Every aspect of the ROG Maximus X Apex purposefully defies convention to break performance boundaries and set new standards. Its feature set is carefully selected to optimize component layout and trace pathways for maximum signal integrity. That foundation is backed by all the tools and tweaking options you need to push the platform to the limit, and cooling options to keep everything under control. With a distinct X-shaped PCB that’s accented by RGB lighting, and performance-first engineering, the Maximus X Apex is suitable for elevating builds to showcase status, or satisfying overclocking addicts that thrive on the edge.
1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
1 x HDMI 1.4b
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
8 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports (2 @ mid-board)
AQC108 5G LAN
Type-A + Type-C
5 x Gold-Plated Audio Jacks
1 x S/PDIF Optical Out
・ 3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (CPU)
・ 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots (PCH)
・ 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (max. x4)
・ Impedance sense for front and rear
・ 120dB SNR stereo playback output
・ 113dB SNR recording input
4 x Aura 4-Pin RGB Headers
・ Multicolored Q-LED
・ LN2 Mode
・ Slow Mode Switch
・ Pause Switch
・ ReTry Button
・ Safe Boot Button
・ MemOK! Button
・ PCIe Slot Switch
・ Condensation Detect LEDs
Intel LGA1151 for 8th Gen Core Processors
・ 1 x M.2 2230~22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 + SATA)
・ 1 x M.2 2230~22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
・ 2 x DIMM Dual Channel DDR4
・ XMP Support
・ SafeDIMM Slots
4 x SATA 6G Ports
W_In/Out, W_Flow Headers
6 x USB 2.0 Ports (6 @ mid-board)
ROG Maximus X Apex is built to break records — and it’s already done just that. With its optimized layout and ability to withstand cryogenic temperatures, Apex has already scored 9 global first-places and set a CPU frequency world record* of 7.3GHz on all six cores of the Intel Core i7-8700K. That’s a staggering 97.3% overclock of the chip‘s default 3.7GHz frequency!*World records and global first-place positions were verified on 5th October 2017, and are recorded at HWBOT.org.
ROG Maximus X Apex includes an overclocker's toolkit with hardware-level controls to aid your overclocking experience. The motherboard's Dual BIOS allows you to experiment with different firmware versions and provides a path for recovery in case one becomes corrupt, and the onboard switch allows you to easily change between the first and second BIOS. The overclocker's toolkit also includes a Pause switch to halt the system, and four PCIe switches for quick slot toggling. Other tools include Safe Boot and ReTry buttons, a LN2 mode jumper to aid POST at sub-zero temperatures, and a Slow mode switch. Combined, they're quick and easy time-savers designed to help you break more records.
Four LEDs to show the current boot status.
Instantly reduces the CPU ratio to 8X to bypass finicky benchmark passages.
Activate to pause the system and fine-tune OC parameters mid-benchmark.
Four switches to independently enable or disable any of the four x16-length PCIe slots, for easy debugging.
Jumper to enable special options and functions for liquid-nitrogen (LN2) overclocking.
Check the voltage via integrated measurement points.
One press instantly initiates a hard reset.
Instantly reset the PC and boot directly into a safe mode.
Instantly retune memory settings for a guaranteed boot.
Switch quickly and easily between BIOS one and two.
Specialized circuitry allows Maximus X Apex to detect when condensation occurs on the back of the board. Divided into three distinct sections — CPU, DRAM and PCIe — the feature provides a useful warning when an area may be at risk of short-circuiting.
Flashes when condensation is detected near the CPU.
Flashes when condensation is detected near the DRAM.
Flashes when condensation is detected near the PCIe.
ROG engineers adopted a two-slot memory design, enabling a shorter trace layout for tighter control over impedance and reduced signal interference. And it’s teamed with ASUS OptiMem to preserve memory signal integrity by routing traces and vias to the optimal PCB layer. Together, the enhancements provide more headroom for overclocking and improved stability, allowing Apex to achieve memory speeds of DDR4-4500MHz and beyond.*Overclocking range will vary according to CPU capabilities and cooling.
The dedicated base-clock (BCLK) generator designed for 8th Generation Core™ processors is what allowed Apex to set an overclocked BCLK frequency record of 584MHz*. This custom solution works in tandem with the ASUS TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control — providing an exciting new way to boost performance to extreme heights. And, of course, Maximus X Apex includes Extreme Engine Digi+ — ROG's revered digital power controller. With a Digi+ PWM controller, Texas Instruments NexFET™ MOSFETs, MicroFine alloy chokes, and 10K black metallic capacitors, Extreme Engine Digi+ technology delivers consistently stable power.*BCLK overclocking range will vary according to CPU capabilities, cooling, motherboard support and tuning options.
Advantages of ASUS Pro Clock:
The smoothest, slickest mouse-controlled graphical BIOS has been improved to make it even more gorgeous. Whether you're a PC novice or a seasoned overclocker, the EZ and Advanced modes help you find your way, quickly and easily.
The innovative ROG DIMM.2 module is a vertically-installed expansion card that allows two M.2 drives to be connected via a DDR4 interface. You can then add a memory cooler, or a fan via the bundled mounting bracket to direct cool air over the M.2 drives, helping to control thermals and ensure maximum performance.
ROG DIMM.2 includes a pair of onboard thermal-probe- headers that allow control over the speed and acoustics of mounted fans via Fan Xpert 4 software or our award-winning UEFI.
One click takes care of all that complex tuning. ASUS 5-Way Optimization makes your PC smart. It dynamically optimizes essential aspects of the system, providing overclocking and cooling profiles that are tailored for your rig.
・ An automated tuning utility that optimizes overclocking and cooling profiles for your unique system configuration.
・ Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and deliver optimal airflow when the system is crunching through CPU or GPU-intensive tasks.
・ All-new stress test that allows users to optimize and overclock for CPU or memory-centric workloads.
With ROG Maximus X Apex, you have comprehensive control over fans, water pumps and even all-in-one (AIO) coolers, via either Fan Xpert 4 or our award-wining UEFI. Whether you’re cooling with air or water, Auto-Tuning mode intelligently configures all parameters with a single click. There’s also an Extreme Quiet mode, which reduces all fan speeds to below the default minimum – keeping your system whisper-quiet when performing light tasks.
Digi+ delivers real-time control over voltage droop, switching frequency and power-efficiency settings, allowing you to fine-tune CPU voltage regulation for ultimate stability and performance.
Intel's latest processors feature per-core tuning, and the ASUS Turbo Core app makes use of this feature by enabling you to assign applications to specific processor cores, allowing you to prioritize compute power where it’s needed most.
Unleash your PC's full performance with the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility. A TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) is the intelligence behind our automated system-tuning utility, offering the ability to fine-tune voltages, monitor system stats, and adjust overclock parameters for optimal performance.
With the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) you'll enjoy system-wide power savings. The EPU automatically optimizes power consumption and maximizes savings with Away mode — a smart setting that creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused I/O controllers.
ROG Maximus X Apex features the most comprehensive cooling controls ever, configurable via Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS.
Multiple temperature sources
4-pin PWM/DC fan
Each header can be set to monitor and react to three user-configurable thermal sensors, for workload based cooling. All easily managed by Fan Xpert 4 or UEFI.
Every onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans for easy setup and control via Fan Xpert 4 or UEFI.*W_PUMP+ and AIO PUMP are also PWM/DC controllable.
A dedicated header that can supply up to 3A to high-performance PWM or DC water pumps.
A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups.
Three full speed fan headers for targeted airflow during extreme overclocking.
A dedicated integrated circuit that protects each fan header from over-temperature and over-current.
Allows for constant monitoring of the flow rate of the entire loop.
Allows for monitoring of temperature at the input/out of any component.
ROG Maximus X Apex comes with a versatile OC fan bracket to aid your overclocking and cooling endeavors. Attach the bracket to dedicated mounting holes and then install a fan* to direct airflow away from the motherboard during extreme overclocking. Or, when you’re not looking to break the limits, tilt the bracket 90 degrees and accelerate airflow across the board.*Fan sold separately. The OC fan bracket supports up to two 50mm fans or a single 120mm fan.
Designed for the demanding requirements of power users and content creators who push the envelope, onboard 5Gbps Ethernet plugs you into a new era of home networking. With up to 5X the bandwidth of standard gigabit Ethernet, you'll enjoy streaming uncompressed 4K UHD videos and backups and file transfers that are faster than ever before. And there's also support for intermediate 2.5Gbps connectivity, allowing you to step up to faster networks for maximum flexibility. Choose the bandwidth that meets your needs and enjoy ultra-low latency at any speed.*Category 5e (30M) network cables support up to 5Gbps operation
|5G||CAT5e(30M) , CAT6|
ROG Maximus X Apex features the very latest Intel® Ethernet (I219-V) for faster, smoother gaming. Intel Ethernet controllers have a natural synergy with their processors and chipsets, reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there's more power for games and other tasks.
Lower CPU workload
High TCP & UDP throughput
ROG Maximus X Apex features the DIMM.2 module which allows two NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 drives to be installed in RAID configurations for great performance. Add a third device to your RAID array via the PCH-side PCIe x16 slot and enjoy the world's fastest data transfer speeds!
Intel Optane™ is a revolutionary non-volatile memory technology supported by ROG Maximus X Apex. Intel Optane memory modules accelerate attached storage to reduce boot and load times, so everything feels faster and more responsive.learn more ›
A well-tuned enthusiast system deserves a matching aesthetic. ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the built-in RGB LEDs, as well as strips connected to the four onboard 4-pin RGB headers.* And it can all be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura Sync-enabled ASUS hardware.
ASUS Aura SDK allows developers to take full advantage of the vast eco-system of Aura Sync-capable PC gear. From in-system illumination to peripherals and beyond, the SDK provides an evolving toolkit of options to enhance games and software with RGB lighting. Game effects, alerts, and audio can all be portrayed via Aura-compatible hardware, creating subtle or dazzling visual cues to augment the action. There's also scope to map system parameters such as temperatures to lighting, giving enthusiasts new ways to monitor vital information.
Use the bundled DIY kit to customize your nameplate, then see your personal mark illuminated with Aura Sync lighting!*The pre-cut ROG logo is shown here as an example, but the content is easily customized.
Black Mylar X3
Nameplate with protective film
Cut the black Mylar using a box cutter
Download the text file
Remove the protective film from the custom name plate, and adhere the modified black sticker.
Mount the new nameplate onto the board with the provided screws.
Learn how to customize now
ROG Maximus X Apex has an asymmetrical X-shaped circuit board with a radical lighting scheme that utilizes cutouts to create an impressive backlighting effect.
ASUS is the first motherboard manufacturer to support 3D printing, making it easy to customize your motherboard's appearance and improve system performance with a range of printable parts.
Dedicated 3D mounts on the motherboard makes fitting 3D-printed parts easy. Using the same screws as M.2 drives and standard motherboard mounting holes, you can easily add nameplates and cable covers.
Make your custom PC components stand out from the competition with 3D-printed accessories.
Follow these steps to start printing your own 3D parts, and integrate them seamlessly into your PC build in no time!
Select the 3D data-source files you want to download.
Adjust size or shape, add text or change other attributes.
Use your own printer, or visit a local vendor or ASUS store with Shapeways.
Easily assemble and fit your 3D-printed parts.
ROG Maximus X Apex's awesome SupremeFX audio technology delivers an exceptional 113 dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection for best-ever ROG recording quality! We've also added a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220A codec. It all adds up to audio that envelops you as never before!
SafeSlot* is the PCIe slot reinvented by ASUS and engineered to provide superior retention and shearing resistance. Manufactured in a single step using a new insert-molding process, SafeSlot integrates the slot with fortifying metal for an inherently stronger slot, which is then firmly anchored to the PCB through additional solder points.*Patent pending
SafeDIMM slots feature a metal key-pin that increases durability, versus traditional DIMM slots.
A clever, unobtrusive overlay keeps you in the game and allows you to browse the Web, email, IM, stream or record while you play. The overlay is dressed in color-matched ROG skins to show you're part of an elite pack. Grab it now from Overwolf's app store.
5 customizable apps
0 missed calls during gaming
5+ clients in a single interface
ROG Clone Drive is the smart, convenient cloning solution that quickly and efficiently replicates hard drives or SSDs. Clone Drive is so smart that it can clone one drive to two target drives at the same time, or image any file from your disk at breakneck speeds.
ROG's uniquely intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds, getting to work the moment it's activated. RAMCache II turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times to stratospheric levels.
Automatically caches all your storage devices at the same time for optimal use of your system‘s caching resources.
AI Suite 3
One-stop control panel
Shows your important system information with pride
Dynamic timing monitoring, DRAM efficiency gauge
Boost your favorite applications up to 20X faster than SSD with the junction function
Kaspersky® Anti-Virus (1 year)
The best protection from viruses and spyware
DAEMON Tools Pro Standard (1 year)
The leading tool for optical and virtual discs
Accelerate your PC by eliminating clogs with simple click
ROG Maximus X Apex isn't just VR Ready — it goes way beyond! The ASUS ROG Beyond VR Ready marque means that Apex has been tested with loads of class-leading components to ensure that your productivity, gaming and entertainment needs are tuned for maximum performance after you've taken off the headset. ASUS ROG Beyond VR Ready opens up a new way to configure and build your dream system with total confidence.
Intel® Z370 Chipset
The Intel® Z370 chipset supports 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the Z370 provides a maximum of 10 USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, six SATA 6Gbps ports, and 32Gbps M.2 and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support, for faster data retrieval. Intel Z370 also supports integrated-graphics, so you'll enjoy the very latest in graphics performance.
Ready for 8th Generation Intel LGA1151 Core processors
ROG Maximus X Apex motherboard supports 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processors in the LGA1151 package, with integrated graphics, memory and PCI Express controllers to support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, dual-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for great performance.