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    Asus ROG Maximus XI Apex - Overview / Review

    Asus ROG Maximus XI Apex Overview / Review
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    Introduction:
    ROG MAXIMUS XI APEX
    Overview/Specifications
    ROG MAXIMUS XI APEX
    Intel Z390 ATX overclocking motherboard with extreme performance, DDR4 4800MHz, ROG DIMM.2 (dual M.2) with M.2 heatsink, double-capacity DIMM support, Aura Sync RGB LED, SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.1 Gen 2
    LGA1151 socket: Ready for 9th/8th Generation Intel? Core? desktop processors
    Engineered for performance: Enhanced Extreme Engine Digi+, dual ProCool 8-pin power connectors and optimized 2-DIMM memory-trace layout for DDR4 4800MHz+ overclocking support
    Overclockers Toolkit: hardware-level controls and onboard condensation detection circuits to aid with subzero overclocking.
    Double-capacity DIMM: Optimized memory-trace layout for dual 32GB DIMM support
    ROG DIMM.2: Vertically-installed dual-M.2 expansion card with heatsink for maximum cooling and performance
    5-way Optimization: Automated system-wide tuning, providing AI Overclocking and cooling profiles tailor-made for your rig
    Cutting-edge connectivity: Intel Gigabit Ethernet, two M.2, USB 3.1 Gen 2, Wi-Fi (802.11ac) with MU-MIMO for lightning-fast data transfers
    Immersive audio: High-fidelity sonics that draw you deeper into the action, with SupremeFX
    ROG Eco-System: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including headers for both standard and addressable RGB strips
    Gaming durability: ASUS SafeSlot, ROG patented pre-mounted I/O shield and premium components for maximum endurance

    Unboxing and accessories included:
    1 x Supporting DVD
    1 x ROG addressable LED strip (30cm)
    1 x SLI HB BRIDGE(2-WAY-M)
    1 x ROG big sticker
    1 x Q-Connector
    2 x M.2 screw kit (short screw and mount)
    1 x Wi-Fi Antenna(s)
    1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
    User manual
    1 x ROG coaster(s)
    1 x Customizable Name Plate Accessory Pack
    1 x ROG Thank you card
    1 x ROG DIMM.2 with heatsink
    1 x M.2 Pad for ROG DIMM.2





















    Thank You Asus for providing me with this sample motherboard for this review.
    Kind Regards: " Chispy "
    Last edited by chispy; 02-22-2019 at 05:16 AM.

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    Testing Methodology:

    Hardware used and settings.

    Motherboard: ROG Asus Maximus XI Apex Z390.
    CPU: Intel Core i9 9900k.
    Ram: G.Skill Flare X 2x8GB DDR4-3200Mhz Cas14.
    Graphics cards: Nvidia RTX 2080Ti FE Shunt Mod / RX 580 Bios Mod / Asus Matrix Platinum HD7970 x2 CrossfireX
    OS Drive: Adata SU655 120GB SSD Sata 3 x2. Windows 10 x64bit Pro build 1809 updated / Windows 7 x64bit Ultimate latest with all service packs updated.
    Power Supply: eVGA Supernova G2 1600w + eVGA Supernova P2 1200w


    Cooling: #1. Custom Made Water Cooling Loop at 23c ambient , #2. Mod Water Chiller 1HP at -21c and #3. Liquid Nitrogen at -196c on a kingpin Venom cpu ln2 pot and Tek 9 Fat gpu ln2 pot.

    Test #1 on cpu using Custom Made Water Cooling and Stock Air Cooling For The 2x Asus Matrix Platinum HD7970 video cards at Ambient Controlled Environment Temperatures at 23c.

    Test #2 on cpu and video card Subsero at -21c on a 1HP Mod Water Chiller cpu 9900k and video card RX 580.

    Test #3 on cpu 9900k Subsero at -196c Liquid Nitrogen and video card RTX 2080Ti also on Liquid Nitrogen.


    Water Cooling Loop For Ambient Temperatures 23c Testing - XSPC RayStorm Pro cpu water block , XSPC Laing D5 Vario water pump at full speed , Black Ice GTX Extreme 360 Radiator , XSPC 3x 120cm 2000rpm fans , Swiftech MCRES Micro Reservoir , Primochill Clear 3/8 by 5/8 tubing , Swifteck Lok-Seal Compression fittings , Barrow quick disconnects.

    Water Chiller Loop 1 HP Highly Modified and Tuned at -21c.

    Liquid Nitrogen set up using Kinpin Venom LN2 pot for CPU and Kingpin Tek 9 Fat for GPU , temperatures -196c.
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    Test #1 Ambient temperatures 22c 3D:

    3dmark firestrike = 19256

    cpu at 5300Mhz , Ram at ddr4 4080Mhz cas 12-11-11-28-1T

    video cards at 1300/1825



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    Test #1 Ambient temperatures 22c 2D. ( work in progress )**
    Last edited by chispy; 02-22-2019 at 05:11 AM.

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    Test #2 Subsero temperatures -21c 3D. ( work in progress )**
    Last edited by chispy; 02-22-2019 at 05:10 AM.

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    Test #2 Subsero temperatures -21c 2D.


    Last edited by chispy; 02-22-2019 at 05:08 AM.

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    Test #3 Subsero temperatures -196c 3D. ( work in progress ) **
    Last edited by chispy; 02-22-2019 at 05:10 AM.

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    Test #3 Subsero temperatures -196c 2D. ( work in progress ) **
    Last edited by chispy; 02-22-2019 at 05:10 AM.

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    Naked PCB:









    Exclusive LN2 Overclocking Features:


    8 Full Fat Phases With Doublers For VRM ( arranged as 16 phase vrm via doublers ) , ( no igp vrm phases since the board does not support igp ).





    RSVD switch ( Helps for cold boot bug as it implement some key higher voltages ) , Slow Mode switch ( Helps during boot and inside OS dropping down the cpu multiplier to a minimum ) , Pause switch ( Just at it says it will pause the system at hardware level ).





    Start Button ( Start the system using this Power On button ), Reset Button ( Will reset the system ), Safe Boot Button ( Will boot with safe settings into the bios ) , Retry Button ( Will retry last settings input in Bios ) , Mem Ok Switch ( Helps training DDR4 ) , Voltage read out points ( Real time voltage reading points ) , Q-Code Leds ( Post code diagnostic leads ) , LN2 Mode Jumper ( Will lifts all the voltage limits and set some key higher voltages for LN2 overclocking ).





    Dual Bios.





    Molex Connector. ( To be used when using multiple Graphics cards )





    Dual 8 pin 12v Power From CPU.


    Last edited by chispy; 02-22-2019 at 05:04 AM.

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    res9. ( work in progress)**
    Last edited by chispy; 02-22-2019 at 05:13 AM.

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    Conclusion and Reviewers Opinion: ( Work in progress )**
    Last edited by chispy; 02-22-2019 at 05:09 AM.

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    Hmmm.... Any updates?
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    Awesome review Chispy..

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