Asus’ ROG Maximus IX Extreme is fit for a king

Asus' latest high-end motherboard for liquid cooling fans, the ROG Maximus IX Extreme, has arrived and is available for purchase. Brace yourselves and your wallets, for this is a pricey one—though not without some good reasons. The Maximus IX Extreme will set you back a cool $630. If you're still conscious after that sticker shock, read on.

This E-ATX board is fully decked-out, but what really sets it apart from similar offerings is the built-in liquid cooling waterblock. To our knowledge, the full-coverage block covering the CPU socket and all the VRMs makes the Extreme the first of its kind. Asus teamed up with Bitspower to develop the waterblock, which packs flow-rate, water-leak, and temperature sensors. The company says the leak-detection sensor is capable of turning the system off in the event of a leak or spill. There's even an M.2 heatsink that can attach to the waterblock, too. Finally, for the blinkenlights fans, the block comes with RGB LED lighting compatible with Asus' Aura Sync.

All those cooling niceties wouldn't be worth much if the board didn't have plenty of spots for you to plug all your hardware into, though. On the networking side, the mobo comes with an Intel-powered Gigabit Ethernet port and a 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter. A USB 3.1 Type-A port and a Type-C connector with Thunderbolt 3 support are accompanied by two USB 3.0 and four USB 2.0 ports. There's also a header for a pair of front-panel USB 3.1 ports. The standard loadout of audio jacks is present, all color-coded with LEDs. The audio outputs are fed by a Realtek S1220 codec and an ESS DAC for extra audio crispness.

On the board itself, you'll find three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots with SLI support, along with eight SATA ports and two M.2 PCIe x4 slots. If you're going full-bore with cooling, you'll find eight radiator fan headers and a host of watercooling sensor headers. For the overclocking-crazy, there's an external BCLK generator and support for RAM speeds up to 4133 MT/s. Finally, should things go a little awry during overclocking, the board includes multiple mode-setting switches and onboard buttons to help with the process of pulling every last MHz from your gear.

This is an expensive board, but we're hardly surprised considering the extras that come along for the ride. The ROG Maximus IX Extreme is going for $630 over on Newegg right now.

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    • Srsly_Bro
    • 3 years ago

    Sure would have been nice for the writer to list what CPU this is compatible with. Ad revenue on click through?

      • slowriot
      • 3 years ago

      You’ve got the socket and chipset information. That’s all you need to know the compatible CPUs.

        • KarateBob
        • 3 years ago

        I see no socket or (PCH) chipset information in the write-up. Where is it?

          • slowriot
          • 3 years ago

          Immediately behind the link. Oh I get it, we need to complain about that and insinuate something nefarious even though in no practical terms was the information hidden or hard to find. Are you people that bored?

            • KarateBob
            • 3 years ago

            The information is not in the news post. The most important piece of information (or 2nd most – after $630) is omitted from the write-up, but every other detail is included.

            How do you not see this as a problem?

    • BIF
    • 3 years ago

    Why do this with an LGA 1151? True power users want 2011 Version 85+.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    Such profit margins.

    These halo products are fun to look at by nobody* is ever going to buy them.

    * <0.00001% of the build-your-own-PC market.

      • Whispre
      • 3 years ago

      I bought one a month ago off amazon… 🙂

    • DrDominodog51
    • 3 years ago

    What socket is this?

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      LGA-1151 (Z-270).

      But if I bought one I’d be too afraid to sully it with a cheap cheap under $1000 CPU.

    • slowriot
    • 3 years ago

    Normally I’m the guy to defend the price on niche products but even this one has left my head scratching a bit. $300~ for a high end motherboard + $150~ for a monoblock to cover CPU + VRMs is still quite a bit cheaper than the price on this.

    • Mikael33
    • 3 years ago

    That motherboard costs more than my last build’s CPU and Motherboard put together and I don’t think a 6700K is considered low end.
    Anyone willing to take bets on how much more, if any, overclocking headroom you get with this ultra premium mobo?

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    Price would be almost totally worth it if the coolant was chilled vodka with a tap and the option to switch between different flavors–now THAT would be Hail to the King, baby!

    • JMccovery
    • 3 years ago

    Someone tell me that my eyes aren’t failing me, and that I actually saw that this board will go for $630.

    Six-hundred Thirty Dollars…

    You know, I’m honestly afraid to see how much the ROG X299 Extreme or the possible AMD HEDT Extreme board(s) will go for.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    The motherboard was henceforth known as ‘IX’, which in the local dialect means ‘motherboard who is not able to satisfactorily explain what a Hrung is, nor why it should have chosen to collapse on Betelgeuse Seven’.

    • Growler
    • 3 years ago

    Maximus? Yawn. Call me when they release an Optimus.

      • 223 Fan
      • 3 years ago

      still waiting for the Poochie ediion.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      Because you’re Primed for it?

      • BurntMyBacon
      • 3 years ago

      Sounds reasonable, but they are going to need new suffixes.
      Optimus Gene
      Optimus Hero
      Optimus Code
      Optimus Apex
      Optimus Formula
      Optimus Extreme

      These just don’t do it for me.
      Wake me up when they have an Optimus Prime.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    ____^____^____^ $630 ____________________________________________________

      • ImSpartacus
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, this is a little outlandish.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    Motherboard with built in cassette deck?

    Does it has vacuum tubes too? I’m in.

      • Flapdrol
      • 3 years ago

      it really does look like a cassette deck.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      It’s [url=https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f1/Soundwaveboxart.JPG<]Soundwave[/url<]! Everybody run! It's a Decepticon!

        • Voldenuit
        • 3 years ago

        Soundwave >>> Blaster.

        Soundwave. Superior. Blaster. Inferior. /voice modulator.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          Yeah, man. Nobody remembers Blaster. Takara created Blaster because Soundwave was so popular, and that’s that.

          The Decepticons as a whole were cooler than the Autobots, except for the leader. Optimus was king over Megatron every day, baby.

      • DPete27
      • 3 years ago

      [url=https://techreport.com/news/3670/aopen-totally-tubular-mobo<]leaving this here[/url<]

      • Wilko
      • 3 years ago

      My thoughts exactly. I was scrolling down the news and did a double take. “Is that a cassette player on a motherboard?”

      • caconym
      • 3 years ago

      Don’t forget to set Windows to rewind your CPU during off-hours.

      • Redocbew
      • 3 years ago

      It makes me want to flip it over once I’m done with side 1.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      But the [url=https://img.memecdn.com/this-mixtape-is-really-hot_o_4737407.webp<]meme[/url<] with mixtapes is how [i<]hot[/i<] they are....

        • Liron
        • 3 years ago

        …hence the liquid cooling!

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