For more than a decade, the Republic of Gamers has delivered exemplary design and performance to thrill the world’s best players and PC enthusiasts. Our journey is a road without end. Now, it’s time for competitors to be warned and for gamers and enthusiasts to push the limits: The packed and pumped ROG Maximus IX Hero Series motherboard is ready to defeat all challengers.

  • 1

    Clr CMOS button
    BIOS Flashback

  • 2 M.2 (E-key)

    Ready for Wi-Fi

  • 3

    1 x HDMI 1.4b
    1 x DisplayPort 1.2
    4K/Ultra HD display support

  • 4 Intel I219-V Gb LAN

    ROG GameFirst IV
    Anti-surge LanGuard

  • 5 USB 3.1 (Type-A + Type-C)
  • 6 Multi-GPU SLI / CFX support

    2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 SafeSlots (CPU)
    1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot(PCH)
    3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots(PCH)

  • 7

    SupremeFX S1220 CODEC
    ‧ES9023P High Definition DAC
    ‧Impedance sense for front and rear
    ‧120dB SNR stereo playback output
    ‧113dB SNR recording input

    Sonic Studio III & Sonic Radar III
  • 8

    Q-Code
    Multicolored Q-LED
    MemOK!

  • 9

    3D-printing mount

  • 10

    Intel LGA1151 for 7th gen processors

  • 11 DDR4 4133MHz+ (OC)

    ‧4 DIMM Dual Channel
    ‧XMP Support

  • 12

    USB 3.1 front panel connector

  • 13 Dual M.2 Socket 3 Type M

    ‧1 x 2242~2280 (PCIe 3.0 x 4 + SATA)
    ‧1 x 2242~22110 (PCIe 3.0 x 4)

  • 14

    6 x SATA 6G ports

  • 15

    Intel Z270 Chipset
    ROG LOGO RGB LED

  • 16

    W_IN/OUT, W_Flow headers

  • 17

    2 x AURA 4-pin RGB headers

maximus ix hero

Hollow Heat-Sink with red-hot style

Our new heat-sink is finely engineered with an innovative perforated design for maximum heat dissipation. On its top are expertly angled facets that allow light from the platform controller hub to penetrate through — so your builds stand out unlike any other!

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Fully dominate your water-cooling system

ROG Water Cooling Zone

ROG’s innovative Water-Cooling Zone lets you monitor your cooling system like never before. ROG Water-Cooling Zone’s dual water-temperature headers and flow-rate header feed information straight into ROG’s intuitive Fan Xpert 4 utility ─ so you can stay on top of the heat and stay cool in every game!

best gaming LIGHTING

Aura lighting control

Customize your own favorite LED effects with Aura, the intuitive lighting-control software, to cast a stunning multi-color glow across your build via the ROG Maximus IX Hero’s brilliant built-in RGB LEDs or attached RGB strips via the two onboard 4-pin headers ─ all lights will perform in perfect synchronization! Fire up Aura and enjoy the creative freedom of nine different lighting schemes.

  • Static Static Always on
  • Breathing Breathing Fades in and out
  • Strobing Strobing Flashes on and off
  • Color cycle Color cycle Fades between the
    colors of the rain-
    bow
  • Music effect Music effect Pulses to the beat of
    your music
  • CPU temperature CPU Temperature Changes color with
    CPU load
  • Rainbow Rainbow A rolling multi-color
    glow
  • Comet Comet A stream of light
    with a tail
  • Flash & dash Flash & dash Single-color stepped
    flashes
*The Aura RGB-strip header supports standard 5050 RGB LED strips with a maximum power rating of 2A (12V). For maximum brightness, strip length should not exceed 2m.
* Two extension cables are included. RGB LED strip need to be purchased separately.

OUTSHINE THE COMPETITION

ASUS Aura Sync technology makes ROG Maximus IX Hero the control hub for your illumination ambitions — so it’s easy to synchronize incredible lighting effects between compatible components, including RGB LED strips, graphics cards, keyboards and even mice! Change all LEDs in unison or employ dynamic modes to flow the illumination effects smoothly across all synchronized devices.

*Visit the ASUS Aura microsite to learn more about Aura Sync

best gaming audio

exquisite audio, inside and out

New SupremeFX Codec

ROG’s awesome SupremeFX audio technology has levelled up, delivering an exceptional 113dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection — and that means our best-ever recording quality! We’ve also added a low-dropout regulator for cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS® Sabre Hi-Fi ES9023P digital-to-analog converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments® RC4850 op-amp for high gain with low distortion — which all adds up to audio that envelops you as never before.

SupremeFX S1220 codec

10 DAC channels, simultaneous 7.1-channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front-panel outputs, and an EMI cover for purer audio quality

Exceptional RMAA performance (dynamic range)
  • Distortion-free for enhanced audio-signal input and output ULTRA-DURABLE GOLD-PLATED AUDIO CONNECTORS
  • Provides the perfect current and voltage for true-to-life tonality and spacious sound imaging RC4580 Buffer
  • Creates a perfect balance for top-tier audio clarity capable of -94dB THD ESS® ESS9023P DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTER
  • High-accuracy timing technology ensures ultra-low jitter, even when temperatures fluctuate HIGH-PRECISION CLOCK SOURCE
  • Deliver the highest-quality sound resolution and expansion for especially warm and natural audio NICHICON CAPACITORS
  • Unique design allows the codec’s impedance-sensing function to be ported with either the front or rear headphone outputs SWITCHING MOSFETs

SupremeFX S1220 codec

10 DAC channels, simultaneous 7.1-channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front-panel outputs

Exceptional RMAA performance (dynamic range)

intuitive audio-tuning suite

Sonic Studio III

ROG’s Sonic Studio III audio effects station has been updated with an all-new routing feature to port streams to different outputs as well as app-level preferences for instant audio profiles and improved noise filtering for conversations with total clarity!

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    players

  • games

  • voip
    app

  • video
    players

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    players

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    app

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    players

  • Routing

    Easily assign different audio streams to different outputs, such as browser audio to headphones and game audio to speakers.

  • App-specific profiles

    Apply customized audio settings to different applications, so everything you do is perfectly tuned to the way you want to listen.

  • Noise filter

    Automatically detects and eliminates unwanted background noises, ensuring that communications are loud and clear.

scan and detect to dominate!

Sonic Radar III

Sonic Radar III is all-new – with an evolved audio engine that processes sounds more accurately than ever, ensuring you’re always aware of what’s going on around you. A new on-screen arrow has also been added to help you pinpoint the enemy position instantly!

  • Improved Audio Algorithm

    The new Sonic Radar III audio algorithm is now even more accurate, allowing enemies to be located with pinpoint precision regardless of the surrounding noise and chaos.
  • 3D Engine

    Sonic Radar III is built around its all-new head-up display with an in-game three-dimensional arrow for a more intuitive experience.
  • Audio Boost

    The new Audio Boost feature now allows enhanced audio to be heard directly.
  • Audio Radar

    Redesigned radar based on adjustable sectors (4-16) makes the enemies' position clearer and more direct

3d printing friendly

make it your own

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, cable covers, or an M.2 fan holder in a matter of moments.

*Products with the 3D Printing Friendly logo feature the specialized 3D Mount and are also bundled with an extra 3D Mount kit. 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.
  • M.2 Fan Holder

    The ASUS 3D-printed M.2 fan holder keeps temperatures low for improved performance and longevity.

3D-printable accessories

As system parts are visible in custom PC builds, make yours 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 Start 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 source files you want to download.

    download
  • Personalize

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

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    Watch tutorial

  • Print

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

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  • Setup

    Easily assemble and fit your 3D-printed parts using M.2 nuts or existing case mounts.

    play

    Watch tutorial

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best gaming performance

OC DESIGN

ASUS PRO CLOCK TECHNOLOGY

A dedicated base-clock generator designed for 7th Generation Intel® processors allows overclocked base clock frequencies up to or beyond 425MHz*. 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.

BCLK Range (MHz)

CPU Frequency

* Base-clock overclocking range will vary according to CPU capabilities, cooling, motherboard support and tuning options. Ranges up to 650MHz are possible under some conditions.

Advantages of ASUS
Pro Clock:

  • Reduced boot time

  • Lower jitter under extreme conditions for higher overclocks

  • Increased stability under heavy overclocking

DDR4 OVERCLOCKING
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Third-generation ASUS T-Topology

With support for DDR4 memory you’re able to drive memory frequencies to 4133MHz (and beyond when overclocked)! ASUS-exclusive T-Topology circuit design plus OC Socket provides superb memory-overclocking capability to unleash the full power of DDR4 by minimizing coupling noise and signal reflection. With innovative equidistant memory channels, it delivers the most balanced control and powerful overclocking compatibility. ASUS works with almost every DDR4 memory vendor to ensure the best compatibility.

ONE-CLICK OVERCLOCK AND COOLING, DONE!

Performance, efficiency, digital power, fan control and networking ─ tailored to the way you play

You don't need to be an expert to max out gaming performance on your ROG Maximus IX Hero build — because 5-Way Optimization sorts all the complex settings with a click, for instant, highly controllable performance boosts! Exclusive ROG technology dynamically optimizes essential aspects of your system, based on real-time use — so you get superb CPU performance, everyday energy savings, ultra-stable digital power, cool and quiet fans and networking settings that are tailored for the apps that you are using. In short, 5-Way Optimization ensures that your PC is perfect for gaming, entertainment, and productivity!

  • Games run swiftly and smoothly with high-performance and prioritized bandwidth.

  • Fans stay whisper-quiet for everyday computing, and ensure extreme cooling efficiency when gaming.

  • Stutter is eliminated for smooth-running apps, even under heavy loads.

  • Energy waste is reduced so you'll save money and the earth.

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    boost

  • All-round
    energy efficiency

  • Advanced
    fan controls

  • Precise Deigtal
    Power Control

  • Game faster,
    rank higher

Instant CPU performance boost

Crank up your PC instantly with the ASUS AI Suite 3 utility! The TurboV Processing Unit offers precise voltage control and advanced monitoring for the CPU and the graphics card, enabling the freedom to adjust CPU frequencies and ratios for optimized performance and maximize the potential of your graphics card.

All-round energy efficiency

With the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) you’ll enjoy real-time, system-wide power savings — for gaming kicks that won’t cost the earth! EPU automatically detects and adjusts power consumption according to your rig’s needs, so you save money without compromising on thrills. EPU will also reduce CPU wattage to a set level and deliver even more savings with Away mode, creating an extreme energy-saving scenario that shuts down unused I/O controllers and reduces the power consumption of the graphics card. That means full power for your gameplay and then total energy efficiency when you step away!

Cooler by design

Play quieter and cooler with advanced fan and water-pump controls for the ultimate in undisturbed gaming. With onboard thermal sensors and hardware-level 4-pin/3-pin PWM/DC mode detection, Fan Xpert 4 makes sure every fan achieves the best balance of cooling performance and low noise ─ so you enjoy all the performance you demand with none of the racket!

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Fan Xpert 4

With high-end graphics cards being a significant source of heat in any build, the GPU has a bigger impact on case temperatures than any other component. With Fan Xpert 4 you’re now able to set the GPU temperature as a fan-tuning source, enabling a dynamic cooling response to system power output!

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Precise digital power control

To go faster than fast you need ultra-accurate power control — so ROG Maximus IX Hero is kitted out with ASUS Digi+ Power Control for maxed-out overclocking potential, enhanced system stability and superb power efficiency. Digi+ Power Control is the industry’s leading digital power controller and it’s fully compliant with Intel’s IMVP8 specifications, for smoother, safer power.

Game faster, rank higher

ASUS Turbo App is the intuitive tuning panel to boost everything to secure your victory in your favorite titles! Overclock your CPU and prioritize game data across your network. History is written by the victors, so don’t go to war without Turbo App.

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

  • My Favorites

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

  • 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.

  • GPU POST

    Automatically detect selected ASUS graphics cards to view detailed information.

  • 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.

USB UEFI BIOS flashback

Refresh your BIOS in a flash, even when the system is off

The finest power, digitally controlled

ROG's revered digital power controller now delivers even-finer power, with Texas Instruments NexFET™ MOSFETs, MicroFine alloy chokes, Digi+ PWM controller and 10K black metallic capacitors — ensuring Extreme Engine Digi+ always delivers the smoothest core voltages.

  • MicroFine alloy chokes

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


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


    • Over90%more efficient

best gaming connectivity

Super-speed connectivity ─ where you need it

USB-C is the future-proof reversible connector — and ROG Maximus IX Hero let you put the connection right where it’s needed! With an onboard USB 3.1 header you can position a USB-C connector on your system’s front panel, so it’s always within reach.

USB 3.1 type A+C

Ultimate-speed 10Gbps with
onboard USB 3.1

Dual PCIe Gen3 M.2

Let your SSD scream at top speed

best gamingnetworking

More throughput and less processing equals faster online play

Intel Ethernet

ROG Maximus IX Hero features the very latest Intel® Ethernet (I219-V) for faster, smoother gaming. Intel's LAN has the serious double advantage of reducing CPU overhead and offering exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput, so there’s more power for your game and your gameplay.

Lower CPU workload

High TCP & UDP throughput

Pumped-up throughput. Best surge protection

LANGuard

LANGuard means safer, more reliable connections for your battles! Advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounting processes join forces to protect your ROG Maximus IX Hero motherboard’s connection, plus electrostatically guarded and surge-protected components (ESD Guards) for 1.9x greater tolerance to static electricity and 2.5x greater protection (up to 15kV) against surges!

Team up to banish lag

GameFirst IV

GameFirst IV optimizes network traffic for faster, lag-free online gaming — and now we’ve added Multi-Gate Teaming to team up to 4 networks for maximum bandwidth and smooth gameplay. You’ll also enjoy all-new Intelligent mode, which automatically compiles a database by parsing new app data to ensure that every game is optimized for the best performance.

best gaming protection

Protect your graphic cards investment

SAFESLOT

As a gamer you demand stability and durability, so ROG integrates long-lasting, premium components, plus exclusive smart DIY designs across the board — ensuring the best gaming experiences.


ESD Guards

2X greater

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


TrueVolt USB

2 dedicated

USB power supplies provide 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

makes it easy to sort all front-panel cables.


Q-Slot

1 -clip

makes it easy to swap or secure your graphics card.


Q-DIMM

1 -slided

clips provide super-simple, super-secure handling of memory modules.

DRAM Overcurrent 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.

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Stay in the game

Overwolf

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

image your drives, the smart way

ROG Clone Drive

All-new 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.

Speed your game loads

RAMCache II

ROG’s uniquely intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds: going to work the moment it’s activated. RAMCache II turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times to stratospheric levels!

The free keyboard upgrade – upgraded!

KeyBot II

Get a free keyboard upgrade from an exclusive microprocessor and intuitive user interface. Record macros directly from the keyboard, switch profiles in moments, enable special functions with hotkeys from F1-F10, start and even boost your PC from shutdown (S5 mode)!

You can even use KeyBot II to boost your PC into a specific mode with two-second press

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 (one year)

    The best protection from viruses and spyware

  • DAEMON Tools

    The leading tool for optical and virtual discs

  • PC Cleaner

    Accelerate your PC by eliminating clogs with simple click

VR ready

ROG Maximus IX Hero isn’t just VR Ready — it goes way beyond! The ASUS ROG Beyond VR Ready marque means that ROG Maximus IX Hero 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 Beyond VR Ready opens up a new way to configure and build your dream system with total confidence.

Learn more about ASUS VR Ready

the power of intel

Ready for 7th Generation and 6th Generation Intel LGA1151 Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron processors

This motherboard supports 7th Generation and 6th Generation Intel Core™ i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors in the LGA1151 package. Integrated graphics, memory and PCI Express® controllers support onboard graphics output with dedicated chipsets, two-channel (4-DIMM) DDR4 memory and 16 PCI Express 3.0/2.0 lanes for great performance.

Intel® Z270 chipset

The Intel® Z270 is a single-chipset design that supports 7th Generation and 6th Generation Intel LGA1151 Core™ i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium®/Celeron® processors. It provides improved performance by utilizing serial point-to-point links, allowing increased bandwidth and stability. Additionally, the Z270 chipset provides a maximum of 10 USB 3.0 ports, six SATA 6Gbps ports, and 32Gbps M.2 and PCIe 3.0 lane speed support, for faster data retrieval. Intel Z270 also supports integrated graphics, so you'll enjoy the very latest in graphics performance.