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Maximus IX Code - A little insight and delidded 7700k

Hello ROG guru's and newcomers alike.

ASUS has entered a new "Code" into their line of ROG motherboards. No not a digital code but the Maximus IX Code, it's a new ROG motherboard that falls between the Maximus IX Hero and Maximus IX Formula and after looking over the specs, you see it's a Maximus IX Formula in disguise.

I could make columns and list the specs but instead, take a minute and click the links and compare the specs side by side.

Maximus IX Code -

Maximus IX Formula -

While the specs are similar I notice four things the Maximus IX Formula has over the Maximus IX Code and they are:

1) EK Crosschill block - This likely helped cut cost on the Code by a good chunk.

2) Backplate - Minus this likely helped cut cost.

3) Motherboard Lighting - It would've been nice to see the ROG logo lit up on the Code but again this likely helped cut cost too. The Maximus IX Code has some RGB lighting of its own on the I/O panel, start and reset buttons, the Republic of Gamers in the middle of the board and supports Aura sync.

4) Integrated I/O panel - Not too big of a big deal. I can snap one in, in less than 10 seconds but don't get me wrong the integrated I/O panel on the Formula is a nice new thing, it makes the board look more as one. Besides the Formula's I/O panel being integrated, the Code's is identical as you saw in the specs.

Straight out of the box what caught my eye are what looks to be brushed aluminum vrm heatsinks, they give the whole board a heavy duty appearance while having a luxurious high performance expression. In other words they look sharp, literally. The board is all black with gunmetal, silver and white on certain places, because of this your RGB lighting won't be over shadowed by other colors. It's very appealing and I like the look of the new Maximus IX Code.

The Code has armor like the Formula too.


You get a nice assortment of accessories:

1 - User Manual
1 - I/O shield
4 - Sata III cables (2 with 90 degree ends)
1 - M.2 Screw Package
1 - M.2 Bracket
1 - CPU Installation Tool
1 - Motherboard driver DVD
1 - ASUS 2T2R dual band WiFi antennas (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compliant)
1 - SLI Bridge (2-WAY-M)
1 - Q-Connector
1 - RGB extension cable
10 - Cable Labels
1 - Sheet of ROG stickers
1 - ROG Coaster

Some new features of Maximus IX (z270) over Maximus VIII (z170) are:

Upgraded Audio with Sonic Studio 3
Upgraded Aura with sync technology - A new and improved version of Aura with more effects and can sync your compatible RGB gpu, keyboard and mouse with the motherboard.
3D printing support
24 PCIe lanes vs. 20 with z170 - A big plus with two M.2 x4 slots.
Intel Optane technology - Support for the ultra fast optane ssd's.
USB 3.1 header - Nice, now I need to upgrade my case.

There are some new bios features as well with the Maximus IX series, I haven't been over it extensively but a couple that stand out are:

AVX Offset - This allows you to configure your cpu to run at a lower clock with programs that use AVX instructions.
ASUS Thermal Control Tool - This could be one of the most exciting new features as it can extend cpu overclocking by up to 300MHz.
BCLK aware adaptive voltage - This works with the BCLK and its main goal is to achieve higher clock stability, it integrates UEFI enhanced voltage regulation based on the currently active BCLK value.

So without further ado let's get the Maximus IX Code installed in the case.

My specs:

Case - Thermaltake Armor+ VH6000
Mobo - ROG Maximus IX Code
CPU - i7-7700k
GPU - ROG Strix GTX 1070
Memory - Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB 3000MHz 15-15-15-35-2T
SSD - Toshiba OCZ VX500 256GB
HDD - W.D. Velociraptor 300GB
PSU - PCP&C Turbo Cool 1200w
Monitor - HP ZR30w
Windows 10 Home

Cooling is with the Swiftech Apogee GTZ cpu water block and Koolance ERM-2K3U liquid cooling unit. This is the fourth motherboard this cpu water block has been on and it's clean as a whistle inside, I credit this to Koolance coolant and Mayhems ultra clear plasticizer free tubing. I went with black chrome Monsoon chain gun fittings this time and I think they look good with the Maximus IX Code.

A few pics:


Now that you know my specs and cooling you're probably wondering, how well does the Maximus IX Code overclock the i7-7700k? Well being the enthusiasts we are I was wondering the same thing so let's give it a shot. I'm shooting for 5.0GHz which is the golden number with kabylake's i7-7700k. Raja wrote an in depth overclocking guide on kabylake, it's an excellent guide and I suggest reading it if you plan on overclocking.

Following Raja's guide, the Maximus IX Code easily pushes the i7-7700k to 5.0GHz, Real Temp isn't reading the load correctly so I'll use HWinfo from here on.


CPU Temps at 5.0GHz playing Watchdogs 2, what's impressive is the motherboard temp at 29c. With an ambient room temp of 76F that's quite chilly, I'm only liquid cooling the cpu everything else is air cooled. To me this shows the quality of ASUS components and craftsmanship of who puts them together.


In a nutshell the new "Code" ASUS entered is basically a Maximus IX Formula minus some bling. You get Formula performance, bios and overclocking features at a lower cost.

I'll be adding some videos and screen shots and may do some more overclocking, the new Aura lighting will be fun to play with too. If anyone has any questions or comments please feel free to leave them, you're welcome to post pics and your overclocks too.
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Thank you for the Curse of Osiris expansion pack, I won't mention any names. 🙂

There are some new things with the Curse of Osiris expansion pack, the most prominent is probably the forging of weapons at the lighthouse.

There is one new strike " A Garden World", here it is at 1440p, highest settings with the latest Nvidia driver 388.59.

FPS in the upper right corner.

More Destiny 2 Performance, the strikes are fun to play.

Here is The Arms dealer.

FPS in the upper right corner.

Performance summary:

Destiny 2 is pretty heavy on the cpu at almost 90% usage.

Click the pic to make it bigger

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There seems to be a new setting in bios version 1203 in Dram settings called "clean memory" Does anyone know what this does exactly?
ASUS Maximus 13 Hero, Intel I9 11900k, EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 FTW3 ULTRA

Clean Memory is enabled by default, it likely cleans data from the ram on a cold boot.

Anyone doing the verses quests ? You do these to forge weapons at the Lighthouse.

Here is the Signal Light mission on Mercury, at the end it gives me the quest. It's not too hard for a 300 power level requirement, the Heroic Adventures are much tougher.

In conclusion to the quest in the above video....

After gathering:

2 - Concentrated Radiolarian Culture
2 - Advanced Paradox Amplifier
2 - Fossilized Hermaion Blossom

I got the mission - Not Even The Darkness

After this mission you can forge the Perfect Paradox Shotgun.

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Might be better to make posts about gaming within the gaming section. 😉

Thanks Raja

I'm more or less just showing performance with these quests for weapon forging.

I'll try and show if the Spectre and Meltdown debacle hurts gaming performance.

The strikes are random, I need to keep playing until I get the Pyramidion strike as I recorded this before updating the bios and windows, the only difference is the graphics driver 388.43 which shouldn't be too significant.

388.31 was supposedly the big performance improvement in destiny 2.

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Probably better placed in a thread that's specific to the game and/or testing platform spectre performance (with actual metrics) rather than this thread. You're more or less talking to yourself in here. If you're going to the effort and want to do it properly, might as well do it in a way that makes sense.

Raja@ASUS wrote:
Probably better placed in a thread that's specific to the game and/or testing platform spectre performance (with actual metrics) rather than this thread. You're more or less talking to yourself in here. If you're going to the effort and want to do it properly, might as well do it in a way that makes sense.

Sounds good.
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