maximus IX Extreme. A motherboard with a massive, barely believable, 8 fan headers on the leading edge of the motherboard, as well as two dedicated waterpump headers and a water flow monitoring point. Sure you could, theoretically, run the Extreme with air cooling, but why on earth would you? For a start the Code or Formula do 99% of the things that this does in that scenario, yet at a significantly smaller investment. This is an Extreme, water cooling is a minimum. And, as you can see from the slow mode dip-switches, LN2 and DICE are well catered for. 

Much like a few motherboards we've seen recently it appears that it is definitely time to say goodbye to the "good idea never used" SATA Express, as the Maximus IX Extreme is SATA III only when it comes to the 'slow' end of the storage scale. We have to say that we love the sideways mounted 24 pin ATX power. We were only saying the other day in our Crosshair retrospective how it was something we'd love to see make a return and here it is. Our cable-tidying obsession thanks you.

Of course why you're really here is that waterblock, and here it is in situ. Despite the excellence of third-party solutions they always have to have a slightly generic design to appeal to the largest possible amount of people. This has no qualms about being for the Maximus IX and looks the part, blending in perfectly with the overall theme.

We'll be back with a full review soon, but in the meantime let us know what you think on the OC3D Forums.

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24-03-2017, 17:51:55

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

24-03-2017, 18:18:37

AlienALX
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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

King of Old Old School
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

Shingara
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.

Shame.Quote

03-04-2017, 04:58:11

tinytomlogan
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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.

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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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