As we get closer and closer to the launch of Intel’s Kaby Lake processors and the Z270 chipset it is getting harder to keep wraps on things and with that details and photos of ASUS’s upcoming ROG Maximus IX Formula, ROG Maximus IX Code, ROG Maximus IX Hero, and ROG STRIX Z270G Gaming motherboards have been leaked to the web!
ASUS ROG Maximus IX Formula Z270 Motherboard
The ASUS ROG Maximus IX Formula Z270 Motherboard will be the high-end ATX offering from ASUS on the Z270 chipset. This board has full armor on it as well as a pre-mounted I/O shield. There is RGB lighting throughout the board with lights on the rear I/O, on the ROG logo in the center of the board, on the two PCI-Express slots, and on the PCH heatsink. You have an 8+2+2 Phase Digital power design that features 10K black metallic capacitors, MicroFine Alloy Chokes, NexFET PW (Power) block MOSFET and DIGI+ Power Control Utility for real-time adjustments. All of these components are part of the new ASUS Extreme Engine Digi+ technology that improves CPU stability and overclocking. Power is brought to the board via an 8-pin EPS connector.
The board has four DDR4 DIMM slots that support up to 64GB of DDR4-4133 MHZ (O.C+) memory. As far as expansion slots go you have three PCI-e 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4 electrical), three PCI-e 3.0 x1 and dual M.2 Socket 3 Type M (PCI-e 3.0 x4 + SATA). For storage you have six SATA 6GB/s ports. There are also headers on the board for front panel USB 3.1, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.
Audio on the board is the new SupremeFX S1220 CODEC that comes with a new ALC S1220 CODEC, De-pop MOSFET, ESS Hi-Fi Sabre DAC, Premium Nichicon capacitors, all topped with SupremeFX shielding. As to I/O options, which are really pretty expansive, the Maximus IX Formula features 2 USB 3.1 (Type-A, Type-C) ports, 4 USB 3.0, 4 USB 2.0, Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2, 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11 AC WI-FI, Clr CMOS / BIOS Flashback buttons and a 7.1 Channel Audio Jack. The rear I/O, which again has the shield mounted on features two USB 3.1 ports (Type-A / Type-C), four USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet (Intel I219-V), HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2, 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11 AC WI-FI, Clr CMOS / BIOS Flashback buttons and 7.1 channel audio.
The board also has the latest CrossChill EK II water cooling system. This system has been developed in collaboration with EK Waterblocks and utilizes a new thin fin design, which increases water flow rate which offers a 4C improvement over the previous design. The board has dedicated headers for water cooling setups.
ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code
This board will be a step down from the ROG Maximus IX Formula, but it retains many of the same features. This ATX will not have the integrated water-cooling support and no lights on the PCI-Express slots or the PCH heatsink. It does have the same 8+2+2 power phase design with the same components.
Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16 (x16/x8/x4 electrical), three PCI-e 3.0 x1 and dual M.2 Socket 3 Type M (PCI-e 3.0 x4 + SATA) and you have the same storage options as well as rear I/O. The rear I/O however does not have the mounted I/O shield.
ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero
The ASUS ROG Maximus IX Hero will be the next step down from the ROG Maximus IX Code. It lacks the PCB armor that the first two motherboards have, although there is some on the edge of the board towards the rear I/O. It also will lack the 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11 AC WI-FI capabilities, and USB 2.0 (2+4) front panel headers.
Expansion slots, store, audio, and rear I/O remain the same as the code.
ASUS ROG Strix Z270G
The final board is the ASUS ROG Strix Z270G. It is a MicroATX board, so it is quite different than the first three boards we’ve shown you. It has aggressive heatsinks not only on the VRM heatsinks, but on the PCB heatsink as well.
The board has an 8+2+1 Phase Digital power design that features 10K black metallic capacitors, MicroFine Alloy Chokes, NexFET PW (Power) block MOSFET and DIGI+ Power Control Utility for real-time adjustment. The board has four DDR4 DIMM slots that support up to 64GB of DDR4-4000 MHz (O.C.+) memory. For expansion slots you have two PCI-e 3.0 x16 (x16/x8 electical), two PCI-e 3.0 x1 and dual M.2 slots that deliver up to 32 GB/s transfer speeds.
Storage includes six SATA 6GB/s ports and there are USB 3.1 and USB 2.0 headers on the board. The board has the same SupremeFX S1220A CODEC that features the ALC S1220 CODEC, De-pop MOSFET, Dual Op-Amps, Premium Nichicon audio phile grade capacitors and a stainless steel cover. The rear I/O has 2 USB 3.1 (Type-A, Type-C) ports, 4 USB 3.0, Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN, HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2, 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11 AC WI-FI, PS/2 port and 7.1 channel audio.