ASUS ROG Maximus IX APEX Z270 Motherboard Review

System Configuration & BIOS

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700k

Motherboard: ASUS ROG Maximus IX Apex

RAM: 32GB GeIL EVO Spear 3200Mhz

GPU: Galax GTX 1070 HOF

SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 256GB

OS: Windows 10 Professional X64

The main page serves as a landing page for first entering the UEFI BIOS, and gives a quick rundown of installed hardware.

Given this board was designed to break records, the Extreme Tweaker page will see more action then all of the rest combined.

All of your clock settings, voltages, timings, multipliers, and everything performance tuning related is in here.

The advanced section picks up most of what’s left and breaks it out into over a dozen sub-categories to find all of those less often used settings.

In the CPU area, for example, is where you can do things like turn off Hyper-Threading.

The advanced storage area may be a good place to check out if you put the Dimm.2 module to full use, you can set up RAID or prepare your system for Optane Memory modules.

The Monitor section lets you keep a close eye on voltages, temperatures, fan and pump speeds, and everything else related.

The Boot section is pretty self-explanatory, visit here to change the boot order, turn on num-locks at boot, and other related things.

The tools menu is another important one and was our first stop to visit the ASUS EZ Flash 3 utility to update to the latest BIOS.

The memory SPD page is a great place to check out more detailed information about what your ram kit is capable of.

ASUS’s Q-fan Control system can be accessed through the Monitor tab, or by simply hitting F6 at any time in the BIOS.

If you don’t need quite so many options, Hitting F7 will bring you to a single EZ Mode screen.

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