ASUS ROG Z270 Maximus IX Formula Motherboard Review: Page 8 of 9

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Posted by Paul Malfy on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 12:00pm

System Configuration & Testing

All performance testing was done with the Kaby Lake i7 7700K @ 5.0 GHz, and the Asus Strix GTX 1070 at its stock clock. However, due to GPU Boost 3.0, my Strix 1070 was boosting as high as 2025 MHz from its stock clock of 1657 on OC mode. I had 16 GB of G. Skill RipJaws 4 at its stock speeds of 2400 MHz running in XMP mode. All games were tested in 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440 and 3820 x 2160 resolutions and their max settings.

Test System

  • 7th Generation Core i7 7700K @ 5.0 GHz
  • Asus ROG Maximus IX Formula
  • Asus Strix 1070
  • 16gb G. Skill RipJaws 4 @ 2400 MHz
  • Samsung 850 EVO M.2 Boot Drive
  • Intel SSD6 NVME SSD, storage drive
  • Corsair HX850i 80+ Platinum PSU


  • 3DMARK
  • 7-Zip
  • AI Suite III
  • AIDA64 Engineer
  • AS SSD
  • Cinebench R15
  • CrystalDisk Mark
  • NovaBench 3.0.4
  • PassMark Performance Test 9
  • Y-Cruncher

 Game Benchmarks

  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Thief 2013
  • Grand Theft Auto 5

General Performance

AI Suite III

AI Suite 3 is an all-in-one interface that integrates several ASUS utilities and allows you to launch and operate these utilities simultaneously. You can essentially set and test your multiplier and voltage and several other settings, usually only found in the BIOS. With their 5-way optimization, Asus allows your system to be automatically overclocked to what the systems feels is the safest, most stable overclock. Unlike with the BIOS, the overclock will reset after each reboot of the PC.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

The AI Suite uses it 5-way optimization to auto overclock your CPU to its highest, most stable overclock.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

Like in the BIOS, the AI Suite allows you to set the multiplier, base clock, CPU Cache Ratio and Voltage without going into the BIOS.

PassMark Performance Test 9

PassMark Performance Test 9 is an easy to use, PC speed testing and benchmarking. PassMark Performance Test allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests and compare the results to other computers.

  • Find out if your PC is performing at its best.
  • Compare the performance of your machine to similar machines.
  • Measure the effect of configuration changes and upgrades.
  • Avoid paying big bucks for poor performance.
  • Make objective independent measurements on which to base your purchasing decision.
  • Use the advanced tests to create your own benchmark scenarios.

 ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

The first run, my overall PassMark score was 5043 and scored in the 95th percentile with my Asus Posiedon 980 ti installed.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

On the second run. My overall PassMark score was 4851.3 and scored in the 93rd percentile with my Asus STRIX 1070.

NovaBench 3.0.4

Novabench is a free benchmark test for Windows and mac OS. It tests your PC in all areas. CPU, Graphics, RAM, and Storage. Novabench has been trusted by millions since 2007. It tests the main components of your computer quickly. Testing only takes a few minutes, and provides detailed information and an overall system score.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

My NovaBench score was 2027 overall and the 7700k received a CPU score of 1086.

Cinebench R15

Based on MAXON's award-winning animation software Cinema 4D, CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. It has both the single thread and full performance test for your CPU, as well as an Open-GL test for your GPU. Cinebench R15 is one of the most widely used benchmarks used to test the performance. It puts the CPU under 100% load, but only for a very short time. Its gives a good baseline for your CPU. However, I wouldn’t use it for testing the stability of an overclock.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

The best Cinebench score I achieved was 1092 cb with a single core of 217 cb. It should be noted that this was with the Asus Poseidon 980 ti installed. However, this would not make a difference in the CPU scores.


This benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with results of Intel Core 2 CPU with multi-threading option switched off. So, if you have modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with LZMA method and decompression with LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

The i7 7770K at 5.0 GHz managed an overall rating of 39,699 Million Instructions per second after over 200 passes. This was just below a 6 core 5820K clocked at a stock 3.5Ghz which on average, is about 32,000 MIPS.


Written by Alexander J. Lee, y-cruncher, (y for gamma) is a number crunching program that can compute various mathematical constants. Originally, it was a small program specialized for computing the Euler-Mascheroni Constant. (Which uses gamma as its symbol, hence the name). It has since gained the ability to compute other constants. It is the first of its kind that is multi-threaded and scalable to multi-core systems. Since it first launched in 2009, it has become a favorite benchmarking and stress-testing application for PC enthusiasts.

We tested using the built-in benchmarks to compute Pi to 1 Billion Digits.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

My i7 7700K clocked to 5.0 GHz took just 88.753 Seconds to calculate Pi to 1 Billion Digits using all 8 available threads.

Memory Performance Testing

AIDA64 Extreme Edition

AIDA64 implements a set of 64-bit benchmarks to measure how fast the computer performs various data processing tasks and mathematical calculations. Multi-threaded memory and cache benchmarks are available to analyze system RAM bandwidth and latency. Benchmark pages of AIDA64 Extreme provide several methods to measure system performance. These benchmarks are synthetic, so their results show only the theoretical maximum performance of the system.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

With RAM speeds of 2400 MHz, we reached over 32 GB/S read and over 33 GB/s write, copy speeds of almost 32 GB/s and a latency of 58.7 ns.

Storage Benchmarks

AS SSD Benchmark

AS SSD Benchmark is a simple and portable utility which helps you measure the effectiveness and performance of any solid state (SSD) drives connected to your system. It will test "Seq", "4K", "4K-64Thrd" and Access Time. At the end, it will give your SSD a score. 4K tests the read/write abilities by access random 4K blocks while the Seq test measures how fast the drive can read a 1GB file.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

I tested my Intel SSD6, NVME M.2. The Sequential read and writes were 1361.88 MB/s and 562.00 MB/s.

CrystalDisk Mark 3

“CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds."

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

CrystalDiskMark gives us an idea of single threaded sequential read performance. The numbers all look very promising and compressed file performance is quite good. The Intel SSD6 Scored 1584 MB/s on the sequential read and 590.7 MB/s on the writes.


3DMark is a computer benchmarking tool created and developed by Futuremark used to determine the performance of a computer's 3D graphic rendering and CPU workload processing capabilities. It does this through a series of graphics and physics and or CPU tests. I Firestrike, the 3DMARK DX11 benchmark and Time Spy, the new DX12 Benchmark. Both benchmarks were run at stock clocks on the OC settings in the Global WattMan settings. I also ran both benchmarks overclocked as well. I ran the Strix 1070 at its stock clock of 1657 MHz in OC mode and Over clockers to +125 on the core and +250 on the memory. These were the results.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

My scores with the with this current set up, (7700K @ 5.0 GHz. Strix 1070, and the Maximus IX Formula) are some the highest 1070 scores I’ve ever achieved. 3DMARK user name, pauliem30.

Gaming Benchmarks

I only tested 3 games throughout the course of this review. They were the 2013 reboot of Thief, Shadow of Mordor and Grand Theft Auto 5. These games may be a few years old. However, all 3 are still very graphically demanding and beautiful games. Especially in 4k, with max settings, they can all give even the most powerful systems a run for their money. Especially Shadow of Mordor with 4k textures using over 6 GB of VRAM and GTA 5 with its advanced graphical settings maxed out. The games ran great as you can see from the graphs below.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

As you see here, the ASUS Strix 1070 kept GTA 5 above 60 FPS, maxed out, even in 4k.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

Although the Strix 1070 fell below 60FPS in 4K on Shadow of Mordor, it did great overall, especially in 1440p.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

Thief is a very demanding game. Although it fell a bit below 60, to 43 fps. However, it was a decent amount above 60, 77 fps, in 1440p.


The 7th generation Core I7 7700K Kaby Lake processor has the highest base and boost clock of any Intel CPU to date. With a base clock of 4.2 GHz and a Boost Clock of 4.5 GHz, it’s the fastest CPU Intel have ever produced. With any luck, this will lead to a nice, stable overclock. That it did.

When I started to overclock the 7700K, I was surprised to hit a stable 5.15GHz on my first try with the voltage set at 1.423v We did try shooting for 5.3GHz but received our first BSOD, Perhaps if we try extreme cooling we would be able to hit 6GHz or more, but that's for another day.

ASUS ROG Z270 Maxiumus IX Formula Motherboard

My highest stable over clock was 5.15 GHz @ 1.423 volts. The hottest core hit 76°C, but overall, the CPU ran close to 71°C at this clock speed.


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