ROG Maximus X Apex

the board for extreme performance

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. ClrCMOS
    BIOS Flashback

  2. 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
    1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port

  3. 1 x HDMI 1.4b
    1 x DisplayPort 1.2

  4. 8 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports (2 @ mid-board)

  5. AQC108 5G LAN

  6. Intel I219-V
    USB 3.1 Gen2

    Type-A + Type-C

  7. 5 x Gold-Plated Audio Jacks
    1 x S/PDIF Optical Out

  8. Multi-GPU SLI / CFX Support

    ・ 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)

  9. Illuminated Customizable Nameplate Nameplate
  10. SupremeFX S1220A CODEC

    ・ Impedance sense for front and rear
    ・ 120dB SNR stereo playback output
    ・ 113dB SNR recording input

  11. 4 x Aura 4-Pin RGB Headers

  12. Overclocking Features

    ・ Q-Code
    ・ Multicolored Q-LED
    ・ LN2 Mode
    ・ Slow Mode Switch
    ・ Pause Switch
    ・ ReTry Button
    ・ Safe Boot Button
    ・ MemOK! Button
    ・ ProbeIt
    ・ PCIe Slot Switch
    ・ Condensation Detect LEDs

  13. 3D-Printing Mount

    3D MOUNT 3D-Printing friendly, make it your own
  14. Intel LGA1151 for 8th Gen Core Processors

  15. DIMM.2 Socket

    ・ 1 x M.2 2230~22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4 + SATA)
    ・ 1 x M.2 2230~22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4)

  16. DDR4 4500MHz+ (OC)

    ・ 2 x DIMM Dual Channel DDR4
    ・ XMP Support
    ・ SafeDIMM Slots

  17. 4 x SATA 6G Ports

  18. Intel Z370 Chipset ROG LOGO RGB LED

    intel CHIPSET Z370 include
  19. W_In/Out, W_Flow Headers

  20. 6 x USB 2.0 Ports (6 @ mid-board)

  21. X-Shaped PCB

built to BREAK LIMITS

RECORDS SMASHED

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.

Overclocker’s toolkit

HARDWARE-LEVEL CONTROLS

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.

  • 1

    QLED

    Four LEDs to show the current boot status.

  • 2

    Slow Mode Switch*

    Instantly reduces the CPU ratio to 8X to bypass finicky benchmark passages.

  • 3

    Pause Switch*

    Activate to pause the system and fine-tune OC parameters mid-benchmark.

  • 4

    PCIE Switches

    Four switches to independently enable or disable any of the four x16-length PCIe slots, for easy debugging.

  • 5

    LN2 Mode JUMPER

    Jumper to enable special options and functions for liquid-nitrogen (LN2) overclocking.

  • 6

    ProbeIt

    Check the voltage via integrated measurement points.

  • 7

    RETRY BUTTON

    One press instantly initiates a hard reset.

  • 8

    Safe Boot Button

    Instantly reset the PC and boot directly into a safe mode.

  • 9

    MemOK!

    Instantly retune memory settings for a guaranteed boot.

  • 10

    BIOS SWITCH (FOR DUAL BIOS)

    Switch quickly and easily between BIOS one and two.

*Slow mode and Pause switches require that LN2 mode is enable

Condensation Detection

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.

  • CPU LED

  • DRAM LED

  • PCIE LED

  • Flashes when condensation is detected near the CPU.

  • Flashes when condensation is detected near the DRAM.

  • Flashes when condensation is detected near the PCIe.

DDR4 OVERCLOCKING

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.

ASUS PRO CLOCK TECHNOLOGY WITH EXTREME ENGINE DIGI+

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.

5.8x

FASTER

BCLK Range

  • OC

    584MHz

  • Default

    100MHz
*BCLK overclocking range will vary according to CPU capabilities, cooling, motherboard support and tuning options.

Advantages of ASUS Pro Clock:

  • Reduced boot time
  • Lower jitter under extreme conditions for higher overclocks
  • Increased stability under heavy overclocking
  • MicroFine alloy chokes

    More stable and greater efficiency at high currents
    • 3xfiner than
      standard
    • 31%cooler than
      large granules
    • 75%hysteresis
      reduction
  • 10KJapanese-made black
    metallic capacitors


    • 5xlonger
      lifespan
    • 20%greater extreme
      temperature enduance
  • 50%smaller NexFET™
    MOSFETs


    • Over90%more efficient

Media-acclaimed UEFI BIOS

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.

EZ Mode

  • EZ Tuning Wizard

    OC and RAID. Select your hardware and apply different scenarios to tune system performance, or streamline your RAID configuration for faster data retrieval and backups.

  • Intuitive graphical fan control

    Fine-tune individual fans simply by dragging a curve with the mouse.

  • EZ XMP

    Improve your DRAM performance with a click.

  • SATA Information

    View SATA port details for easy device recognition.

  • Fast Clock Adjustment

    Use mouse controls to change the time and date.

Advanced Mode

  • EZ Flash 3

    Flash the latest BIOS via the internet, and from within the BIOS.

  • SMART

    Check up your storages devices' Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology logs to gauge reliability and to identify potential failures.

  • My Favorites

    Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the list.

  • Secure Erase

    Restore your SSDs to factory-fresh condition.

  • Last Modified Log

    Track last changes and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive.

  • SATA Port Renaming

    Rename SATA ports for easy identification.

optimalcooling

ROG DIMM.2

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.

dimm.2 detail

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.

  1. Screw holes for a fan holder (bundled)
    *The fan holder supports up to two 50mm fans or a single 80mm fan, and is compatible with a wide variety of existing memory coolers
  2. Two thermal probe headers
  3. Holes for better airflow
  4. Aura-controllable RGB LEDs
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5-Way Optimization

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.

  • FAN XPERT 4

  • DIGI+
    POWER CONTROL

  • TURBO CORE APP

  • TPU

  • EPU

FLEXIBLE COOLING CONTROLS FOR AIR OR LIQUID

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.

PRECISE DIGITAL POWER CONTROL

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.

Optimize per-core performance for every app

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.

CPU PERFORMANCE BOOST

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.

ALL-ROUND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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.

Cooler By Design

ROG Maximus X Apex features the most comprehensive cooling controls ever, configurable via Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS.

ROG Maximus X Apex

Onboard Sensors and Headers

  • Multiple temperature sources

  • 4-pin PWM/DC fan

  • Water pump+

  • AIO pump

  • Full speed

  • Smart protection

  • Water flow

  • Water in/out

  • 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.

OC Fan Bracket

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.

cutting-edgeCONNECTIVITY

onboard 5g ETHERNET

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
Speed Compatible cable
100M CAT5
1G CAT5e
2.5G CAT5e
5G CAT5e(30M) , CAT6
ethernet

Intel ETHERNET

lower cpu workload, high tcp & udp THROUGHPUT

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

DUAL PCIe X4 GEN 3 M.2

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 MEMORY

INTEL OPTANE MEMORY READY

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.

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leadingCUSTOMIZATION

OUTSHINE
THE COMPETITION

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.

  • Static Static
  • Breathing Breathing
  • Strobing Strobing
  • Rainbow Rainbow
  • Color Cycle Color Cycle
  • Comet Comet
  • Flash & Dash Flash & Dash
  • Wave Wave
  • Glowing Yo Yo Glowing Yo Yo
  • Starry Night Starry Night
  • Music Effect Music Effect
  • CPU temperature CPU Temperature
*The Aura RGB-strip header supports standard 5050 RGB LED strips with a maximum power rating of 3A (12V). For maximum brightness, strip length should not exceed 3m.
**One extension cable is included. LED Strips and Aura Compatible devices are sold separately.

Infinite lighting possibilities

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.

AURA SYNC products

ILLUMINATED CUSTOMIZABLE NAMEPLATE

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.
**The LEDs for the customized nameplate are disabled by default by the LIGHT_BAR_2 jumper. Switch the jumper position in order to enable the LEDs.

X-shaped PCB

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.

3D Printing Friendly

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.

Exclusive 3D Mount For Easy Installation

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.

3D printing friendly. Make it your own.
  • Cable Cover

    Cover your cables for a tidier PC.
  • CUSTOM NAMEPLATE

    Personalize your build with a custom logo making it unique to you.

3D-printable accessories

Make your custom PC components stand out from the competition with 3D-printed accessories.

2-Way SLI HB bridge cover
Clip the cover onto the PCB SLI HB bridge to add style to your build. Multiple form factors — EATX, ATX and mATX — are available.
Fan grill
Add some style to your build.
Cable Combs
Keep cables organized with the multi-connector design. 3D design files are available for 24-pin, 8-pin, 8 + 6-pin, 6-pin and 4-pin PSU connectors.
ROG FONTS
Use ROG font files to print letters — then fully customize your build by adding your name or any other word or phrase.
ROG KEYCHAIN
Print a 3D keychain and show your ROG passion to the world.

GUIDE TO 3D PRINTING

Follow these steps to start printing your own 3D parts, and integrate them seamlessly into your PC build in no time!

  • DOWNLOAD

    Select the 3D data-source files you want to download.

    download
  • Personalize

    Adjust size or shape, add text or change other attributes.

    play

    Watch tutorial

  • Print

    Use your own printer, or visit a local vendor or ASUS store with Shapeways.

    shapeways
  • Setup

    Easily assemble and fit your 3D-printed parts.

    play

    Watch tutorial

best gaming audio

SupremeFX

Shielded audio, superior sound

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!

DIY FRIENDLYDESIGN

SafeSLOt

SafeSlot

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

SafeDIMM

SafeDIMM slots feature a metal key-pin that increases durability, versus traditional DIMM slots.


ESD Guards

2X greater

electrostatic protection than standard. ESD Guards cover the PS2, USB, audio and LAN ports


TrueVolt USB

2 dedicated

USB power supplies rock-steady 5V to all USB ports, minimizing power fluctuations for minimal data loss


CPU installation tool

1 layer

protection from socket-pin damage


Q-connector

1 piece

sorts all front-panel cables


Q-Slot

1 clip

to swap or secure your graphics card


Q-DIMM

1 sided

clips for super-simple, super-secure handling of memory modules

DRAM Over-current Protection

1 additional

resettable fuse protects connection ports and DRAM against overcurrent and short-circuit damage

BLACK NICKEL-COATED Q-SHIELD

0 pain!

Protect your hands from nicks and cuts

ROGgives
you
more

Overwolf

Stay in the game

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.

  • In-game dock

  • In-game calling

  • Multi-IM support

  • 5 customizable apps

  • 0 missed calls during gaming

  • 5+ clients in a single interface

ROG Clone Drive

Image your drives, the smart way

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.

RAMCache II

Speed your game loads

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.

and more

  • AI Suite 3

    One-stop control panel

  • ROG CPU-Z

    Shows your important system information with pride

  • Mem TweakIt

    Dynamic timing monitoring, DRAM efficiency gauge

  • RAMDisk

    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

  • PC Cleaner

    Accelerate your PC by eliminating clogs with simple click

Beyond VR READY

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.

The Power of Intel

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.