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ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270 Motherboard Review

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270 Motherboard Review. We recently tested the ROG STRIX Z270E &  Z270F, two models with similar visuals, but differing features sets. Asus have launched a few product on Z270,  which are closely matched in appearance but do differ slightly. The prices of each vary, generally with a budget friendly option for each series. The Maximus IX Code and Maximus IX Formula are another two such examples

The Maximus IX Code has a near identical feature set to the Formula, however ASUS have made minor changes and removed the EKWB water block. The savings from doing so are passed onto you. With a price tag in the UK of about 299, (which is about 50 less than the Formula)

we have support for DDR4 up to 4133 MHz, dual M.2 slots with Intel optane support,  AURA Sync, The new ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/as, a stacked I/O, thermal armor, LN2,extreme overclocker additions and so much more. As always, it’s backed by an extensive software suite with a mass of useful tools, to further enhance its performance and usability compared to the competition.

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270 Motherboard  Features

For more than a decade, Republic of Gamers has delivered exemplary design and performance to thrill the world’s best players and PC enthusiasts. Our journey is a road without end. Now, it’s time for competitors to be warned and for gamers and enthusiasts to push the limits: The packed and pumped ROG Maximus IX Code motherboard is ready to defeat all challengers.

  • LGA1151 socket for 7th/6th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors
  • ROG Water Cooling Zone: Dominate your cooling system
  • Aura Sync RGB LED: Stunning synchronized light shows and an Aura 4-pin RGB-strip header
  • SupremeFX: Exclusive new codec plus intuitive Sonic Radar III and Sonic Studio III
  • 5-Way Optimisation: One-click system-wide overclocking.
  • Gaming networking: Intel Gigabit Ethernet, 2×2 802.11ac MU-MIMO Wi-Fi , LANGuard and GameFirst technologies
  • Gaming durability: ROG Armor and premium components
  • Gaming connectivity: Front-panel USB 3.1, dual M.2 and both USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C
Read Full Specs?
CPU Intel® Socket 1151 for 6th Generation Core™ i7/Core™ i5/Core™ i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors
Chipset Intel Z270
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 4133(O.C.)/4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Intel XMP Support
Onboard Graphics Outputs Multi-VGA output support : HDMI/DisplayPort ports
– Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz
– Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2304 @ 60 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
Multi-GPU Support Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
PCI Slots 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, gray)
1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 (black)
Storage Intel® Z270 chipset :
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode only)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
USB ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller :
1 x USB 3.1 front panel connector port(s)
ASMedia® USB 3.1 controller :
2 x USB 3.1 port(s) (2 at back panel, )
Intel® Z270 Chipset :
6 x USB 3.0 port(s) (4 at back panel, , 2 at mid-board)
Intel® Z270 Chipset :
6 x USB 2.0 port(s) (6 at back panel, , Type-A + Type-C, 2 at mid-board)
Audio ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220
– Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
– Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
– High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input
– SupremeFX Shielding Technology
– ESS® ES9023P
– Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback
Audio Feature :
– Gold-plated jacks
– Sonic Radar III
– Sonic Studio III
LAN Intel® I219V Gigabit LAN
WIFI/Bluetooth Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
Supports MU-MIMO
Bluetooth V4.1
Form Factor ATX Form Factor – 12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )

Courtesy of ASUS

Packaging & Accessories

ASUS return to its roots, with a familiar color set of red on the package. The backside of the box is neatly presented with clean, and concise information. The box is larger than most ATX products, and there’s a real premium and super high-quality vibe.

Taking a look at the bundle now in no particular order, you’ll find the following:

  • I/O Shield
  • 4X SATA Cables
  • Sticker Label Kit for cables
  • User manuals/Quick start
  • CPU Install Tool
  • M.2 screws
  • SLI HB bridge
  • RGB header extension
  • A ROG Coaster
  • ROG Stickers
  • Wi-Fi Antenna
  • Misc documentation

For the price point, this is a very generous bundle.

First Look

We start our tour with a complete top down view, to absorb what’s on offer. If you’ve been following the ROG series, it will have a lot of familiar design elements. Despite using an award winning DNA to craft the Code, is a whole new product. With a doubt the best on the market no question.

Your eyes are spoilt for choice, and you won’t know where to look first. For me, I was drawn the I/O Shroud and that beautifully integrated heatsink. The armor, well…its a complete nerdgasm. What’s special about this board is sheer amount under the hood, the actual armor allows for a super clean but feature packed product.

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270 Motherboard Review

I don’t think description can justify how epic this product is the flesh…(silicone?) Anyhow, the design speaks volumes and being 2017 its RGB ready of course. With enough lighting from the zones to make a difference, but really needs to be coupled up with an ASUS GPU to shine (literally). Even More so if you add more RGB via the internal headers.

The shrouding and armor are just fantastic; the small details really make a difference. The clever use of grays, silver and black produce a blank canvas to theme as you wish.

The Armor has removable sections, to add your M.2 drive, and ASUS have implemented a clever workaround for the ATX space limit, with an additional vertically mounted Slot, and support bracket.

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270 Motherboard Review

[PCI-E Setup]

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270 Motherboard Review

ASUS Safe slots have been implemented on the first two slots, granting more strength and support for heavier cards. Which is a must these days, for your peace of mind! Your good to go for both AMD Crossfire, or Nvidia SLI here. I do wish they’d added the extra strength, to the third for sake of symmetry…a trivial annoyance and not a deal breaker

  • Supports NVIDIA® Quad-GPU SLI™ Technology
  • Supports NVIDIA® 2-Way SLI™ Technology
  • Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX™ Technology
  • Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology
  • Expansion Slots

    2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (Single at x16, dual at x8/x8

    1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode)

    3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x1

[Audio]

Audio has been improved on the STRIX Z270, over previous generations. Now sporting the S1220A codec, which brings loads of new tech and features. As usual ASUS back their hardware with optimized and productive software, such as Sonic Radar and Sonic studio to unleash its potential and maximize usability. ASUS have a track record fo delivering stellar audio,

[Storage Options]

ASUS have gone for an all SATA approach, avoiding U.2. Instead, offering 6x SATA III 6gbps ports. Which are all angled, for cable neatness.

 ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270 Motherboard Review

  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s),
  • Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
  • Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports
  • Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology

[M.2 / U.2]

M.2 is now the go-to choice for most, and Z270 allows for some interesting options. Namely, additional m.2 ports and the new Intel optane tech. (which requires a 7th gen CPU). As referenced earlier, 1 port is hidden inside the armor, and the second in a vertical port. A clever use of the space left, after Asus crammed so many features onto the Code

  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (both SATA & PCIE mode)*2
    1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode only)*3

[Fan Locations]

ASUS have always provided more than most. The code offers a great deal more

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270 Motherboard Review

3x dedicated headers for monitoring water flow and temps. 7X fans header-inc water pump optimized

[Other ports/ Features]

Along the motherboard base, you’ll find an insane amount of connectivity.

  • 2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers
  • 1 x USB 3.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.0 port(s)
  • 1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA mode & X4 PCIE mode)
  • 1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M Key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE mode only)
  • 1 x TPM connector(s)
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
  • 1 x CPU Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
  • 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s) (1 x 4 -pin)
  • 3 x Chassis Fan connector(s) (3 x 4 -pin)
  • 1 x H_AMP fan connector
  • 1 x W_PUMP+ connector (1 x 4 -pin)
  • 1 x AIO_PUMP connector (1 x 4 -pin)
  • 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
  • 1 x System panel(s) (Q-Connector)
  • 1 x MemOK! button(s)
  • 1 x Slow Mode switch(es)
  • 1 x Reset button(s)
  • 1 x LN2 Mode jumper(s)
  • 1 x ROG extension (ROG_EXT) header(s)
  • 1 x Safe Boot button
  • 1 x ReTry button
  • 1 x EXT_Fan header
  • 1 x W_IN header
  • 1 x W_OUT header
  • 1 x W_FLOW header
  • 1 x Thermal sensor connector
  • 1 x Start button
  • 1 x USB 3.1 front panel connector

Finishing up our tour of the board, looking at the I/O which consists of:

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270 Motherboard Review

  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port(s)
  • 1 x USB 3.1 (black)Type-A
  • 1 x USB 3.1 (red)Type-C
  • 4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
  • 4 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF out
  • 5 x Audio jack(s)
  • 1 x Clear CMOS button(s)
  • 2 x Wi-Fi antenna port(s)
  • 1 x USB BIOS Flashback Button(s)

[Lighting]

2016 was the year of RGB. like any trend, It’s very much a love-hate feature, but I must applaud the efforts from ASUS, unlike other brands they been very careful and smart. Lots iof thought with how and where they implemented the actual lighting. With Some brands, its crystal clear they’ve added lighting to their products just for the sake of having it.

It’s been done right here and on the many other RGB enabled products, dubbed as AURA we now even have certified cases and more, to create a spectacular system. Slightly timid regarding how much lighting. Some users may have preferred more, for me its just right.

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270 Motherboard Review

Lighting emits from various points and can tweaked as you see fit

 

A nice boost in scores compared to the others we’ve tested so far.

The Kabylake architecture brings better performance from the exact same kit of ram we used on Skylake, The Code delivers the best we’ve seen in write performance

ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270 Motherboard Review

This is echoed again in Performance Test 8

[GAMING]

Armed with a Nvidia GTX 1080, how does the new kaby processors affect FPS?

Performance, well truth be told we’ve barely scratched the surface today. The product is able of such much more, and needs more high-end kit to shows its true potential. You ought to be using multiple graphics cards, dual m.2 drives and pairing it all up with some custom water cooling. Numbers across our entire testing suite were stellar,  as always with any ASUS board, I must mention the UEFI, If you’ve yet to experience the ASUS layout then your in for a treat. Visually brilliant but also a tweaker’s paradise. Overclocking allowed us to push past ou CPU limit of 5000Mhz and run stable at 5100mhz, with the right kit and more time, I m confident we could have squeezed even more

If you want the best in the market for around 300 GBP, and don’t feel drawn the EKWB chiller found on the Formula, then the ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Z270  is the logical product to buy

ASUS ROG Maximus Code Z270 Review
Bottom Line
The ASUS ROG Maximus Code Z270 is feature packed work of art. Want the best for your next gaming rig? This is the board to put at the centre
Positive
Stellar Design
Elegant RGB Lighting
Packed To The Brim I/O
Feature Set
Overclocking Ability
ASUS UEFI
Bundle
Negative
None!
9.6
Nerdgasmic

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