Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

A few days ago has finally been presented on the core processor Kaby Lake-S and the latest chipset to support them.Information about the logic of the 200-series has become known to the public long before the new board into the light. Nothing essentially new chip maker this time not introduced, opportunities for building a system diagram remains the same.

The number of PCI-E lanes supported by the hub, and the focus turned focused on disk subsystems. The maximum number of SATA and M.2 ports remained unchanged. However, the work was carried out around the new version of the Intel Rapid Storage, a total operating time of the concept were named Intel Optane Technology. The whole point of the system is reduced to increase productivity when working with hard drives based on the NVMe technologies.

At the same time, motherboard manufacturers an opportunity to once again update its product line, thereby correcting errors, but the main thing – the latest developments in various fields are brought before end-users “out of the box.”

Soon we know what will surprise our very first representative of a new constellation of solutions, namely ASUS Maximus IX Hero, but first invite you to read the table with its main characteristics.

Of course, the latest generation of chipsets can communicate with both processors Kaby Lake-S, as well as with their predecessors from the family Skylake-S.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Packaging equipment

Literally, from the moment of unpacking can get fresh experience, made quite unusual top cover. The style and design of the box is quite noticeably changed, and she was the Overall usual.

The board is laid in its own tray, all cardboard painted black.

All parts of the product placed on the back side of the package. Attention is focused on a photo card and points to the description of its features. A small collage of images of individual nodes includes a reference to a new type of slot USB 3.1, wired on the surface of products are available point to mounting plate made by three-dimensional printing technology. Also implemented proprietary AURA complex lighting and updated version of SupremeFX audio subsystem.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

Accessories are placed in several niches formed by laid on the bottom of a dense insert boxes made of cardboard. Set the following:

  • User’s Guide, which details are illustrated and described in subparagraphs UEFI (in English);
  • CD with drivers and proprietary software;
  • private label with the ROG logo;
  • set of stickers with different images ROG series;
  • ROG another set of stickers – for cables;
  • Stand for cups as a logo ROG;
  • discount coupon for the procedure braiding wires (raundinga);
  • four cable SATA 6Gb / s, two of which with the L-shaped connector on one end;
  • a set of screws and a pair of racks for mounting decorative elements;
  • a second set of struts and a pair of screws – to M.2 format devices;
  • an adapter for easy connection of hull connector ASUS Q-Connector;
  • brand plastic tab for the processor;
  • Dual hard SLI bridge for the organization;
  • an extension cord to connect the LED tape;
  • plug housing, supplemented by a sticker in black tones with Symbols of all nests. Contact part papered with noise absorbing material.


The registration fee is now completely abandoned the red tones. The design is largely similar to the previous-generation version, but also a lot of changes. Used new design cooling units, they significantly affected the weight of the device, which, in the first sensations, unusually low for a fee at this level.

On the back side of the product, we note the appearance of holes for thermocouples directly under the processor. Electronic components are virtually none.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

Baroque forms cooler for the chipset has a lot of holes, one of them acts as a kind of window through which is visible light, realized a group of LEDs directly on the board. It completes the series circuit ROG logo.

Class SATA-E interface is not caught; Here in the presence of six classic SATA outputs.

There are three seats for M.2 devices. The first is support for 2280-size drives.

The second can be connected to the product a little longer – 22110. The third slot is near the rear panel, it can be used for the installation of wireless network adapter.

The lower right corner is replete with a variety of pads. I also want to note the presence of indicators of activity of the disk subsystem, wired jacks over SATA.

Innovation is symmetrical with USB interface of the latest generation. It supports a pair of outputs, and support the return of the stated cable companies such as Lian-Li and In Win.

System control panel is located at the bottom edge. These buttons will be useful in the case of operation of the system in an open stand mode, particularly facilitates the work during overclocking PCs – selection parameters noticeably accelerated.

System status indicators are located in the upper right corner. This is a classic two-segment for POST codes and four LEDs from the set of Q-LED. Also available branded button MemOK!

The configuration of expansion slots PCI-E has not changed. Reinforced reinforcement units gray serve as basic in the case of constructing a system with multiple graphics cards, plain black slot is tied to the chipset.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

Updated sound system. The new codec is covered with a shield cap, the DAC model remained unchanged, with her visible independent oscillator (in the singular), are also included in the scheme and an operational amplifier. More about this subsystem can be found in the section of the software.

The dress was the tradition of past generations backlight accommodation in the area of ​​the audio subsystem. This time it was mounted in a decorative visor. No problem, you can disable it, either manually or programmatically.

If desired, and very plastic cover can be removed. There are many different CPU socket elements, but the installation of the cooling system there is unlikely to be difficult.

At the core of the processor power of the system laid down PWM controller ASP1400B. Along the perimeter can count six external drivers. Four channels are used to generate a voltage in the CPU and to the integrated video provided a couple. The first method uses twice the number of elements for each “phase”. In general, the scheme is not new, it has already been used, for example, the model has ASUS Maximus VIII of the Gene . Those were and power elements, namely Texas You CSD87350Q5D Instruments’ .

All radiators are mounted by means of screws, and the heat transmitter role assigned to the pads. It is not fully covered were batteries for GP, possibly a problem only in our sample board, because the total area in the gasket is enough for a full fingerprint.

The rear panel has been very busy. Got rid of PS / 2 ports, but is now at the disposal of a dozen different USB outputs. There is a button for easy reset procedure. HDMI output is supplemented converter levels ASM1442 signals. The plug provided two holes in the antenna possible wireless networking adapter.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Features UEFI

Firmware update was carried out with the help of built-in utility EZ Flash 3, everything went without hesitation.

The UEFI I did not notice weighty differences from previous versions. Interestingly, there was red, as well as on the packaging in shades of colors. There is a simplified system configuration mode, where you can update the date and time to activate the XMP memory kit, to deal with priority among the boot devices, select a scheme of work in the system of coolers, also has a master of acceleration and of RAID arrays.

A complete set of tools for tuning is in Advanced Mode. The first section is called My Favorites allows to compile a list of the most needed items that would be very appropriate for complex acceleration events.

It is interesting to get acquainted with innovations in Section Extreme Tweaker. I want to note the appearance of the item allows you to set (decrease) CPU frequency for use cases AVX instructions.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

Peculiar to the powerful board profiles with settings for overclocking PC remained in place. There for the whole system, and centered around the individual nodes. Special attention is awarded memory, for it provides a large number of different scenarios. Of course, for their own experiments, there are lots of changeable parameters and variables of all kinds.

Their basic set assembled in the table.

Intel Optane referred to in a number of RAID as a way of organizing the work drive. Only one of M.2 slots will support SATA hard drives.

At elevations of temperature, monitored in real-time, updating in the face of a pair of contact groups for the needs of LSS. According to the idea, it will be possible to track the temperature of the circuit at two points, for example, before and after the water block. It is possible to emphasize the extended support plate is liquid systems. A number of names points directly to the target participants cooling circuit, but the main thing – jack for pumps not only have a high-calorie diet. The load current, according to the instructions may be 1 or even 3 A for some of them.

Cooling setup procedure in the UEFI mode is not acquired, like available in the operating system. You can only calibrate the product through Q-fan Tuning, this will determine the lower threshold of performance of each of them, then there is a minimum speed will be set automatically. Each of the available sockets on the motherboard supports the management of a cooler by changing the PWM duty cycle and means lowering the supply voltage. Among the innovations I want to emphasize the availability of select multiple heat sources as a reference parameter for the formation of the script of the fans (before it was exclusive to the boards of the TUF series).

Among auxiliary functions has support OC panel will be useful eight profiles, where you can store the settings of the system. The presence of observers information about display adapters and memory modules.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Complete Software

A set of programs and was formerly abundant, but this time its complement. Audiences like entertainment lovers and enthusiasts will be able to find a lot of interesting things.

Integrated environment, which included a lot of different orientation program assistant, is Ai Suite, version of her has not changed.

Here the role of innovation has got utility File Transfer.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

Dual Intelligent Processors 5 is formed from: TPU, Turbo App, EPU, Fan Xpert 4 and DIGI + Power Control.

The new version of Fan Xpert makes it possible to use several temperature sensors in the preparation of the algorithm of the coolers (except, of course, the cooler for the processor).

After the calibration procedure, each fan appears passport, which matched his speed and the interest of the future of the script.

Now, instead of themselves percent have decided to display the axis is speed values. In addition to a complex algorithm works, it is possible to choose a conventional fixation speed, this mode will be active only at low temperatures of the processor.

EZ Update firmware checks the relevance and will help replace the logo on the start screen.

If the main part of the previous program is to work directly with the image file UEFI-, the USB BIOS Flashback help prepare a “flash card” for the procedure, when the update is not required, even the presence of the processor and motherboard to cope on their own, only need to connect the device in the allotted for this purpose jack on the rear panel and click.

File Transfer – the evolution of cloud storage from ASUS and methods of data synchronization.

The rest of the program installed separately. Boot Setting will get directly into the UEFI environment after reboot.

the illumination system includes a glowing logo at the panel with input-output ports, and the second point on the surface – the cooler the bridge – or rather, the area directly underneath the board. Still it is possible to use two sheets, for which a pair of shoes. This “quartet” of special customizable tools already familiar to fans of products from ASUS on previous decisions. To turn off the computer also can be controlled illumination scheme, but there is no longer a tape includes -indikatsiya will take place only on the forces of light sources ASUS Maximus IX Hero.

Writing macros and reassign keys, in other words, a specialized program for keyboard called KeyBotII not undergone changes.

RAMCache II has an extremely simple interface. If you want to use part of the memory as a buffer to the disk subsystem – this tool is for you.

RAMDisk allows otherwise use free memory, creating there virtual disk, whose contents can be saved by turning off the system.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

Much work has been done in the field of sound. The main step – upgrade the codec, the new model has proven to be another series from the Realtek development, that is, infrastructure management is done by their original shells. There are still flaws in the location, but the essence can catch. Operational amplifier now has three different degrees of activity-dependent impedance headphones (speaker), which is measured automatically. But, if desired, the profiles can be tested independently. Selecting the playback source material is also not cleaned very considerable effect on the perception and has the item.

The new index came from corporate funds for the visualization of the sound source in the Games – Sonic Radar. Changes serious, setting became much more.

Some possibilities are already at work to feed the sound embedded in Sonic Studio, this complex also has updated its index to the third. His presence will appreciate the fans of experiments changes in the sound stage and the overall presentation of the material, there are ready-made profiles with the settings, but you can move the sliders independently, responsible for the different properties of sound. Separately harvested tab to adjust the microphone.

Network PC component is complemented by simple-to-learn GameFirst IV, its version has not changed compared to the previous generation of motherboards. Its main purpose – the distribution of priorities among the programs that use a network connection.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Overclocking potential

For acceleration tests was involved engineering model Core i7-7700K, thermal interface he remained a staff, this fact proved to be a major constraint limiting the search frequency.

ASUS engineers did not bring anything to the corporate approach to overclocking the system, there are a few different ways. The most flexible – the master EZ Tuning Wizard. Selecting items affect the election of the CPU multiplier, RAM, and the value of the base frequency. To increase the CPU (to activate throttling) amounted to 14%, it has provided a mark Water cooler in the Daily Computing group.

It grew at a frequency of CPU – up to 4.8 GHz, a single value for all load types. Groups and IO voltages SA remained at the level of staff, and for the nuclei was an increase up to 1,344 V.

For the first scenario TPU characteristic frequency value of 4.6 GHz processor, while the memory it was 2933 MHz. SA and the IO was increased to 1,144 V, the voltage at the DRAM – to 1.35 V. The delays were taken from XMP.

Growth CPU voltage depends on the load, the highest value was almost 1.3 V. The simple power-saving features are functioning properly.

The second profile of TPU allow the processor to run at 4.8 GHz in overclocking memory up to 2933 MHz. Voltages remained unchanged relative to the first profile. In other words, the increase of the CPU 200 MHz.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

Here, the computer was working just at the limit, most likely, the company’s specialists were selected values ​​in similar conditions. The voltage increase at the nuclei bit has not held up to 1.4 V, while the warmest was heated to 99 degrees.

Finally, the fourth profile, which is characteristic only for the boards of the ROG series. Here, the CPU overclocking goes with Turbo Boost, and the memory runs at nominal frequency. For the first time broke up the ring bus – up to 4.4 GHz. Almost all – with the exception of the processor – voltage were regular.

In fact, CPU Voltage growth held up to 1,344 V, although the frequency is not greater than 4.6 GHz. In addition, a simple voltage decreased. In my view, such a profile would be beneficial to the least successful instances of processors, or – examined before him seem preferable.

Operation enhancing BCLK frequency not requested a change of methodology. Given the practice of working with motherboards based on Intel Z170, this time I decided to slightly raise the auxiliary voltage to the future, a less successful models, they do not become a limiting factor.

The result of work with a minimal set of parameters in the UEFI-, without the involvement of the special properties of the board, became the bar in the 359 MHz band.

CPU speed in the limit acceleration tested LinX utility, the growth rate of RAM, though not powerful, but increases the load on the system as a whole. In particular, the rising temperature and CPU cores. In such scenarios, test mark reached 4764 MHz (for the CPU) and 3177 MHz (DRAM). In the latest generation of processors ring bus frequency increase actually brings nothing, but for a complete check of the system features and I raise this parameter, the factor, as before, was chosen less than three steps with respect to the CPU.

Voltage CPU SA was tenured, IO has added 0.1 and amounted to 1.05 V. For all the memory corresponded to the scenario activation XMP – 1,35 B. Profile Selection LLC with number five requested voltage setting on nuclei size of 1.33 V. This scenario He did not allow the processor to overheat, but sites with observed moments of stress level decrease, and it may already cause instability. Another profile LLC, sixth, holds the voltage on the selected mark, but sometimes there is its growth, which may cause overheating. However, ASUS Maximus IX Hero provides various options itself, the choice remains with the user.

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers

The normal position for the visor decorative board in the heating zone VRM has not exceeded 59 ° C, and the radiator temperature was only 40 ° C. The boundaries of power – 46-206 watts.

A new set of RAM was tested on Maximus VIII Impact, famous for its overclocking abilities in this area. Repeat success did not work received there, a single value CR overwhelm above the level of 3466 MHz. His indulgence allowed to go beyond 3.6 GHz. Also this helped presence Maximus Tweak mechanism DRAM Timing Control section. The final result – 3658 MHz scheme 17-18-18-39-2T delays. Further growth is constrained DRAM frequency voltage 1.5 V – conditionally safe level for “air”, established in our laboratory. Supporting the CPU and IO SA equal to 1.2 V.

Of the auxiliary machinery in UEFI Mode 1 is only used for Maximus Tweak, other items remain in the Auto position. The calculation results in LinX 0.7.0 showed the system work on the verge of stability and to improve the situation, most likely, also will not prevent the voltage gain.

ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Testbed

The stand includes:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700K (4,2 GHz);
  • Cooler: Cryorig the Ultimate R1;
  • thermal interface: Noctua the NT-the H1;
  • Memory: Skill TridentZ F4-3200C16D-16GTZB(2×8 GB 3200 MHz, 16-18-18-38-2T, 1,35 B);
  • graphics card: the MSI the GTX 780Ti Gaming 3G(the GeForce the GTX 780 Ti);
  • Drive: the Silicon the Power the S55 the Slim(240GB, SATA 6Gb / s, AHCI mode);
  • power supply: the SilverStone the SST-ST65F-the PT(650 W);
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Pro x64;
  • driver: Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility (, Intel Management Engine Interface (, Intel IGP Driver (, GeForce 375.95 (, PhysX 9.16.0318.
  • All updates to the OS, available to Windows Update, have been installed. Third-party anti-virus products were not involved, have not been made thin System Configuration, the swap file size determined by the system on their own.

The following applications were used as a test:

  • AIDA64 5.80 (Cache & Memory benchmark);
  • Super PI 1.5 XS;
  • wPrime 2.10;
  • x265 HD Benchmark;
  • POV-Ray 3.7.0;
  • LuxMark v3.0;
  • Futuremark 3DMark 13;
  • DiRT 3 Complete Edition (;
  • Hitman: Absolution (1.0.447.0);
  • Grand Theft Auto V (1.0.877.1);
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider (1.0.668.1).

During the tests, the representatives Intel LGA1151 platform versions of the software are updated regularly. For a possible correlation results are summarized in the comparative table:

ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Test results

Activation XMP is accompanied by a dialogue where you can decide on the MultiCore Enhancement. field is set to «Auto» If the basic settings. In our testing, the consolidated CPU frequency is 4.5 GHz for different types of loads on the system, and the rejection of this paragraph will allow Turbo Boost work according to planned by Intel engineers, that is, in some cases, the frequency will not exceed 4.2 GHz.

The only opponent to the test worked in an identical mode. Compare them to the internal struggle.

Visible differences in the approaches to the organization of the memory subsystem, you can look for an excuse to delay the secondary circuit. At ASUS product stands out better latency.

Simple benchmarks also worked better on a fresh model.

Everywhere there is a slight advantage news, obviously, the product is well prepared before the announcement.

Only where there is a symbolic backlog – subtest Physics from the Fire Strike.

In not the most recent games of the opponent based on the Z170 is hardly noticeably worse.

Games fresher are not as perfectly honed benchmarks results are markedly different in each of the passages. However, the overall level of productivity of systems based on different chipsets I would describe as very close.

ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Power systems

Measurements were carried out after completion of all other tests in the “well-established” computer mode, using the instrument of its own design. To create a load profile was used In-place large FFTs composed Prime95 utility (28.10). Calculation produces the mean consumption of the test stand “from the wall” during the eight minutes of the program, and then, after completion of the test, was measured for a minute the level corresponding to the state of system downtime.

The difference between the two stands is actually symbolic. It can explain a little bit different auxiliary voltages. For the product ASRock characterized by increased stress even on PCH – up to 1.1 V, while the ASUS board is equal to 1.02 V. The rest of the group were also more than just at the product on the basis of Z170: CPU Voltage – 1,29 B, CPU SA – 1,27 B, IO – 1,18 B, DRAM – 1,36 B. For opponents the corresponding values ​​were 1.24, 1.15, 1.15 and 1.34 V. I am sure, activation schemes work Turbo Boost will reduce energy consumption systems, but their speed will decrease slightly.

ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Conclusion

First, a few words about the new PCH. Obviously, the urgent need to issue a new series of core logic was not, but now every opportunity to attract customers into the store, no way such a decision and acts. The only thing that could offer developers, – Intel Optane technology. At this stage, the main solutions are tested in the laboratory, as it had once been a promising interface SATA-E, which has not become widespread.

ASUS Maximus IX Hero is distinctly decorated and well implemented concept middle-end motherboard. Regarding the predecessor of the last generation, there are a number of additions and changes to someone they seem weighty, and someone and they did not celebrate for themselves. In general, the device was completely ready for operation in a normal mode, and for acceleration events. The first gathering system based on Kaby Lake-S processor, and armed with a new memory kit, I was able to get the device out coherent, predictable behavior and adequate results – as a result of experiments conducted. Without intervention in setting the system shows good results in a variety of applications, they are accompanied by justified demands on the power supply system.

The network subsystem is not acquired something interesting, nor hardware nor software environment. Much more to offer sound equipment products. There is a new codec, expanded its capabilities with respect to previous versions, and also updated a number of additional tools, the changes made to them are really justify a new numerical index. We are working on a unified system of lighting products from ASUS – AURA Lighting. Greater care is amateurs improve the appearance of your PC.

Another important focus was the subsystem cooling systems. Now the owners of LSS can get more precisely on the motherboard itself as in monitoring of various parameters, and in the procedure of setting up its operation. Fan Xpert rose to the fourth version, including due to the introduction of the policy choice of several thermal sensors as participants in the scheme of formation of cooling algorithms.

As a result, I can safely recommend to the acquisition of a novelty, it is perfectly cope with a major role in assembling a new computer with a view to a variety of tasks.

Source: asus

Review motherboard ASUS Maximus IX Hero: Intel Z270 at the example of family Republic of Gamers was last modified: January 8th, 2017 by Tomas Shellby