Final Thoughts & Conclusion
It’s easy to see how the APEX lineup got to be such a popular model among overclockers and enthusiasts, and the Maximus IX Apex helped jump-start that. The radical new design, both visually and under the proverbial hood helps makes this a force to be reckoned with in the OC world and we daresay, sets the bar impossibly high. The performance was class leading, and the Apex took first in most of our testing today.
The new aesthetics are also likely to be welcome. It’s not that we don’t like red and black, but we get bored and want something new. The metallic tints of grey and black can play well with nearly any color scheme, or you can leave it neutral and use the RGB to tweak to your heart’s content. It’s hard to convey how bright the lighting is on this board but turned off overnight, it made our lab look a bit like a party was going on with the rainbow wash of the lighting. Thankfully, it can be toned down or turned off, and you don’t even have to boot up to do it.
The majority of the really unique features such as the condensation detection and LN2 modes we were unable to test, but if cryogenic cooling is in your wheelhouse, we’re sure you’ll really appreciate these features. We did use the Safe Mode button quite a bit playing with clock speeds, esp on the ram. Its really annoying to get yourself to an unbootable setting, and have to clear the CMOS and start all over on most boards. When you are tweaking dozens of timings, this is a real lifesaver!
Overall, we couldn’t find a single thing not to like about this board. It can be had for less than $300 at the time of publishing, and with Coffee Lake CPU’s still a bit too elusive for all but the most hardcore ‘Notify me’ users, you might consider something like this as an upgrade or even a new build.
Great job ASUS! We have no choice but to award this: