ASUS has just announced their Republic of Gamers (ROG) Maximus IX Extreme motherboard for a staggering $629. This Z270 motherboard has pretty much everything you would want on a motherboard and then some! Lets start with the obvious thing which is the monoblock. The monoblock was designed in collaboration with Bitspower and covers the CPU, VRM, and M.2 slot. It has embedded temperature and flow-rate sensors as well as a built-in leak detector.
You get the normal features with this board so DDR4 support up to 4133 MHz, dual PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots for SLI and CrossFire support, USB 3.1 Type-A/C, and that M.2 slot, which is Intel Optane ready. Other ASUS “exclusive” features on this board include a pre-mounted I/O shield, strengthened SafeSlot PCI Express slots, SafeDIMM memory slots, and a copper-plated PCB edge. There is also ASUS’s Extreme Engine Digi+ which is composed of NexFET MOSFETs, MicroFine alloy chokes, Digi+ PWM controller, and 10K black metallic capacitors. The board has twelve fan headers scattered throughout the PCB as well as flowrate and temperature sensors.
The monoblock, IO cover, and logo all light up with RGB lighting, which can be controlled using ASUS’s Aura software. The board also has RGB headers to add even more bling.
As we mentioned this board will retail for $629.